Everything you need to know about apple cider vinegar powder
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used as a home remedy for a number of ailments. These supplements are part of the latest health food trend and those looking to try alternative products to support their wellness. Before you start taking apple cider vinegar or powder it’s best to check if claims around these products are authorised and whether it’s safe for you to take them.
What is apple cider vinegar powder?
Apple cider vinegar powder is exactly what it sounds like – a powder made from dried apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is commonly used in food dressings and flavourings, it’s acidic and can have a strong vinegar smell.
Apple cider vinegar powder is then turned into tablets and other products which may be easier to take than apple cider vinegar in its original form.
How is apple cider vinegar made?
Apple cider vinegar itself is made by crushing apples and combining them with yeast – this converts the sugar in the apples into alcohol. Bacteria is then added, causing the alcohol to ferment into acetic acid. This is the substance that gives vinegar its distinctive taste and smell.
The types of apple cider vinegar products
These products tend to be marketed as a medicinal supplement often found within weight management and vitamin ranges in shops, supermarkets and pharmacies. Apple cider vinegar is also an ingredient in food and drinks.
Apple cider vinegar is available in:
- A vinegar to be diluted with water and drunk
- Salad dressings
Some people may prefer apple cider vinegar in powder, tablet, or gummy form as it doesn’t have the same strong smell and taste.
How to take apple cider vinegar safely
To make sure apple cider vinegar is safe for you to take we’d suggest speaking to a pharmacist. Vinegar is very acidic and drinking it undiluted can erode the enamel on your teeth and harm your oesophagus. It’s best to add it to your food in small quantities (e.g. in salad dressings) or drink it diluted with plenty of water.
You could try the supplement in a powder form to avoid damaging your teeth.
How to use apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar powder can be added to:
Just make sure to read the how to use on the packaging before you try it. Alternatively, you can get apple cider vinegar as a tablet or gummy. You may enjoy it in this form if you’d prefer not to add it to foods or drinks.
Potential apple cider vinegar health benefits
It’s believed that any beneficial effects from consuming apple cider vinegar are associated with the acetic acid it contains.
Used as a home remedy, apple cider vinegar is most often said to help with:
- Weight loss
- Reducing cholesterol
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Diabetes symptoms
However, there is little clinical evidence to support these claims, and more research needs to be carried out before it can be recommended as a remedy.
Can apple cider vinegar help me lose weight?
New diet supplements are always coming into (and going out of) fashion, but one that has been a staple of the weight loss scene for a while is apple cider vinegar powder.
While there’s no harm in adding a little bit of apple cider vinegar to your diet, significant clinical study results are lacking. You may find that – as part of a healthy lifestyle – apple cider vinegar may help you to lose weight, but this won’t be the case for everyone.
Just remember: the only way to guarantee long-term and healthy weight loss is to eat fewer calories and do regular exercise.
How to lose weight safely
The NHS recommends that people trying to lose weight should eat 600 fewer calories each day, while following a healthy, balanced diet. It’s also important to stay active – the NHS recommends that adults should do 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week, as well as strengthening activities two days a week.
As part of your diet and exercise regime, you can take weight loss supplements – but bear in mind that these shouldn’t be used to replace any elements of your diet. You’ll need to eat a healthy and balanced diet packed with all the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
How we can help
If you’re very overweight and struggling to lose weight, you can visit your local LloydsPharmacy to ask about our Weight Loss Service. This service is designed for people with a BMI over 30, or people with a BMI over 27 and weight-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension or sleep disorders.