Posted: Jan 03, 2014 9:00 AM
 
The new black is… apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is the health community's best-kept secret. Find out the ridiculous amount of apple cider vinegar benefits here! You'll be sipping apple cider vinegar in no time — but so very glad that you are! Read this, your body will thank you.

Everywhere we turn, we're hearing three words whispered: Apple. Cider. Vinegar. Books with titles such as Apple Cider Vinegar: Miracle Health System and Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar tout that the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar are, well, amazing.

An article in Reader's Digest found these eight health benefits of apple cider vinegar:

  • Helps with tummy troubles
  • Cures hiccups
  • Prevents indigestion
  • Clears a stuffy nose
  • Soothes a sore throat
  • Beats exhaustion
  • Loosens leg cramps
  • Whitens teeth

Many believers also use apple cider vinegar to boost digestion and decrease bloat and topically to clear skin, soothe sunburns and remove skin tags. The buzz around apple cider vinegar is loud and the message is clear: It's a health win.

Believers are sipping apple cider vinegar one to two teaspoons at a time, diluted in eight ounces of water and through a straw. Some people do this once daily and some drink the mixture approximately 20 minutes before each meal. Believers are convinced that the sour-face reaction is well worth the many health benefits.

What some health professionals are saying

Jenny Giblin, MFT, CN, is a therapist and health and wellness expert who has been featured internationally in Real Simple magazine, New You, Live Strong, Well and Good NYC, FitSugar, the Latino Times and more.

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Jenny says, "The amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) definitely outweigh its taste. Make sure you are drinking the kind labeled "Raw," "Unfiltered" or "Unpasteurized" — this is the kind with all of the health benefits. ACV helps promote optimal digestion, ensuring that all of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants are being properly absorbed by our body! It also encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in our bodies. This is important because over the past decade, there has been a major increase in issues such as irritable bowel syndrome. Doctors previously could not find a cause but many of these symptoms are linked to the overgrowth of bad bacteria in our digestive tract, and this can lead to harmful and more serious conditions like candida if it spreads. This may have been caused by the prevalence in prescription antibiotics, etc., but regardless, ACV helps restore that balance to a healthy state. ACV has antiseptic qualities, allowing it to cleanse out the digestive system. Not to be gross but this helps promote regular bowel movements which again, aids in digestion. It is high in minerals and potassium, both of which promote hydration and cellular cleansing/renewal. This is thought to help prevent colds, the flu and other illnesses which is especially important as we enter cold and flu season this winter!

What some doctors are saying

Dr. J. Shah is the Chief Medical Director of Amari Medical. He says, "I absolutely recommend apple cider vinegar for its many benefits. Apple cider vinegar contains two acids: tarteric acid and malic acid. Tarteric acid helps increase salivation, which in turn releases the enzyme Amylase to digest the carbohydrates in the food we eat. Malic acid breaks down the fat into micro particles which can combine easily with the soluble fibers in the food which prevents the excess absorption of fat as well. Additionally, micro particles are well digested by the intestinal enzymes. Thus apple cider vinegar helps digestion. In elderly persons, apple cider vinegar can improve digestion for those who produce less stomach acid."

The bottom {albeit sour} line

The combination of the acidity of the vinegar with the pectin of the apple and all of its protective immunity has been thought to be good for the body.

Not everyone is an apple cider vinegar enthusiast and like anything else, apple cider vinegar should be used mindfully and in moderation. Dr. Nancy Simpkins, board certified internist, explains, "The benefits of apple cider vinegar are still very controversial. It has been thought that apple cider vinegar can lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, relieve arthritis and lower cholesterol. Of late, apple cider vinegar has been used as a weight loss tool. The combination of the acidity of the vinegar with the pectin of the apple and all of its protective immunity has been thought to be good for the body. More research is being done until we can tell if there is a direct positive benefit of apple cider vinegar on the body."

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