By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries in medicine and for cooking. The ancient Egyptians used it for weight loss. It is made by yeast being added to crushed apples, which causes the sugars in the apples to ferment and turn into alcohol. After this, bacteria are added which causes the alcohol to ferment further into acetic acid (vinegar), which is thought to provide the health benefits that Apple cider vinegar is re-nouned (although there are very few research studies on this vinegar).
Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar also contains a substance called “mother,” which consists of enzymes, strands of proteins, and ‘good’ bacteria that give the vinegar a cloudy appearance. Apple cider vinegar is known to lower some bacterial colonies such as Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are linked to inflammatory health conditions and certain gut issues such as leaky gut syndrome.
Some further potential benefits of Apple cider vinegar
- Supports the gut microbiome and immune system
- Increases nutrient absorption
- Natural Antihistamine effect
- Antiviral and Antimicrobial effect
- Fight’s candida overgrowth
- May help to lower blood sugar levels
- Weight loss
- May help lower blood pressure and cholesterol
To enjoy Apple cider vinegar:
Drink a tablespoon or two diluted in a glass of water with some local honey or organic apple juice. It is also great as a salad dressing and in homemade mayonnaise.-if unsure if Apple Cider Vinegar is suitable for you always check with your healthcare provider.
Apple cider vinegar salad dressing
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon lemon zest
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Mix all ingredients well together in a jug
Drizzle it all over a salad of your choice and enjoy!
Solaleh Sadat Khezri, Atoosa Saidpour, Nima Hosseinzadeh, Zohreh Amiri (2018) Beneficial effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on weight management, Visceral Adiposity Index and lipid profile in overweight or obese subjects receiving restricted calorie diet: A randomized clinical trial, Journal of Functional Foods, Volume 43, Pages 95-102, ISSN 1756-4646.