What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is made from the fermented juice of crushed apples. It is high in acetic acid and it is believed that this is where most of its health benefits lie.
What is apple cider vinegar used for?
Throughout the years apple cider vinegar has been used as a remedy to a number of ailments. A lot of people have found relief from arthritis and gout. It is high in potassium which prevents the build up of calcium deposits in the joints which can lead to joint pain and stiffness. It is also believed that it balances the body’s PH therefore balancing any excess acid and removing inflammation helping to alleviate pain.
Apple cider vinegar is produced through the fermentation of apples meaning it is high in live bacteria, also known as probiotics which host a wide range of health benefits.
Apple cider vinegar is widely used for many reasons. The most popular and widely known benefit of apple cider vinegar is its effect on blood sugar and weight loss. Several studies have shown that vinegar can help lower blood glucose levels and can be helpful in lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes and hyperglycaemia. Because of this stabilisation in blood glucose levels apple cider vinegar can also be used as a weight loss aid by regulating appetite and fat storage. Another follow up study was conducted over four weeks to see if apple cider vinegar helped with weightloss and found an average of a two pound weight loss between the group without changing any other factors.
Apple cider vinegar is also believed to lower blood pressure as a result of its high potassium levels and the acetic acid and numerous studies have found this to be true.
Numerous people use apple cider vinegar for its use in improving digestion. It is believed apple cider vinegar contains digestive enzymes which help us to break down food and alleviate bloating. It is also believed it increases stomach acid production which again, is responsible for the breakdown of food.
What Way is Apple Cider Vinegar Sold?
Apple Cider Vinegar is taken mainly as a liquid but it is also available in tablet form for those who find the liquid hard to take. It is normally accompanied by some other herbal extracts or vitamins and minerals, normally targeted at weight loss and/or digestion.