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"Excellent product. Taste great. Slight vinegar smell but not overwhelming. Can definitely tell there's a lot of ACV in these gummies. Much better than ACV shots!"
"After a week of using it, I can tell an improvement to my bodies overall health. Not only was I feeling the same effects as I had from drinking apple cider vinegar, but It's easier to stay consistent with only having to take 2 gummies everyday. Instantly part of our daily routine."
"The taste was nothing like acv. They taste like a clean apple candy. Juci nailed it! We never review products but felt like this experience was worth it. Thanks again Juci!"
"2 gummies equals 500mg so no need to drink it anymore. I’ve tried other brands but these are MUCH BETTER quality, will definitely order again!"
"Read an apple cider vinegar article in Men's Health. Asked my doctor if it fit with my new active lifestyle and found Juci. Works very well to curb my appetite. Also a great addition to my morning exercise routine."
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Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
What do Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, and Scarlett Johansson all have in common? All three have be praising the wonderful health benefits they’ve had from adding Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, to their daily routine. You may think it’s all about fancy spa treatments and personal trainers with celebrities like this, but among other things a super inexpensive, very tart pantry staple is something that has become the talk of the healthy lifestyle community.
This all natural elixir has been used for centuries in folk medicine—ancient Greeks were using it on the battlefields to treat wounds and at home for sore throats. But only recently has it gained popularity in the mainstream media. Healthy skin, normalized blood sugar levels, and lower belly fat are just a few of the great things about apple cider vinegar.
The bad? Well, it is vinegar and it’s not the tastiest thing in the world, to be honest. Nutritionists have all sorts of recipes that try to mask its tanginess with honey, lemon, or even cayenne pepper! But when you get down to it, there’s no way to hide the fact that you’re drinking a shot of over-fermented wine each morning!
Enter Apple Cider Vinegar gummies: all the benefits of regular ACV and none of the nastiness! The gummies taste great and don’t upset your stomach like a shot of vinegar would.
This guide will take you through everything you need to know about this modern upgrade to a natural remedy. Get ready to have all your questions about Apple Cider Vinegar gummies answered here!
Dating back to the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates himself, Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for relieving coughs and calming upset stomachs. The high acidity in the vinegar form can be not so great for your teeth over long use, can sometimes cause acid reflux when taken as a shot, and is just not the best tasting health food you can take. And this is why we love gummies! We think they might be a better alternative to the standard liquid ACV since they provide the same benefits and have fewer of the drawbacks. Apple Cider Vinegar in the form of a chewable candy stands out from traditional liquid ACV by being:
- convenient to take on-the-go
- much less likely to bring on acid reflux
- easy for kids to take
- safer for tooth enamel
- much more pleasant in both smell and flavor
- combined with other superfoods that increase the vitamins and minerals
We now have something available to us that is able to pack all the goodness of one shot of ACV into just two chewable gummies! They taste good and still provide the same powerful punch of wellness for your whole body.
After reviewing various studies and numerous personal experiences with Apple Cider Vinegar, we have put together a comprehensive list of the potential benefits of taking ACV, either in liquid or gummy form, regularly:
It’s a digestive aid
Apple Cider Vinegar, along with other fermented foods like yogurt or kimchi, contains healthy, gut-friendly bacteria. ACV gummies are commonly made with “The Mother,” or the bacteria culture that is responsible for the fermentation process. These bacteria make sure your digestive system is working properly with its essential proteins and amino acids.
Regular consumption of probiotic foods helps make sure your gut flora is balanced, which on its own has plentiful health benefits for you physical and mental well-being. Maintaining a healthy microbiome can promote intestinal health, reduce the risk of heart disease, and even help with symptoms of depression.
An added bonus of ACV gummies is that it helps with acute stomach problems because the pectin (used to make the gummy gelatinous) is known to soothe intestinal spasms, while the acetic acid in the vinegar controls the harmful bacteria. Further, the increased acidity the Apple Cider Vinegar adds causes your body to make more pepsin. This is an enzyme that helps with breaking down protein and can help break down large amounts of meat easier.
