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Apple Cider Vinegar: 450mg

Apple Cider Vinegar: 450mg

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Most studies that support ACV for health effects have been small, and the results have not been decisive. We need more and bigger investigations into its benefits. But so far, here's what research has found:

It may help with weight loss. One study showed that taking apple cider vinegar twice a day helped people following a reduced-calorie diet lose a few extra pounds. But the study was small and short-term, following 39 people for 12 weeks.

Some researchers thought the vinegar's acetic acid might speed up metabolism. But the data didn't bear this out. It may be that people lost more weight because of the placebo effect. Or perhaps the acetic acid made them nauseated, which caused them to eat less.

It may lower blood sugar. Several smaller studies have shown that taking a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar could lower your blood sugar after meals. The effect was moderate, and we need more research to know exactly how it works. Keep in mind that apple cider vinegar can't replace diabetes medications and a healthy lifestyle. But it should be safe to add to your treatment plan.

It may lower cholesterol. The same small study that showed ACV boosted weight loss also found that it lowered the total cholesterol levels of study subjects who took it. It also increased their "good" cholesterol and lowered levels of triglycerides (fats in the blood). Other studies have had similar findings. Experts caution that we need more research to fully understand this link.

People also use apple cider vinegar for purposes that haven't been researched much, or haven't been shown to be effective. Some of these uses include:

Lower blood pressure. One study in rats suggests that ACV could help with high blood pressure. But no studies done in humans back this up. And high blood pressure can be a serious condition. So medical treatment and a healthy lifestyle are essential.

Ease acid reflux. Many people swear by ACV as a remedy for heartburn and acid reflux. But there's no research to show it's effective. Ask your doctor if you could try ACV to ease your discomfort. Start with small amounts, diluted in water.

Eczema relief. Some people with eczema use ACV to ease their skin symptoms. But some studies found it had little effect and irritated some people's skin. Ask your dermatologist if it's OK for you to try ACV.

Kill germs. While there's some evidence that ACV (along with lemon juice) can keep bacteria like salmonella from growing on salad greens, it doesn't protect wounds against infection.

Hair health. Some people use apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse to ease dandruff or remove product buildup. There's no proof it works for these things. But ACV does contain things that fight bacteria and fungi, which could promote hair health.

If you have hard water, apple cider vinegar may ease some of its effects. Hard water is high in minerals like calcium, magnesium bicarbonate, and sulfates. Apple cider vinegar is thought to help get rid of calcium buildup and leave your hair shinier when you use it after a shampoo.

Take 1-2 capsules up to 3 times daily with food.

Store in a cool, dry place after opening.


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