Apple cider vinegar, the product of fermented apples, has been touted as a cure-all for many of the diseases and deficiencies that plague mankind, from bee stings and bad skin to leg cramps and arthritis. It contains myriad health-promoting natural chemicals, vitamins B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid, niacin, vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and pectin, all in small amounts.
ACV is not really a cure-all, but it can be a great natural preventative medicine and it can alleviate a lot of the ailments caused by poor diet, such as a compromised immune system, bad skin or hair resulting from lack of nourishment, fatigue, high blood pressure, insulin reaction, high cholesterol, toxicity, arthritis, weight, and more.
If you’re thinking about taking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis, whether by incorporating it into your diet, drinking a daily tonic or taking it in supplement form, you should know that not all ACV products are created equal. Commercial ACV products show a lot of disparity in actual acetic acid and citric acid content, and these are the ingredients you want in your ACV. These are what work to change how foods are absorbed in the body, particularly in the digestive system. Product labels may not accurately reflect what’s inside the package and in some countries, including the U.S., there is no law to govern this.
So how do you know if you’re buying a product that has all the health-giving properties you want from your ACV? You don’t. This is a natural unregulated product and you’ll need to rely on the reputation of the company that produces it, or you can make your own. Look for a whole-food product, raw and unfiltered, made from 100% organic apples, without fillers.
First, always take your ACV capsules (or liquid) with water or another beverage. Acetic acid is harsh on the system so it should be diluted. Take the equivalent of 1 teaspoon (or up to 2 tablespoons) daily. Since supplements are generally measured in grams or milligrams, you’ll need to do a simple milligram-to-ounce conversion, but most capsules fall well under the recommended dosage for liquid ACV.
Taking your ACV capsules (or liquid) with food is an even better idea. The food protects your stomach and the ACV helps digest the food. Take it in the middle of a meal. You don’t want it to hit an empty stomach, and you don’t want it to sit on top of a heavy meal either. Pay attention to your body. If you experience any burning in the throat or stomach, reduce the dosage.
- If you experience an upset stomach, heart burn or burning in the throat, you may be consuming too much ACV at one time. You can cause damage to the esophagus.
- If you are taking any medications, it’s always a good idea to consult with your qualified medical professional. ACV in large amounts may interfere with certain diuretics and medications used to treat diabetes, liver or kidney disease, congestive heart failure, and others.