If something is not sitting quite right after your neighbor’s cookout, try popping a couple good ol’ Apple Cider Vinegar gummies and see if they do the trick. Your tummy will likely thank you!
It could lead to lower cholesterol
The antioxidant chlorogenic acid found in Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown in animals to help with managing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The test was done on rats and bad cholesterol was reduced, while good cholesterol increased. This isn’t quite enough to go on science-wise to claim this would also be applicable in the case of humans, so more research is needed to determine the specific effect on us.
However, acetic acid, the stuff that give the vinegar its tartness, has also been linked to reducing cholesterol. According to another study, Apple Cider Vinegar taken once per day for three months showed an increase in HDL-c level of the (good) cholesterol. And these two studies did apply to humans!
There is definitely some promise in this area, but we need to keep an eye on new research.
It can boost energy
Amino acids found in Apple Cider Vinegar can help combat lactic acid build-up in the body as a result of exercise or stress. The lactic acids are what cause you to feel tired and worn out after a workout, so taking some ACV can help you get your pep back.
One of the most common reports from people who have started a regimen of ACV is that they feel more energetic. For this reason, often people will take a second dose at lunchtime in order to help them over that afternoon slump at work.
It helps with regulating blood sugar levels
Several studies have been able to show that vinegar can help with regulating blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity. Although it’s especially important for Type 2 diabetics to pay attention to the spikes in their blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, these are definitely things everyone should try to keep in check. Short-term effects can cause fatigue and hunger, while over time consistent high blood sugar can bring about Type 2 diabetes.
Apple Cider Vinegar reduces insulin sensitivity by helping the glucose move out of the bloodstream and into the cells quicker. This gets the sugars out of the blood and into the cells where it can be converted to energy. ACV has also been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar when taken before bedtime.
Further, another study showed that ACV helps the stomach empty slower. Imagine you had a huge pizza and breadsticks dinner, so now you’re completely stuffed with carbs. Just two gummies before your meal would have enabled your stomach to keep that pizza in it longer, reducing the huge spike in blood sugar, as it all gets digested more slowly. The sugar enters the bloodstream at a more moderate rate and you avoid that huge crash after a big meal.
Next time you go to Olive Garden, it might be a good idea to pack a few gummies in your bag!
It can improve your immunity
Offense is the best defense, right? So take the same approach with your body. Take in foods that will help build up your body’s own immune system, like Apple Cider Vinegar. It been shown to help ward off harmful bacteria and infection. Its probiotic nature allows ACV to promote healthy bacteria growth which boosts your microbiome, contributing to an overall healthy immune system.
Don’t wait to come down with the nasty bug that will creep up at work. Take daily doses of immunity boosting foods and supplements to help keep you healthy all year long—not just during flu season!
It can assist with weight loss
Most basically, Apple Cider Vinegar is able to help with weight loss by curbing your appetite. When taking it with a high carb meal, you feel fuller afterwards, which cuts down on excessive eating later in the day.
There was a study in Japan that found that acetic acid contributed to a reduction in body weight, BMI, and visceral fat over a 12-week study. Acetic acid is present in Apple Cider Vinegar, so this further reinforces the weight loss effects ACV can potentially have.
Add ACV into your diet and exercise regimen and see for yourself if you notice your appetite decrease and fewer midnight chocolate cravings!
It could help ease heartburn
The evidence to back this one up is not too strong. One study did find a link between unfiltered ACV and preventing heartburn. From personal experiences and anecdotal evidence, it seems like a lot of people have noticed it help with lowering the frequency of heartburn.
Since heartburn can be caused by low levels of stomach acid, ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar makes sense in helping with that issue. Alternatively, high levels of acid in the stomach can also contribute to heartburn, which would likely make symptoms worse if more acid were added to the mix.
The jury is still out on this one.
