Red wine vinegar is typically used as a condiment and in salad dressings, but it appears that it may be a healthy addition to your diet as well.

In fact, red wine vinegar has been used for centuries as a folk remedy for many ailments - and now modern research shows that some of the claims attributed to red wine vinegar, ranging from lowering blood pressure (BP) to improving digestive health, may actually be true.

For instance, studies have shown that patients with type 2 diabetes who consumed vinegar as part of a complex carbohydrate-rich meal experienced a reduction in glucose levels afterwards. Other studies have reported a drop in waking glucose levels in diabetes patients who consumed vinegar prior to bedtime.

Researchers have also noticed reductions in fat production in animals that were fed a high-fat diet supplemented with acetic acid - most likely because genes responsible for fatty acid oxidation are activated when acetic acid is ingested. Acetic acid in red wine vinegar also reduces levels of the hunger-inducing hormone ghrelin, helping to control cravings and reducing fat buildup.

In fact, a Swedish study has shown that vinegar supplementation helps people eat less and reduce cravings after meals. Because acetic acid helps to slow sugar absorption, it also prevents blood sugar levels from spiking following a meal, lowering risk for type 2 diabetes.

Improved calcium absorption has also been linked to the consumption of red wine vinegar - animals given vinegar for just over a month showed a better rate of calcium absorption. Not only that, adding a dilute solution of acetic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, Yersinia and monocytogenes.

Finally, resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in red wine - present also in red wine vinegar - that has been shown to counter the harmful effects of a high-calorie diet in mice and extend their lifespan. Red wine and balsamic vinegars may help combat obesity, which is often linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.

Given all these health benefits, why not add red wine vinegar to your diet today?

Source: Health Benefits of Red Wine Vinegar.