Apple Cider Vinegar – Healthy or Hyped?

Apple Cider Vinegar – Healthy or Hyped?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) is basically made from apples, sugar & yeast and is put through a double fermentation process, and it has also become very popular among natural health enthusiasts.  

Many supporters claim that consuming just a small amount of ACV can result in all sorts of health-optimizing wonders:  

  • Reducing the appearance of acne 
  • Weight loss 
  • Lower cholesterol 
  • Lower blood sugar levels 
  • The decrease in symptoms of Diabetes  

Some have even gone so far as to claim that Apple Cider Vinegar can kill cancer cells.   

But have any of these miracle claims been proven by science?   

Can these health issues really be alleviated just by consuming ACV?  

Let’s find out more about whether Apple Cider Vinegar is really a miracle health tonic 

Here is what has been purported about ACV:  

Is apple cider vinegar safe to consume, and how much should you use?  

If you decide you want to experiment with apple cider vinegar, the commonly recommended dosage is 1-2 teaspoons per day, but up to 2, Tbs spread throughout the day.   

It is also recommended to use raw, unfiltered ACV with the “mother” still intact.  

However, be aware that too much apple cider vinegar can lead to unpleasant side effects, some even harmful, including the following: 

  • Delayed stomach emptying (gastroparesis): This is a common condition for people with type 1 diabetes – food stays in the stomach too long, which can result in heartburn, bloating, and nausea. 
  • Unpleasant digestive effects including indigestion and throat “burns”. 
  • Drug interactions. Be sure to check with your pharmacist and/or doctor to make sure any prescriptions or over-the-counter medications you are taking, including medications for lowering blood sugar, do not interact with apple cider vinegar. 

While ACV does not contain any chemicals or other ingredients that some feel are unsafe or unhealthy, it is not recommended that apple cider vinegar be consumed straight up, as the acid could cause damage to your teeth if there is direct contact with your teeth enamel.   

Therefore, consider mixing apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drinking it through a straw (reusable, of course!), or use it diluted in a recipe.   

Also, consider rinsing your mouth with water and waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after drinking it to prevent damage to your tooth enamel.  

RECIPE  

Here is a quick, simple, and tasty recipe for an apple cider vinegar beverage.  

ACV Sparkler 

 2 cups sparkling mineral or spring water 

4 Tbs apple cider vinegar, raw & unfiltered with the Mother 

¼ – 1 tsp pure honey 

Optional: Ice cubes or a few pieces of frozen fruit, like berries  

Place all of the ingredients in a glass. Mix until the honey is dissolved. Add ice cubes or frozen fruit for chill and flavor, if desired. 

2 Responses so far.

  1. lee says:

    I love the Foot Soak in Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). It works. Thanks so much for sharing…

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