eMEMBERSHIP  LOGIN

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

  

Health Headlines MORE »

About an hour of ballroom dancing 3 days a week, for 3 months, resulted in a 50% improvement in balance and fall reduction.
Sugar sweetened beverages such as sodas and juice cocktails may elevate blood pressure.
Not only did collegiate-trained swimmers recover better with chocolate milk after an exhaustive swim, they swam faster in time trials later that same day.
Cinnamomum cassia oil is capable of killing several strains of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli.
Regardless of speed or distance, runners tend to have lower rates of heart-disease related deaths – translating to a potential of 3 additional years of lifespan
The leaves and bark of the Voacanga africana tree may hold potential to ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.
A daily glass of beetroot juice may boost the aerobic fitness of swimmers.
USDA Forest Service calculates that trees save over 850 human lives a year and prevent 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.
A lack of sleep may trigger errors in memory.