Apple Cider Vinegar supplement health benefit
October 12 2016 by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. The fermentation process begins by adding sugar and yeast. The yeast turns the sugars into alcohol. Later, the alcohol is converted by acetic acid-forming bacteria into vinegar. Acetic acid gives vinegar its sour taste.
   Apple cider vinegar products are advertised in the popular press and over the internet as a treatment for a variety of conditions and are claimed to have various health benefits. However, I am not able to find reliable human research regarding the health benefits that have been touted. At this time I cannot recommend an apple cider vinegar diet for weight loss since I have not seen any research to support this relationship. However, even though there has not been much human research, it is possible that it has health benefits that we are not aware of yet.

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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
  Amount per Serving % Daily Value
Apple Cider Vinegar concentrated to 35% acetic acid 500 mg
†Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use, dosage: Take one or two apple cider vinegar capsule before both lunch and dinner each day, or as recommended by your health care professional. Each capsule contains the equivalent of 2 tsp. of liquid.

Q. I would like to know the details of its nutritional information (total energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals, etc.) as well as its ingredients.
    A. This product contains carbolic acids, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, ethyl acetates, a few minerals, trace elements and vitamins as well acetic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid, enzymes, and amino acids. The amounts of total energy, protein, fat, carbohydrate, minerals and vitamins are small.

Does an apple cider vinegar pill have the same health benefit as the drink?
   It's difficult to say since there are quite a number of different companies that make these pills and quite a number of companies that make the drinks. But, as a general rule, the pills and the drink are likely to have similar actions.

Products sold online
Now Foods, Apple Cider Vinegar, 450 mg, 180 Capsules

Quality of different products
In one study, eight apple cider vinegar tablet products were tested for pH, component acid content, and microbial growth. Considerable variability was found between the brands in tablet size, pH, component acid content, and label claims.

Benefit, what it is used for
No proven health benefits can be said about apple cider vinegar in liquid or as supplements since little human research appears to have been published. However, there are many users who are satisfied and rave about it.

Acid reflux
I have not come across research regarding the benefit for acid reflux.

Acne, skin health
We are not aware of any research regarding apple cider vinegar and acne, skin health or hair growth.

Arthritis and osteoarthritis, joint pain relief
We have not seen any studies with apple cider vinegar as a remedy for arthritis.

Role in patients with diabetes
It does not appear that apple cider vinegar is helpful in those with diabetes type I.

Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study.
BMC Gastroenterol. 2007.
Previous studies on healthy people show that vinegar delays gastric emptying and lowers postprandial blood glucose and insulin levels. The aim of this study was to investigate its effect on delayed gastric emptying rate on diabetes mellitus patients. Ten patients with type 1 diabetes and diabetic gastroparesis, including one patient who had undergone vagotomy drank 200 ml water daily before breakfast one week. The same subjects drank 200 ml water with 30 ml vinegar daily before breakfast for two weeks. The effect on the rate of gastric emptying was statistically significant. This study shows that vinegar affects insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus patients with diabetic gastroparesis by reducing the gastric emptying rate even further, and this might be a disadvantage regarding to their glycemic control.

Have studies shown or people written in that these apple cider vinegar pills help with lowering blood sugar levels? I hope so. Have you ever heard of this happening? How many pills can you take in one day?
    We are not sure how ACV influences blood sugar levels and have not had any feedback. Each person is different in the number of pills they can tolerate a day so we can't give any specific numbers.

Weight loss
What do you think of the apple cider vinegar diet for weight loss?
   I don't think focusing on a single supplement or drink is a long term weight loss solution. I do not know of any patient who has lost pounds by following an apple cider vinegar program.

Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd. 2012. Unhealthy weight loss. Erosion by apple cider vinegar. Erosive tooth wear was diagnosed in the dentition of a 15-year-old girl with a Moroccan background. After an anamnesis, extensive analysis of possible risk factors and a study of the pattern of erosion, it was concluded that the erosive tooth wear was induced by daily consumption of a glass of apple cider vinegar Further investigation revealed that in North-African culture, women have used apple cider vinegar to achieve weight loss for generations. Bodybuilders are also known to make use of this method of weight reduction.

Apple cider vinegar is available as a drink, tablet, or capsules. You can find this product sold online or in various health food stores.

Pectin is a fiber that is normally removed from apple cider vinegar pills.

Drink cloudy apple juice
Cloudy apple juice has more health benefits than clear apple juice. In a head-to-head comparison of apple juices, Polish researchers found that pulpy, non-clarified juice carried more antioxidants than clear apple juice. Unlike cloudy apple juice, the much more common clear variety undergoes additional processing to remove any apple solids. Manufacturers typically think the public will favor the more attractive, clear juice over its cloudy cousin, and retailers prefer the clear variety for its longer shelf life. Dr. Jan Oszmianski, at the Agricultural University of Wroclaw, found, cloudy apple juice had four times the level of polyphenols, a group of antioxidant plant compounds. And in experiments, cloudy juice was the more effective free radical scavenger. The findings are based on four juices that the study authors prepared themselves, using two varieties of apple -- Champion and Idared. Cloudy apple juice from Champion apples turned out to be the most antioxidant-rich, but clarification of either juice cut their antioxidant levels significantly. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2005.

Patricia Bragg
The health benefits of apple cider vinegar drink have been touted by Patricia Bragg, the author of several books on this topic. Patricia Bragg encourages  three organic apple cider vinegar glasses daily mixed with raw honey. She sells Bragg's apple cider vinegar. She promotes it for acne, candida, arthritis, skin health, hair, cholesterol, blood pressure, yeast infections, and many other conditions. I have not come across independent research that back these claims.

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Apple Cider Vinegar has been recognized as a versatile folk remedy used traditionally for many years. It is believed to help regulate the body's acid/alkaline balance. Vinegar is produced by the action of yeast and bacteria on grains or fruit juices. They take their name from the material used to make the it, i.e., apple cider vinegar comes from apples, wine vinegar comes from grapes.
Supplement Facts, dosage:
Apple Cider Vinegar 500 mg (concentrated to 35% acetic acid)

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