Saturday, November 20, 2010

Apple Cider Vinegar and Lactic Acid, Urban Myth?



I have read that apple cider vinegar has the ability to help your body clear lactic acid and reduce muscle soreness.  Since my middle name these days is "muscle soreness", I figured I would try it and see if it has the miraculous curative properties "they" say.

I did some research and the amount of "real information" on if apple cider vinegar actually works is scarce.  Most of the information is provided by web sites like "AppleCiderVinegarBenefits.com" or Isellapplecidervinegarhere.com".  If you read the thousands of purported benefits of consuming ACV, you would be convinced that you should not consume anything else!

ACV reportedly will....

Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
Balance high cholesterol
Cure skin conditions such as acne
Protect against food poisoning
Fight allergies in both humans and animals
Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
Strengthen the immune system
Increase stamina
Raise your IQ to Mensa levels
Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
Stop cravings for Moonpies
Improve digestion and cure constipation
Cure world hunger
Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
Make your pectoral muscles look bigger around women
Grow hair on bald heads

One of the sites mentioned that ACV is full of the amino acids that help your body flush acids out of your muscles.  I flunked chemistry, or came darn close, but I guess there may some chemical truth there. 

I don't know about all that.  However, I am going to try taking it for two weeks to see if it helps me process lactic acid faster and reduce muscle soreness.  I will let you know.


Oh yeah, today marks the 100 day count down start to the run.  100 Days!

13 comments:

  1. Ed, good luck out there, and thanks for what you're doing. It's an incredibly worthy cause. I hope the apple cider vinegar makes the run a bit easier.

    Apple cider vinegar does indeed offer relief from an extensive list of conditions while also promoting weight loss and increasing your daily supply of energy, and it does so not by being any sort of magic bullet but simply by reinforcing the body’s own processes. The body is a remarkable thing, capable of building and repairing itself almost indefinitely. Unfortunately, our diets and habits don’t offer the body the nutrition and movement it needs to work optimally. Apple cider vinegar works to increase digestive efficiency, the flow of nutrition and waste throughout and out of the body, and the potency of all the body’s circulatory, digestive, immune, excretory, and other systems.

    We'll be interested to hear if it does the same for you!
    Daniel P. Kray
    Author, “Apple Cider Vinegar: A Modern Folk Remedy” available from major retailers through Earth Clinic.

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    1. Good sharing, yes, apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to boost metabolism, blocks the body’s storage of dietary fat plus breaks down and dissolves existing body fat. A study at Australia’s University of Sydney in which subjects who consumed two tablespoon of ACV daily experienced fewer surges and crashes in blood sugar levels. Read more at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/apple-cider-vinegar-acv-helps-to-boost-metabolism/

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  2. Hi Ed! I just started following your blog and am in awe of your goal. As a fellow endurance athlete (but not to that level), I started drinking ACV one year ago to help balance ph levels and to keep me healthy. I have been sick only once this year and I'm pretty sure ACV has something to do with that. I drink it as a tea with honey and lemon. I have also used ACV in an epsom salt bath to relieve sore muscles. You aren't supposed to rinse off after so you end up smelling a bit like salad dressing. Anyway, good luck to you and I look forward to following your progress.

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  3. Thank you Michelle. I will try putting some in my next dip into Epsom Salts...though smelling like a dinner salad does not sound all that much fun! Will try the honey mix as well....the taste of ACV straight is a smudge harsh

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  6. Hello Ed

    Searching on this subject on the Internet I found your response here. I am curious, did it work at all? I mean vinegar and lactic acid?

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  7. First let me say ACV is awesome, and I've used it for a number of things; however, I was just reading some peer reviewed literature that showed in a statistically significant kinda way, that baking soda (ingested in large quantities) fights lactic acid buildup by simply making the overall body more basic.

    For the same reason, I would imagine that ACV makes the body more acidic. Perhaps there is something more complicated which allows ACV to breakdown lactic acid, but unless I hear some positive results from you, I would imagine it does the opposite!

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