Apple Cider Vinegar
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is the fermented component from crushed apple juice. It is rich in acetic acid, niacin, folic acid and vitamin B &C. It also contains minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus.
People have used it for conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, detoxification, stomach upset, high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, sinusitis, acne, shingles and weight loss. However there are currently insufficient evidence based studies that prove its effectiveness in the above conditions.
Possible side effects
Apple cider vinegar is generally safe when taken in small amounts for a short period of time. When taken in huge amounts and for long term which may results in low serum potassium levels. It also lowers blood glucose level hence diabetic patients who take it should monitor their sugar levels.
There is insufficient evidence to prove if it is safe for pregnant/lactating women to consume it, hence it is best to avoid.
1.Digoxin: Apple cider vinegar lowers level of potassium in blood stream which increases the side effects of digoxin.
2.Diuretics: As mentioned earlier it may cause reduce potassium level in blood stream which attenuate the side effects of diuretics.
3.Insulin: Insulin and apple cider vinegar both reduces blood potassium level so if taken together will result in very low potassium levels.
There is currently no specific guidelines on the dosage. Please follow the instructions on product label and if in doubt consult your doctor first.