Apple Cider Vinegar: How Powerful Is It?

Premier Health Now

New scientific studies tout the ability of apple cider vinegar to regulate blood sugar, prevent weight gain, reduce inflammation and boost the levels of good bacteria in our gut.

Can one fermented product really provide all these health benefits?

Premier Health Now talked with Dale Block, MD, Premier Family Care of Mason, about how apple cider vinegar works and how to use it in an integrative health plan.

“We are just beginning to do some research studying the use of foods that may have natural medicinal properties,” says Dr. Block.

Recent studies find apple cider vinegar slows down carbohydrate digestion and promotes the breakdown of fats, controlling blood sugar and preventing weight gain.

What makes this vinegar so special? It’s raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains the “mother” – a cloudy substance of enzymes and minerals. Plus it has a few other beneficial things:

  • Acetic acid: Increases good gut bacteria and reduces inflammation
  • Pectin: A natural fiber that eases intestinal aches
  • Probiotics: Good bacteria and yeast promote digestive health, reduce cravings
  • Short-chain fatty acids: Signal hormone production active in appetite suppression
  • Antioxidants: Substances that ward off cancer and cardiovascular disease
  • Potassium: A mineral that maintains metabolism.

Most people mix one or two tablespoons – or teaspoons – of apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces of water at least once a day. The elixir may not be for everyone, though. The taste is very sour.

Ready to give it a try?

Talk to your health care provider first.

“You should never really start taking anything without first having a good discussion about how best to treat whatever issues you are working on,” Dr. Block says.

Your health practitioner knows your medical history and can help you avoid adverse drug or nutrient reactions.