Free radicals are molecules that interact with your body and can cause it to experience oxidative stress, which in turn can damage organs. The body has ways of dealing with free radicals to neutralize them before they cause undue damage. However, the body’s ability to neutralize these interlopers can be severely weakened by a body with a less than optimal state of health, including obesity. Moreover, free radicals proliferate in fat cells. Therefore diseases and organ malfunctions related to oxidative stress are going to be more common among those with excess weight. Antioxidants fight the free radicals that proliferate in fat cells and which can cause damage to the body. Veggies and fruits are known to be full of antioxidants. Synthetic variants exist, but not without possibly dangerous side effects. One study used the cost-effective easy solution of apple cider vinegar to see if parameters that indicate oxidative stress leading to a possible cardiac event, such as high cholesterol and triglycerides would be affected by the measure. These specific parameters were in fact lowered. The test subjects also showed higher levels of antioxidants and lessened signs of oxidative stress. Apple cider vinegar may be a near perfect dietary addition, as it requires no special preparation, tastes decent and lasts for a very long time. It also prevents sugar spikes and may have some benefit in the event of a yeast infection as well.
- Apple cider vinegar has cardiovascular benefits that are especially germane for obese individuals.
- Although antioxidants found organically in fruits and vegetables are positive in effect, sythetic ones have been linked to cancer.
- Apple cider vinegar can lower blood sugar spikes and even aid in treating yeast infections.
“A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food says taking apple cider vinegar can reduce the damage caused by oxidative stress in obese individuals, reducing your likelihood of developing serious health conditions.”