There are many claims that apple cider vinegar is a cure-all for many ailments. What does the science show?
Some studies have found that acetic acid, which is in vinegar and gives it it’s distinctive taste and smell, may help with some conditions.
A study of 155 obese adults showed that patients who drank 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar a day reduced their weight, body fat percentage, and triglycerides.
One small study of 11 patients with “pre-diabetes” showed that drinking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar after eating a meal lowered the blood sugar for 30-60 minutes, compared to patients who drank a placebo.
Vinegar also contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants that may help avoid cell damage from other diseases such as cancer. However more studies are needed to support its use in this situation.
Are there risks of drinking apple cider vinegar? It is an acid, so could possibly damage teeth, or cause irritation to the throat and stomach. In large doses it may affect electrolytes such as potassium level or interfere with medication levels.