It’s no wonder everybody has been incorporating apple cider vinegar into their health and beauty routines. From shine-boosting hair treatments to sleep-promoting bedtime elixirs, there are tons of legitimate uses for this almost "too good to be true" superfood.
For centuries vinegar has been used as a natural home remedy and was traditionally used to preserve food.
Apple cider vinegar is mostly apple juice, but adding yeast turns the sugar in the juice into alcohol. This is a process called fermentation. Bacteria turn the alcohol into acetic acid. That’s what gives vinegar its sour taste and strong smell.
Apple cider vinegar is made via a two-step process.
First, the manufacturer exposes crushed apples to yeast, which ferments the sugars and turns them into alcohol. Next, they add bacteria to further ferment the alcohol, turning it into acetic acid, the main active compound in vinegar.
Acetic acid gives vinegar its strong sour smell and flavor. Researchers believe this acid is responsible for apple cider vinegar’s health benefits. Cider vinegars are 5–6% acetic acid.
Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains a substance called the mother, which consists of strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance.
People have traditionally used vinegar for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts, and ear infections.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar to clean wounds more than 2,000 years ago.
In recent years, some researchers have been taking a closer look at apple cider vinegar and its possible benefits.
1. DETOX & CLEANSE
ACV is known to be a great detoxifier, flushing out toxins in the body which leads to a better functioning body all around as well as aiding in weight loss, reducing heartburn and acid reflux, and promoting healthy cholesterol.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother contains the most potent strains of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria that can help your body get rid of toxins.
ACV also has an alkaline effect on the body. During digestion, the acid breaks apart, and the potassium and magnesium form alkaline ions called potassium or magnesium citrate that increase alkalinity. The body functions best in a slightly alkaline state, allowing you to feel your best each day.
it encourages detoxification through lymphatic drainage and enhances circulation, which can help the body remove the bad bugs more quickly.
2. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
ACV increases your metabolism, helping to burn off calories more effectively when moving and exercising.
Several human studies show that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness. This can lead you to eat fewer calories and lose weight.
Overall, apple cider vinegar may contribute to weight loss by promoting satiety, lowering blood sugar, and reducing insulin levels.
3. BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL
ACV blocks the actions of specific enzymes that raise blood sugar. Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood sugar and insulin responses.
Apple cider vinegar may improve insulin sensitivity by 19–34% during a high carb meal and significantly lower blood sugar and insulin response.
It also improves insulin sensitivity, which helps your body move more glucose out of the bloodstream and into your cells, thus lowering blood sugar levels
4. RELIEVES HEARTBURN & ACID REFLUX
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a superfood containing a huge variety of nutrients that helps reduce heartburn and acid reflux, and promotes healthy cholesterol.
For some people, acid reflux may be a result of too little stomach acid. Proponents of this remedy claim apple cider vinegar might be beneficial because it introduces more acid into the digestive tract. This acid is also effective against several types of bacteria and acts as an antimicrobial agent.
5. REDUCES HUNGER
Apple cider vinegar may promote fullness, which can decrease calorie intake. In addition to its appetite-suppressing effects, apple cider vinegar has also been shown to slow the rate at which food leaves your stomach.
6.CONTROLS SUGAR CRAVINGS
Acetic acid, a compound found in apple cider vinegar, has been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and increase feelings of fullness, all of which can help reduce cravings and help you eat less.
7. DIGESTIVE SUPPORT
Apple cider vinegar can help stimulate the production of stomach acid, aiding in the digestion of fats and proteins. In addition to this, a good quality apple cider vinegar that contains the ‘mother’ (live enzymes) will contain both probiotics and prebiotics that feed the good bacteria and promote the growth of a healthy microflora in the gut. This helps to enhance the health of your digestive system, increases immunity and improves the ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
8. IMMUNE SUPPORT
ACV is rich in Potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamin E, probiotics contained in the mother, and acetic acid, all of which can create an immune-boosting effect. The acid in ACV can also work to kill pathogens that make you sick. It also has chemicals known as polyphenols. They help stop cell damage that can lead to other diseases, like cancer.
Vinegar is used in cooking, baking, and salad dressings and as a preservative.
There’s a lot of acid in it, so drinking vinegar straight isn’t recommended. It can cause problems, like eroding the enamel of your teeth, hurt your throat, and upset your stomach if you get too much, too often. It's recommended to dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons to water or tea and drink it as a beverage.
A good option for incorporating apple cider vinegar into your diet is to use it in cooking. It’s a simple addition to foods like salad dressings.
There's another option to avoid all the negative effects and the strong and quite unpleasant taste of drinking liquid apple cider vinegar: capsules.
Say goodbye to the harsh taste and smell of liquid apple cider vinegar and its effects on your tooth enamel.
We, at Zanapure, don't stop there. To all the benefits of apple cider vinegar we have added a Probiotic Blend. 4 strands (Lactobacillus Gasseri, Lactobacillus Amylovorus, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Lactobacillus Fermentum) make it unstoppable. In clinical studies, the probiotic L. Gasseri noticeably reduced abdominal fat, decreased hip and waist measurements, and helped reduce body fat mass in subjects.
Zanapure enriched formula contains THE MOTHER and includes an extra dose of Probiotics strains that are specifically found to assist in weight loss, help with digestion and help balance the "good" and "bad" bacteria in your gut, and Neem Leaf, a rich source of antioxidants.
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