Apple cider vinegar (ACV) may just be one of the most thorough general tonics now available, leaving virtually no bodily system untouched. Below is a discussion of just eight of the many health problems it can help to resolve.
ACV is great for controlling blood sugar levels in diabetics. One study, published in Diabetes Care, found that diabetics taking 2 tablespoons of it at bedtime lowered their morning blood sugars by 4-6%, while another study at Arizona State University found that diabetics on ACV also lowered their post-meal blood sugars by a whopping 34%.
For those suffering from allergies, ACV is another natural therapy which can help with the mucous, sinus congestion, coughs and headaches which often accompany allergy attacks. ACV works by cleansing the lymph nodes and by breaking up mucous and relieving that congested feeling. It thus is also good for avoiding sinus infections.
One way in which ACV promotes heart health is through acting on cholesterol levels to raise HDL while lowering LDL cholesterol. Since HDL is considered the “good” cholesterol which helps reduce the build-up of plaque in the arteries, this is an indication of improved heart health and also lowers the risk of both heart attacks and strokes.
High Blood Pressure
Several studies have uncovered a link between regular use of ACV and lower blood pressure, another risk of heart disease. It is believed that ACV acts like one group of prescription blood pressure medications called Angiotensin II inhibitors: when angiotensin is reduced, blood pressure is reduced as well. This also reduces the chances of heart attacks and strokes.
Acid-base balance (also called a pH balance) is important for everyday bodily health, and more medical researchers are concluding that when the body is slightly acidic, this can cause many chronic health conditions and increase cancer risk. ACV, though acidic itself, actually helps to raise the pH of the body and make it slightly alkaline, which is considered ideal.
ACV has also been found to have an inhibitory effect on cancer cells and shows the ability to either kill them off or slow their growth. Specific studies have shown it to have a good effect on both esophageal and prostate cancer cells. In general, since it is both a detoxifying and alkalizing agent, it is believed that regular use of ACV can make the body less hospitable for cancer cells.
ACV can treat an itchy, dry scalp or dandruff. It works by, again, changing the pH balance of your scalp and making it less likely that you will get the fungal overgrowths that are one of the root causes of dandruff to begin with. Simply use ACV as a rinse in your hair after shampooing several times a week for this to be effective.
ACV can also help those struggling with obesity. One twelve week study found that those who took ACV daily presented with a lower BMI, less visceral fat and a smaller waist circumference at the end of the study. This could have important implications in helping people achieve a normal weight naturally.
So try it today and discover for yourself just what apple cider vinegar can do for your health!
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