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Unveiling the Power of Apple Cider Vinegar: Separating Fact from Fiction

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been making waves in the wellness world and is touted for its potential health benefits. Is it the most recent health cure du jour? Experts say ACV is not pixie dust, but it’s also not snake oil.


What is ACV?

Basically, ACV is a type of vinegar made by fermenting apples that has been used for centuries for its purported health benefits. Organic, unfiltered ACV contains a murky substance called “mother,” which consists of strands of proteins, enzymes, and ‘good’ bacteria.

According to the University of Chicago Medicine, many attribute ACV’s benefits to the “mother.”

“There’s some truth to this since the mother counts as a probiotic,” writes Edwin McDonald, MD. “Aside from probiotics, ACV has a vitamin profile similar to apple juice. Hence, the sour drink is ripe with B vitamins and plant-based antioxidants.”


So, let's take a closer look at what ACV can really do for your health.

  1. May Aid Weight Loss
    This is the health claim that everyone is searching for. According to Healthline.com, studies show that vinegar may help people lose weight. A few studies suggest it may promote fullness, which can decrease calorie intake, but more research is warranted. Short-term studies also suggest that it can help reduce appetite. But before you cancel your gym membership, keep in mind the study participants were on a calorie-restricted diet, and they exercised.

  2. May Help Lower Blood Sugar & Manage Diabetes
    Of all the health benefits, this one has the most scientific backing. One clinical trial suggests that AVC consumption may have beneficial effects on the glycemic index in people with diabetes. This could potentially benefit others without diabetes who wish to keep their blood sugar levels in check.

  3. May Improve Heart Health
    Emerging research suggests that ACV may positively impact heart health by helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Animal studies have shown that ACV consumption could reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, both of which are risk factors for heart disease. Additionally, ACV's acetic acid content may help relax blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. However, ACV may interact with some common medications, so check in with a trusted healthcare provider.


What Are The Side Effects Of ACV?

There is a risk of side effects, especially if you take more than the standard daily dose of 1-2 tablespoons. ACV may cause indigestion, lower potassium, and erode tooth enamel. It may also cause skin and throat burns and interact with certain medications. It’s best to dilute it in water.


The Takeaway

It's easy to get swept up in the latest health and wellness buzz. But remember, there’s no one silver bullet for optimal health. Rather, it’s a combination of healthy lifestyle choices you make every day.

Zenwise® believes that gut health is the key to good health. As noted above, ACV offers beneficial probiotic properties that may affect every facet of health. For more info, see our post Gut Health: A Guide to Boosting Health on Your Weight Loss Journey. We urge you to take a look at our blog page, which offers the most recent research on gut health, holistic hacks, advice on finding balance, and even great recipes!


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