This article originally appeared in Khaleej Times, April 20, 2018
The last time I heard of apple cider vinegar (ACV), it was used as a salad dressing. Now I hear that ACV has way more health benefits and can even aid weight loss.
Curious? Well, I was surprised when I learnt about the advantages of taking this little super-charged baby on a daily basis. Despite its recent popularity, ACV and its benefits have been well-known for centuries.
You may wonder what ACV is and how it is made. Well, it is simply fermented apple cider, which consists of intense probiotics and enzymes whilst significantly reducing sugar content and fewer calories than plain apple cider or apple juice. It also gives your gut a strong healthy boost.
Here’s a lowdown on all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar:
Promotes Weight Loss
A considerable number of fitness and health experts across the world are recommending ACV to help people shed excess weight. Just 2 tablespoons a day over a period of four weeks can help you lose 4 lbs. If you change nothing else about your diet, but only introduce ACV to your morning routine, you could shed a decent amount of weight. However, if you are able to make other modifications to your eating habits and activity levels, you could lose more weight.
How does it work? Well, having a shot or two of this fermented beverage can help you feel full for longer, which, in turn, means your calorie intake during the course of the day could decrease significantly. However, just because ACV aids weight loss does not mean that it should be used as a quick fix for bad eating habits. To see some real and long-lasting results, you should combine it with an active lifestyle.
Now, who would have thought that ACV could actually help lower cholesterol? Research has shown that it can promote heart health by helping keep cholesterol at healthy levels. The bad cholesterol LDL is significantly reduced whilst helping the good cholesterol HDL reach a healthy level, thus balancing them out and improving heart health.
Apart from adding ACV to your daily routine, it is a prudent move to eliminate sugars, refined carbs and all bad fats from your diet to reap maximum benefits.
Improves Skin Health
This amazing little beverage not only helps your insides, but also your outsides. ACV contains significant amounts of acetic acid, lactic acid and citric acid, all of which are well-known in restricting the growth of specific bacteria that cause acne. This combination of ingredients is also known for treating scars when taken over a period of three months. It is definitely more effective and less harmful than many of the medicated concoctions available in the market.
Verdict: With only one shot of ACV a day giving us so many health benefits, I reckon it is definitely worth a try.