Apple cider vinegar is one of those wonderful discoveries I made a long time ago that has made a big difference to my life. It’s such a cheap and easy way of keeping yourself in general good health, which is one of the main reason why I love it so much, alongside the fact it tastes good too. You just need to know how to use it, and be aware as not all cider vinegar is created equal and some will literally have no health benefits if you buy the wrong type.
But, do not fear, as it’s not too hard to source out the good stuff, and in this post I have separated the wheat from the chaff and found the best apple cider vinegar brands containing the mother for you.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
This wonderful tonic has been used to aid health for centuries so it certainly stands the test of time, which is always a good thing in my book. It’s made from a very simple process of crushing fresh apples, squeezing out their juice, adding some yeast and bacteria, and then left to begin its fermentation process in which its sugars turn into alcohol. But even though it may sound very much like it is, this is not an alcoholic beverage by the time it finishes the second fermentation process which turns the alcohol into vinegar.
And that’s it; that’s how it’s made. All pretty simple stuff, yet makes for a powerful elixir with so many great health benefits. Here is a list of the reasons why you should incorporate this tasty vinegar into your diet every day if possible; or at least every few days if you wish to gain all of these wonderful the benefits.
What is the ‘Mother’ in Apple Cider Vinegar?
It is the ‘Mother’ in apple cider vinegar that gives it all its beneficial effects, and you should always take care to buy brands that are unpasturised, unrefined and unfiltered. Most labels will tell you this anyway, and you can usually be sure with quality brands that this is the case. It is the cloudy sediment at the bottom of the bottle that is the colony of good bacteria known as the ‘mother’ – something that is very similar to the scoby used in kombutcha or kefir.
Apple cider vinegar is a great detoxifier, especially of the liver, which in turn will help your whole body to function better as a result. Good health starts with good detoxification, it’s as simple as that. It can also help keep your lymphatic system healthy, which is kind of like your body’s waste disposal unit so to speak.
Keeping your body detoxifying adequately is vital to your over-all health and wellbeing, as toxins that aren’t, or can’t be eliminated from the body are often stored in your fat cells, and can be one of the many contributers of weight gain. Consuming apple cider vinegar often along with lots of other known detoxifying foods will help to keep your detoxification systems firing on all cylinders.
HELPS PROTECT YOU FROM HARMFUL BACTERIA
Apple cider vinegar’s main active compound of acetic acid is responsible for helping to reduce harmful pathogens that may enter the body such as E Coli, or other potentially harmful bacteria; and may even help stop them from spreading, doing damage, and potentially making you sick.
MAY HELP STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES
Osteoporosis is a very serious disease of our time that affects up to 4 times more women than men, and is much more prevalent in women over the age of 50. This is usually due to the estrogen decline in women after the menopause – the estrogen that helps to keep the bones strong and healthy in the first place.
It’s vital at this time to keep muscle mass and bone density high by doing weight bearing exercise, eating a healthy diet which lots of high calcium plant foods, and maybe using apple cider vinegar to help strengthen your skeletal system. All this in turn helps your body to actually absorb the calcium it needs from your food to actually make you bones stronger.
Apple cider vinegar can act as a powerful antioxidant to help keep you young and beautiful. Antioxidants help to slow down the aging process by neutraising the free radical damage done to our bodies from environmental toxins, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, chemical sprays and fertilisers, cleaning products, pesticides and chemicals in food, alcohol, and the myriad of other damaging toxins that we come into contact with on a daily basis.
This all ties in with it being a detoxifier as well, as it can also help to eliminate these toxins after they have been neutralised. All these processes help to keep your skin clear, your brain sharp, and your body younger on both the inside and out.
Of course, I’m not saying you can just use apple cider vinegar and gain all the benefits on this list as it’s not that easy, but you can use it alongside a healthy diet and exercise regime to help to boost your results.
HELPS LOWER BLOOD SUGAR
Most people with their modern diet eat far too much sugar, and it’s just a fact that the demon white stuff is hidden in so many of our foods that it’s hard to keep track of how much we are actually taking in. But apple cider vinegar has been shown in studies to improve the insulin sensitivity of those with type 2 diabetes by 19-34% whilst eating a high carbohydrate meal.
