In the morning, it’s one of my habits to open the TV while I’m cleaning the house and doing other household chores. One of my favorite shows to watch is “The Chew”. Which stars 5 talented chefs. They do some quick meals that are very helpful for mothers like me. But one ingredient that I always hear from them and had no Idea what it was is “Apple Cider Vinegar”. They say this is a healthier substitute for the regular vinegar that we always buy from the grocery.
Though I know it’s a vinegar and I’m sure that it’s sour, I have no idea what this can do for me. Until one day I decided to buy one. Before using it, I searched over the net to check what this vinegar can do for me and my family. This is the exact brand that we bought from one of our trips to the supermarket.
And upon searching the net, here’s what I’ve found out:
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like other types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid and it also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.
To date, few studies have tested the health effects of apple cider vinegar.
Here are some illness which can be treated through the use of Apple Cider Vinegar:
2) Weight Loss
3) High Blood Pressure
4) High Cholesterol
7) Alkaline Acid Balance
Other Common Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar:
Proponents claim that apple cider vinegar can also help with the following health conditions:
Though there are many therapeutic claims we should always take precautions and make sure that we are using it right.
Side Effects and Safety Concerns:
Undiluted apple cider vinegar, in liquid or pill form, may damage the esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract. Apple cider vinegar drinks may damage tooth enamel if sipped.
One case report linked excessive apple cider vinegar consumption with low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) and low bone mineral density. People with osteoporosis, low potassium levels, and those taking potassium-lowering medications should use caution.
People with allergies to apples should avoid apple cider vinegar.
Vinegar applied to the skin may cause burns and scarring.
Excessive doses of apple cider vinegar have been found to cause damage to the stomach, duodenum, and liver in animals.
Possible Drug Interactions:
Theoretically, prolonged use of apple cider vinegar could lead to lower potassium levels, which could increase the risk of toxicity of cardiac glycoside drugs such as Lanoxin (digoxin), insulin, laxatives, and diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide).
Because apple cider vinegar may affect blood glucose and insulin levels, it could theoretically have an additive effect if combined with diabetes medications. Apple cider vinegar may also lower blood pressure, so it may have an additive effect if combined with high blood pressure medications.
Over all, aside from the fact that it taste good on my “Adobo”, this vinegar can make wonders as long as you make sure to research all the fact you need to know about it.