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6 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Approved by Science

June 14, 2022

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is widely known for its long history as a natural home remedy. From treatment of infections to weight management, apple cider vinegar has long reigned as a health royalty.

In recent years, more and more researchers are intrigued into the potential benefits of ACV and its mechanism to the body. Some suggest that the “mother” or the cloud of yeast and bacteria you might see in the bottle is what makes ACV healthy.

Here are 6 impressive benefits of ACV claimed and backed by research.


1. It may aid weight loss.


Perhaps one of the  top selling benefits of ACV is its ability to help people lose weight.

Acetic acid, the main active component of ACV, is said to increase levels of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) which boosts fat burning and decreases fat and sugar production in the liver, thus, improving your metabolism.

Moreover, it also suppresses centers of the brain that regulate appetite, resulting in reduced food intake.



2. It may support skin health.


ACV is naturally acidic. According to studies, using it topically could help rebalance the natural pH in your skin and improve your protective skin barrier. It also has antimicrobial properties which, in theory, could help prevent skin infection and reduce inflammation.

Anyhow, if not diluted in water and used the “wrong way”, it may cause burns and irritation to your skin.



3. It may help manage diabetes.


Another compelling benefit of ACV is its ability to help treat type 2 diabetes.

A 2004 study suggests adding ACV into your diet, particularly during a high carb meal, may improve your insulin sensitivity by 19-34% and significantly lower blood sugar levels. Nonetheless, if you are currently on diabetes medication, consider talking to your doctor as certain drugs may interact with ACV when combined.


4. It may soothe a sore throat.


Many people swore by the wonders of ACV in their sore throat.

Anecdotally, ACV has antibacterial properties which could help kill off bacteria that may be causing your problem. It may also loosen phlegm that may be irritating your throat. Before using it as a natural remedy, always use water to dilute the acidity of ACV.


5. It may boost digestion.


People have been using ACV to treat digestive problems for years. For people with low stomach acidity, ACV may help increase stomach acid levels to aid digestion. As it is antimicrobial in nature, ACV may also help kill bacteria buildup in the stomach and intestines. In addition, it also helps ease inflammation by supporting the digestion of problematic foods.


6. It may promote heart health.


ACV is high in alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that has been found to reduce risk of heart disease in women. On top of that, ACV also helps reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride which in high levels could increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases.





Most likely, this is just the beginning in the rising popularity of ACV as more research is still ongoing to debunk and support more of its incredible health benefits, as well as its risks. Before going all in, talk to a physician you trust especially if you are diagnosed with a health condition or if you are currently under medication.

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