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Red Wine Vinegar Offers Healthy Benefits

Updated on June 19, 2020
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Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist, with degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies.

Red wine vinegar may be healthy
Red wine vinegar may be healthy

1. Decrease blood sugar levels

Red Wine Vinegar has a pretty strong taste. I tried a half teaspoon straight and it took my breath. This is why it is best to dilute all vinegar's in water unless you are sprinkling them on a meal. White vinegar is made from grain, apple cider vinegar is made from apples of course but this particular vinegar is made by fermenting red wine.If you try to drink enough to get yourself drunk it will probably wreck havoc on your stomach so lets keep that out of the equation. Most often this product it is aged before bottling because this reduces the intensity of the flavor. Red wine vinegar is popular for being used in recipes but it also has other ways it can be utilized. One major benefit of all vinegar's is that the acetic acid in them may help to decrease blood sugar levels.Red wine vinegar increase absorption of glucose by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates. Research indicates that adults who are insulin resistant who drink 2 tablespoons of vinegar before a meal rich in carbs found their blood sugar decreased by by 64%. They also reported an increase of 34% in insulin sensitivity. when compared to a placebo group. Another benefit is that when red wine vinegar is used on foods it lowers the glycemic index of the meal.





2. Heart health

Red wine vinegar may be able to improve the health of your heart. Both the resveratrol and acetic acid in it may lower blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as triglicerides, This is great news for adults because as we age, we become more prone to cardiovascular disease. A 4-week study of 60 adults with high blood pressure revealed that taking red wine extract lowered blood pressure numbers significantly when compared to to grape extract, which offered no effect at all. Polyphenols such as resveratrol found in red wine vinegar can relax blood vessels and increase the amount of calcium in your cells. This lowers blood pressure and also increases circulation, which is a win win for everyone.

Red wine vinegar offers the benefits of red wine.
Red wine vinegar offers the benefits of red wine.

3. Beneficial for skin

The acetic acid in red wine vinegar is said to be beneficial for fighting skin infections. Acetic acid has been used as a medicine for over 6,000 year to treat wounds as well as ear, chest and urinary tract infections..Red wine vinegar contains resveratrol, which is an antioxidant that may may fight skin cancers like melanoma. This product is also loaded with antioxidants that may be able to fight skin damage and also bacterial infections. .One study concluded that resveratrol actually killed skin cancer cells and also slowed the growth of new cancer cells. In a different study acetic acid prevented bacteria from growing in burn patients, and kept them from getting infections. Red wine vinegar can be diluted in water and used on the face as a toner. A few tablespoons in bath water is also beneficial for the skin.






4. Weight Loss

The acetic acid in red wine vinegar has been shown to reduce appetite, decrease fat storage, and increase fat burning. This is especially good news for aging adults who find their metabolism has slowed down.Red wine vinegar has also been proven to keep food longer in the stomach which delays the release of the hunger hormone ghrelin. This in turn would result in less hunger and [prevent over eating which would help maintain weight. In one study over weight adults were given a 17 ounce beverage to drink with no red wine vinegar, a half ounce or one ounce daily for 12 weeks.The test subjects who drank the vinegar had lost weight as well as belly fat in comparison to those who only had the drink. Other studies have indicated that those who drink vinegar with meals feel fuller and eat less. One other amazing benefit is that studies indicate red wine vinegar can decrease stomach fat.



Red wine vinegar may lower blood pressure.
Red wine vinegar may lower blood pressure.

A word of caution

Please keep in mind that there is no miracle cure or one one food that will erase years of bad habits. The research indicates that red wine vinegar can possibly play a role in helping adults to maintain their skin, weight, blood pressure, heart health and cholesterol. The studies also show that people who drank red wine vinegar daily over a period of years had a higher risk of digestive issues. Keep this in mind and always exert caution and moderation. Not every food will work the same for everybody, but these studies give research that offers possibilities, If you are taking any medications, please check with your health care provider to make sure this product will not interfere with your prescription drugs. If adding a little red wine vinegar to your diet does assist you with improving your health, it will do so at practically no cost and less side effects than prescription medications. This article is designed for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that red wine vinegar will prevent or cure any disease or result in weight loss. Each person will have their own individual results, so keep this in mind.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston

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    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      13 months ago from Roanoke

      Yes it is very strong. I water it down.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Cheryl, I use red wine vinegar for sald dressing quite often. I appreciate all the benefits you listed in this article. I know it has a strong taste so I use it fairly conservatively.

    • Cheryl E Preston profile imageAUTHOR

      Cheryl E Preston 

      13 months ago from Roanoke

      Thanks for reading

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      We use red wine vinegar, as well as other types of vinegar, in our homemade salad dressings. Your caution of using it in moderation, if consuming it in different manners, is well-advised.

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