Apple cider vinegar is generating a lot of buzz, especially as of late! This trendy concoction made from fermented apples has been praised all over health magazines and blogs as being a cure-all for multiple ailments such as dandruff, acne, diabetes, even the common cold!
So what’s the real story? Is apple cider vinegar really worth the hype? Bottom line: Don’t believe everything you read. There are fitness and diet trends galore, and many of these glorified “solutions” have minimal to no scientific backing. Educating yourself is far more powerful than simply trusting what is out there. And always avoid applying apple cider vinegar directly to the skin or drinking it without diluting with water. Consume small amounts and pair with food to avoid the irritating, acidic effects.
- Stabilizes blood sugar: The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been shown to stabilize blood sugar through its anti-glycemic properties. When ingested prior a meal, there is less of likelihood that you’ll experience spikes in your blood sugar. But do these findings translate into a cure for diabetes by reducing the need to take insulin medication? This question has yet to be answered.
- Cures sore throats: Apple cider vinegar has anti-microbial properties, helping fight bacteria and lessen the discomfort of various infections. However, you should avoid pouring it and drinking it by itself. It is acidic and can lead to serious irritation as a result. Some people have accidentally choked on it when trying to gargle away their sore throat!
- Eliminates dandruff: While it can help hair to appear shinier, there isn’t any evidence supporting the hype that it can get rid of dandruff.
- Destroys acne: Due to its anti-microbial properties, many people have claimed that apple cider vinegar clears up their skin. When applied in a diluted solution, this could be a skin texture enhancer. But there are still no studies to prove that it’s an acne solution.
- Teeth whitener: Applying acidic liquids to your tooth enamel is typically a bad idea, despite the anti-microbial benefits, which could reduce plaque. Stick to your dentist’s recommendations on this one!