Vinegar has a bad reputation; it’s been associated with greasy chips and oily fast food for years, and the fact that it doubles up as a potent antibacterial agent leads many people to (incorrectly) conclude that it’s dangerously corrosive. However, new evidence suggests that one type of vinegar could be extremely beneficial, and might even encourage weight loss if taken correctly.
The vinegar in question is apple cider vinegar; a potent health tonic that’s made by combining apples with bacteria and yeast, before allowing the mixture to ferment over a number of weeks. This fermentation process creates a nutritious, amber coloured liquid that’s loaded with important nutrients, and rich in acetic acid.
The Acetic Acid in Apple Cider Vinegar Could be the key to Better Weight Loss.
In 2010, The Japanese Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Agrochemistry used a double-blind study to demonstrate that people taking regular shots of apple cider vinegar could shed between 5 and 15 lbs more than a control group that were not provided with routinely-administered doses of acetic acid. Another study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry just two years ago, showed that mice fed regular doses of apple cider vinegar over a number of weeks were better able to suppress the accumulation of body fat, and just last year two American doctors published a third trial that implicated acetic acid in the reduction of excess weight, and demonstrated that patients taking regular shots of this powerful health tonic enjoyed increased protection from harmful liver lipids
What does this mean? Basically, these studies tell us that regular doses of Apple Cider Vinegar could help you to shed excess weight, and obtain better health.
How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Encourage Weight Loss?
At present, we believe that it’s the interplay between acetic acid and the enzymes in your liver that lends apple cider vinegar it’s potent weight-dispelling properties. Studies show that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is responsible for upregulating the expression of genes responsible for the production of fatty acid oxidation enzymes in the liver. This process of upregulation causes a suppression in body fat accumulation, and slows the weight gain process, as well as inhibiting the production of liver lipids.
It’s also thought that drinking regular shots of apple cider vinegar might prolong the feeling of satiety that you get at the end of every meal, and ensure that you feel full for longer, which will help to limit your caloric intake, as well as improving the speed with which your body can deal with any excess fat.
Apple Cider Vinegar Isn’t Just an aid to Weight Loss
Alongside a healthy dose of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar also carries an abundance of other important compounds, including alkaline ash, malic acid and potassium. As well as encouraging weight loss, this potent natural tonic could also help you to:
- Regulate your blood pressure
- Restore your body's pH balance
- Reduce bad cholesterol
- Enhance your bodies metabolism
- Clear up skin conditions
- Increase your resistance to bacterial infections
Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is also thought to help prevent tooth loss, brittle hair and the deterioration of your cardiovascular system by providing your body with some of the alkaline minerals it needs to maintain your good health.
Adding Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Diet
If you're interested in benefiting from the addition of apple cider vinegar to your diet, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s both very easy, and very quick to incorporate in a variety of recipes. You might want to try adding it to your next salad dressing, salsa or chutney.
It’s also very easy to mix 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. Drinking the resulting apple cider vinegar tonic is probably the most popular way of consuming this powerful, nutritious health supplement, and it can be doubly healthy if you use antioxidant, alkaline water.
Due to it’s rising popularity, you’ll find apple cider vinegar in most good health stores.
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