With the recent trend and sale of “superfoods” none have been as vigorously defended and debated as apple cider vinegar. One crowd says it's a cure for everything from body detoxification, acne, certain diseases, and even cancer. On the other hand, many look at apple cider vinegar as nothing more than the latest snake oil pushed by food companies to earn bigger profit. So what is the truth about this sour juice made from distillation of apples. Is it the elixir of life or just another scam?
I’m of the opinion that when people make high claims without the science to back it up, take what they say with a grain of salt. So what does science say? Thanks to the newly founded popularity of apple cider vinegar, studies have started to surface, and here is what some found:
Lower Glucose levels: A study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at night before bed and found that in the morning their glucose levels lowered 4-6%
Lowers cholesterol: A study done on rats showed that drinking apple cider vinegar lowered cholesterol, but has not yet been proven on humans
Lower Blood Pressure: Another study on rats shows that apple cider vinegar could lower high blood pressure
Possible Cancer Detractor: Few lab studies have shown that the use of vinegar may kill cancer cells, but cannot be fully proven
Weight Loss: In 2005, researchers did an observational study of 12 people in which they found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread. But researchers have yet to find if the use of apple cider vinegar increases the metabolic rate.
These are early studies with many tested on animals instead of humans but there is a possibility that some of the claims made by the pro cider crowd might hold some validity.
My Experience....Grain of Salt
Alright, on a personal note here’s my take on this whole matter but please note that everything I say here is on personal experience and not on scientific studies, so please take it with a grain of salt. I have taken apple cider vinegar daily for the past 3 years. While taking it I have had little to no acne, this could be due to aging or a change in my diet so I can’t say for certain that apple cider vinegar was the sole reason for the clearing of acne as well as healthier looking skin, but it certainly didn’t hurt.
Another finding I can vouch for is suppression of appetite. I rarely eat before noon and can say that coffee and apple cider vinegar are the major reasons for it. After drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in 8-12 oz of water I can function at a full capacity a couple of hours before needing food. If trying to lose weight I would definitely suggest using apple cider vinegar as an appetite suppressant. As long as you don’t overdo it, as apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and may cause harm to the mouth and esophagus if not properly diluted.
In my opinion apple cider vinegar is more of a mainstay diet supplement than a flash in the pan fad. At the same time I don’t buy into it as a one fix cure-all supplement either. Adding it into your daily diet routine might prove beneficial then again it might not. Personal experience is most vital, if you think that apple cider vinegar could help you lose weight and clear your skin, give it a try. If you don’t think the science is there to convince you of the alluded properties, that is your valid prerogative.
There’s is no one size fits all solution to many of these ailments we as humans deal with daily. Seeing what works and doesn’t work for you and your body is the best advice I or anyone else can give you no matter what I or anyone say.