5 Surprising Health Benefits of Vinegar

An overview of the unexpected health benefits of vinegar.

5 Surprising Health Benefits of Vinegar

Vinegar is popular today for its zingy, bright flavor and many culinary uses. However, research shows there are also several health benefits to consuming vinegar.

1. Aids in healthy digestion
Champagne and balsamic vinegar contain an active compound called acetic acid. Research from the National Library of Medicine proves this acid contains strains of probiotics that may help aid with digestion and promote good gut health.

2. Lowers cholesterol
Balsamic vinegar may help lower cholesterol. The antioxidants in balsamic vinegar help block toxic cells in the body that can raise cholesterol levels. According to one study involving rabbits with high cholesterol, it is possible that consuming balsamic vinegar can help lower or maintain already low cholesterol levels. By consuming balsamic vinegar as a dressing or glaze, you can consume enough antioxidants to help your body protect itself against clogged arteries.

3. Improves skin health
Studies in Medical Health Today suggest acetic acid and antioxidants in balsamic vinegar may help improve a person’s complexion over time. Consuming balsamic vinegar as part of a regular diet might make one’s skin look clearer and brighter.

4. Improves blood pressure
Balsamic and champagne vinegar have been studied for their impact on blood pressure and blood sugar levels. A Medscape General Medicine study that examined the scientific effects of vinegar found that balsamic vinegar has an antiglycemic impact when consumed, meaning a person’s blood sugar will spike less drastically after a meal. In a Livestrong study from 2006, balsamic vinegar was shown to help reduce atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. With this effect, it may help to lower your blood pressure levels and stabilize them at normal levels.

5. Improves immunity
The fruit that is used to make champagne vinegar contains antioxidants that may fight against cell damage, improve the body's immune system and make blood platelets more flexible, according to

When it comes to health benefits, the type of vinegar you choose matters. Steer clear of overprocessed vinegar made with fillers or artificial flavorings that leave a metallic taste. Choose raw, unpasteurized vinegar made from fresh, high quality fruit, with the mother (aka beneficial bacteria) intact.

Brightland's fruit-forward PARASOL and RAPTURE are double-fermented with farm-fresh Navel and Valencia oranges and ripe Triple Crown blackberries, bottled with the mother, and exceptionally delicious. 

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