Apple Cider Vinegar - Doís and Doníts

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Written by Mita Majumdar, M.Sc. | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Jan 12, 2019
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Apple Cider Vinegar - Doís and Doníts

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be safely (and beneficially) used in salad dressing and used as a remedy for some conditions but always diluted with water or juice.

As Dr. Carol Johnston, the vinegar expert, puts it Ė ĎVinegar is widely available; it is affordable; and, as a remedy, it is appealing. But whether vinegar is a useful adjunct therapy for individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes has yet to be determinedí. This statement is applicable to high blood pressure, cancer, arthritis, or for that matter any chronic disease.

Health tonic or not, ACV is quite safe for most adults when used short-term for medical purposes. Using it over long period of time or in larger amounts or even undiluted could have its risks.

  • Since ACV is acidic, using it undiluted may cause damage to tooth enamel and mouth tissues.
  • Large amounts of ACV can decrease potassium levels in the body and cause health problems associated with potassium deficiency. Diuretic drugs may interact with ACV and might decrease the potassium levels further to a dangerously low potassium level, since these drugs, too, decrease potassium in the body.

References:

  1. Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/)
  2. Ostman E, Granfeldt Y, Persson L, BjŲrck I. Vinegar supplementation lowers glucose and insulin responses and increases satiety after a bread meal in healthy subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Sep;59(9):983-8. - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16015276)
  3. Kondo T, Kishi M, Fushimi T, Kaga T. Acetic acid upregulates the expression of genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes in liver to suppress body fat accumulation. J Agric Food Chem. 2009 Jul 8;57(13):5982-6. - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19469536)
  4. Shishehbor F, Mansoori A, Sarkaki AR, Jalali MT, Latifi SM. Apple cider vinegar attenuates lipid profile in normal and diabetic rats. Pak J Biol Sci. 2008 Dec 1;11(23):2634-8. - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19630216)
  5. Liatis S, Grammatikou S, Poulia KA, Perrea D, Makrilakis K, Diakoumopoulou E, Katsilambros N. Vinegar reduces postprandial hyperglycaemia in patients with type II diabetes when added to a high, but not to a low, glycaemic index meal. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Jul;64(7):727-32. Epub 2010 May 26. - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20502468)
  6. Johnston CS, Steplewska I, Long CA, Harris LN, Ryals RH. Examination of the antiglycemic properties of vinegar in healthy adults. Ann Nutr Metab. 2010;56(1):74-9. - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20068289)
  7. Kondo S, Tayama K, Tsukamoto Y, Ikeda K, Yamori Y. Antihypertensive effects of acetic acid and vinegar on spontaneously hypertensive rats. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2001 Dec;65(12):2690-4. - (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11826965)

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