And let’s not forget that lower blood sugar is good for ALL of us – not just diabetic’s. If we don’t keep our blood sugar under control then we may end up on the slippery slope to diseases such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, certain cancers, heart disease, and of course type 2 diabetes. So by association, apple cider vinegar when taken daily could also help lower your chances of all of these too; and studies done so far in rats have supported this, though studies in actual humans have yet to be conducted.
That special little compound in apple cider vinegar called acetic acid (which is a short chain fatty acid) is the compound that has been found in studies on rats to reduce fat gain whilst eating a high fat diet. This study has never been done in humans, but it can’t harm to give it a try considering that it has so many other benefits anyway.
Apple cider vinegar’s acetic acid seems to have an effect on fullness and satiety levels too – meaning less urges to snack on unhealthy foods. It has also been found to suppress body fat mass and increase your expenditure of energy, which means it may help you to lose weight in that respect as well.
I find that to get the best effects from the satiety and fullness that apple cider vinegar brings it’s best to drink a large glass of warm water, with 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a squeeze of lemon before a meal. The volume alone helps you to eat less, and the effects of the vinegar will only serve to boost the effects further.
It’s also good to consume this drink first thing in the morning as it really does cleanse your system and get your skin glowing for the day. If you find it unpalatable without any kind of sweetness then you can add some raw honey or another natural sweetener, but it’s best to try get used to it without these things to avoid sugar overload.
My Favorite Apple Cider Vinegar Drink
Here’s a little recipe for an apple cider vinegar hot toddy that’s a great winter warmer and is something that I first tried on a little inner city farm in London on a cold wintery day. It really gave me a boost, and I never forgot the recipe – I just decided to add my own twist with the apple cider vinegar to make it even healthier. Try it, you will be amazed!
- 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’.
- 1 teaspoon of raw honey.
- 1 cinnamon bark stick.
- Couple of slices of fresh ginger.
- 5-6 cloves.
- Squeeze of lemon juice.
Put all ingredients into a glass or mug and add 1/4 cold water, mix, then add hot water on top. Adding cold water first helps prevent any damage or killing of nutrients in the honey and vinegar, which may not fare well having boiling water put straight onto them. Mix with your cinnamon stick and enjoy. TIP: You can reuse the cinnamon stick a few times before it loses its potency.
Other uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
If you don’t fancy adding your apple cider vinegar to a drink then there are other ways you can incorporate it into your diet. Some where you won’t even be able to taste it too! These include:-
- A SALAD DRESSING – Make a tasty salad dressing from apple cider vinegar, lemon or lime juice, raw honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and some seasonings of your choice. Whisk together and throw over raw salads and veggies, and voila – super healthy and delicious meals.
- CAN BE USED IN ALL KINDS OF BAKING – Check out these many recipes here – you will be surprised.
- GREAT ON CHIPS – If you’re British of course!
As you can see, there are lots of ways you can get this wonderful, healthful vinegar into your life. And if you really can’t stand it, or if you think you won’t be able to consume enough of it to feel the benefits, then there is always the option of taking it in capsule form. Yes, you can actually buy ACV capsules and tablets, which I didn’t know myself until I started researching for this post. I have added a few options of these to the list below to show you what is available.
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Top 5 High Quality Apple Cider Vinegar Brands
1. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother
Probably the best known apple cider vinegar brand in the world, Braggs was founded in 1912 and has been going strong ever since by creating all sorts of healthful products, along with their famous cider vinegar. It is purely organic, raw, unfiltered, unpaturised and just bursting with live enzymes and potassium, both of which help to support healthy digestion and immunity. I love this brand as it always seems to have trusted and rave reviews; among them are the following:-
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Amazon Reviews say:-
- Seems to ease my arthritic joint pain when taken at 2 tablespoons daily.
- Great for acid reflux – works better than pharmaceutical drugs.
- Curbs appetite for hours, so great for weight loss.
- Helps keep me energised for the day when taken with raw honey and cinnamon.
- Tastes palatable.
- Love the fact that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
- Calms my stomach and helps me to digest my food.
