Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: ACV is good for PCOS. Because it has acetic acid and it can improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects your ovaries and endocrine system.

In PCOS, your body experiences hormonal imbalances which can lead to the development of small cysts on the ovaries.

This can lead to various health problems, such as infertility, gestational diabetes, miscarriage, or premature birth.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood sugar levels and hormonal balance, which can impact your PCOS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume fiber and anti-inflammatory rich foods like broccoli, fish, and almonds and avoid sugar and refined carbohydrate rich foods like white bread, pastries, and sugary drinks.

Now, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a fermented liquid made from crushed apples.

People usually consume it as a dressing, in drinks, or as a supplement.

ACV is good for PCOS because it contains acetic acid.

Acetic acid can help regulate blood sugar levels, which is beneficial for PCOS management.

A typical serving of ACV can give you a small amount of potassium, which is essential for nerve and muscle function.

Acetic acid can positively affect PCOS by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels.

Furthermore, ACV is an acidic substance and acidity is good for PCOS because it can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and support a healthy gut microbiome.

You can consume 1-2 tablespoons of ACV per day safely.

More than that can cause tooth enamel erosion or throat irritation due to its high acidity.

Also, you shouldn’t consume ACV if you have gastroparesis to prevent delayed stomach emptying.

Because ACV can slow down digestion, which is problematic for this condition.

You can buy ACV in your local market or online.

Always choose organic, unfiltered ACV with the ‘Mother’ to ensure you’re getting the beneficial bacteria and enzymes.

You can store them in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight to maintain quality.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing PCOS effectively.

I always recommend my PCOS patients to follow a PCOS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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