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Why Apple Cider Vinegar Should Be a Part of Your Day

 No doubt you’ve seen apple cider vinegar (ACV) drinks or capsules in the store. You may even have a friend who takes it daily, but what’s it all about?  While proven research is a little light, devotees swear by its many health benefits. 

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

ACV requires three ingredients apples, sugar and yeast, and is made using a three-step process:

  1. Apples are crushed then the juice is squeezed out.
  2. Yeast is added to the apple juice and left to ferment. This step converts sugars into alcohol.
  3. The second fermentation process converts alcohol to vinegar by a type of acetic acid-forming bacteria. Like other vinegars, ACV is acidic.

 You’ll see several kinds of ACV available. Some looks clear, but the raw, unfiltered ACV has a murky substance floating around in it looking kind of gross. Called the “mother,” it’s formed by natural enzymes during fermentation and consists of proteins and friendly bacteria. It’s thought that the mother is responsible for ACV’s healthy benefits.

Delivers healthy substances for overall wellness

 ACV delivers trace amounts of naturally occurring nutrients including acetic and citric acids, B-vitamins, vitamin C, niacin, pantothenic acid, potassium and magnesium to name a few. These nutrients contribute to overall health and wellness.

Dieter’s favorite to help reach weight loss goals

 ACV has been a dieter’s favorite for decades and there are some small studies to back that up. It appears ACV may contribute to weight loss by promoting a feeling of fullness (or satiety), especially if taken before a meal. Feeling satisfied may be just what you need to push yourself away from the table or say no to that extra slice of pie, thereby reducing caloric intake.   

Supports blood sugar levels already in the normal range

 A small study suggests that vinegar has a positive effect on blood sugar and insulin levels, particularly after meals. Keeping healthy blood sugar levels within the normal range is vital for ongoing health. As always work with your healthcare provider to learn what’s best for you and your situation.

Enhances appearance of hair and skin

 Using ACV topically could help rebalance the natural pH keeping skin moisturized and comfortable. In fact, ACV is commonly found in natural shampoos as it has the potential to balance and clarify your hair and enhance its appearance.

Promotes heart health

While more research is needed, from two small studies, it seems that ACV can complement a current heart regimen by supporting cholesterol and triglyceride levels already in the normal range.

If heart health is a concern of yours, adding ACV to your diet may be something for you and your doctor to discuss.

 Along with potential health benefits, it’s also important to note risks as well. Whether you’re consuming ACV straight from a jug, diluting it or using capsules every day, it’s always important to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider. Start slow, gauge how your body handles it, and take it from there. It could be just the ticket you need for perfect health!

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