Last Updated on September 1, 2020
Apple cider vinegar is an incredible compound that has been around for centuries.
I read an article about a Dr. Shmerling from Harvard who said he was surprised to see the apple cider vinegar diet as one of the hottest trends on Google in 2017. He was even more surprised when he looked into apple cider vinegar and its health benefits. Dr. Shmerling went on to quote a 2009 study involving 175 obese people. The study participants lost between two to four pounds by drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day for twelve weeks. Triglyceride levels also went down during this study.
Apple cider vinegar also has a beneficial effect on the human microbiome. I think science will someday realize that apple cider vinegar is one of the best medicines for the GI tract. I would put a good quality apple cider vinegar in the same category as yogurt. Their benefits are somewhat similar.
The exciting thing about the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is that it has a profoundly positive impact on the upper GI tract. For many people over sixty, one to tablespoons a day can reduce heartburn and improve protein digestion.
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So far, conventional, evidence-based Western medicine hasn’t clicked on to apple cider vinegar. I think that is at least in part because western medicine has been too busy given people proton pump inhibitors.
Apple cider vinegar helps to balance gut function and inhibit harmful bacteria. Just remember, I’m not referring to the white, highly processed vinegar you can buy at the supermarket. That vinegar is the result of industrial processing. It’s probably suitable for cleaning the bathroom but not for drinking.
In contrast, apple cider vinegar is naturally fermented. It’s been linked to weight loss, as I mentioned. It’s associated with improving skin, hair, and nails, as well as reducing gas.
If you have weight and digestive issues, I recommend a trial of one tablespoon of apple vinegar per day, just before a meal. Over time you may be able to step it up to one tablespoon twice a day.
Apple cider vinegar is not made by big pharmaceutical companies. That could be one reason that it’s not heavily promoted. It’s also cheap and readily available.
Give it a try and judge for yourself.