Apple Cider Vinegar is being hailed as the new big superfood.
Even Victoria Beckham recently revealed on Instagram that she drinks two tablespoons every morning and Gwyneth puts a cupful in her bath water! You know when these health driven celebs are hailing something is magic then you are probably on to something good!
So what is in this miraculous potion we hear you cry?
Well, it is created by fermenting the sugar from apples which then turns into acetic acid – the main ingredient in vinegar. Vinegar has been used as as a remedy and disinfectant since the days of Hippocrates. In recent years, it has been found to help weight loss, benefit heart health and balance sugar levels. Check out the supposed health benefits below.
1. It has Fat-Burning Properties
Burn that fat baby! Well I don’t think we can stop going to the gym quite yet but rumour has it that people who take Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss report greater feelings of fullness which then prevents overeating. A 12-week study in Japan also found that acetic acid, found in apple cider vinegar, helped to reduce body weight, BMI and visceral fat.
2. It Can Lower Blood Sugar
Several studies have found that taking vinegar may help maintain blood glucose levels. Research by the American Diabetes Association found that taking two tablespoons of before bed can reduce fasting blood sugars, too. A small study carried out by diet guru, Michael Mosley, also showed that drinking diluted apple cider vinegar appeared to bring blood sugar levels down.
3. It can help to Lower Cholesterol
Another study found that vinegar helped maintain healthier blood pressure levels for those with high blood pressure. Another study that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t. Maybe it’s the salad rather than the usual burger and chips though? It’s not terribly obvious that the vinegar was the reason. Rumour has is that it can help manage cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
3. It May help to Slow Cancer Cells
A few laboratory studies suggest that vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth but again the studies. There have also been suggestions that taking vinegar leads to a decreased risk of oesophageal cancer but another associated it with an increased risk of bladder cancer. Confusing eh?
4. It Can Improve Body Function
It’s advocates swear that Apple Cider Vinegar has healing properties, helping to optimise and balance body function. It also claimed that it can help to improve digestion, by maintaining regular bowel movements. This in turn helps everything else keeping your body in check.
5.It has anti-inflammatory Properties
Anecdotally people claim that apple cider vinegar helps with the following;
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How to Take Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be used to cook with although the most obvious way would be to use it in salad dressings (see Jo’s Crunchy Nut Salad).
You can take 2 tablespoons a day neat although that’s quite sharp and you may burn your mouth. There is also some professional caution regarding tooth erosion due to its acidity.
The most palatable way to take it is to make sure that it is sufficiently diluted into a cup of warm water. Don’t sip it but drink it all together and then have a glass of water to wash your teeth.
So as you can see, most of the health claims made about apple cider vinegar are all rather anecdotal but if this multi-taxing magic elixir is good enough for Gwyneth, Mrs Beckham, and other celebrity royalty including Miranda Kerr, Scarlett Johansson and Katy Perry then we’ll certainly give it a whirl.
Tablespoons at the ready…….