As we all know, vinegar is a mild acid commonly used for in some cooking recipes (cabbage salad) or for cleaning tough stains. In fact, due to its rather low cost and satisfactory results, vinegar represents itself as a universal product that benefits our health and keeps the environment safe at the same time. On the other hand, few people are actually aware of the potential its mild acidic properties have. Let’s explore the versatility of this amazing substance.
1. Helps control cholesterol levels
The ability of vinegar to keep the cholesterol at optimal levels has not been tested on humans yet. Nonetheless, the numerous results obtained on animals foresee future medication based on acetic acid. To summarize, rabbits and rats that were constantly fed acetic acid over a given period of time had significantly lower harmful cholesterol levels, reduced blood pressure and enjoyed many health benefits compared to the control group.
2. It reduces high glycemia
Several studies carried between the 1990s and 2000s indicate that adding a small amount of vinegar into your dishes can help reduce the glycemia caused by foods rich in carbohydrates. In other words, vinegar may have a role to play in helping diabetics keep their condition under control. While some researchers are convinced that vinegar helps control glycemia and can reduce the amount of medication required, it is highly advisable to discuss this issue with your physician before you try it on yourself.
3. The oldest treatment for infections
While the Greeks used vinegar both internally and externally to treat infections in the 4th century BC, in reality they only discovered half of the truth. However excellent of a disinfectant the substance is, vinegar is essentially contraindicated for internal use, particularly in large quantities. Nonetheless, in some parts of the world a mixture of one tablespoon of vinegar and one-quarter warm water is still being used to fight off yeast infection and maintain the normal pH balance of the female reproductive organs.
4. Helps you create an optimal soil for a flower garden
As any gardener will tell you, some flowers thrive in a more acidic soil. Therefore, if you are thinking of growing azaleas or similar plants in your garden you too can create the perfect environment for them with the help of vinegar. Simply add two tablespoons of the substance for each 250 milliliters of water in the mixture you use to water azaleas, sit back and watch them grow. The benefits of vinegar for a flower garden are two-folded, since pouring undiluted vinegar onto weeds will destroy them immediately without affecting the environment.
5. Vinegar keeps unwanted pests out of the garden
If rabbits have given you a hard time and they are constantly coming for lunch in your vegetable garden, then vinegar can help you create a natural and safe repellant. All you have to do is soak common cotton balls in vinegar, arrange them in film containers with small holes and place them in your garden. As a side note, depending on the size of the vegetable garden, it is probable that you will need more than one of these natural repellants.
Vinegar is also helpful for those of you who are experiencing problems with ants. Essentially, you can keep the ants away from your garden by simply spraying the substance onto the fence and prevent them from crossing.