Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Against Metabolic Syndrome

Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many salad dressing which is obtained by the fermentation of apple cider. During the process of fermentation, sugar present in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and finally into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar consists of different substances such as acetic, lactic, citric and malic acid. Studies have been done to know the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Some key findings from available research are given here:

Diabetes
Some research shows that apple cider vinegar is helpful for diabetic people. For example, in a 2007 study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime showed excellent results in the levels of blood sugar the next morning. And in an animal-based study published in the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, scientists found that when diabetic rats were fed an apple-cider-vinegar-enhanced diet for four weeks, it helped to increase in high density lipoproteins and simultaneously decrease in the levels of triglycerides, a harmful fat type for our body.

Weight loss
One small study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2009 found that obese people who consumed acetic acid daily for twelve weeks showed a significant reduction in body weight. Another study was done in 2009 published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that acetic acid helps to prevent the build up of body fat and certain liver fats.

Hypertension or high blood pressure
According to a study based on animals, the finding of which were published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2001 says that acetic acid can helps in lowering the blood pressure. It is not known if the acetic acid used was obtained from apple cider vinegar or some other source.

Blood cholesterol
Researchers have found that apple cider vinegar helps in lowering the blood levels of bad cholesterol that is low density lipoproteins and also increases the levels of high density lipoproteins in blood.

All of the above diseases are related to Metabolic Syndrome

Home remedies using apple cider vinegar
You can use apple cider vinegar in preparing useful home remedies for various health problems. These home remedies are safe and natural.

Cold and cough
You can combine apple cider vinegar with honey and mix it in warm water to get an excellent home remedy for cough and cold. Simply add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of honey in one teaspoon of warm water. Take one teaspoon of this mixture three times in a day to get immediate relief from cough and congestion in the chest.

Indigestion
Indigestion is a common problem among folks who eat spicy food. Take one glass of warm water and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Drink it before or after food. It helps to balance the acid base equilibrium to ease indigestion. It is also a useful home remedy for acid reflux and heartburn.

Infection
Apple cider vinegar is effective against bacterial and fungal infection. It is useful remedy for ear infection, bladder infection and sexual diseases. Rinsing the ear with diluted apple cider vinegar helps in alleviating the signs of ear infection. Anyone suffering from bladder infection may drink a glass of warm water by adding one table spoon of apple cider vinegar to get excellent benefits.

Skin
You can get glowing skin by using apple cider vinegar as a skin toner. Take a glass of water and add half cup of vinegar. Apply this mixture regularly as a skin toner. It helps to maintain the pH balance of your skin and prevent acne and other skin diseases.

Dandruff

You can prepare an excellent home remedy for getting rid of dandruff. Take one fourth cup of apple cider vinegar and mix with one fourth cup of water. It helps to maintain the pH balance of the scalp and prevents formation of dandruff.