The best type of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from organic apples and is unfiltered, unrefined and contains “the mother”. The mother appears in the ACV as a cloudy weblike substance and it contains beneficial probiotics and enzymes. The mother is thought to be the substance that gives ACV it’s health benefits, and this is why it is important to get ACV that contains “the mother”. You can normally tell if ACV contains “the mother” by it’s cloudy appearance, but manufacturers will also make it clear that their ACV contains “the mother” on the product label, because it is a positive attribute that increases sales to people who are health conscious.
The Science Behind Apple Cider Vinegar’s Benefits
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid. It is believed that small amounts of acetic acid can help to activate the metabolism and assist the body to use fat as an energy source.
Apple Cider vinegar seems to help a person feel less hungry and when taken before a meal, a person may eat less and feel more satisfied after the meal. Some studies suggest that the ACV causes feelings of nausea and this is why it works as an appetite suppressant. I have been taking ACV for a while and I have never experienced nausea after taking it, so the reaction to ACV is probably unique to each individual.
Studies on mice have found that the mice who were fed a daily dose of ACV had lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol than mice who were not given ACV. There is a connection between blood sugar levels and obesity and it has been found that it is much harder for people to lose weight when they have high blood sugar levels. Do high blood sugar levels cause weight gain?, or does weight gain cause high blood sugar levels?. Studies are still working on this, but if ACV can benefit both, I think that it may “kill two birds with one stone”
How Much Apple Cider Vinegar?
A suggested amount is 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water 2-3 times a day before meals.
How To Take ACV
Apple Cider Vinegar can be mixed with cold water, or warm water with honey to sweeten it. You can also use ACV as a dressing on salad, either straight or mixed with olive oil. There are many drink recipes out there that contain ACV, but be careful not to mix it with ingredients that are counterproductive to weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to have many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. I think that at a minimum, it could be a very good supplement to a diet plan. With all of the other benefits that ACV gives us, I think that it is worth a try.
Apple Cider Vinegar does not look like a quick fix for weight loss, but can be seen as more of a supplement to a diet plan. My advice is to not take too much ACV, moderation in all things is good and too much of a good thing usually leads to counterproductive results.