Vinegar, a representative seasoning for sour taste, contains about 60 organic acids, including acetic acid, citric acid and succinic acid, as well as various vitamins and minerals. Due to the complex action of these various nutrients, it is known to help a lot in recovering from fatigue, enhancing immunity, strengthening liver function, and promoting sugar metabolism. In addition, the effect of promoting blood circulation and purifying the blood to prevent various vascular diseases and improving digestion through gastric juice and saliva secretion are also the main effects of vinegar. Vinegar with these various effects is divided into synthetic vinegar and brewed vinegar depending on the recipe. Among these, naturally fermented brewed vinegar made from grains and fruits is divided into various types such as brown rice vinegar, grape vinegar, malted vinegar, and persimmon vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is a type of brewed vinegar, and refers to vinegar obtained by washing and crushing ripe apples with a lot of sugar and then pressing them. It has a harmonious acidity and is often used as a material for dressings and sauces. In addition, it is known to be rich in nutrients such as various organic acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and pectin, and is well known to have various beneficial effects on the body. Now, let’s take a closer look at the major benefits of apple cider vinegar and the side effects to be aware of when consumed.
Apple cider vinegar main benefits
1. Improve digestive function
When consumed, apple cider vinegar promotes the secretion of saliva and gastric juice, so it helps smooth digestion and absorption and helps relieve symptoms such as bloating caused by indigestion. In addition, it is said that it helps the bowel movement to improve the intestinal environment and has a beneficial effect in improving frequent diarrhea symptoms. It is known that if you drink 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water 30 minutes before eating, it is known to have an effective effect on improving the digestive power of the stomach.
In addition, the effect of apple cider vinegar promoting the secretion of gastric juice and saliva is known to help reduce thirst as well as increase appetite.
2. Prevention of adult diseases
The acetic acid contained in apple cider vinegar may also help lower blood sugar levels. In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, those who ate two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed had a 4-6% lower blood sugar level the next morning. In addition, apple cider vinegar has a positive effect on the prevention of high blood pressure and various cardiovascular diseases because it helps to improve cholesterol and blood circulation.
Apple cider vinegar is known to be effective in suppressing pathogens including bacteria as it has an excellent sterilization effect, and in eliminating gastrointestinal bacteria and food poisoning bacteria. In addition, it is said that it is very helpful in enhancing immunity by being involved in suppressing harmful bacteria, toxins and harmful substances that lower the immune function with such excellent sterilization and detoxification action. In addition, apple cider vinegar’s antibacterial effect suppresses the growth of bacteria in the oral cavity, thereby helping to improve the overall health of the oral cavity. Gargling with apple cider vinegar for 20 seconds can also help get rid of bad breath.
4. Fatigue recovery
It is said that the abundant organic acids contained in apple cider vinegar, as well as various vitamins and minerals, are involved in activating metabolism, helping to recover from fatigue. In particular, the abundant organic acids in apple cider vinegar are known to not only prevent the formation of lactic acid that accumulates in the muscles and cause fatigue, but also helps to decompose the already generated lactic acid.
Other efficacy and side effects
Apple cider vinegar is said to have a beneficial effect on anti-obesity by helping to suppress the accumulation of visceral fat. It is also reported that apple cider vinegar can help improve liver function by reducing triglyceride levels, as well as improve symptoms such as nasal congestion, itching, sore throat, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
Apple cider vinegar has various benefits as mentioned above, but there are also side effects. When used in an appropriate amount, it can help oral health by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, but when consumed in excess, strong acid weakens the tooth enamel, which can cause tooth decay and tooth decay. In addition, if you consume too much, it is recommended to consume an appropriate amount because excessive secretion of gastric juice may damage the gastric mucosa and cause gastritis and gastric ulcer. And even if it’s not in excess, it can cause side effects such as indigestion, acid reflux, and nausea, depending on your constitution.