The Magic Bullet Of Weight Loss?
Many people have claimed that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a magic bullet of weight loss. Is this claim valid? Can ACV help? Here’s what patients need to know about the risks and benefits of apple cider vinegar.
What is ACV?
Apple cider vinegar, made from fermented apple cider, has been around as a health remedy for centuries. Because the supplement contains yeast and beneficial bacteria, some people claim that ACV can act as a natural probiotic. Many bottles of ACV will have a loose clump of bacteria and yeast at the bottom that people call the mother.
Evidence for weight loss
Taking ACV alone will not cause a person to lose weight. However, there is some evidence that ACV, combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, can provide an extra boost. In one study, people who took apple cider vinegar lost more weight and improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Other research has found that ACV can contribute to lower fasting glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes.
What else can apple cider vinegar do?
Some evidence has also found that the supplement can help with wound healing, reducing blood pressure, and controlling blood sugar. The supplement has also been linked to an improvement in symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Some studies have also shown that ACV can help increase good cholesterol and decrease harmful cholesterol. Still, research is ongoing. While taking ACV may be a beneficial supplement, the option is not a replacement for medical treatment of conditions like diabetes and hypertension.
Are there any risks?
Apple cider vinegar is safe for most people. The most significant risk of taking ACV is the effect of high acidity on tooth enamel. Because of this, patients should dilute ACV with water before consumption. Some people may also opt to use a straw when taking apple cider vinegar. Other potential side effects could include nausea, worsening acid reflux, or worsening low potassium levels.
How to take apple cider vinegar
ACV can be taken as a supplement, in food, or as a tonic. Some people enjoy making salad dressing with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Others may mix 1-2tsp of ACV with a glass of water daily. Along with increased physical activity and a reduced-calorie diet, this may be a useful supplement for weight loss.
When to start a supplement
For most people, taking a small amount of apple cider vinegar won’t cause adverse health effects. However, people with specific conditions should ask a healthcare provider about individual risks and benefits. For more information, speak with a pharmacist or other healthcare provider.