How does apple cider vinegar reduce cholesterol?

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How does apple cider vinegar reduce cholesterol?
The vinegar derives from apples. (Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to help reduce cholesterol. The secret is the pectin that is found in the vinegar and is soluble fibre. The pectin comes from the apples used to make the vinegar, and is not found in white vinegar. By taking apple cider vinegar daily (by mouth), you are ingesting soluble fibre that binds to fat and cholesterol to escort them from the body, rather than letting them accumulate and cause health problems.

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The way it works

The soluble fibre found in the apple cider vinegar absorbs cholesterol and fat in the body. By absorbing the cholesterol, the body is able to eliminate it. When the cholesterol is eliminated, it is no longer in the body to accumulate and raise your cholesterol to dangerous levels. Water-soluble fibre also adds bulk and will keep you full longer. This signals to your body that you are full, and you will stop eating. By eating less, you ingest less cholesterol, which can also help in managing cholesterol levels.

Neutralise LDL cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar also contains amino acids, which may neutralise the bad LDL cholesterol. This helps the body excrete the bad cholesterol on its own.

How much to take

Many people have found that by taking 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar per day, they are able to lower their cholesterol levels and in some cases even lose weight. There are different recommendations based on weight and ability to handle the taste. However, take at least 1 tbsp to help control cholesterol levels the natural way. Although apple cider vinegar is natural, it is recommended that you talk with your doctor before supplementing with it.

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