Apple Cider Vinger 

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Dear Pharmacist,
My neighbor swears by apple cider vinegar to treat health ailments. I haven’t tried it, but my neighbor looks fairly healthy and never gets sick. Is there something to it?

Dear P.B.,
Vinegar has been used for centuries for many purposes including cleaning, killing weeds and pickling. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is sold as both a bottled vinegar and a dietary supplement in the U.S. Yes, it’s a popular folk remedy, but I don’t think ACV cures everything. However, I use ACV almost daily in my kitchen.

ACV is a fermentation product of pulverized apples. Its primary active ingredient is “acetic acid,” and many holistic practitioners believe that a little acid can relieve symptoms of reflux disease and heartburn. It may sound strange, but the bitter truth is that symptoms of heartburn and reflux can sometimes be related to insufficient levels of stomach acid (termed hypochlorhydria) – and not high levels as many who take acid blockers assume. The acetic acid in ACV sometimes brings relief to people with certain digestive disorders. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t take ACV without your doctor’s approval because it could damage the delicate lining of your digestive tract.

Here are a few uses for ACV: 

It reduces high cholesterol. An animal study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2006) showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol. The scientists found that rats given acetic acid showed an improved cholesterol ratio.

It aids in weight loss.
A small study conducted in 2005 found that people who consume vinegar with meals feel fuller faster! ACV also contains chromium, which helps balance blood sugar and suppresses cravings for carbs. Compounds in ACV appear to help a person break down fats easier too.

It helps relieve arthritis.
ACV is derived from apples which give us “malic acid.” This substance helps fight infections and also relieves pain. Malic acid may ease joint pain, fibromyalgia and gouty arthritis by dissolving uric acid deposits that form around joints.

It helps with diabetes control.
This is ACV’s most promising effect. Several studies have found that it may help control blood glucose. A 2007 study published in Diabetes Care found that people with type 2 diabetes experienced about a 5% reduction in morning blood glucose levels.

ACV also contains many enzymes, minerals and vitamins. The naturally-occurring compounds could theoretically interact with diuretics, laxatives, blood-thinners and medications often used to treat diabetes and heart diseases. Be sure to talk with your physician before using ACV with other medications.

To use ACV, just add 2 teaspoons to water each day and drink it or use it as salad dressing. Look for organic; I prefer “raw and unfiltered.”

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