Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is considered a whole-health nutritional powerhouse, but not all apple cider vinegars offer the same health benefits.

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar (the good stuff) is unprocessed and unfiltered. In liquid form, it has a murky appearance that means it contains the mother, which is beneficial bacteria that can not only detox the body, but also boost the body’s immune system by elevating levels of good bacteria in the gut, where most of the immune system is contained. 

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The benefits are even more pronounced because ACV is also rich in acetic acid, which kills unhealthy bacteria, allowing good bacteria to flourish, as well as key minerals including potassium and magnesium and essential enzymes.

So, in addition to boosting the immune system, which can protect against illness and diseases, what else can apple cider vinegar do?

Some key health benefits:

  • Improved cardiovascular health. The acetic acid in ACV is believed to not only lower blood pressure, but also help dissolve cholesterol deposits collecting along the walls of arteries, which means blood vessels will be more pliable and elastic.
  • Protection against type 2 diabetes. According to a 2004 study from the Department of Nutrition at Arizona State University that appeared in the American Diabetes Association Journal Diabetes Care, apple cider vinegar improved insulin sensitivity not only for those with type 2 diabetes, but also those at risk for the disease, leading to lower blood sugar levels after the consumption of high-carb meals. (Those regulated blood sugar levels can also ease cravings, which can lead to weight loss.)
  • Improve Digestive health. ACV is rich in enzymes that help to increase digestive juices so food is broken down properly. Proper food breakdown is essential for nutrient uptake into the blood but also helps to reduce bloating and abdominal pain.
  • May help with weight loss. ACV may help to reduce the triglycerides (fat) in blood as well as suppress fat accumulation and may also help to support antioxidant function in people who have cardio-metabolic conditions.
  • Better regulated pH levels. The body’s pH controls the activity of all metabolic functions, including how well the body uses vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on the body, leading to more balanced pH, which has been linked to a lower risk of chronic illnesses including cancer.

Given the potential health benefits, a teaspoon a day – mixed with water for the best benefits – or a supplement is a smart dietary addition. 

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