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Red Wine Vinegar Health Benefits: Weight Loss, Heart Health And More

Red wine vinegar is made by fermenting, straining and bottling red wine before it is aged to reduce the flavor intensity. Its acetic acid content helps lower blood sugar levels and boosts heart health. Its antioxidants also protect the skin. Check out all of its health benefits below.

Lowers Blood Sugar Levels

As per Healthline, the acetic acid found in red wine vinegar slows down the body’s digestion of carbohydrates and increases the absorption of glucose. The process results in lower amounts of glucose in your blood and maintains a healthy blood sugar level.

According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, drinking two tablespoons of red wine vinegar before eating a high-carb meal lowers blood sugar by 64 percent and increases your insulin sensitivity to 34 percent. Consuming the same amount before bedtime for two successive days also reduces fasting blood sugar levels by 6 percent. Thus, drinking red wine vinegar helps alleviate the adverse effects of type 2 diabetes in patients suffering from the condition.

Protects Skin

Red wine vinegar is also rich in antioxidants responsible for protecting the body against skin damage and infections. The type and quality of the red wine vinegar determine the amounts of anthocyanins that protect the body against these conditions. Those fermented with Cabernet Sauvignon house about 20 anthocyanin compounds.

A study published in Science Direct claimed that resveratrol found in red wine vinegar also fights against melanoma, a certain type of skin cancer. It was found to kill skin cancer cells and slow down cancer growth. Its acetic acid also fights skin infections. In fact, red wine vinegar has been used during ancient times in treating ear, chest and urinary tract infections.

Promotes Weight Loss

Acetic acid also reduces fat storage, appetite and burns fat faster. It keeps food in the stomach longer, allowing the body to release ghrelin which trumps your food cravings. In one study, obese people who consumed 17 ounces of drinks with the vinegar significantly lost weight in a span of 12 weeks. Their belly fat also lowered. People who also consumed higher amounts of acetic acid as they consume white-wheat bread for breakfast also noticeably felt full faster.

Boosts Heart Health

Both acetic acid and resveratrol in red wine vinegar lowers your cholesterol levels, prevents inflammation and blood clots and regulates your blood pressure. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that relaxes your blood vessels and promotes higher calcium absorption which results in better blood circulation and lower blood pressure.

Red wine vinegar Bottles of vinegar on display. Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay