Apple Cider Vinegar: 5 Ways It May Boost Your Health
Beloved by wellness-minded celebs and health gurus alike, Apple Cider Vinegar (the raw, unpasteurized kind) is making its way from our salad dressings and into our shot glasses. No more a mere health-boosting condiment, apple cider vinegar is now considered a multi-tasking elixir, credited with a range of benefits from supporting digestion to clearing skin. But how does it really affect my skin? And is a mouth full of vinegar really worth it?
1) Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it may be a boon to your immune system.
2) Applying apple cider vinegar to your skin could also translate to clearer, more radiant complexion. One of its key ingredients, malic acid, is a strong anti-fungal and antibacterial agent, as well as a natural exfoliant, which is exactly what you need to fight acne and keep your skin clear. Wash face with equal parts vinegar and water 2-3 times per week.
3) The malic acid present in AVC can indeed help with digestion, including breaking down carbohydrates. Apple cider vinegar in its unprocessed form is also a source of acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, polyphenols, and enzymes. Acetic acid may even help boost the growth of beneficial gut microflora.
4) Apple cider vinegar contains the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to protect LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, a key step in the progression of heart disease.
5) Amino acids in apple cider vinegar serve as an antidote to lactic acid build-up in your muscles after a strenuous workout. Potassium and enzymes may also relieve that sluggish feeling. Try adding a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of your favorite green juice or a glass of water next time you're wiped out.
Despite all of these benefits, it’s still hard for many people to choke down a swallow of vinegar. If you fall into that camp, there is some good news: It’s actually not recommended that we drink ACV straight. Rather, it’s best to dilute it with a cup of water—otherwise the acidity could damage your teeth. Diluted vinegar is also more palatable than a straight shot! Try your AVC drink first thing in the morning—it will certainly revive your senses if nothing else!
Have you tried drinking apple cider vinegar?
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