It can reduce nighttime leg cramping
Frequent nighttime leg cramps are a telltale sign that you’re deficient in potassium. Apple Cider Vinegar, among all its other great benefits, also contains potassium. Although it does contain potassium, overuse of ACV can ultimately cause a potassium deficiency. Definitely use in moderation. As with all good things, there is such a thing as too much!
It can regulate menstruation in women with PCOS
The hormonal condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has numerous symptoms, among which are high levels of androgen hormones and irregular periods. A 2013 study found that one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar after dinner helped women regulate their menstrual cycles and normalize their hormone levels. If you suffer from PCOS, try taking two ACV gummies each morning and take note of you symptoms over time.
It can clear a stuffy nose.
Apple Cider Vinegar fights mucus build-up in your sinuses. The potassium help thin out the mucus, while the acetic acid has the antibacterial properties that help fight the infection. A bit of ACV when you start to feel that you’re coming down with something might be just the ace up your sleeve this winter.
It contributes to overall wellbeing.
Although no tests have yet been done on humans, many people still take Apple Cider Vinegar regularly for general health. Animal and test tube studies show some promise that vinegar can aid in the fight against some of the deadliest diseases: cancer and heart disease.
There have been other studies connecting a lower risk of cancer and heart disease with people who frequently eat salads with vinegar-based dressings. However, there are too many other factors that could be at play here.
ACV is also frequently used for general cleanses and detoxing. As part of a diet that is made up of certain superfoods and other all-natural products, Apple Cider Vinegar can be a powerful aid in cleansing our bodies from the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis.
There is definitely promising research going on and plenty of anecdotal evidence about more health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. We’ll have to wait and see what other great properties are yet to be discovered!
Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies for Weight Loss
Naturally, one of the most well-known and popular benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar is its weight loss properties. Since this is the one most people are interested in, we’ll go into much more detail on the specific effects ACV has on the body with regard to slimming down.
There are three interconnected benefits of both Apple Cider Vinegar gummies and liquid that together can contribute to weight loss when taken on a regular basis:
They level out your blood sugar
Foods with a high glycemic index, think donuts or big bowl of chicken alfredo, cause our blood sugar to go high suddenly and then drop quickly. You can see how cereal in the morning, a big sandwich and a cookie for lunch, and chicken fried rice for dinner will result in three large spikes throughout the day. This is not ideal for our bodies.
Taking Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown to curb these spikes. It does so by allowing the stomach to empty slower and therefore release the carbs over a longer period of time. This helps with weight loss by keeping up your energy levels, allowing you to stay more active, and by keeping you feeling full longer, meaning you won’t be getting hungry as often.
They lower food cravings
Beyond just keeping you full longer, Apple Cider Vinegar has also been shown to lower food cravings. If you haven’t eaten in a while, say around 10:30 at night right after a bit of Netflix, you may be less tempted to go exploring in the fridge when taking a daily dose of ACV. Those midnight cheese raids add up to pounds and pounds over time, so lower craving will loosen up those jeans over a few weeks.
They balance the gut flora
Improved digestion has been show to help with weight loss overall. The healthier and more efficient your digestion, the better your metabolism will be. A high metabolism means your body is burning more calories throughout the day. So without increasing your level of activity, with a metabolism boost, you can shed more pounds.
Recipes of Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
The age old benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar have been known to us since before we were aware of the science behind them. Now that we’ve figured out the science, we know that most of the great health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (including the gummies too!) come from the acetic acid in it.
Acetic acid comes about from the fermentation process. First, the sugars in apple juice ferment and turn into alcohol (apple cider, anyone?). Next, there are bacteria that then turn that alcohol into acetic acid, which gives it that strong smell. Finally, you’re left with a fresh batch of Apple Cider Vinegar to put on your salads, wash your face and hair with, or turn into gummies yourself!
There are several brands of commercially available Apple Cider Vinegar gummies out there. Their recipes all vary, as they are patented and proprietary, but they all start with unfiltered, organic, Apple Cider Vinegar.
