Health Effects of Vinegar

Vinegar has long been used a folk remedy cure for a variety of maladies. Proponents of the use of vinegar swear by its health benefits. In their book “Folk Remedies That Work,” Joan and Lydia Wilen tout vinegar as a cure for anything from skunk odor to athlete’s foot to diaper rash. While the scientific backing may be lacking, several other health effects have been researched, some showing supporting evidence for other possible health effects.

Weight Loss

According to the Mayo Clinic, the evidence supporting the use of vinegar as a weight loss remedy is scant, with little to support its use. However, a 2005 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that supplementing a meal with bread doused in vinegar increased the feeling of satiety in the study’s participants. The effect increased with greater concentrations of vinegar.

While it may not burn fat, vinegar may decrease your appetite by delaying the emptying of your stomach. A 1998 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vinegar slowed the continued digestion of stomach contents and reduced glycemia and insulin demand. Glycemia represents the presence of glucose in your blood.

Blood Sugar Levels

One of the purported claims regarding the health effects of vinegar is its health benefit for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Being able to maintain proper blood sugar levels is vital for these individuals. Research shows some promise that vinegar may prove effective. A 2007 study published in the journal Diabetic Care found that taking apple cider vinegar at night had favorable effects on waking glucose concentrations. Vinegar has anti-glycemic, or sugar-lowering, properties which help reduce starch digestion and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Food Poisoning

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, taking vinegar following an episode of food poisoning may provide relief for your gastrointestinal symptoms due to the possible antimicrobial properties of acetic acid. Microbes are bacteria which cause E. coli, salmonella and other food-borne illnesses. The acidity of vinegar creates an environment which is inhospitable for bacteria growth. It is not, however, a substitute for medical treatment.

Jellyfish Poisoning

Several species of jellyfish can cause severe reactions, especially in individuals who are allergic to venom. Symptoms vary with the type of jellyfish, with symptoms ranging from abdominal pain to breathing difficulty to skin burning. Due to the severity of the symptoms, medical attention is essential. However, vinegar can help stop the discharge of venom from many types of jellyfish, and can be used as quick treatment before medical help arrives.

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