What if we told you that Japanese Samurai warriors drank Apple Cider Vinegar for strength and power or that ancient Persians consumed a diluted version to prevent the accumulation of fat in their bodies? Unbelievable, right?! Yet this is believed to be absolutely true! Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV has been in use for over a thousand years now, yet there is very little research on how it truly impacts us. Let’s understand what it actually is and how it benefits us.
What exactly is Apple Cider Vinegar?
To put it simply, ACV is fermented apple juice. When apple juice is exposed to yeast, it ferments the sugars into alcohol, which then upon exposure to certain bacteria turns into acetic acid i.e vinegar. According to researchers, it is this acid that gives ACV its many beneficial properties. ACV also contains a substance called ‘mother’ which is made up of protein strands, good bacteria and enzymes. Apple Cider Vinegar with mother has antimicrobial and antioxidant effects that are beneficial for gut health. This also lends to the cloudy appearance of cider vinegar.
Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Aids in weight loss
Some studies show that ACV can perhaps help in weight loss and this happens because it increases satiety (the feeling of fullness). This in turn may lead you to consume fewer calories and thus lose weight. Along with promoting satiety, it also has been said to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin function which combined together help in losing weight.
However, it always must be consumed in measured amounts, no more than 1-2 tablespoons and always in a diluted form, otherwise it can have harmful effects as well.
Now it must be noted that just the addition of organic apple cider vinegar to your daily diet will not cause massive weight loss. It will act as a helping hand in addition to a regular workout regime, calorie-deficit diet and other lifestyle changes.
2. It may help lower blood sugar levels
One of the amazing benefits of ACV may be the fact that it helps lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin function and thus helps manage diabetes. Keeping one’s blood sugar levels in check is good for your health even if you do not have diabetes. However, if you’re already on medication for lowering sugar levels then it’s best to consult your physician before adding this to your daily diet.
3. Boosts skin health
Given its antibacterial properties, it’s not a surprise that one of the oldest usages of ACV has been its topical usage as a remedy for dry skin and a condition called eczema. Our skin is a little acidic in nature, and using ACV may help in balancing the pH levels of the skin which also improves the protective skin barrier.
4. Good for the gut
ACV has been said to reduce bloating and may help kill harmful bacteria in the stomach or intestines promoting overall gut health. However, excessive usage may kill the good bacteria as well. So moderation and supervised intake is key.
Word of mouth and indigenous knowledge may suggest countless benefits of ACV, but there are few modern studies that conclude the same. This is why it’s important to consume it in moderation and in the right way i.e. the right measurements and the time of its consumption, which is precisely 15-20 minutes before a heavy meal.
A good way to consume this ancient tonic is OZiva Plant-Based ACV Matcha. This unique combination gives you not only the benefits of ACV but also pure Japanese matcha. It also improves skin health, gut health, digestive health, regulation of blood glucose levels, enhances healthy weight management, rejuvenates the skin and helps better the skin tone. The presence of authentic, organic matcha powder helps reduce skin pigmentation and improves the body’s metabolism.
So it’s time to say hello to weight management and great skin just like the Japanese Samurai warriors and ancient Persians did!
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