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Apple-cider Vinegar Edition
ACV BOOSTS METABOLISM
Sipping apple-cider vinegar (aka ACV) may improve measures of metabolic health—helping regulate blood sugar and reduce LDL lesterol and, in some cases, aiding weight loss. There’s more animal than human research, but results are encouraging.
ACV KILLS GERMS
In lab tests, it kills pathogens including But in your body? Too soon to say. While acids kill germs, stomach acid is more potent than ACV. More than just acidity may be at play, however: preliminary research suggests that ACV’S polyphenols could improve immunity.
Anecdotal evidence? Galore! Science? We found squat. Cleveland Clinic gastroenterologist Scott Gabbard, M.D., says it may be a placebo effect: “In digestion studies, placebos help patients 30-40% of the time.” The murky “mother” at the bottom of unpasteurized ACV contains bacteria (Acetobacter), but there’s scant research saying that this type of bacteria improves health or even survives in the gut.
ACV ALKALIZES YOUR BODY
We found no evidence that eating certain food (ACV or other-wise) of your blood, or that you’d want it to. —J.W.