Apple Cider Vinegar has been around in our cupboards for years however in recent times more and more of us are adding this ‘vinegar’ to our daily habits using this as a digestive tonic. It’s early adopters include Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry so let’s explore the top health benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
During the fermentation process, sugars are broken down by bacteria and yeasts into alcohol and if you carry on fermenting it further you get vinegar. You can make vinegar from many other fruits and vegetables but the reason for using apples is that they contain the most acetic acid which is key to the vinegar’s medicinal properties.
LET'S LOOK AT THE BENEFITS
Full of healthy prebiotics, it has been said that ACV can help if you’re suffering from symptoms of IBS including constipation. The fermentation process gives it healthy prebiotics which can help support digestive health by supporting good bacteria in the gut. Add one tablespoon to a glass of water and enjoy.
Balances Blood Sugar
Acetic acid has been linked to balancing blood sugar. High blood sugar issues can often manifest as weight gain or low energy and it is suggested that we drink a tablespoon of ACV with warm water either just before or during a meal to prime the gut.
Aids the Immune System
The Antimicrobial properties in vinegar break down the cell membranes of bad bacteria.
Increases feelings of Fullness
ACV has been shown to help make us feel fuller for longer and can help aid in regulating blood sugar. Some maintain it can help aid weight loss due to curbing cravings.
Which Apple Cider Vinegar is Best?
To get the real benefits of ACV it needs to be raw, unpasteurised and organic with a rich amber colour. It has a cloudy appearance and this is down to a substance called ‘the mother’. This is the name given to the beneficial bacteria and it’s partly these probiotic bacteria that make ACV so good for digestion.