When someone says Kourtney Kardashian, Dr. Oz and the ancient Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, all in one sentence, what do you think of? If it’s Apple Cider Vinegar and its amazing health benefits, then you’re up on your pop culture and history when it comes to healthy living! The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are no secret and we're here to break it down for you.
This ancient elixir has been used as a home remedy to treat sore throats and wounds on battlefields for centuries and has recently made a huge comeback among celebrities and dieticians. Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV for short, is now a part of many health-conscious people’s daily routine because of its amazing side effects for your skin, blood sugar, digestion, and much more.
It’s a great addition to your diet, especially for those working towards body weight management, lower high blood pressure, regulate blood sugar levels, or to establish a new regimen. Unfortunately, ACV has one major drawback for all its amazing benefits: it’s not the tastiest thing on the planet. It is, after all, a vinegar. It’s sour, acrid, and oftentimes doesn’t sit well in your stomach. This can make it hard for some people to stick to it as regularly as they should.
The good news is that now we have Apple Cider Vinegar in gummy forms, like those from Juci, which have all the same benefits of regular ACV, but taste delicious and there's no added preservatives! Take two gummies in place of one teaspoon of liquid and you’re good to go.
In this guide, we’ll explore what Apple Cider Vinegar is, what it can do to boost your healthy lifestyle, and why gummies are a better option than liquid. Let’s dive right in!
<h3>What is Apple Cider Vinegar?</h3>
Most basically, it’s extra fermented apple juice. What exactly does that mean? Well, without getting too sciencey about the process, it means you squeeze apples, mix the juice and let it sit in sugary ounces of water for a few weeks until the sugars turn to alcohol (now you basically have hard cider!), and then the alcohol is fermented more to get vinegar.
The acetic acid bacteria make this magic happen. The unfiltered acetic acid produced gives vinegar its tartness and provides such a large amount of the great health benefits. The leftover bacterial culture is called The Mother. This is like super-concentrated healthy goodness, so you definitely want to make sure any ACV you’re buying has this inside. It looks like floating strands in the vinegar, so it’s easy to pick out. You generally don’t want to buy the clear stuff.
<h3>Why is ACV Healthy?</h3>
The main thing to keep in mind about Apple Cider Vinegar is that it’s all-natural. It’s just apples, sugar and water. No chemicals or additives. But the internet is riddled with health information from all sources, some more credible than others. It can be a real pain to go through and figure out what’s what when dealing with healthy foods.
We’ve sifted through various scientific studies and personal accounts to compile a list of the major benefits that the team here at Juci loves about Apple Cider Vinegar. In no particular order, we have the highlights of ACV explained below:
It Boosts Energy Levels
If you’ve been reading anywhere else about ACV or talking to a friend who has started taking it, its energy-boosting benefits are among the ones people notice first. The amino acids that are found in Apple Cider Vinegar are known to help you recover quicker after a workout. They can get rid of lactic acid buildup, which is what makes your muscles ache and causes fatigue after strenuous workouts.
There is a bunch of anecdotal evidence out there about ACV giving you a boost of energy too. This is why a lot of people take their daily dose after lunch in order to prevent that mid-afternoon crash that can get us feeling so sluggish at work.
It Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Inconsistent glucose levels filled with highs and lows throughout our day are not good for us at all. It’s especially concerning for people with Type 2 diabetes, but really it should be avoided by everyone. Eating foods with high glycemic values (think a heavy pasta dish or a few donuts) on an empty stomach will often cause your blood sugar to spike suddenly and then drop.
Having some Apple Cider Vinegar before a meal like this can help significantly. What the ACV does exactly is that it helps your stomach empty slower. The more time it takes for the sugars to enter your bloodstream, the more even the levels will be.
This will also help you avoid the crash after a big meal when all you want to do is curl up on the couch and take a nap!
It Can Aid with Weight Loss
Similarly to regulating your blood sugar, when the ACV helps slow your digestion this helps keep you full for longer. When you’re full for longer, you end up eating fewer calories throughout the day and shedding pounds easier than you would otherwise. Acetic acid, which is plentiful in ACV, in general, has been shown to have an effect of weight loss on its own with consistent use over time.
No one likes a rumbling stomach, especially when you’re exercising and making healthier food choices! Feeling full definitely makes it easier to walk past that burger joint on your way home from work and make a nice home-cooked meal instead.
It Can Improve Your Immunity
Remember The Mother, the culture of bacteria that causes the apples to ferment into vinegar? Well The Mother, like a lot of other fermented foods (think kimchi, yogurt, or kombucha), has amazing probiotic properties. This means these foods boost the good bacteria in your gut which helps fight off the bad bacteria that cause sickness or infections.
Don’t wait until it’s already flu season to build up your natural immune system, make sure to take it all year long!
