Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally with Vinegar

Can this natural ingredient really lower your blood pressure?

Can apple-cider vinegar really lower blood pressure? According to fans of vinegar, this magical substance cures everything from acid reflux to warts, cancer and arthritis to bad breath. So what's the truth? Are you wasting your time forcing down the bitter stuff or can a shot of apple-cider vinegar a day really lower your blood pressure? Here what the experts have to say.

Apple Cider Vinegar Studies

Not only do everyday people like you and me wonder if the claims about vinegar are true, but researchers and scientists are curious too. The Central Research Institute and the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University wondered the same thing.

In particular, these scientists wanted to learn the effects, if any, that vinegar had on high blood pressure and performed a study(1). The study used four-week-old male rats. At the beginning of the study all the rats were cared for under the same conditions for six days. Afterward, for eight weeks, one-third of the rats continued on the same food and water program. One-third received acetic acid daily and the final third rice vinegar.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers reported significant reduction in blood pressure among both the rice vinegar group and the acetic acid group. Of course, more studies on vinegar would provide more proof and researchers recommend studies using human subjects, but the outlook is positive.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar comes from crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Afterwards, added yeast begins the fermentation process and begins turning the sugars in the liquid to alcohol and then into acetic acid.

Acetic acid is the organic acid that gives vinegar its bitter taste and is what researchers and scientist credit with making vinegar an effective blood pressure lowering agent.

According to www.Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Benefits.com, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a glass of water twice a day can lower your blood pressure. Both vinegar and honey have the mineral magnesium in them. Magnesium works to relax the blood vessel walls and help you achieve normal blood pressure.

If you're interested in trying apple cider vinegar as a natural way to quickly and easily lower your blood pressure, talk to your doctor. Although vinegar is a completely natural ingredient, it's never wise to self-diagnose. Talk to your doctor to be sure you won't have any reactions with any other medications.

(1) Kondo S, Tayama K, Tsukamoto Y, Ikeda K, Yamori Y. 2001. Antihypertensive effects of acetic acid and vinegar on spontaneously hypertensive rats. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 65(12) 2690-2694. http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bbb/65/12/65_2690/_article/-char/en

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