Generally, most companies make sure to include “The Mother,” the bacteria culture, in the formula as well. Without this, the gummies wouldn’t have as much of a probiotic effect. “The Mother” also has a cleansing and refreshing effect on the body, binding to and helping the body eliminate harmful toxins that accumulate from our everyday lives. Just think about all the pesticides and pollution we take in from just eating and breathing on a regular basis!
To turn them into gummies they are mixed with gelatin. However, most companies will use a vegan-friendly agent that makes the candies gummy, without the use of any animal products. Since the gummies are just ACV and a gelatinizing agent, they are naturally gluten-free.
Some Apple Cider Vinegar gummy manufacturers take it a step further and add other superfoods into their recipes. Things like ginger or curcuma help with promoting digestion and countering any of the negative effects the acidity can have. Pomegranates or beetroots add all sorts of other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, along with a bright natural red color and great flavor. Some recipes include other powdered vitamins, such as B12 and C, in the mix to add an extra energy boost to the effects of the Apple Cider Vinegar.
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
For those of us who are more into the DIY way of things, you can definitely make Apple Cider Vinegar gummies at home too. You just need a few basic ingredients, some gummy molds, and any additives you would like to spruce up your healthful candies with!
Naturally, you’re going to start with the Apple Cider Vinegar. You can save a lot of time and buy a great quality brand of it at your local supermarket or you can make your own. If you want to just start with the ready-made stuff, skip down a step to our recommendations for what to look for when making your purchase.
You might think fermentation is something super complicated and only done by scientists in large factories. Although this is true and we definitely don’t recommend starting up a distillery in your kitchen, making ACV is nowhere near as complex. Remember, people have been making and using Apple Cider Vinegar since ancient times!
You do need to make sure you are super clean when doing any kind of fermentation at home. Keeping the whole process free of harmful bacteria and mold will ensure the best product. As long as you’re regularly checking up on your product, stirring, and clearing off any unwanted growth that may start to collect on top, you’ll be golden!
First, you start have to start with the apples. Get your apples from a trusted source—if you start with the best core ingredients then your final product will be top quality too! If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard in the autumn, definitely go pick your own straight from the tree. Otherwise, organic apples from your local farmers’ market will work just as well. If you can’t find organic apples, that’s alright too. Just make sure you peel them first, since most of the pesticides and other nasty things are concentrated in the skin.
The best flavor of Apple Cider Vinegar comes from a mix of apples. You can use any that are in season, but the juicier the apple, the more vinegar you’ll get out of them. Tried and true varieties are Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp. Wherever your apples are from, make sure to wash them well before you start the process.
Other than the apples, you’ll need some other supplies to get you started:
- A clean quart-sized jar (make sure it’s boiled clean before you start)
- 2 tbsp Sugar
- 2 cups Filtered water
- Fermentation weight
- Coffee filter or cheesecloth
- Rubber band
- Fill the cleaned and dried jar ¾ of the way with chopped up apples (don’t worry about coring them or getting rid of seeds)
- Pour the sugar into a cup of the filtered water. Stir until dissolved completely.
- Pour the sugar water over the apples and fill with remaining water until the apples are completely covered
- Use the fermentation weight (or a small glass jar) to push the apples down. If the apples are exposed to the air they will mold and ruin the whole batch.
- Cover the jar with a cheesecloth or coffee filter and secure with the rubber band. It’s important not to seal the jar, as it needs to breathe in order to ferment.
- Store in a dark place for about 3 weeks. Check it daily to make sure no apples have floated up and that there is no mold. If it does mold, clear it off as soon as you spot it.
- After 3 weeks, strain the mixture and return the liquid to the same jar.
- Store for another 3-4 weeks in the same dark place, stirring every few days.
- Once you try it and it is at the sourness you want, put a lid on it and it’s ready to use!