It Can Help Lower Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a pretty big health concern in much of the world and is one of the key reasons people make drastic changes to their diets. Once the healthcare provider says something’s got to change, we tend to listen before things get worse. So Apple Cider Vinegar’s beneficial properties when it comes to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and higher HDL (good cholesterol) can be a godsend for people who have been diagnosed with cholesterol problems.
The acetic acid—again with its super healthy properties—in the ACV is what has been shown to reduce cholesterol in patients taking it daily.
It Promotes General Well-being
While no studies have confirmed these effects in humans, Apple Cider Vinegar has shown promising results in the fight against some of the most common health conditions in our society. Animal tests have shown that daily doses of ACV help combat these sicknesses and promote general well-being.
ACV is a staple of many popular detox diets as well, so anecdotally, people feel the positive effects of adding this ancient elixir to their cleanses.
Of course, these are just some of the big-ticket items that Apple Cider Vinegar is known for. As years go by, more research will be conducted and we’ll slowly confirm through science what the ancient healers in Greece already knew: ACV is really good for you!
<h3>Why are Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies better?</h3>
From reading about all the great benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar from the previous section, you might be wondering why not pop down to your local grocery store and pick up a good organic bottle now? Well, although it is super healthy, ACV is not without its drawbacks.
They Taste Better
We’ve already mentioned the taste of the vinegar and how it’s really not the best. Even for those of us who like sour and grew up eating Warheads or raw lemon juice, straight vinegar is still too much. Rather than trying to mask it with juices or honey (which add sugar), we recommend simply taking an Apple Cider Vinegar gummy.
Gummies usually include a small number of flavorings that make them taste darn right delicious compared to the original liquid. They have just enough sweetness and other natural flavors to mask that super tart taste of ACV while keeping the extras and added calories to a minimum. Juci, for example, makes gummies with citrus, apple, black carrot, and chili pepper extracts. Of course, they’re also made for all diets too, so they’re vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Tasty and healthy! What more could you ask for?
Bonus points for the kiddos loving them too! With them being gummies, it’s easy for you to get the little ones to take these as part of their healthy morning routine. Start instilling healthy values from the start and ensure good habits for life.
Gummies are Better for Your Teeth
Although ACV is really healthy as we’ve explored above, it is vinegar. Liquids like vinegar that are really sour have a low pH value and this can have a bad effect on your dental health over time. Regular use of ACV in its raw, liquid form will wear away at your tooth enamel.
For this reason, people dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar with juice or water, but the acidity is still present. The best way to prevent any damage to your teeth with regular use is to switch to gummies. They’re easy to swallow in one go, or safely chewable. Totally up to you!
Gummies Are Easier to Take With You
Planning a weekend getaway? It’s a lot easier to take a pill bottle with a few gummies in your purse or backpack than have to carry a whole liter-sized bottle of liquid with you.
Going out to eat? It’s a little weird to whip out a bottle and take a shot at Red Lobster. Taking a couple of gummies out for you and everyone at the table is not going to look off at all.
Gummies are just a lot more convenient to carry around. You can always keep a few on you in case you forget. Backup ACV to the rescue!
Consistency Over Time
When you get a bottle of organic Apple Cider Vinegar that contains The Mother, it’s going to still be going through the fermentation process. The bacteria are still there, so the process isn’t going to stop simply because you start using it. For this reason, gummies are going to be more consistent in flavor and concentration than the liquid.
Although the gummies do also contain The Mother, they’re now gelatinized and not in liquid form, so the fermentation process stops as soon as the gummies are made. This means they can keep for longer than ACV liquid and will stay the same.
They’re Easier on Your Stomach
Any kind of vinegar consumption, even if it's just taking a small shot of straight vinegar—especially on an empty stomach—can sometimes cause stomach problems. Upsetting the acidity levels of your stomach can lead to issues like acid reflux, which is not great normally, but especially if one of the reasons you take ACV is to aid with digestion. That's why people add apple cider vinegar to vinaigrette salad dressings, marinade, and even veggies.
Gummies, unlike the liquid, are much less likely to cause any discomfort like acid reflux.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used in folk medicine since ancient times. What these early healers discovered through guess and check methods, we now can verify through science. We know how fermentation works and what great probiotic properties so many of our favorite fermented foods have. We know how our digestive tract health has an impact on our well-being in general because of the gut flora. And we know the great benefits of the acetic acid present in ACV that makes it so good for us.
All of these things together make the update to this age-old elixir that much better. We now have a way to make this healthy, all-natural supplement and add it to our daily routines without the nasty taste, wear and tear on our tooth enamel, and without risking an upset stomach. Apple Cider Vinegar gummies taste great, have added extracts in them that give an extra boost of goodness, and are super handy to take with you on the go!