Apple cider vinegar has been hailed as a wonder liquid, but is it?

Apple cider vinegar has been hailed as wonder liquid that can assist with weight loss, reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar and improve the symptoms of diabetes.

It’s often recommended to be taken in ‘shots’ – small tots for people who don’t like the taste. It can be taken on its own but also mixed with sweeteners, water or fruit juice.

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But are apple cider vinegar shots the best way to ingest it? Or can you do more harm than good?

According to Medical News Today, you might need to ease up on apple cider vinegar shots if you’re hoping to ease any of the ailments we’ve listed.

While there is evidence vinegar can help some conditions, there is also evidence that taking it in shot form can have detrimental effects.

Medical News Today says that’s because of the high concentration of acids.

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Drinking too much apple cider vinegar can erode tooth enamel, which is permanent and irreversible. It can also damage the oesophagus. Medical News Today cites a documented case of a teenager drinking vinegar every day for one month, which resulted in acid burns in the oesophagus.

“While this is an isolated case, the study authors highlight that undiluted vinegar drinks are corrosive. Drinking them too frequently may damage the gastrointestinal tract,” says the Medical News Today report.

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There is also some evidence that excessive apple cider vinegar consumption can contribute to weak or brittle bones.

A 1998 case study reported that a female who drank 250mls of apple cider vinegar per day lost bone mineral density and developed osteoporosis.

“While this is an extreme case, it is best for people to drink no more apple cider vinegar than doctors recommend to avoid the risk of complications,” the report states.

So, while a small amount may be good, more isn’t better and can be dangerous.

So how much apple cider vinegar can you drink safely? Medical News Today recommends ingesting no more than about a tablespoon a day, diluted in a glass of water and if you are concerned about eroding tooth enamel, drink it through a straw and rinse your mouth with water afterwards.

Diluting it with fruit juice is not as effective due to the acid level of most juices.

Do you drink apple cider vinegar? Have you noticed any health benefits? Why not share experience in the comments section below?

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Jan Fisher
Jan Fisher
Accomplished journalist, feature writer and sub-editor with impressive knowledge of the retirement landscape, including retirement income, issues that affect Australians planning and living in retirement, and answering YLC members' Age Pension and Centrelink questions. She has also developed a passion for travel and lifestyle writing and is fast becoming a supermarket savings 'guru'.
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