Apple cider vinegar has become one of the most popular natural health items lately, being touted for a variety of health benefits. It’s believed that one of the most important components of apple cider vinegar is something called “the mother.” Mother is composed of strands of proteins and enzymes that are found only in organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, which give it a murky appearance.
When we talk about supplements and natural health, there’s always a secondary question after the initial “Does it really work?” The second question is “What’s the best way to take it?” Some people feel that drinking the liquid is best, while many supplement companies offer a liquid in capsules. Are you selling yourself short by taking one or the other?
What Apple Cider Vinegar Can Do
For those who aren’t familiar with apple cider vinegar, it has been tied to a variety of health benefits, but we are going to focus on the ones with the strongest amount of scientific backing. For starters, like other kinds of vinegar, it’s had a long traditional use for killing various pathogens. Apple cider vinegar has been used for cleaning, disinfecting, and even as a natural option for food preservation.1 Another interesting role it can play regards satiety. By having some apple cider vinegar with your meal, you can feel full quicker, leading to fewer calories consumed, which can help with reducing belly fat and overall weight.2
Your Best Delivery Option
When it comes to making the most out of your apple cider vinegar, the good news is that both apple cider vinegar capsules and liquid have been used in studies, and both can be effective. What is best depends on personal preference. For example, the liquid form has a very strong taste that may be difficult for some people to tolerate. In this regard, capsules are the obvious better choice. There is also the added concern that regularly drinking something acidic like apple cider vinegar can damage tooth enamel.
Of course, in order to make the most out of your apple cider vinegar, in any form, you want to make sure it is properly sourced and formulated. This lets you take full advantage of benefits from all its components, the “mother” included. A great example is Enzymedica’s Apple Cider Vinegar capsules. Each bottle is produced from 10 wild, hand-picked apples, and taking these capsules is easy. Just have two capsules, the equivalent of 1 oz of liquid apple cider vinegar, with each meal. When taking any sort of dietary supplement, it’s good practice to read the label, as different brands may have different amounts of certain components, in addition to the ones that trigger the health benefits you are looking for. Pure and simple is best.
- Entani E, Asai M, Tsujihata S, Tsukamoto Y, Ohta M. Antibacterial action of vinegar against food-borne pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli O157:H7. J Food Prot. 1998;61(8):953-9.
- Kondo T, Kishi M, Fushimi T, Ugajin S, Kaga T. Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009;73(8):1837-43.