Apple cider vinegar is one of the hyped natural health products in the market today. This handy miracle worker claims to cure a wide range of illnesses and a couple of uses for the home. Indeed a lot of people swear by its supposed health benefits. From hiccups to diabetes, this kind of apple once a day definitely keeps the doctor away!
The vinegar is actually fermented apple juice. Thanks to yeast, bacteria converts the alcohol into acetic acid, which gives the vinegar it’s distinct tart taste and pungent smell. Other than dressing your salad and preserving food, where else can you use this pantry miracle?
One home cure states that a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar stops a bad case of hiccups by stimulating the nerves responsible for those nasty spasms on your throat.
Feeling sore in your gullet? Gargle a mix of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to deter germs from making your life miserable. Turns out, the acidity from the vinegar knocks out ‘em germs.
How about for weight loss? They say the acetic acid hinders your appetite, heightens metabolism, and lessens water retention.
Itchy scalp because of dandruff? Mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and ¼ cup of water in a spray bottle, and squirt it on your scalp. Let it sit for an hour or so, then wash off the solution. Thank the acid for making it harder for the fungus to grow back.
Apple cider vinegar might dry out a pimple, but it’s not a good remedy, according to one dermatologist. You could also use it as toner after diluting it, but still not recommended.
Looking for a natural cleanser for your home? Well, look no further than your pantry. The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar make it potent against molds. Its acidity is also effective against alkaline grime such as leftover soap, hard water, and mineral deposits.
Another sought-after use of apple cider vinegar is for possibly curing or preventing diabetes. According to wikiHow, you could mix 2 tablespoons of the vinegar in water and drink it an hour before bedtime. Overnight, glucose levels will supposedly go down by 4 to 6 percent.
Perhaps, you could also do the following concoction: 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 6 oz. water, 2 oz. pure cranberry juice, and a splash of lime juice. Take it before any meal to reportedly lessen insulin levels and glucose spikes.
But what does science exactly say about this? Or better yet, have we found the universal remedy for diabetes?
For dietitian Carol Johnston, taking apple cider vinegar is mostly beneficial for pre-diabetics.She has done studies on the effects of acetic acid on blood glucose levels sine 2004. Johnston is the associate director of Arizona State University’s School of Nutrition and Health.
Based on her studies, the antiglycemic response, or lowering of blood sugar levels, is not limited to apple cider vinegar only; it can also be found in other vinegars.
“Basically, what acetic acid is doing is blocking the absorption of starch. If my study subjects eat a starch and add vinegar, glucose will go down. But if they drink sugar water and add vinegar, nothing happens. So if you’re having bacon and eggs, don’t bother. It only helps if you are consuming a starch.”
Moreover, Ms. Johnston issued a warning about her study. There is no concrete study that outright says vinegar counteracts diabetes, since this illness is caused by other uncontrollable factors, such as genetics.
You could still drink apple cider vinegar before bedtime. It may change your life for good, but take it with a grain of salt.
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