Having read extensively on the benefits of consuming Apple Cider Vinegar (with Mother), I decided to give it a go, and bought myself some of the foul tasting, acidic concoction from Holland & Barratt.
ACV is a favorite among health gurus, beauty fanatics, and wellness junkies, with many people swearing by a shot (or a few tablespoons) of the stuff first thing in the morning.
People think it’s gross, but I kind of like the taste.Hilary Duff
Due to ACV having a low pH, thus being quite acidic, it’s highly recommend that it is mixed with a glass of water to prevent burns to the mouth and esophagus. I’ve been drinking 1 pint of water, with a tablespoon (15 ml) of ACV twice a day. It tastes bloody awful 🤮
It is very early days for me to say if the vinegar is having any impact, so I’ll get back to you on that front at some point in the future, unless I quit this endeavour due to the disgusting taste.
It’s a little bit stinky but if you’re not sleeping over at your boyfriend’s it’s really effective!Scarlett Johansson
Historically, vinegar has been used for many ailments. A few examples are that of the famous Greek physician Hippocrates, who recommended vinegar for the treatment of cough and colds, and that of the Italian physician Tommaso Del Garbo, who, during an outbreak of plague in 1348, washed his hands, face and mouth with vinegar in the hopes of preventing infection.
Let food be thy medicineHippocrates
Acid Cider Vinegar Benefits:
- It could help improve digestion
- It could help support your immune system
- It could help boost the condition of your hair
- It could help improve your skin and nail health
- It could help lower blood sugar levels
- It could help with weight loss
- It could help cure a sore throat
- It could help lower cholesterol
- It could help boost energy
- It could help banish leg cramps
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugars from apples which turns them into acetic acid – the active ingredient in vinegar. In the shops you may see apple cider vinegar labelled as ‘filtered’ (a clear liquid), or unfiltered and containing something known as ‘mother’.
The ‘mother’ type means there are proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria present, and they give ACV a cloudy appearance.
There have been several studies that demonstrate how ACV can help improve insulin sensitivity (that is, how much insulin someone needs to lower blood sugar levels after eating) when drunk with a high-carbohydrate meal in both insulin-resistant and healthy participants.
Research published by the American Diabetes Association found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed can reduce fasting blood sugars, too.
In 2016 a study carried out by Michael Mosley and Aston University showed that drinking dilute apple cider vinegar appeared to bring blood sugar levels down.
There are mixed results to date on whether apple cider vinegar is effective in aiding weight loss. There has been some evidence that as well as being of benefit to blood sugars, vinegar may also help to increase the feeling of fullness when consumed with a high-carb meal, which could help with weight loss by preventing overeating later in the day.
A 12-week study in Japan also found that acetic acid, found in ACV, helped to reduce body weight, BMI and visceral fat in obese individuals.
What am I hoping to achieve?
I’ll be happy with a slight drop in my weight (I’ve put on 7lbs over the Christmas period and now weigh 196 lbs), but I’m more interested in seeing if ACV can help my immune system with regards to asthma. Fingers crossed!