Is Apple Cider Vinegar Worth the Hype?

I have been experiencing rather severe heartburn over the past few days, and because I did not have any antacids on-hand, I thought I would research how to achieve relief from acid reflux using common household ingredients. Several articles I came across recommended apple cider vinegar, and since we had some in our pantry, I decided to give it a try. I cannot say it was a miracle worker regarding how it combatted my heartburn, but it did help, and after learning that apple cider vinegar can aid in suppressing heartburn, I thought I would learn about some other health benefits this tangy liquid has to offer.

According to Reader’s Digest, Apple cider vinegar can:

  • Soothe indigestion
  • Stop hiccups
  • Soothe an irritated throat
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Prevent tummy troubles
  • Clear congestion
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Treat dandruff
  • Treat acne
  • Heighten energy
  • Reduce muscle cramps
  • Combat bad breath
  • Whiten teeth
  • Fade bruises
  • Control blood sugar

It is fair to say that apple cider vinegar truly is a powerhouse item. It has the ability to treat a variety of ailments and conditions without making use of antibiotics, and it is affordable.

It is important to observe this product from alternate perspectives as well, however. According to Style Craze, apple cider vinegar, when consumed in copious amounts, can:

  • Damage tissue
  • Lower potassium levels
  • Interact with other drugs
  • Produce gastrointestinal problems
  • Damage tooth enamel
  • Decrease bone density
  • Trigger throat irritation
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Irritate skin
  • Cause headaches and nausea
  • Decrease mineral levels

Granted, too much of anything is rarely good, but as always, I stress the importance of speaking with your physician prior to taking apple cider vinegar for any reason. Considering its ability to treat a plethora of ailments, it is safe to assume that it could just as easily harm you if used incorrectly.


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