Can we now claim that apple cider vinegar is a powerful ‘cure all’ healing tonic? Well if it is RAW and UNPASTEURIZED, then science says YES!
ACV is believed to be a natural remedy for many maladies. Since the times of yore, it has been used to fight infections and virulence thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
It is one of those folk-tale remedies that has been reputed to help (if not entirely cure!) ailments such as allergies, acne, high cholesterol, joint pain, weight loss, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, lower high blood pressure, and it has also been shown to help with type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity.
So, science has supported us with these ancient folk remedies and I am happy to reveal that the research results are absolutely positive!
Apple cider vinegar is acknowledged to treat numerous diseases
Apple cider vinegar is used to treat numerous diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. To name a few, it kills head lice, reverses aging, eases digestion, prevents flu, prevents acne, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, kills fungus, regulate pH balance, dissolves kidney stones and helps relieve allergies, migraines, asthma, nausea, heart burn and flushes toxins from the body. Can it really do all these things? You bet it can!
What does science say?
ACV regulates high blood pressure and promotes good heart health
Another study in rats found that this vinegar could lower high blood pressure. A large observational study also found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads 5-6 times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t.
Researchers have suggested that ‘this reduction in blood pressure may be caused by the significant reduction in renin activity and the subsequent decrease in angiotensin II’. Potassium in the vinegar ‘balances sodium levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within healthy limits’ and ‘apple cider vinegar also contains magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and thus lower high blood pressure’.
ACV works magic with diabetes
The effect of apple cider vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising of all APV’s health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. For example, a study (White, A. Diabetes Care, November 2007) of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of ACV before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%.
In another study, conducted by the Arizona State University researchers, subjects took a drink of 20 grams of ACV and 40 grams of water. Those with insulin resistance who drank the vinegar had 34% lower postprandial (after-meal) glucose compared to controls. ACV may be the most cost-effective medicine in history, but most people with diabetes still aren’t taking it!
ACV beats high cholesterol
A 2006 study reported in Medscape General Medicine, showed evidence that ACV could lower cholesterol. In a study published in a foreign medical journal, scientists found an apple cider vinegar-enhanced diet may increase the HDL (good cholesterol), and reduce levels of triglycerides. Research in rats suggests that apple-cider vinegar can help control triglycerides and cholesterol.
ACV “deals” with certain types of cancer
A few laboratory studies have found that vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or diminish their growth. One study found that eating vinegar was associated with a decreased risk of esophageal cancer. Another associated it with an increased risk of bladder cancer. In recent trials, pectin, which can be found in ACV, has shown promise in helping to slow the growth of cancerous cells within the prostate. In addition, apple cider vinegar’s acidity aids in detoxifying and cleansing the digestive tract and cleaning out the colon, which supports the health of the prostate as well.
Weight loss is no problem with ACV
ACV has been used for weight loss for thousands of years. White vinegar (and perhaps other types) might help people feel full up. A study (Ostman, E. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2005) of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread.
A 2009 study on mice showed that consuming acetic acid (the active component in ACV), upregulates the expression of genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes in the liver, causing a suppression in body fat accumulation. In a double-blind experiment, obese Japanese were assigned to 3 different groups (based on similar body weights), body mass indexes (BMI), and waist circumference.
Each group drank a 500 ml drink containing either 30ml, 15ml, or 0ml of vinegar daily for 12 weeks. Those in the 30ml and 15ml groups had lower BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, serum triglyceride, and body weight to the control group of 0ml. The 12-week weight losses were modest: 1.2kg in the 15ml group and 1.7kg in the 30ml group.
These 2 groups consumed a similar number of calories to the control group and also performed a similar amount of exercise, so the effect is not expected to have been due to an impact on appetite or other lifestyle changes. It was said that consumption of vinegar might reduce corpulence.
How to take ACV:
Never use it undiluted as it is an acid, and will eat away tooth enamel. It may cause burns to the sensitive tissues in your mouth and throat, so drink it in liquid form, but diluted with water. A simple tonic can be made from 1-2 teaspoons ACV and 1 teaspoon honey in a cup of warm water. There have also been offers of apple cider vinegar supplements in capsule form. Make sure you drink 8 oz. pure water with your capsules to avoid causing tissue damage of the esophagus.
Apple cider vinegar and apple cider vinegar pills have become a popular dietary supplement around the globe. I have found it works to relieve acid reflux and I have seen results with dissolving kidney stones.
What about you?
Have you ever tried ACV for your troubles? We would appreciate to hear your questions and results and find out about any good stories you would like to share with us.
- Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, June 22, 2011
- White, A. Diabetes Care, November 2007