PCOS + Pregnancy

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has some very specific, very important benefits for your hormones. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, naturally reducing systemic and localized inflammation of the body. It helps you body break down and convert the proteins you eat into usable amino acids (amino acids are the building blocks for many different bodily processes, including the creation of your hormones).

ACV also helps alleviate symptoms of yeast infections as the acidity manages bad bacterial overgrowth in the vagina.

Have You Ever Battled Hemorrhoids?

If so, you know how painful and frustrating they can be. Recent literature shows ACV acts a hemorrhoid symptom reducing agent for a couple different reasons. The apple cider vinegar fermenting process turns the natural sugar from the apples into acetic acid. Acetic acid is astringent and astringents shrink organic tissues, such as skin. Fun fact about acetic acid…it helps the body draw nutrients out of food for usage all while simultaneously helping to block the absorption of carb-dense foods. Lastly, and as mentioned above, claims have been made that apple cider vinegar suppresses inflammation. So, theoretically, ACV may relieve the swelling and irritation of hemorrhoids.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to have antibacterial properties (a), which can help with certain skin conditions, small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and vaginal bacterial overgrowth. It balances your pH (ie: the acid/alkaline levels) in the body, allowing good bacteria to flourish in your microbiome. Your microbiome houses the estrobolome where excess estrogen is processed and eliminated from your body, thus preventing estrogen dominance.

A Study Published…

A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Research in 2015 looked to identify the mechanisms behind a reduction in blood sugar levels with the additional of 50ml of ACV before meals. The research revealed that, compared to the placebo, apple cider vinegar improved the way the body absorbs blood sugar and increased insulin sensitivity in the skeletal muscle. For women struggling with PCOS or hormone imbalances, this means apple cider vinegar could potentially help balance your blood sugar and supports consistent ovulation.

In conclusion, the consumption of apple cider vinegar may give your body what it needs to make and manage your hormones. Try adding 1-2 tablespoons per day and see how you feel after 6 weeks. The best way to consume ACV is with water. Drinking it straight can irritate your throat and may cause gastric discomfort.

References:

a. Y. Gopal, Vimala Anthonydhason, Manikandan Muthu, Enkhtaivan Gansukh, Somang Jung, Sechul Chul & Sivanesan Iyyakkannu. “Authenticating apple cider vinegar’s home remedy claims: antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral properties and cytotoxicity aspect”. Pages 906-910 | Received 26 Oct 2017, Accepted 29 Nov 2017, Published online: 11 Dec 2017