If you’re like many people, you associate apple cider vinegar with things like salad dressings, marinades and vinaigrettes.
But if you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve likely seen all the DIY recipes for apple cider vinegar tonics, drinks, toners and more. People claim to use it for weight loss and detox, but is there any truth in that?
We’ve done the research and were pretty excited by what we found. Keep reading to see if apple cider vinegar lives up to all they hype!
Apple cider vinegar is the result of crushing apples and adding yeast and bacteria. The sugar within the apples ferment and form an alcohol, which is then converted by the bacteria into what we know as ACV.
The process of making apple cider vinegar dates back to 2500 BC when the Aryans first developed a sour apple wine. Centuries later, the Greeks and Romans took that ancient apple wine recipe and turned it into what we have today.
Apple cider vinegar became popular as alternative drink to water during times when dysentery, typhoid, parasites and other diseases had contaminated the water.
During those times, sour apple wine turned vinegar was considered safe and pleasant to drink, and everyone enjoyed it - even children!
We know it adds a savory tang to our salads, but what can it do for our health? Let’s take a look.
1. Boosts your metabolism
To determine if apple cider vinegar did in fact boost metabolism, researchers conducted a study in 2006 on a group of diabetic mice. The results indicated that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar increases the production of an enzyme known as AMPK. An increase in the production of this enzyme results in the decrease of sugar and fat production as well as an increase in fat burning. Since ACV is a rich source of acetic acid, it has been proven to help boost metabolism and weight loss.
2. Improves Digestion
By now, it’s almost common knowledge that at least 75% of your immune system lives in your gut. So when problems arise in your GI tract, your whole body suffers the consequences. That’s why there is such an emphasis today on gut health and a growing popularity of natural ways to support the digestive system.
The breakdown of essential nutrients takes place in every part of your digestive system from the mouth to the large intestine. If there’s a problem at any stage of digestion, you’ll likely experience some sort of digestive disorder.
Apple cider vinegar can help by improving digestion. It does so by delaying gastric emptying, effectively preventing and/or treating diarrhea. This delay is made possible by its acetic acid content, which gives your stomach extra time to break down and absorb the nutrients from your food.
3. Supports Healthy Weight Loss
Exercising and working out certainly plays a role in losing weight, but it’s the food you eat that has the greatest effect, accounting for up to 80% of either weight loss or weight gain.
That’s where apple cider vinegar comes in. Studies indicate that consuming apple cider vinegar before meals results in lower blood glucose levels post-meal. Researchers believe it is able to do so in several ways:
- It helps control appetite by helping you feel full
- It positively affects the regulation of insulin
- It helps reduce your carb intake
Looking at the research, it appears that the acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar paired with a healthy diet can help you achieve your weight loss goals safely and effectively.
4. Natural Detoxification
Studies have shown that the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent natural detoxifier.
First, ACV is known as a potent antimicrobialable to eliminate pathogens in the gut such as E. coli and candida albicans. It also contains enzymes that encourage the production of healthy bacteria. Second, apple cider vinegar contains unique acids (like acetic acid mentioned earlier) that helps your body eliminate toxins more effectively.
Last but not least, apple cider vinegar is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals that support your detoxification systems, keeping your vital detox pathways open and flowing as they should.
As beneficial as apple cider vinegar is, the true test of benefits hinges on whether or not you absorb it properly.
Some people think taking 2 tablespoons a day of apple cider vinegar is all they need to reap its incredible benefits, while others believe taking it with water will suffice. However, due to depleted soils, stress levels and environmental factors, most of us simply don’t absorb nutrients as well as we should.
To reap the full benefits of apple cider vinegar, it should be taken with some sort of absorption booster - the most popular of which is known as piperine or black pepper extract. According to clinical studies, piperine increases the absorption rate of nutrients by approximately 2000%.
The use of piperine with apple cider vinegar makes it possible for the body to absorb the nutrients available in the vinegar. Apart from piperine, you can also use cayenne pepper, which possesses its own set of impressive benefits.
The primary active ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsicum - another powerful tool for weight loss. When combined with apple cider vinegar, it’s been known to help boost metabolism and encourage weight loss more effectively.
Due to the hot nature of black pepper and cayenne, it’s hard to just down some along with apple cider vinegar in a spoon. One convenient option is to supplement with ACV in capsule form.
It’s important, however, to find one that pairs it with synergistic ingredients to boost your absorption rates. That’s why we created Native Nutrition’s Apple Cider Vinegar supplement with a high-potency dose of 500mg organic ACV along with both 5mg black pepper extract and 10mg of organic cayenne pepper.
- Contains no fillers, additives or chemicals unlike most other supplements
- Apple are organically grown
- Allergy friendly - no gluten, soy, dairy, nuts or shellfish
- Third-party tested for impurities and toxins and to ensure highest quality and potency
It combines the power of apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper, paired with the patented version of black pepper extract to deliver an effective, convenient way to boost your health and reap the benefits above.
If you haven’t already jumped on the apple cider vinegar train, now is the time!