Store-bought Apple Cider Vinegar Tips
There are plenty of great options of store-bought varieties of Apple Cider Vinegar you can choose from. This will save you a couple months of fermentation time and the hassle of the whole DIY process. Not to mention, you’ll be sure you’re getting the same product each time. Here is what to look out for when you go to your local health food store to check out the selection.
You’re going to want to go for unfiltered. The less the ACV is filtered, the more of the good stuff is still left inside. You want the floaty, cloudy bits—that’s “The Mother.” Do keep in mind that since the bacterial culture is still inside the unfiltered variety, it continues to ferment over time and the flavor can change, getting sourer with age.
For the same reasons you want unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, you also want to make sure it’s unpasteurized too. When dealing with something like milk, you want to kill any germs that might be growing there to make sure it’s safe to drink. With probiotics like ACV, pasteurization will kill exactly what you need—the good bacteria that adds its nutritional properties to your gut biome.
Buy organic. Although some smaller brands of Apple Cider Vinegar likely are made with organic apples and without added chemicals, but just haven’t gone through the costly certification process, you’ll only know for sure with a certified brand. You’re taking ACV for its health benefits, so you don’t want to be putting any kind of nasty pesticides or additives into your body.
And lastly, another term you might see on a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar is raw. This simply means all of the above: it doesn’t contain any additives, no chemicals were used in the growing or manufacturing, and it’s not filtered or pasteurized.
ACV Gummies Recipe
You’ve made your own Apple Cider Vinegar from scratch (bravo you!) or you’ve done your research and bought a great organic kind from the store. Either way, you have an amazing health product that is ready to go. Since the taste can be a bit off-putting on its own, you’re looking into making some gummies for yourself to make the ACV regimen a bit easier to stick to.
You’re in luck! Making ACV gummies is a really quick and easy process anyone can do at home with just a few ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cup Apple Juice
- ½ cup Water
- 5 tbsp. Gelatin (note, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’ll need to find a plant-based gelatin substitute)
- Ice tray or other small candy molds
- Mix all the liquid ingredients together in a saucepan.
- Add the gelatin powder and mix until smooth. Let it rest for 2 minutes
- Turn on the heat to medium low and stir continuously for 5 minutes until the gelatin has dissolved completely in the mixture.
- Chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator before serving
You can store these in an airtight jar and they will last for months. Feel free to modify this recipe and experiment as you like. Maybe some pomegranate juice will add a nice color and taste? How about you try boosting it with some powdered multivitamins to get all your good stuff in at once? Just make sure you get your dosages straight and know how many servings you will be making at the end.
Do Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Work?
Apple Cider Vinegar gummies work for a variety of things, likely even better than the liquid variety. Just as with any health supplements you take, it’s all about consistency. If you take something more regularly over a longer period of time, it’s more likely you’ll see the positive effects.
There haven’t been any studies done on gummies specifically, since they are so new. However, given that the gummies are produced naturally and without any chemicals, the same active ingredients are in the candies as in regular liquid Apple Cider Vinegar. The same great health benefits are in both!
Just a quick look at the reviews for the different brands of Apple Cider Vinegar gummies available online shows that people are really happy with these products!
Are Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Good for You?
As we explored above in the section detailing all the great benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar gummies, there are many ways that ACV has been shown to promote health. The gummies themselves contain all the great probiotics and acetic acid from the Apple Cider Vinegar, with some varieties adding just a little bit of additives for color, flavor, or additional vitamins.
These flavorings, like beet juice or pomegranates, are enough to make the candies yummy, but not enough to add any significant calories from the juice. They’re still a low calorie and low carb supplement.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been shown through studies and years of use to have, among its many benefits, the properties of lowering blood sugar spikes, curbing appetites, and balancing your gut bacteria.
Simply put, yes, Apple Cider Vinegar gummies are good for you. They’re just like liquid ACV, but without the icky tasty and acidity in your stomach.
