I’ve been hearing about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar for a while, so, naturally I was curious to know if there’s any science behind these claims. Turns out, there is. BUT before you get all crazy and jump on the bandwagon, there is a WRONG way to drink it: Straight. Instead, mix one tablespoon of ACV into a glass of water once a day, pour a little on top of a salad or whip up a sweeter concoction.
Now, on to the benefits:
1. It could lower blood glucose levels
This one’s important for anyone with Type II diabetes or other forms of insulin sensitivity. A study published by the American Diabetes Association found that taking vinegar before meals dramatically reduced the insulin and glucose spikes that occur after meals.
2. It could help you lose weight
The same study found that subjects saw moderate weight loss over a longer period of time, and a separate Japanese study from 2009 found that obese adults who drank a beverage containing one or two tablespoons of vinegar every day lost two to four pounds after 12 weeks. It might not make a huge difference, but it consistently keeps the pounds down.
3. It could keep you regular
You MUST buy the right kind. When buying ACV, look for an organic and unfiltered version. It should look cloudy and there should be a cobweb-like blob floating around. Don’t be alarmed—that’s just the “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and good bacteria. It’s packed with pro-biotics, which help keep your digestive system running smoothly.
4. It could lower your blood pressure
More research is needed to fully back up this benefit, but in studies done on rats, apple cider vinegar significantly reduced blood pressure when taken on a long-term basis.
5. It could reduce the risk of heart disease
In a Harvard university study, women who ate salad with oil and vinegar displayed a reduced risk of fatal IHD (ischemic heart disease) than women who did not. Researchers pointed to the alpha-linolenic acid found in vinegar as a potential cause for this decrease.