I have known and read about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for many years. I know that it is a healthy infusion of minerals, vitamins and amino acids. In fact, unpasteurized vinegar can contain as many as 50 nutrients. These include those that come from apples, as would be in this case.
Recently, I was taking it in a diluted mix with water to tame the very tart taste. I wondered what process is used in making Apple Cider Vinegar. I looked it up, I found that is a two-step process. First, the apples are crushed and fermented with yeast, which produces alcohol – in other words, apple cider. Next, the mixture was fermented further with a specific type of probiotic that produces acetic acid, which is believed to be the active ingredient responsible for vinegar’s benefits. ACV is usually naturally fermented where other commercial vinegars may be speeded up with other processing methods.
Apple cider vinegar is inexpensive, easy to use and beneficial for our health in numerous ways. It has been used for centuries as both a health and cleansing agent. Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, believed it was a powerful elixir, antibiotic and antiseptic fighting germs. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians used it as an antiseptic and healing agent. It is said that Columbus had barrels of vinegar on his ships to prevent scurvy. The vinegar was used to clean the ships to kill germs.
Vinegar itself is a wonderful household cleanser. I have found it will clean household items that nothing else would. Soaking a cat’s litter pan in vinegar will clean it like new. Nothing else I have tried does this so well.
To get health benefits of vinegar, it is important to look for unpasteurized, unfiltered, traditionally brewed or fermented on the label.
There are Science-backed benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar in addition to its extremely long history of use. Modern clinical studies have shown specific benefits of ACV. These benefits are things like such as Blood Sugar Control, fighting Diabetes, Weight Loss and Digestion. Studies have used 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in water and taken with one or two meals a day. It is interesting to know that many people drink it through a straw. This prevents the acid from damaging the tooth enamel.
Now, Apple Cider Vinegar comes in capsules and gummies, which are popular due to the convenience. Gummies are formulated to have a pleasant taste, I am told. If you decide to try Apple Cider Vinegar in any of its forms, make sure you choose one using organic apples. Non-organic apples are high in pesticides.