This question has come up twice from listeners now. The first time it came from Tara, so let’s get to it… Apple Cider Vinegar. Does it help weight loss? Is it the cure all, pucker-up shot that can cure a bunch of things like nail fungus, indigestion and get rid of lice? How about ear infections and warts? They all come in the same sentence in the research that’s out there.
What is it? ACV as it’s known is a product of fermented apple cider. It's not only a kitchen staple but a highly regarded health food. It’s used for cleaning and disinfecting too, so sounds like quite the winner, right?
Weight loss is the most asked question about ACV. One study published found that a daily intake of 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar helped obese Japanese adults lose weight over the 12-week study. Another study stated that vinegar's acetic acid appears to help weight loss by causing greater satiety, or fullness, and leading to not feeling like you need to eat as much.
It seems that for cardiovascular health, it helped in animal trials, but didn’t show the same in humans (some studies don’t show benefits, although they are there). Diabetics with type 2 diabetes or those with insulin resistance can take about 2 tablespoons a day, and they might see a drop in their fasting blood sugar levels. Overall there are many studies that show ACV toimprove insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals. Take it with a meal for this support.
I take a shot of it every morning to wake up my kidneys, liver and gall bladder like I was taking one of my supplements. Just a shot of it. A drink of water first helps my stomach not to feel like it just jumped into an ice bath. Dilute or straight up, see if it helps your bad breath, splash it on your skin if you’ve got acne, take a dose if you have heartburn… The health benefits seem to be varied, so comment with what you’ve found!
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This week's topic comes from another listener question: Tiffany - “I feel like I should be taking something to compensate for my lack of leaving the house”. She is juggling working from home and kids learning virtually and she’s not getting outdoors. She wonders if she’s missing something and what supplement to look at as she’s feeling drained and "meh" lately.