Have you ever drunk a shrub? No, that doesn’t mean going out and squeezing your hedge to make a smoothie. A shrub is simply a vinegar that has been infused with fruits and herbs. Have you heard of apple cider vinegar? That’s a shrub. It turns out that shrubs in any combination can provide a powerful health boost. Here are some of those benefits to consider:
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Before you enjoy a high-carb meal, you might consider drinking apple cider vinegar. That can improve your insulin sensitivity. In other words, it would slow the rate of your blood sugar levels from rising.
Protects Heart Health
Balsamic vinegar is a kind of shrub that be help prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), otherwise known as “bad cholesterol.” That LDL can trigger conditions that create plaque in the arteries and that in turn leads to potential problems with the heart.
A salad dressing that you buy at the grocery store can taste great but it can also be loaded with unhealthy fats. The solution? Dilute it with vinegar and you’ve made a shrub! You can literally split a bottle of salad dressing in half and fill it with vinegar. This also cuts the calories in half.
Vinegars are a rich source of polyphenols. If you’ve never heard of those, then you’re probably not alone. Polyphenols are compounds that are synthesized by plants that fight oxidative stress. That is the kind of stress in the system that can trigger to formation of cancer. Reduce the stress and you reduce the cancer risk.
One of the most popular reasons for adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet is that it can help keep things “regular.” Drinking diluted cider vinegar three times are can help with diarrhea or constipation. That is a big boost for your digestive system.
Kills Bad Breath
Vinegar has anti-bacterial properties. Those properties can help break down the kind of plaque and bacteria that form in your mouth and causes halitosis. As an added benefit, it can also help with a sore throat.
You can experiment and create your own version of shrub. They’re also becoming so popular that you might find them on the menu of your favorite restaurant.