Apple cider vinegar and weight loss
Apple Cider Vinegar, ACV, finds mention in medical use as early as 400 B.C.E. when Hippocrates, considered as the father of modern medicine, used it for a variety of illnesses. Records show that Egyptians used ACV not only as an antiseptic but also as an agent of weight loss. Vinegar as a medicine was known to the Chinese also. B. Boyles, a fellow of the Royal Society of London used ACV in 1703 as a gargle. It is seen often old traditional items are dug up periodically to counter some of the more tenacious problems. One finds then many of the ‘facts’ have no serious scientific bases. Some small studies find evidence of benefits in the age old usages as mentioned in some literature. Since these studies are small cannot be given much credence. This is a common feature for most home or traditional remedies. Most do not give quick results and that too goes against them. This is the situation with regard to Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been in use as home remedy for many illnesses for a long period. It would be extremely gratifying if one looses weight in a jiffy. But the experience has been that what vanishes quickly invariably makes as quick a return too. Weight loss resulting from the use of ACV is certainly slow. Besides a slow loss of weight it is credited with other health benefits too. It increases the productions of hormones, especially growth hormone which aids breaking fat. Proteins sustains metabolism for longer periods, while iron enhances energy utilization helping weight reduction. It has other essential nutrients like potassium which is required for the health of cardiovascular system. The Apple Cider Vinegar that finds mention in all the old literature as well as home remedies is the organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized product. ACV is a probiotic and the concerned organisms are found in the web like portion of the residue. It is essential the container is well shaken before use.
A small study has also shown ACV to have beneficial effect in controlling type II diabetes. It has powerful antioxidants too.