Hearing “apple” & “cider” next to each other at this time of year may leave you daydreaming of indulging in fresh apple cider, but we’re here to learn more about why taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a supplement may be something helpful for your health all year round. ACV has been a homegrown remedy since people discovered the medicinal use of vinegar back in 3,000 BC; but more recently, studies have been digging into exactly what makes it such a powerhouse. People have become amazed at how vinegars, especially apple cider vinegar, not only make food taste better but interacts with the way our bodies digest and process food.
Armed with this knowledge, health seekers are choosing to be more intentional with how they take their apple cider vinegar supplement. Let’s explore the research to learn about how apple cider vinegar works for your health.
#1: Acid That Alkalinizes Your Body?
ACV is created by fermentation, which is where it gets its world-renown magic from. Similar to the process of making alcohol, fruit is introduced to yeast and the sugars break down into alcohol, then bacteria further converts them into acetic acid—something you may be familiar with if you’ve left a bottle a wine sitting for a little too long! Acetic acid is what gives ACV its signature tart taste, but also its alkaline properties. Yep, even an acid like apple cider vinegar can help you alkalinize your body!
#2: Aiding Blood Sugar Metabolism
Since apple cider vinegar has such a dense concentration of acetic acid, it may help your health on a deeply cellular level. Blood sugar spikes, and the cravings and energy crashes associated with them, are not difficult to identify—they may be particularly present following a carb-heavy meal. With the flood of sugar entering your system, your digestive system goes into overload in metabolizing all that sugar. Studies have identified1 that acetic acid slows down the enzyme that breaks down sugar. So, by supplementing with apple cider vinegar, you can eat the foods you love and may be able to minimize impacts on your blood sugar. Extremely helpful for those who are trying to control their sugar cravings.
#3: Boosting Antioxidants
Acetic acid isn’t the only wonder-substance within apple cider vinegar. Unsurprisingly, the antioxidants contained within ACV are also responsible for more incredible health benefits. As seen in a Japanese study, the prolonged use of apple cider vinegar has been shown to help people reduce their body weight, cholesterol and triglycerides.2 Can you imagine?!
#4: The Secret of the ‘Mother’
If you have any experience with apple cider vinegar, then you’ve heard of the ‘mother.’ It is the brown strands of protein and good bacteria that are believed to be where most of ACV’s benefits lie. Not all apple cider vinegar on the market is the same, many filter out this good stuff in order to have a clear liquid. But, if you’re looking for a probiotic boost such as the mother provides, look no further than pure apple cider vinegar! ACV with the mother will likely be labeled as such, but you can also identify it by a brown residue within the bottle.
#5: Face the Benefits
Most commonly, apple cider vinegar can be found in liquid form. As a liquid, several celebrities endorse it as an indispensable beauty tool.3 It balances the PH level of your skin, sloughs off dead skin cells (hello, acetic acid!) and has antiseptic properties — all which also contributes to the prevention and treatment of acne. Some people even swear by an apple cider vinegar rinse to keep their hair shiny, voluminous and dandruff-free.
Bonus #6: Benefits of ACV in a Capsule
Liquid Apple Cider Vinegar has its limitations, though. Its acidity can potentially irritate the sensitive lining of your throat and GI tract, wear down the enamel of your teeth and the taste can be off-putting for some. This is where capsules come in. Have you ever considered that drinking liquid vinegar isn’t the only way to supplement with ACV? Many find that when taken as a capsule, apple cider vinegar is easier to fit into daily routines, while the few negative possibilities are avoided.
No matter what form you take apple cider vinegar in, ensure that it is properly sourced and formulated—with the mother—to ensure you get all of it’s powerful benefits. Enzymedica's Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules4 contain the mother and each bottle is produced from 10 organic, hand-picked apples. Two easy-to-take capsules are the equivalent of 1 ounce of liquid apple cider vinegar.
Only you can decide if apple cider vinegar is the right supplement for you, but it has a long history and a growing body of evidence supporting its health benefits. With Enzymedica's Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules,4 taking it is easier than ever before.