While apple cider vinegar has been claimed for its immense health and beauty benefits, it has been summoned for its adverse health effects too due to its acidic constituents. Well….. don’t worry, here we come up with exact information.
“Safe and effective use of any constituent depend on its correct dose”……and yes this is applicable to apple cider vinegar too.
A multitude of apple cider vinegar formulations are available commercially with varied compositions, where the amount of acetic acid and citric acid lies in the range of 1 – 11% and 1-19% respectively. However, it should be noted that unpasteurized or raw juice of apple cider vinegar should be preferably consumed, as it is loaded with lots of vital nutrients, live enzymes and, proteins. The original variant of apple cider vinegar contains pectin, acetic acid, malic acid and some other trace elements. The processed form of this vinegar does not contain malic acid and acetic acid in its original form and thus have less effect on virus and fungus.
Having said that, the next question is the amount or dose to be consumed to get maximum benefits. Although there is no specific dose settled for apple cider vinegar for daily consumption, it is recommended that 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water can be utilized safely.
The tablets available commercially contain approx. 285 mg of dehydrated apple cider vinegar extract and these tablets should be dissolved in water to obtain a solution where the concentration of apple cider vinegar should be 1/10th.
Further due to its rich acetic acid composition, apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and hence should not be used with any of the fruit juices specifically citrus fruits like lemons and oranges. It is also advised that one must not take apple cider vinegar after drinking tea or coffee as the caffeine may disturb your metabolism. It is found that regular consumption of more than 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar may cause serious health issues like hypoglycemia, throat sourness, tooth enamel, and tissue damage.
One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a big glass of water before 15 minutes of your meal can pose radiant effect over metabolism and digestion. This will not only stimulate the digestive enzymes to start their role of the breakdown of complex food molecules to simple glucose molecules but also helps you to control hunger and thus reducing weight.
But the patients with heart disease and ulcer should avoid this practice as a regular dose of apple cider vinegar may increase the heartburn and worsen the ulcer by elevating the digestive juice secretion. Additionally, women suffering from osteoporosis should also avoid this practice as it can potentially deplete bone mineral density. Also if you are taking any kind of laxative, avoid the regular consumption apple cider vinegar.
Last but not the least ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar mixed in ¾ cup of lukewarm water twice a day can be highly effective against sore throat which encounters with seasonal variations.