Pure Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
Apple Cider Vinegar gummies are often mixed with additives like fruit juices or vitamins to give them an extra kick of good stuff. Pure ACV gummies are made with just good old raw Apple Cider Vinegar, water, and a gelatinizing agent (either regular gelatin or a plant-based alternative like pectin). These have the same properties as plain ACV, just aren’t liquid so the taste isn’t as strong.
Pure Apple Cider Vinegar gummies will go down easy and won’t cause any acid reflux. They’re free from any additives, making them as basic and unprocessed as ACV gummies can be.
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies: Should you try it?
In the recipes section above, we detailed how to make your own Apple Cider Vinegar and gummies from scratch. Those who are skilled in the kitchen and like having control over all their own ingredients will certainly be interested in giving this recipe a go.
From a food safety point of view it is imperative to make sure everything is kept clean throughout the process: from the jar to the start of the process to the spoons you use to stir the mixture. Even a small amount of mold that gathers can be dangerous, depending on the sort. If at any point during the fermentation process a bit of the apples is exposed to air, it can lead to mold and harmful bacteria growth. Make sure to check up on it every day and remove any mold that should start growing immediately.
If this worries you or you don’t have as much experience with fermentation as you’d like, it’s probably safer to start out with the store bought, pre-made gummies.
When Should You Take Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies?
There really isn’t a specific set time to take Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. Usually people take them in the morning, along with other vitamins. About 30 minutes before breakfast is generally recommended by nutritionists.
Other people like to take them after lunchtime. Since the gummies are sweet and a bit like candy, they can satisfy the afternoon cravings for dessert. Since they also have energy boosting effects, this timing might lift you out of your post-lunchtime slump and energize you for the rest of your workday.
If you’re not taking Apple Cider Vinegar gummies on a daily basis, then a different schedule would be more optimal. Since ACV can help with blood sugar spikes and indigestion, if you know you’re in for a particularly heavy meal, think lasagna or friend chicken, you might want to take a couple gummies before you sit down to eat.
If you use ACV to fight heartburn, then usually you’ll have to wait until you feel the initial symptoms. As you feel that familiar burning sensation in your chest, take a couple Apple Cider Vinegar gummies to help ease the heartburn and neutralize your stomach acid.
See our guide below for dosage and timing recommendations.
Proper Dosage of Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
Although there is no specific dose of Apple Cider Vinegar prescribed by healthcare professionals, most nutritionists and dieticians recommend 1-2 tablespoons per day, which is the equivalent of two gummies. The dosages do vary depending on the specific reason you’re using ACV.
Here is a quick guide to dosage and timing for the most common uses:
- Controlling blood sugar spikes: 2 gummies right before your meal
- Weight loss: 2-4 gummies each day, split between the morning and afternoon
- Aiding digestion: 2 gummies before your meal
- General health: 2 gummies each morning
Are Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies as Effective as the Liquid?
Apple Cider Vinegar is really tart and a lot of people just can’t get used to that flavor. If for no other reason, this is why gummies are not only as effective as liquid, but have even more potential. Simply since they are tastier, people are more likely to keep taking them and benefiting from the healthful properties of ACV.
For those who don’t want to take ACV regularly as part of their routine, the gummies would also be a good alternative to the liquid for three reasons:
- They stay the same over time. They’re no longer fermenting, but still contain “the Mother.” They’ll last longer without getting sourer, if you don’t take them as frequently, whereas liquid Apple Cider Vinegar keeps fermenting if it’s unpasteurized and unfiltered.
- They are portable. If you are using them to calm upset stomach or for periodic indigestion, gummies are much easier to take with you to a restaurant than a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar.
- They won’t damage you teeth. Regular liquid Apple Cider Vinegar can take its toll on you dental enamel over time. By consuming the gummy form, you’ll avoid the harsh, undiluted acidity you get when just taking a couple spoonfuls of ACV.
The only drawback of the gummy form of ACV is that it cannot be used topically. A lot of people swear by using Apple Cider Vinegar as a skin cleansing toner or on the hair to fight dandruff. In these scenarios, liquid ACV has the upper hand when you need to use it externally.