How to use apple cider vinegar safely

by Melissa Green February 24, 2019 2 min read


How to use apple cider vinegar safely

There are numerous reports of health benefits for apple cider vinegar which some include:

*antimicrobial properties which may cause bacterialcidal cell death.

*antioxidant such as in the case of vitamins and polyphenols in types of vinegars may defend against oxidative stress.

*antidiabetic effect where by the outcome may improve insulin sensitivity.

* disinfectant for wounds.

* food sanitiser which has shown to have a mean reduction in e-coli.

* weight loss by increasing the sensation of fullness.

* anti-tumour effect in Japanese rice vinegar.

Several clinical reports reveal insufficient data In significant positive benefits in weight loss, cholesterol and heart disease.

Data safety has not been defined in pregnancy or lactation.

The anti-tumour effect on Japanese rice vinegar, namely Kurosu, inhibited the proliferation of tested cancer cells in a dose dependant manner.

Acetic acid in vinegar may prevent digestion of complex carbs by either accelerating gastric emptying or by increasing the uptake of glucose by tissues, resulting in reduced blood glucose levels.

Consume Safetly

  1. If you have any chronic diseases or consume any prescription medications, consult your GP first. 
  2. Medications that may be counter active include digoxin,warfarin and certain diuretics.
  3. May worsen symptoms of diabetes, indigestion and nausea.
  4. Highly acidic - may cause damage to the oesophagus and tooth enamel. Recommended to dilute.
  5. Excessive amounts, >250mls per day, over several years may affect potassium and osteoporosis.
  6. Limit your intake, start slow.
  7. Multiple reports of chemical skin burn when applied as a topical application that is more often to occur with an occlusive dressing.
  8. Minimise tooth exposure by diluting with water and drink through a straw. Rinse mouth after ingesting apple cider vinegar and wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.

Information sourced from:

Budak. N.H, Aykin.E, Seydim.A.C, Greene.A.K, Zeynep.B, Guzel-Seydim. 2014.

Leiva.C. 2018.

Saper.R.B, Eisenberg.D.M, Phillips.R.S. 2014.

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