Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted on Dec. 30, 2005, 8:01 p.m. in Functional Foods & Food Components

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Apple cider is a natural source of acetic acid. When taken orally apple cider vinegar creates an internal pH environment that microbes cannot tolerate. Its use in oral form is an extension of its well-documented efficacy as a vaginal douche against yeast infections.

ROLE FOR ANTI-AGING:

Advocates of apple cider vinegar claim that the acetic acid and butyric acid contained in vinegar support GI health, by promoting the growth of friendly bifido bacteria. The vinegar also has both antiseptic and antibiotic properties, and can be helpful in treating sore throat, cuts, wounds, digestive problems, and gum infections. There has been some suggestion that Apple Cider vinegar may help to reverse atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and break up gall and kidney stones, possibly by dissolving calcium deposits, however these benefits have not been clinically proven. There is also some evidence to suggest that Apple Cider vinegar may have the potential to destroy both A and B strains of the human herpes virus-6 (HHV- 6).

THERAPEUTIC DAILY AMOUNT:

Refer to packaging. In the event that taking liquid vinegar is cumbersome or inconvenient, vinegar tablets, 500 mg each (equivalent to one tablespoon of liquid vinegar), are available  from health food stores.

MAXIMUM SAFE LEVEL: Not established

SIDE EFFECTS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:

None known

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