Many of the headlines that concentrate on this ingredient’s ability to influence weight loss focus on a study conducted in Japan in 2009. In this, 144 obese adults consumed either 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or a placebo drink daily but otherwise continued on with their usual routine and diet.2 After 12 weeks it was found that those who had taken 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day lost more weight than the placebo group. So, this leaves the question - why would apple cider vinegar have these effects?
Well, apple cider vinegar contains a starch called pectin which may make you feel fuller for longer. Pectin is a soluble fibre meaning it absorbs water and fluids when it enters the stomach and intestine. This turns it into a solid mass (a bit like big lump of gel – lovely!) which stretches the stomach. In turn, this sends signals to the brain to say you are full thus triggering the release of hormones that quell any feelings of hunger. On top of this, the mass of soluble fibre means it takes longer for food to leave the stomach and this too can contribute to the feeling of fullness.
This may encourage weight loss as, by making you feel fuller, pectin could cause you to eat less at meal times and may even mean that you spend less time snacking during the day as well.3
As well as offering these benefits, New Nordic’s Apple Cider Tablets also contain a nutrient called choline which has even more to give when it comes to managing weight. In one particular study it was found that when taken for just one week, choline tablets caused a significant reduction in the body mass of participants.4 These results were seen to a lesser extent in the control group.
Choline can aid digestion as it has a positive effect on the liver which breaks down food and coverts it into energy. With digestion working well you should be more able to absorb food which, in turn, can aid weight management.
These findings surrounding weight loss and New Nordic’s Apple Cider Tablets are very positive but just remember that there are some additional things to take into account when trying to lose weight as well. You may have to exercise a little more for example, or adopt a healthier diet. This means cutting down on processed foods and sugary snacks whilst opting for fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, as well as the likes of wholegrain bread and brown rice instead.
Can apple cider vinegar help digestive problems?
Stomach acid is needed to break down food efficiently but if there is not enough of it then digestive problems can arise. That’s because undigested food moves into the small and large intestine where it can begin to ferment. This may result in problems such as gas, bloating, discomfort and constipation.
Apple cider vinegar helps to strengthen the acid in your stomach though, thus helping to breakdown food more efficiently. Also, pectin acts a bit like a prebiotic and so it encourages the growth of good bacteria which are important for good digestion.
Is it good to put apple cider vinegar on your skin and hair?
Provided you don’t mind the rather distinct smell of apple cider vinegar in liquid form, then the answer to this particular question is definitely yes!
First of all, apple cider vinegar can be combined with water (usually 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2-3 parts water) in order to make an effective toner. This will help to remove oil and should address dryness to leave the skin feeling rejuvenated.