Apple cider vinegar is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It has been used as a natural remedy for many diseases, and many people also use it in order to lose weight. ACV is also beneficial for your gut bacteria and can help with any digestive problem. ACV is rich in essential nutrients and has numerous health benefits which is why you should incorporate it in your daily diet.
Health benefits of ACV
Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid, which, according to studies, can control your blood pressure and fat accumulation. Recently, a team of European scientist have begun examining the influence of sodium acetate and acetic acid on blood glucose and other biological responses in a mixed meal in healthy subjects and are hoping for positive results.
ACV possesses strong anti-cancer properties which have been confirmed to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer. However, its effectiveness is limited to certain types of cancer as it can increase the growth of bladder cancer cells by 4 times.
ACV is also a powerful bacteria killer and disinfectant which can help you in cases of yeast infections or athlete’s foot. Bathing in apple cider vinegar can easily eliminate bacterial infections.
Besides the aforementioned health benefits, ACV can also reduce the levels of your “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases. According to medical experts, the cholesterol lowering effect is due to the presence of chlorogenic acid which prevents cholesterol from accumulating and crystalizing in the bloodstream. However, the study was done only on rodents, so we suggest you use a combination of ACV and a healthy diet to keep your cholesterol low.
Who should avoid ACV?
Although healthy, apple cider vinegar does increase the growth of bladder cancer cells and should be avoided by the following groups of people:
Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
Apple cider vinegar’s full effects on the human body are still not known, so it’s best to avoid it if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
People suffering from type 1 diabetes should avoid ACV as it can lower the blood sugar levels. Diabetics should monitor their blood sugar levels closely and should adjust their medication in case they’re also consuming ACV. Experts say that insulin may result in low blood sugar levels, and the same goes for apple cider vinegar as well. Combining ACV and insulin may also result in potassium deficiency.
Note: apple cider vinegar should not be used for a prolonged time. There are reported cases of people who had low potassium levels in the body after consuming 8 oz. of ACV every day.
People on the following drugs should NOT use ACV: Digoxin (Lanoxin), hlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Microzide). A combination of ACV and these drugs can be problematic and cause low potassium levels, which will in turn increase the risk of side-effects from the same drugs.
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