Apple cider vinegar is derived from the apple juice that is fermented. ACV is very popular and often discussed or referred to in beauty and health blogs and articles. In health blogs, it is often recommended as an ingredient in weight loss. In this article, let us take a closer look at Apple cider vinegar anti-aging benefits.
How is Apple Cider Made?
Apple cider vinegar is made from yeast, apples, and sugar. The crushed apples make a liquid that when mixed with yeast it starts an alcohol fermentation.
Further, the alcohol is then turned into vinegar that contains small amounts of nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Afterward, further filtering removes the acetic bacteria to make more the ACV appealing.
Fights diabetes and lower blood sugar levels
ACV is said to benefit people with type 2 diabetes. The following are the benefits:
- Lowers blood sugar to 34% after consuming white bread (50 grams)
- Improves insulin function and the lowers the levels of blood sugar
- Reduce fasting after taking 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar down to 4%
- ACV can be useful for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes.
Improves heart health and lowers cholesterol
Vinegar such as the ACV can reduce the risks of heart disease. Studies on animals showed that consuming apple cider vinegar can lead to lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels 1, 2, 3. Another study demonstrated that vinegar reduced the rats’ blood pressure which is a major contributor to kidney and heart problems 4, 5). The observational study of Harvard University showed that women who had lower risks of heart disease after eating salad dressings with vinegar.
May protect against cancer
There are numerous articles that point to the anticancer properties of ACV and in fact, some studies showed that different kinds of vinegar can shrink tumors and kill cancer cells 6, 7, 8. Although, such studies were only made on rats and animals but not on humans. The only observational studies made on humans were the decreased esophageal cancer after elevated bladder cancer in Serbia (9, 10). It may or might possible that ACV can prevent or slow down cancer but there are more studies and experiments to be made before any conclusions can be made.
Kills harmful bacteria
Provide potent biological effects
Unfiltered or natural apple cider vinegar contains friendly bacteria, protein strands that can provide health benefits although this needs further studies. Also, apple cider contains few calories (3 calories per tbsp). ACV also contains a few potassium.
What are the anti-aging effects of Apple Cider Vinegar
Contains anti-aging properties
Apples contain flavonoids which are similar to the other phytochemicals such as catechin and quercetin, which can exhibit good anti-aging effects. Flavonoids are antioxidants that can keep free radicals in check.
The ACV high sulfur content can induce anti-aging benefits because sulfur can reduce freckles and age spots that are signs of aging. Apple cider vinegar can decrease the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Beneficial Effects On The Skin
ACV has been reported used to clean hair and some celebrities drink it daily. It has a 5% acidity and best used when added with honey and diluted in warm water. ACV can tighten the skin and stimulate circulation. You can use it by mixing a 1 tbsp of 2 cups of water and using a cotton pad to wipe your face.
Lowers glycaemic index
According to Helen Bond, a registered dietitian, there’s scientific truth behind the anti-aging effects of ACV. If you add vinegar to your meal, it can lower the glycaemic index or GI. A low GI means your body digests slowly and thus keeps the blood sugar level slow. As a result, you’ll feel fuller for a long time.
Apple cider vinegar contains nutrients such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, and calcium. It contains pectin ( a high water-soluble fiber) that can ease diarrhea by building a bulk fibrous matter.
pH is the measurement of acidity and baseness. Apple cider vinegar can absorb the skin excess oil. To make a solution, mix 3-4 parts of water and 1 part of vinegar overnight for the best results. You can dab cotton in this solution and apply it to the blemished area. The vinegar can dry and heal such blemishes.
Aids in detoxification
ACV can enhance circulation and aid the liver in detoxification (1). Raw ACV contains nutrients and acids that can bind toxins and help in flushing them out of your body. According to this study (2), ACV can relieve constipation and thus aid in removing toxic materials and releasing waste.
ACV’s malic acid contains antimicrobial properties that can aid in treating bowel irregularities. ACV is considered a prebiotic that can help the beneficial bacteria in your intestines.
Removes bad breath
Bad breath can be embarrassing and can lower your self-confidence. Apple cider vinegar is among the remedies used for bad breath due to the presence of acetic and malic acids. These acidic chemicals can make a hostile environment t for bacteria which causes bad breath. ACV contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and copper that all support oral health. Apple, the main ingredient in ACV, is rich in crunchiness and fiber that can aid in scrubbing away the food particles trapped in your teeth that cause bad breath (3).
Aids in treating Candida
Candida refers to the yeast fungi that can cause yeast infection when your body has poor nutrition. Using apple cider vinegar can restore the body’s pH balance. It can help in the growth of helpful bacteria that can cure candida infection. A study from Brazil showed that apple cider vinegar can offer therapeutic benefits against candida yeast infection (4).