Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredient Spotlight: Apple Cider Vinegar

The base of our Fire Cider & Earth Cider line and featured prominently in our Oxymels as well, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a wide range of health issues. Beyond folk tradition, research suggests a wide range of other benefits outlined here.

Made by fermenting apples with yeast and bacteria, which turns the natural sugars into acetic acid, ACV is especially known for its digestive properties. Acetic acid can help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut, and the enzymes and probiotics it contains can help improve gut health as well. Drinking ACV before a meal can help stimulate digestive juices and enzymes, which can aid in the digestion of food. Additionally, ACV can help alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, bloating, and constipation.

ACV has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that can help boost the immune system. The acetic acid in ACV can help to kill harmful bacteria and viruses in the body. Additionally, ACV contains antioxidants that can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals.

Some studies have also found that consuming ACV can help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The acetic acid in ACV can help to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol levels. ACV can also help to reduce blood pressure by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme that causes blood vessels to constrict.

Some studies have suggested that consuming ACV may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. The antioxidants in ACV can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to cancer.

ACV has also shown promising effects on blood sugar levels, particularly for individuals with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. Consuming apple cider vinegar before meals may help improve insulin sensitivity, thereby regulating blood sugar spikes after eating. Some studies also suggest that ACV may support weight loss, specifically helping to reduce body weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference. The acetic acid in ACV helps to suppress appetite, increase metabolism and burn fat. Consuming ACV with a meal may also help reduce the glycemic load of the meal, which can help regulate blood sugar levels. 

As with any natural remedy, it is important to talk to your doctor before incorporating ACV into your diet.

ACV is a versatile and natural remedy that has many health benefits, and can be found in all of our Fire Ciders, Earth Cider and Oxymel Syrups.

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