Apple cider vinegar has been used in meal preparations, as a household cleaning agent, and for medicinal purposes for a very long time. When incorporating apple cider vinegar (ACV) into your diet, we recommend you take it in the raw form with the “mother”. The mother is the cloudy mass of beneficial bacteria that sits at the bottom of the bottle. Let’s take a look at the benefits of adding ACV to your diet.
Lowers Blood Sugar
If you are dealing with elevated blood sugar levels, or have Type 2 Diabetes, ACV has been shown to stabilize blood glucose and improve insulin sensitivity during meals. Taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime is believed to reduce fasting blood sugar levels by up to 4%. We recommend mixing ACV with water so that it is less acidic to your tooth enamel.
Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother has plenty of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria, such as probiotics. This is great support for our guts as ACV is known to regulate digestion. Taking AVC and a natural supplement for digestions can help with bowel regularity.
ACV also has antibacterial properties that make it an effective aid in ridding our digestive tract of infectious parasites and Helicobacter-pylori. H-pylori is considered one of the main causes of stomach ulcers. ACV can be an effective treatment for ulcers and heartburn as well.
Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid. Research has shown that acetic acid may help to reduce blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and fat accumulation. Animal studies have revealed positive results in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides with acetic acid.
Potassium is relatively high in ACV. It is one of the electrolytes we need to regulate the level of fluids in our bodies and aid in several body functions. Electrolytes are necessary in supporting the electrical activity between our brains and central nervous systems. If you are dehydrated, or physically exhausted after participating in a sporting event, you might do well to replenish your electrolytes by mixing a little ACV into some pure fruit juice or coconut water, rather than reaching for a sports drink.
Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother may be one of the most overlooked natural medicines in our kitchen pantries. Along with all natural health supplements and a good diet, ACV should be a part of your daily health routine. It is inexpensive and extremely beneficial. At Nature’s Wellness our motto is “Happiness begins with health”.