It's been around for centuries. You've heard about it for decades. And chances are, you've tried incorporating it into your diet once or twice, too. In fact, apple cider vinegar was given to Hippocrates' patients more than 2,000 years ago, before conventional medicine, to help support healing.

Truth be told, apple cider vinegar offers a host of health benefits, and if you're not adding this simple ingredient to your daily regimen, you just might want to consider it.

So what is it?

Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV, is extracted and made from raw apples and offers many different health benefits. What makes it so powerful is its double-fermentation process, which offers probiotics, enzymes, and nutrients, making it the super liquid it is. The double-fermentation process is also what differentiates ACV from apple cider or regular apple juice.

The best form of ACV is in its raw organic state to ensure that you absorb all the possible nutrients available, without absorbing any toxins.

What's in apple cider vinegar that makes it so beneficial?

Raw apple cider vinegar contains a host of nutrients and ingredients that help us not only feel well, but look good, too:

  • Acetic acid may help lower blood sugar levels, blood pressure and improve your metabolism.
  • Ash makes ACV alkaline, which helps balance your body's pH levels.
  • Calcium supports normal growth and development, as well as strong teeth and bones.
  • Malic acid promotes a healthy digestive tract.
  • Pectin has been shown to regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol, promoting overall cardiovascular health.
  • Potassium helps with muscle function, weak teeth and bones and even hair loss.

How can apple cider vinegar improve your health?

From heart health to weight loss and everything in between, ACV can affect several aspects of overall health.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Heart Health

ACV has been shown to increase bile production and support overall liver function. Your liver is the largest organ that helps to create and break down cholesterol and even lower bad, or LDL, cholesterol. Additionally, ACV contains an organic acid known as acetic acid which helps to naturally regulate blood pressure and triglycerides.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Blood Sugar

It has been medically proven that ACV can help lower blood sugar levels and support diabetes treatment. (*Please note: apple cider vinegar may interact with certain diabetes medications.)

Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss

The acetic acid found in ACV has been shown to improve your metabolism and support overall weight loss. Two main ways ACV promotes weight loss is its ability to reduce sugar cravings and improve detoxification. Additionally, ACV helps your body break down fats so that you can use fat for energy rather than storing it.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Digestion

Because of its naturally-occurring malic acid, mixing ACV with water helps to fight acid reflux, heartburn, GERD, constipation, or any major digestive issue. It also contains antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, which encourage total gut health, and may help balance out an imbalanced stomach pH.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Outer Beauty

Clearing up blemishes and giving a more smooth tone and texture are two main benefits ACV can provide for your skin. Used topically, apple cider vinegar can help take the sting out of a sunburn, too! The pH of apple cider vinegar helps to remove the stains from your teeth and acts as a natural teeth whitener. Take your finger and rub ACV directly onto your teeth for 1 minute. Rince with water and voila! Finally, ACV can be used as a natural condition to make your hair shine. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of ACV and allow to sit in your hair for 2-3 minutes, three times per week for best results.

How to use ACV:

  • Add a tablespoon or two to your salad as a dressing.
  • Mix a tablespoon of ACV with 32 ounces of water and drink it.

How to buy apple cider vinegar:

Not all ACV is created equally. To ensure you reap the most benefits, it's important that you look for an ACV that is raw, organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. 

Are you a fan of apple cider vinegar? If so, tell us why you use it and how in the comments section below.