Is apple cider vinegar good for you?
Few kitchen staples boast the versatility of apple cider vinegar – people cook with it, soothe colds with it and even clean their hair with it. In fact, the golden elixir has been used medicinally for centuries, as an antibiotic and a treatment for scurvy. More recently, apple cider vinegar has made headlines for its ability to boost weight loss, balance blood sugar and promote a healthy microbiome.
“Apple cider vinegar contains vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium and potassium, which are powerful antioxidants that can strengthen the immune system and support digestive health,” explains Barbara Cox, celebrity nutritionist and author. A bank of research backs vinegar’s role as a health tonic – one study in the journal Diabetes Care shows it improves insulin sensitivity when consumed after a high-carb meal; another reports that three months of regular consumption can lead to modest weight loss (two to four pounds).
“Apple cider vinegar also contains citric, formic, lactic and succinic acids, as well as the antioxidants caffeic acid, catechin, chlorogenic acid, epicatechin and gallic acid,” adds Barbara. “These are well known for reducing inflammation.”