Apple Cider Vinegar- does it really work?

Many of you have heard about apple cider vinegar, and you may have even tried it! While some love the taste of vinegar (like me), others absolutely despise it! (my husband).

But what is it really for, and is there actual research on it? If you look at the many online articles and the claims, you will sadly realize that a lot of the health claims are not supported by research. But, since this ACV has been around for so long, I kept digging a little deeper to see what I can find.

Popular claims include:

  • -       helps with weight loss
  • -       improves allergy symptoms ( I will do ANYTHING to get rid of allergies)
  •  reduces acid reflux
  • balanced pH of your skin
  • makes your skin soft
  • makes your hair shiny
  • makes teeth whiter
  • improves your immune system
  •  improves arthritis pain
  • improves lymphatic circulation
  • reduces cholesterol
  •  Helps Remove Body Toxins
  •  Helps Promote a Youthful Body
  • Improves Digestion and Assimilation
  • Soothes Tight and Aching Joints and Sore Muscles from exercise Soothes irritated skin (http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar-FAQ.html#acv_faq1a)

 

Sounds like a magical liquid! To be honest, I would prefer using a natural, and holistic treatment over actual medicine any day.

  The Mother of Apple Cider Vinegar 

The Mother of Apple Cider Vinegar 

Some of the research that has been done has showed that it can lower blood pressure (1), and in 2004, a study cited in the American Diabetes Foundation’s publication Diabetes Care1 found that taking vinegar before meals significantly increased insulin sensitivity and dramatically reduced the insulin and glucose spikes that occur after meals (2). Another study found that daily vinegar consumption favorably influenced fasting glucose concentrations in healthy adults (3). So it can actually help with controlling blood sugar and insulin levels- which super important when talking health and weight loss.

 Good to know!

What else have people claimed it to do?  Some sources say even the great Hippocrates, “The Father of Medicine” used to use it for its amazing properties. Now you have to make sure you use the unfiltered ACV, which contains “the mother”. This “mother” is just the occurring pectin and apple residues and it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The “mother” contains nutrients and healthy bacteria, similar to Kombucha.

So what is the best way to use it? I like put 1-2 tablespoons in an 8 ounce glass of water. Some people take shots of it, but I find that burns my throat too much. When I’m home, I also drink it before and during my meals. I really love the taste of it, but it may take others a little to get used to it. 

Have I seen anything dramatic from it?  Well its been 3 days…so no.  But then again I really don't have any digestion issues or other ailments to complain about (as of now).  

The biggest ailment in my life is allergies…to the air, some veggies, fruits, dogs, cats…amongst many others. So I will continue to  use this remedy, and will report back any changes I see/feel!

Here are some other uses from Patricia Bragg:

ACV:

  • Helps your skin look healthy, vibrant and youthful

  • Its an effective skin cleanser, toner and soothes sunburns

  • It’s rich in natural organic acids (alpha-hydroxy acids) and used by dermatologists and estheticians (skin care specialists) to help the skin have a more youthful and glowing healthy appearance

  • To cleanse & refresh your skin, add a cup to bath water

  • Wonderful hair rinse when used after shampooing (See Natural Beauty Recipes Section)

 

1)    British Journal of Nutrition May, 95(5):916-924,

2)   Diabetes Care 27January, 281-282

3)   Carol S. Johnston, Samantha Quagliano, and Serena Whit. Thereputic Effect of daily Vinegar Ingestions for Individuals at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes. School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ

Disclaimer – Due to the lack of supporting research, apple cider vinegar cannot be recommended for treatment or prevention of any health problems. Also, please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements.