You’ve probably heard talk about people drinking apple cider vinegar either in the form of shots or specialty made beverages. But why all the fuss?

 

Apple cider vinegar, despite its name, is not your average vinegar. Organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains an interesting little thing called a ‘mother’ — strands of protein, enzymes, and bacteria that give the liquid a cloudy appearance.

 

So why is apple cider vinegar such a buzz-worthy drink in the health world? Here are a few reasons why:

 

1. It’s anti-bacterial

 

For centuries, vinegar has been used as a cleaning product to help disinfect, kill bacteria, pathogens and fungus, and treat wounds. But it’s also used in preserving (pickling) to increase shelf life of foods by inhibiting bacterial growth. Why couldn’t it do the same for your body?

 

2. Helps to lower blood sugar

 

Diabetes is one of the world’s most prevalent health conditions and is associated with an inability to produce or use glucose properly, depending on the type (I vs. II). Studies have shown ACV to be great in the treatment of diabetes, specifically type II. But high blood sugar isn’t just a problem for people with diabetes — it can also be a cause in the development of various chronic diseases.

 

So why is vinegar great at helping to reduce blood sugar?

 

    • It helps to improve insulin sensitivity during a high-carbohydrate meal and significantly lower blood sugar and insulin responses
    • Reduce fasting blood glucose — just by consuming 2 tbsp. before bed! 
    • Improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals 

 

3. Can help to reduce weight and belly fat

 

Several studies have shown that consuming apple cider vinegar can help to increase satiety, decrease calorie consumption, and actually help to lose weight.

 

It’s important to remember, however, that simply consuming a couple of tablespoons of ACV before a meal won’t help you lose weight if the rest of your diet isn’t great and you don’t participate in regular physical activity.

 

4. Improves skin health

 

ACV is known for its antibacterial and healing properties, and is great both topically and internally to help treat acne and reduce prevalence of scarring. As certain strains of bacteria contribute to the development of acne, ACV’s antibacterial properties have been shown to be effective against growth of some of these strains. The lactic and acetic acid found in vinegar may also be beneficial at improving the texture, appearance, and pigmentation of skin, as well as lightening scars caused by acne.

 

5. Boosts gut health

 

As raw, organic ACV is full of beneficial bacteria, adding a small dose daily may help to improve your gut bacteria composition and promote a healthier GI tract.

 

But let’s make one thing clear — not all apple cider vinegars are the same. Some are raw, organic, and unfiltered, while others are not. Not sure which you should be? Here are three recommendations next time you’re in need of a little ACV. If you’re not into drinking vinegar, we’ve also given you two capsules as great alternatives!

 

Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 956mL

 

One of the most well-known brands of apple cider vinegar, Bragg’s offers an excellent organic, raw, and unfiltered product with the mother still present to retain all the beneficial bacteria and enzymes as possible.

 

Key features:

    • Unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized
    • Naturally gluten-free
    • USDA certified organic
    • Contains the ‘mother’

 

Downsides:

    • Acidity may harm teeth

 

What customers say:

    • Liquid gold
    • Cannot beat quality of this product
    • Helps with acid reflux
    • Makes for a great skin cleanser
    • Good quality taste
    • Helps reduce pain

 

Nature’s Help Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother, Capsules

 

Produced from organic Australian apples and barrel aged for 9 months, Nature’s Help makes a top-of-the-line apple cider vinegar product that’s great for helping a multitude of health concerns. Naturally gluten-free and vegan, the capsules are pure, containing no additives or fillers.

 

Key features:

    • 60 capsules
    • Made from naturally fermented organic apples
    • Contains the ‘mother’
    • Produced at low temperatures
    • Non-GMO
    • Naturally gluten-free
    • Vegan friendly
    • No taste
    • 500mg per capsule
    • Tasteless

 

Downsides:

    • More expensive than other brands
    • Lower dosage

 

Swanson Ultra High Potency Apple Cider Vinegar, 625mg, 180 Capsules

 

With over 40 years in the supplement business, Swanson offers a high potency and high quality ACV capsule that’s easy to swallow, has no smell or taste, and helps improve a variety of health conditions.

 

Key features:

    • 180 capsules
    • High potency
    • 650mg per capsule
    • Reasonable price
    • Tasteless

 

Downsides:

    • Additives (in capsule)
    • Not organic

 

What customers say:

    • Help to curb appetite
    • Excellent product
    • One of the strongest doses out there
    • Great value
    • Helps with indigestion
    • Helps with weight loss

 

It’s pretty obvious that everyone doesn’t want a to take a shot of vinegar everyday to reap all the benefits associated with it. We’ve given you three great options — whether you want to drink it or not — that are both cost affordable and highly effective. Whatever reason you choose, ACV is a great, versatile, (and cheap!) supplement to add to your daily regimen.

 

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