- I lost 10lbs using this stuff, and am now ripped again.
The link I have used on this product is from a seller who has lots of good reviews. I noticed that some sellers had bad reviews and were even accused of selling a fake watered down product, but this one seems to be the real deal judging by what buyers have to say. It goes to show that you really do need to research before you buy any food product.
2. Biona – Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother
This organic Biona product is non heat treated and unpasturised to protect its valuable nutrients and enzymes. It contains no added sugars and is made from cold pressed organic apples aged in wooden casks, giving you a very robust taste of both fruity and tangy. Delicious, especially in salad dressings.
Customer reviews say:-
- I use it every day in fresh orange juice and it makes me feel great.
- Superb flavour compared to others on the market.
- Nice taste; almost like cider.
- Great product and quick delivery (in the UK anyway).
- Great packaging.
- Nice smell.
3. Kent Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 litre (only available in the UK)
I had to put this one on the list as I am a girl from Kent myself and thought I should pay homage to my roots. And being as Kent is known as the garden of England I believe it must produce some amazing tasting products too.
This apple cider vinegar promises to be made from pure apple juice with no leftovers such as peels and cores, and is age matured to give it its own delicious and distinctive flavour which they actually say tastes like ‘the garden of England’. It is raw, unpasturised and contains the ‘mother’ – which as we know, is its healthiest bit.
Reviewer’s of this product had this to say:-
- Well packaged and quick delivery.
- The best apple cider vinegar product I have tried so far.
- A great UK product that is just as good as Braggs.
- Good depth of flavour.
- Lovely bottle, and a great aroma of apples when you open the lid.
- Very cloudy – which is a sign of quality in an apple cider vinegar.
- Unfortunately, not a great lid.
4. New Nordic – Apple Cider Vinegar High Strength Supplement 60 X 720mg Tablets
Serving Suggestion – 2-3 tablets with a glass of water.
This New Nordic supplement seems to be specifically aimed at weight loss and digestion,m due to its ability to help break down fats. The tablets are manufactured in Sweden and contain a mix of not just apple cider vinegar, but also globe artichoke, choline, and dandelion extracts; all of which are known liver detoxifiers.
Artichoke also helps you to break down and digest fats, which obviously is a good thing if you are looking to shed a few excess pounds alongside a healthy diet. And the choline helps to aid normal fat metabolism.
Reviewers of this product had this to say about it:-
- Worked to help relieve nausea.
- Better sleep.
- Helped to suppress my appetite.
- Improved my vitality and digestion.
- Not sure about the taste, but it worked anyway.
- Relief from bloating and queeziness.
5. Now – Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules 180 Capsules of 450mg each
These capsules are non GMO, nut free, wheat free, soy free, and gluten free, and are perfect for those times when you just either don’t fancy drinking your vinegar, or for travelling. It’s simple and much easier to pop a pill, and with this company you are assured quality products that contain nothing nasty, just pure apple cider vinegar powder.
Serving size is 2 capsules a day, which will give you a hit of 900mg of apple cider vinegar (equivalent to almost 20ml of pure apple cider vinegar liquid).
Reviews for this Product say:–
- Capsules are coated and easy to swallow.
- Strong vinegar smell to the actual capsules, but it does not linger after you have taken them.
- Helped ease my mild stomach ache.
- Good source of minerals.
- Helped relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis in my hands.
- Couldn’t live without it now as it has helped my joint pain so much.
- A staple part of my 82lb weight loss!
- Helped my digestion.
- Helped my candida.
- Helps my acid reflux.
- Great replacement for the liquid.
I hope you have found something on this list to suit you and your needs, and if you do decide to give apple cider vinegar a try for whatever reason then I would love to hear about your results. Please post any relevant questions or information in the comments thread below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Please remember that you cannot transform your health, lose weight, or cure any disease from just one thing alone. Foods such as apple cider vinegar should be used alongside the foundation of a general healthy lifestyle, healthy diet, and regular exercise, in which case they can then work as an added boost and assurance.
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Oh, and before you go, here’s a little YouTube video to show you how you can even have a go at making your own apple cider vinegar at home.