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Is Vinegar Water Good for You?

author image Brenda Barron
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.
Is Vinegar Water Good for You?
Drinking vinegar water does bring some health benefits. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Vinegar has been utilized in home remedies and folk medicine for ages. According to a review published in "Medscape General Medicine," the use of vinegar for health purposes goes all the way back to ancient Greece. A combination of vinegar and water is typically recommended in modern times, and while it does carry some positive attributes, there are negative ones you should be aware of.

Standard Vinegar Water Remedy

When using vinegar as a supplement, there is a standard formula most alternative health experts suggest. According to Earl Mindell, M.D. and author of "Dr. Earl Mindell's Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar," the standard remedy requires combining 1 cup of water with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and drinking it before each meal to improve digestion, combat arthritis and infections and control cholesterol.

Role of Polyphenols

According to a review published in "Medscape General Medicine" in 2006, vinegar contains polyphenols, a kind of antioxidant derived from plants, that helps to protect your body from free radicals. According to the review, Kurosu vinegar is thought to have an extraordinary amount of polyphenols, which may protect you from developing heart disease and cancer. Limited research has been done in this area as of 2011, however, so the exact benefits of vinegar's polyphenols are not known.

Blood Sugar Levels

Drinking vinegar water may help to regulate blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. According to a study published in "Diabetes Care" in 2007, people in the study had type 2 diabetes and were fed vinegar before each meal. Their blood sugar was tested in the morning and following meals. The results showed a reduction in blood sugar after the meals. Again, however, this benefit is based on limited research and should not be used as a basis for drinking vinegar water as a supplement.

Potential Side Effects

Drinking vinegar water can cause serious side effects due to its high acidity. According to MayoClinic.com, drinking vinegar can wear down tooth enamel and burn your esophagus. In addition, drug interactions may occur if you take diuretics or insulin.

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