The benefits of Apple cider vinegar and baking soda on human health are numerous and very known. However, there are so many people who start consuming them in combination: one has to wonder whether this is just fashion or whether there is something to the claims about their multiplied effect when taken together.
Before addressing the topic, however, let’s remember the benefits of each product taken alone.
- Experiments conducted in vitro have shown that apple cider vinegar can eliminate viruses and Bacteria, for example, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans.
- It has been seen that apple cider vinegar can also help lower blood sugar levels and improve the body’s response to Insulin.
- In addition to that, animal studies seem to show that apple cider vinegar can also reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides, although so far these results have not been replicated in humans.
- Other studies also seem to suggest that apple cider vinegar may decrease feelings of hunger and thus help people lose weight.
Concerning baking soda, there is research that shows that using it as a Mouthwash may decrease tooth enamel loss. And it also appears that baking soda can improve performance during high-intensity, short-duration physical exertion.
Finally, it also seems that bicarbonate supplements can slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.
Baking soda and vinegar: for health better alone or together?
But let’s go back to talk about the use of the two products: combined, do the two substances multiply their positive effects, or do they harm instead?
It is said that by combining the two products one can alkalize one’s body, but this statement does not take into account the fact that nature has put in place precise mechanisms to keep our body’s pH in balance and that what we eat or drink has very little effect on this balance.
However, up to now there is no evidence that combining vinegar and bicarbonate can multiply their health benefits.
In essence, it is advisable to take them alone and in any case always with caution and in consultation with your doctor, because high doses of bicarbonate, for example, can lead to a potentially lethal condition called metabolic alkalosis.