Apple cider vinegar as been marketed in the United States in a variety of forms:

  • Acetic acid
  • Apple cider vinegar plus honey cocktail
  • Tablets
  • Cider vinegar
  • In combination with supplements, botanicals, and food products

Apple cider vinegar is made by pulverizing apples into a slurry and juice pulp, adding yeast and sugar to produce acetic acid.

Purported uses:

  • Weight loss
  • Lower glucose levels in diabetics
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Colitis
  • Food poisoning
  • Gastrointestinal and skin problems
  • Lower cholesterol

Dosage: 2 tablespoons in a cup of water 3 times a day (total dose 2800mg daily)

Recent preliminary studies have shown apple cider vinegar to lower postprandial and fasting glucose levels in type 2 diabetics.

There are also studies demonstrating apple cider vinegar to cause early satiety when taken with meals and resultant weight loss.

Possible mechanisms of action are thought to be slowed gastric emptying, inhibition of gastric enzymes, and inhibition of glucose uptake by muscle.

There is low to no risk to try apple cider vinegar.