By Doctor Rosemarie Jabbour (Chiropractor)
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is an old fashioned remedy that is claimed to help a range of health issues. In this blog post we discuss what apple cider vinegar is, the evidence for any health benefits and why I drink this every day.
It has been used for thousands of years as a health remedy, to fight infection, as a digestive aid, for stomach pain. It is made of fermented apple juice and the acid is acetic acid. In general,
the less processed your food, the better it is for you. So, purchase organic, unfiltered and unprocessed apple cider vinegar with 'the mother', containing natural enzymes and
What Does Science Tell Us?
Apple Cider Vinegar and Blood Sugar
The Director of Arizona State University’s nutrition program (Carol Johnston) has studied the effects of apple cider vinegar for over 10 years. Specifically, the anti-glycemic effect it may have on blood sugar. The vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch (from diet), preventing that blocked starch from being digested as sugar and thereby controlling blood sugar levels. This does not represent a treatment for diabetes however.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss
A recent Japanese study conducted on 175 obese people concluded that those participants who included apple cider vinegar in their diet loss slightly more weight than those who did not.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Digestion
Buy the cloudy version of apple cider vinegar which contains ‘the mother’: unfiltered and with beneficial bacteria and probiotics. This vinegar can support immune function. In general, the less processed your food, the better it is for you. So, purchase organic, unfiltered and unprocessed apple cider vinegar. It is known that acetic acid can increase absorption of minerals from food. The acid that constitutes apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. Therefore you could conclude that apple cider vinegar before a meal may help unlock the mineral content in food. Why not?
TIP: don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight. Mix it with juice or water. It's a strong acid that can strip enamel from your teeth.
Why do I drink this every morning?
I take 1-2 tablespoons per day in a glass of water or juice, usually in the mornings. I personally experience digestive benefits. Also, I’ve always been told that apple cider vinegar is a great help in minimising joint pain and inflammation.
So, drink up!
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Web MD 'Apple Cider Vinegar and Health' Accessed December 2015. http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/apple-cider-vinegar-and-health?page=1
Carol S. Johnston and Cindy A, 'Vinegar: medicinal uses and antiglycemic effect' MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2): 61. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/