Apple cider vinegar is actually made from apple cider that has been fermented by yeast and bacteria, which turns the sugars into alcohol. It then undergoes a second fermentation process in which the alcohol is converted into acetic acid.
This fermentation process accounts for the many health benefits and the reason why it’s able to lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable. Apple cider, on the other hand, may taste great but doesn’t provide the same wealth of benefits.
The primary benefits of consuming unfiltered apple cider vinegar (mixed with water) include a controlled appetite (less cravings for sugar and refined carbs), helping to maintain better cholesterol levels, and probiotic properties supporting the growth of positive bacteria in your intestines – aiding in reestablishing a healthy gut balance.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
- Shake bottle before using to incorporate ‘The Mother’
- Mix 1-2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar plus 8 ounces water
Tip: Consider using a straw if you’re concerned about acid on your teeth
What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
– Lowers ‘Bad’ LDL cholesterol
– Increases beneficial ‘Good’ HDL cholesterol
– Helps liver function
– Medically proven to lower blood sugar levels
– Treatment of diabetes
– Increase your energy levels
– Increases your metabolism
– Supports weight loss
– Lowers blood pressure
– Fights acid reflux, GERD
– Boosts Gut Health
– Balances your pH
Terms like “organic” and “raw” are tossed around loosely these days, making it hard to decipher what you’re actually getting when you grab a bottle from the store.
To maximize the apple cider vinegar benefits, you should pick organic, raw and unfiltered whenever possible. It should also be murky with a web-like appearance and the mother still intact to get the most nutritional bang for your buck.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
If your apple cider vinegar is labeled as certified organic, it means that it’s free of genetically modified organisms and synthetic additives that can actually do more harm than good in terms of your health.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar is unheated and unprocessed. This means that it still has the “mother” intact, which is a cluster of proteins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria often removed during processing.
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
For most apple cider vinegar uses, you’ll also want to go for unfiltered apple cider vinegar. When apple cider vinegar is filtered, it removes the mother as well as any sediment, leaving behind a clear, amber vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Precautions
Although apple cider vinegar is healthy and safe for most people, consuming large amounts can lead to some negative effects on health. Side effects may include erosion of tooth enamel, burning of the throat or skin and decreased levels of potassium.
Be sure to always dilute in water instead of drinking it straight.
If you’re taking blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar.
While there are a wide range of uses, it should not be viewed as a quick fix or cure when it comes to your health. Instead, it should be paired with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle to really see results.
The information above was sourced from a variety of sources including:
– Bragg Organic Vinegar
– Dr. Josh Axe (who was linked on the Bragg website)