Top 5 Proven Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been praised for its medicinal properties for centuries.
Used for treating everything from cuts and scrapes, to heart disease and diabetes — it’s hard to believe such an inexpensive and powerful “cure-all” might be sitting in your pantry right now.
Here we’ll explore 5 of the top benefits of apple cider vinegar, including the scientific evidence to back them.
Supports Digestive Health
Let’s face it — digestive issues are no fun and they’re awkward to talk about. Whether you’re experiencing gas, bloating, heartburn, constipation, or any other digestive woe, you’re not alone.
Although medications can help with many of these problems, some of them can also end up making symptoms worse in the long-term. That’s why many people prefer to use ACV as an alternative to promoting gut health naturally.
Raw apple cider vinegar contains a particular type of bacteria called lactic acid bacteria1. Lactic acid bacteria are known to have probiotic benefits and routine consumption of them may promote healthier, more comfortable digestion2.
Promotes Balanced Blood Sugar
Research suggests taking apple cider vinegar with meals may curb the blood sugar response your body has after consuming carbohydrate-containing foods3.
One small study found that insulin-resistant people who consumed a little over a tablespoon of ACV just prior to consuming a high carb meal improved their insulin sensitivity by up to 34%4.
In another study, people with diabetes who consumed 2 tablespoons of ACV at bedtime experienced a 4% reduction in blood sugar the following morning5.
If you’re looking to boost your insulin sensitivity and gain better control of your blood sugar, apple cider vinegar may be what you’re looking for.
Aids Weight Management
Adding ACV to your diet may give you — and your metabolism — the extra push needed to help you get rid of those last few stubborn pounds.
Another study found that compounds present in apple cider vinegar can help curb appetite and slow gastric emptying, which can contribute to increased satiety, reduced calorie intake, and subsequent weight loss8,9.
Promotes Heart Health
Although human studies are still lacking, multiple animal studies have shown apple cider vinegar to be effective for reducing triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol10.
Not to mention, apple cider vinegar comes with much fewer side effects and risks than conventional cholesterol-lowering medications.
Early research further suggests ACV may play a role in reducing blood pressure11. Our apple cider vinegar supplement also contains nitrate-rich beet powder to bolster the blood pressure lowering potential of the ACV.
Vinegar has been used as a disinfectant for more than 6000 years12.
The primary active compound in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name implies, acetic acid is, well, highly acidic which lends itself to a host of antimicrobial benefits.
Apple cider vinegar can support healthy immune function through its ability to kill harmful bacteria — many of which are antibiotic resistant — that can infect wounds or make you sick13.
These antibacterial benefits also make apple cider vinegar a great natural treatment for acne.
How To Safely Add Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Health and Wellness Routine
So now that you’re aware of all the amazing benefits apple cider vinegar has to offer, you may be wondering how to take action and begin incorporating it into your routine.
If the thought of shooting straight ACV every morning sounds unpleasant, you’re not alone — and please don’t do it! Vinegar is highly acidic and drinking it straight can damage your esophagus and stomach lining. It’s also just not fun.
However, diluting your apple cider vinegar with other liquids can make it safer, and more pleasant, to consume.
Consider adding a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a big glass of water, tea, or seltzer water. Some people like to add some honey to make it go down a little smoother, too.
You may also try mixing the ACV with a little olive oil and using it in place of your usual salad dressing.
If none of that sounds appealing — or if you’d rather taste more apple cider and less vinegar — check out our brand new Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies. Now you can get all of the benefits of a day’s worth of ACV combined with a natural energy boost from B-vitamins in just two delicious gummies.
We think you’ll agree it doesn’t get much easier than that!