Apple Cider Vinegar: Health Benefits

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_90979907_istock_62163052_largeAs the world is becoming more digital and synthetic, people are putting more focus on bringing their bodies back to nature. We buy organic vegetables, stay away from processed foods and look for natural methods of treating illness. If you are looking for natural ways to improve your health, you have probably already heard a lot about apple cider vinegar.

There are claims that ACV is helpful in treating anything from high blood pressure to cancer. When I began to have problems with my own blood pressure, I remembered my neighbor raving about ACV and all it done to improve his health.

However, my stomach is not exactly strong, and I did not believe I could keep it down. So I began to wonder if I could take apple cider vinegar pills as supplements or tablets. It turns out that there are many forms of ACV supplements, pills and capsules available. This post should help you decide if you should try apple cider vinegar and in which form.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Unfortunately, as is the case with many all-natural remedies, there have been very few studies done on the benefits of ACV. Although many of the more outlandish claims about the miracles of ACV are unsubstantiated, there is evidence that it can be a beneficial treatment for many health problems.

  • Diabetes: The most scientific information available on the health benefits of ACV is in relation to diabetes. One study done by the American Diabetes Foundation in 2004 showed it can help significantly lower blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes. Another study published by WebMD in 2007 showed that it can also be helpful for people with pre-diabetic symptoms.
  • Weight Loss: This is perhaps the most common use for ACV as a supplement, and much of this is due to its properties as a diuretic. However, any weight loss from ACV will be gradual, so you can’t turn in your gym membership yet. A recent study showed it can help you lose about two and a half pounds in three months.
  • High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure often relates to high levels of sodium in the blood. Potassium from ACV can help to help to balance these levels. Health and wellness expert, Dewey Q. McLean has a helpful video with more information on the topic.
  • High Cholesterol: ACV can be helpful in combating high cholesterol for many of the same reasons that helps high blood pressure and weight loss. Health Remedies Journal has some additional information about ACV and cholesterol.
  • Heart Disease: There is little scientific evidence to back claims that ACV can combat heart disease. However, with its combined effects of reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and helping with weight loss, the risk of heart attacks can be significantly reduced.
  • Cancer: As to the claim that ACV can cure cancer, that is obviously absurd. There have been studies that show it can help kill cancer cells in rats, but you probably aren’t a rat.
  • Digestive Problems: Much to my surprise, apple cider vinegar is actually helpful for stomach problems. This is obviously where taking it in pill form, or at least heavily diluted, would be helpful. ACV can be used to treat indigestion, heartburn and other tummy issues.
  • Everyday Treatments: ACV is also helpful for other less serious, more common problems such as: hiccups, congestion, sore throat, leg cramps and others. It is also said to give people a burst of energy and could be used instead of your second cup of coffee.

Liquid vs. Pills

For the most part, both liquid and pill forms of ACV will probably have similar effects. However, taking it in capsules or tablets does offer some advantages.

Obviously, apple cider vinegar smells horrible. Believe me, it tastes even worse. Even significantly diluted, liquid ACV is no cool, refreshing beverage. Unless you have no taste buds and a stomach of steel, you will need to drink an entire glass of water or other liquid with two tablespoons of ACV. Puritan’s Pride Apple Cider Vinegar tablets pack that same amount into one pill.

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The acid in liquid ACV can also do significant damage to your esophagus and teeth. However, there is actually one reported instance of a woman having severe esophageal damage from an ASV capsule becoming caught in her throat, so make sure you drink plenty of water.

Another advantage to pill-form ACV is the quality of the product. Often times, regular supermarket liquid ACV is filtered to the point of having little use as a health supplement. ACV pills are designed specifically to be used in this way, so they will retain all the helpful ingredients. If you do decide to use the liquid version, look for the browner, murkier stuff as opposed to the clear.

You can also find ACV combined with other supplements, tailored for specific uses. Raspberry Keytones Plus+, for example, is designed for weight loss and contains ACV with other helpful ingredients for slimming down.

Worth a Try

The risks of taking ACV, particularly in pill form, are slight in comparison to possible benefits like combating diabetes and high blood pressure. Even losing weight or calming upset stomachs make it worth trying. However, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor before making any health decisions.

The most common downsides of ACV deal with the acid damage to your mouth and esophagus, and much of this is bypassed when using pill form. As with anything new, it may be best to start out with a small dosage, such as Nature’s Life Apple Cider Vinegar in 200mg.

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