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Apple Cider Vinegar

What is it?

Apple cider vinegar is basically apple juice that is fermented with yeast and bacteria.  The yeast turns the sugars in the apple juice into alcohol.  The bacteria then turns the alcohol into acetic acid which is the vinegar.  The yeast and bacteria that remains after fermentation is call the "mother".  The mother is a probiotic. 


What does that mean?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar that is created from apple juice.  The mother is a type of probiotic.


Why would you take it?

Use as a salad dressing

Weight loss

Heart health

Immunity improvement

Gut health


How much should I take?

There is not standard amount recommended.  Most dilute 1-2 teaspoons in water.


What happens if I don’t get enough?



What happens if I take in too much?

Teeth erosion if not diluted

Irritate lining of stomach if not diluted

Can lower potassium levels

Could interfere with diabetes medications


What can I eat?

Only found in apple cider vinegar products.

What does research say?

Most research does not support the claims made about apple cider vinegar.  There is not definitive studies showing it reduces cancer risk.  It might have modest results on weight loss.  It might have modest results with diabetes management but at the same time can interfere with diabetes medications. 

Final take

I (GolfDoc14) have personally taken apple cider vinegar in the past and for extended periods.  I took it daily for about 3 to 4 months during my deployment.  It may have helped with some weight loss.  Whether that was from the probiotics or the increased water I drank, I will never know.  It did not upset my stomach but I diluted about 1 teaspoon into a 16 once bottle of water.  It is likely safe for most people and could be used as an option for weight loss.  

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