Excerpted from a lecture, Institute of Nutritional Science. Reproduced by permission.
There is been a lot said recently about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and in fact all types of vinegar. Many miraculous health claims have been associated with this simple substance and a few of them are actually valid.
Apple cider vinegar, one of the oldest dietary supplements on the market, has been used for many decades to improve digestion and balance pH. Since protein foods are digested in an acid environment acidifying the stomach with substances like Apple cider vinegar makes a lot of sense, but that is only part of the digestion picture. In order to fully digest all your foods including carbohydrates and fats, it is necessary to have adequate enzyme production from the stomach and or the small intestine. Digestive enzymes are a great addition to the use of apple cider vinegar. Natural digestive enzymes would include pancreatic enzymes and help to address such things as acid reflux.
If you suffer from typical symptoms of indigestion such as gas, bloating, feelings of fullness, and of course heartburn and or acid reflux, you could benefit from both apple cider vinegar as well as a full-spectrum digestive enzyme supplement. The best enzyme supplement would be one based upon enzyme precursor agents. These are far better than whole enzymes in most cases because whole enzymes supplements tend to make the body dependent upon them rather than independent and increasing natural enzyme production. The use of apple cider vinegar is fine as far as it goes but in order to address all of the digestive issues potentially occurring it is necessary to use a wider spectrum of digestive support.