Really?… well, not quite. But when apples are fermented and produce acetic acid, then the magic begins, and it seems that this is not just anecdotal evidence. In a study looking at the effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on fasting blood glucose and lipid profile in diabetes induced rats with a diet including ACV (apple cider vinegar) for four weeks, researchers found that HbA1c significantly decreased and there was significant reduction of low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-c) and a significant increase of high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-c). ACV also reduced serum triglyceride due to the inhibition of lipogenesis in the liver.
Another study showed that ACV lowered blood pressure, although the mechanisms were unclear it seems that the acetic acid in the ACV could decrease serum renin and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activities, angiotensin II and aldosterone concentrations.
In 2018, supplementation of Apple cider vinegar (ACV) for 60 days found that ACV possesses antimicrobial activity and demonstrates beneficial effects on health.
Raw unpasteurised ACV with the Mother (residue of pectin bacteria and yeast) is rich in enzymes and a Ph of between 3.3 and 3.5. It speeds up digestion by activating dormant enzymes in the stomach and pancreas helping to break down protein and also assists absorption of minerals such as calcium magnesium and iron. Some research also suggests that apple cider vinegar may have potential as an antifungal treatment.
Claims that ACV can help with weight loss are still to be proven but for blood sugar and cholesterol control benefits it seems that experience is backed up by science. Dr Michael Moseley, author of the book The Clever Guts Diet, took a look at ACV for the BBC and had some surprising results.
Apples Cider Vinegar can be purchased at many health food stores and even Aldi sell it (organic and with the mother) at a reasonable £1.99 for 500ml but you can also make your own for pennies and a little patience.