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Apple Cider Vinegar: The Benefits and Downsides



The brown acidic liquid at your local grocery that reads “the mother” is apple cider vinegar. ACV is made from the fermentation of sugar in apples which turns the substance to acetic acid. When you unscrew the top and put the rim of the bottle to your nose, the smell is pungent and sour reminding you why some people refuse to drink it. Its popularity comes from its numerous proven health benefits and uses. Apple cider vinegar is known to be a staple home remedy, in cooking and in medicine. However, health professionals reveal that ACV has contributed to various health complaints. We should not only analyze the benefits of drinking this tonic, but also the downsides that are least talked about.


The Benefits of ACV


Apple cider vinegar has plenty of known health benefits due to its antimicrobial properties. This substance can kill harmful bacteria which is why it has been used for cleaning and disinfecting. It isn’t new for people to use ACV to clean and treat their wounds, acne and other problem areas on the face and body. Not only does apple cider vinegar have the cleaning properties, it’s known to aid in weight loss. According to Healthline, taking 1-2 teaspoons of ACV a day contributes to weight loss by promoting satiety, regulating insulin levels, and lowering blood sugar levels. Diluted ACV is also good for rebalancing the skin’s pH and lessening breakouts. 


The Downsides of ACV


Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic making it harmful to your dental and gut health. Taking ACV can gradually erode the enamel on the teeth causing sensitivity. The acidity in this liquid can be harsh on the lining of the stomach causing stomach ulcers. Studies have shown that taking ACV slows digestion making it difficult to control blood sugar levels. This can negatively impact those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. Be wary of taking ACV if you already have outstanding health issues.


We see advertisements and wellness pages promote the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar but little research to back all of its known benefits. Before incorporating ACV into your diet, even if it’s a small dose, consider the current status of your health. If you already have poor dental health, taking ACV would only continue to damage your teeth; try the pill form instead. If you are diabetic, taking ACV might do more harm than good making the benefits useless. Take ACV sparingly and ask your doctor if this dietary supplement is suitable for you.


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