Some medical uses of Apple Cider Vinegar found on WebMD:
- Diabetes. The effect of vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best-researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. A 2007 study of people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%.
- High cholesterol A 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol.
- Blood pressure and heart health. A recent study found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure. A large observational study also found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t.
- Cancer . A few laboratory studies have found that vinegar may kill cancer cells or slow their growth.
- Weight Loss . For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss as it might help people feel full. A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a small amounts of vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied.
How Should Apple Cider Vinegar Be Used?
There are no official recommendations on how to use it. Some say take two tablespoons a day (mixed in a cup of water or juice.) A tablet of 285 milligrams is another common dosage.
What Are the Risks of Apple Cider Vinegar?
On the whole, the risks of taking small amounts of apple cider vinegar seem low. However, apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowing as pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. (Always rinse your mouth well after using.)
Talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar if you already have low potassium or osteoporosis, have diabetes, or heart disease as vinegar may interact with certain drugs, such as digoxin (a heart drug), diuretics like Lasix, prescription laxatives, or if you take insulin. Vinegar contains chromium, and can alter insulin levels, which can be a good thing but your doctor should be made aware of it, in order to make modifications to your medications.
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