Apple cider vinegar is considered to be an amazing natural product that can play a role in the day to day management of many different health problems. It is one of nature’s superfoods which is known to have magical properties that can assist the human body in numerous ways.
For thousands of years, apple cider vinegar is used in homeopathic remedies. The production of this superfood involves two step fermentation process which is characterized by the availability of acetic acid whose concentration is above 4%. The acetic acid in it is a carboxylic acid which contains antibacterial and anti-microbial acid.
Other than acetic acid which is found in abundance, apple cider vinegar is known for its phenolic compounds which are determined to consists of gallic acid, catechin, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid. There are multiple benefits that are attributed to polyphenols such as antioxidant, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-proliferative, and anti-carcinogenic.
Apple cider vinegar is helpful in the treatment and prevention of multiple health problems that could lead to an increase in the total rates of mobility and mortality. Some of the health conditions that can be treated using apple cider vinegar are as follows:
Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of cardiovascular disease (one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide). Blood pressure is defined as a force of blood on the walls of the arteries, and this force becomes higher than the normal level, it is considered to be hypertension.
Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is found to significantly lower blood pressure in the body. It also has an impact on renin activity. The decrease in renin and the release of angiotensin II in the body could be a possible explanation for the role of apple cider vinegar in reducing high blood pressure.
Obesity is no doubt a public health concern due to its association with multiple health complications. Obesity is defined as a condition which is characterized by the accumulation of excess fat in the body, to an extent that it affects the functioning of various organs in the body.
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar boosts weight loss and it does this by speeding up the process of metabolism in the body. Obesity is a metabolic disorder and metabolism is a term which indicates the ability of the body to use food or calories as a source of fuel or energy.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar work by reducing the food intake. This limits the intake of calories in the body such that the body uses the extra calories in the body for energy.
3. Diabetes mellitus
Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder which occurs when the glucose or sugar level in the blood becomes too high. It results due to insufficient production of insulin from pancreas, due to inefficiency of the body to use produced insulin effective, or both. Insulin is the primary hormone that regulates glucose level. It is a chronic disorder which significantly affect the quality of life of the sufferer and if it is left uncontrolled, it can lead to the occurrence of many complications.
The apple cider vinegar contains anti-glycemic effects which helps to improve insulin sensitivity in the body, making it capable to produce and use insulin effectively. According to one of the studies, a person who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar prior to sleeping was found to have reduced fasting glucose in the morning.
4. High blood cholesterol
Cholesterol is a substance in the body which is responsible for multiple important functions within the body, but it is required in a limited amount. When the level of cholesterol increases in the body, it causes health problems, primarily cardiovascular disease. Cholesterol is basically of two types, good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) which is healthy for the body and bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) which is not healthy.
The compounds present in apple cider vinegar helps in regulating the level of cholesterol in the blood. They work by reducing the level of bad cholesterol and increasing the level of good cholesterol. As a result, the risk of suffering from cardiovascular and other health problems reduces significantly.
5. Bad breath
In medical terms, bad breath is known as halitosis which is defined as a condition in which a person has a breath that has bad or unpleasant odor. Bad breath occur due to poor dental hygiene. Poor oral hygiene allows the food particles to collect on the surface of the tongue, between the teeth and along the gum tissues. Over time these food particles rot and cause bacteria which release chemicals which have a strong odor.
Apple cider vinegar is considered to be an amazing remedy for bad breath. The acidic properties in it helps to kill and get rid of all bacteria that can cause the release of chemicals causing strong odor.