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Apple Cider Vinegar Dosage

Daily Dose of Apple Cider Vinegar: 2 teaspoons

Supplementing with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar is made by fermenting the juice of crushed apples. It contains the same things you would find in apple juice, including pectin, biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C. It also has minerals like sodium and magnesium and large amounts of acetic acid. Used medicinally for thousands of years, Apple Cider Vinegar’s clinical efficacy can be most attributed to the many beneficial elements and compounds it contains.

There have recently been studies that have found vinegar to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. This is due to the high amount of acetic acid that slows down the digestion of starch. Slower digestion of starch eventually lowers glucose levels in the bloodstream. Another component of apple cider vinegar is pectin, which can help reduce bad cholesterol. It is a fiber that works by binding substances in the intestine and adding bulk to stool.  Potassium and magnesium can also be found in apple cider vinegar. These minerals are responsible for controlling water balance, heart rhythm, enzyme activity, and digestion. These studies are still in the early stages however.

Apple cider vinegar has a wide range of uses, and most of them are home remedies. Sipping the vinegar when you have a stomach ache may help if the cause is a bacterial infection. This is due to the antibacterial properties of the vinegar and pectin that soothes intestinal spasm. Many other uses include stopping hiccups, clearing a stuffy nose, soothing a sore throat, preventing leg cramps in the night, and even removing stains to whiten teeth. There is no official dosage for apple cider vinegar because it is still an unproven treatment, but some people take 2 teaspoons mixed in a cup of water or clear juice.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-apple-cider-vinegar
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-816-APPLE%20CIDER%20VINEGAR.aspx?activeIngredientId=816&activeIngredientName=APPLE%20CIDER%20VINEGAR
http://www.rd.com/slideshows/8-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/

References

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  • Hlebowicz J, Darwiche G, Björgell O, Almér LO. Effect of apple cider vinegar on delayed gastric emptying in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: a pilot study. BMC Gastroenterol. 2007 Dec 20;7:46. PMID: 18093343.

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