Vinegar has so many uses and benefits to our health, our home and our environment.
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My aim is to provide you with useful information and resources regarding the health benefits of vinegar and sort out the facts from the myths.
Like a lot of people, I was pre-conditioned to believe vinegar would be responsible for a multitude of remedies and cures for our overall health. So I wanted to find out, exactly what it is good for, and how many of these claims are merely ‘old wives tales’.
First of all there are lots of different varieties of vinegar, including, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, malt vinegar and apple cider vinegar. All have there own virtues.
But I am primarily concerned with the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and that is the vinegar I refer to in this article.
Vinegar has a perceived idea of being a miracle cure for a number of ailments including diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and even as an anti-aging solution. Obviously these claims are wildly exaggerated and not backed up by any evidence or medical findings.
But despite the exaggerated hype behind these health benefits, it can help your overall health in a number of ways.
Primarily, vinegar is high in acetic acid. Acetic acid is scientifically proven to help with the digestive system by improving the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients from the foods we eat that would otherwise be lost.
Women in particular are susceptible to osteoporosis due to an inability to absorb enough calcium needed for the bones.
While calcium can be found in abundance in dairy products, anyone with a dairy intolerance i.e lactose intolerance, need to get their calcium form other sources such as green leafy foods.
A drop of vinegar goes a long way to help with the absorption of the calcium found in these alternative foods.
So by including apple cider vinegar in meals or even drinking a mild mix of vinegar and water (up to a tablespoon in a glass of water) just before or with meals may well improve your body’s ability to absorb the essential minerals locked in foods.
It is down to the absorption of these minerals that help us fight against the likes of cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes.
So indirectly, vinegar can contribute to our health in these areas by allowing our body’s to function better.
It makes sense now, why vinegar has been perceived as such a wonder product, because indirectly it is!
Vinegar and Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes sufferers have been shown to respond to vinegar taken with their meal. The vinegar has a controlling effect on the amount of sugar the body absorbs, which helps maintain the body’s insulin levels.
Slowing sugar absorption gives the insulin-resistant body more time to pull sugar out of the blood and thus helps prevent the blood sugar level from rising so high.
Vinegar is by no means a cure for diabetes and the study was on a small number of participants, but you can understand how it helps in a small way.
Good for the Heart
Another health benefit of vinegar includes lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Too much sodium and saturated fats have been shown to have a detrimental effect on blood cholesterol levels, and developing high blood pressure.
Vinegar has only 25 calories per half cup and by using it as a simple and tasty substitute for less healthy ingredients like mayonnaise and tartar sauce, can help people ward off potential heart disease and strokes. Again, not a cure, but certainly a healthier alternative.
I personally use vinegar with my cooking and add it to salads. It gives an added dimension and taste to many meals and I love the fact that it’s so low in calories and fat.
Like any food source, I wouldn’t recommend you consume copious amounts; after all it is an acid.
You can purchase it from most health stores or online at like places Amazon.com.
If you have any stories about vinegar, no matter what sort, it would be good to hear from you. Simply drop your comments below.