While you might be inclined to believe that apple cider vinegar is a recent discovery, given all of the hype around it in the wellness world of late; in fact, it was Hippocrates back in 400 BC who first began preaching the health benefits of fermented apple juice.
Well, lo and behold, the father of medicinal chemistry may well have been on to something; as we can now testify much of his theory with scientific fact.
So, what exactly is the truth behind this 'elixir of life'?
Firstly, let's explain how apple cider vinegar is made and what it's properties are. ACV is, as the name suggests, a product of the second stage of the fermentation process that occurs in apple juice, after the alcohol content has been converted into acetic acid (vinegar).
The end product contains a web like substance, referred to as 'The Mother', which is the presence of certain minerals, enzymes and gut friendly bacteria. It is also high in acetic acid, which gives it it's antimicrobial properties.
Apple cider vinegar provides a natural health tonic for the body; boosting gut health and destroying harmful bacteria.
Here's how and why you should consume it on a daily basis;
Apple cider vinegar must be diluted before it can be consumed safely. The best way to do this is with honey and hot water. First dissolve a teaspoon of honey in boiled water, then add cold water and a table spoon of ACV. Drink this concoction on an empty stomach each morning for maximum benefit.
Consuming apple cider vinegar on a daily basis is linked with a multitude of health benefits, many of which are supported by science.
Lowers blood sugar levels: Lots of studies testify to the fact that ingesting ACV arond meal times can increase insulin sensitivity and promotes the effective absorption of glucose from the blood stream. This lowering of blood sugar levels is not only beneficial for those suffering with diabetes, but anyone interested in improving their health.
Improves digestion: The acidity of apple cider vinegar creates an alkaline environment in the body which can help with digestive issues, such as acid reflux. Acetic acid also stimulates the secretion of certain juices, which improves digestion.
Supports immune system: With cold and flu season almost upon us, our immune systems need to be firing on all cylinders. Apple cider vinegar can significantly help with this by breaking down excess mucous and improving circulation of the lymphatic system which detoxifies the body. It is also highly effective at preventing and curing a sore throat when swallowed (diluted as directed), due to it being antibacterial and able to fight off infection.
Weight loss: The main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid, which has been shown to increase the level of genes responsible for burning fat; especially from the stomach region and the liver.
Decreases appetite/sugar cravings: After drinking ACV people's appetite is greatly reduced, especially for sweet things. This makes it useful for those on a diet, or for those attempting to cut out sugar (including alcohol).