Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is all the rage right now, and although it may seem like the newest health trend, it has in fact been used in traditional medicine for centuries by our ancestors. ACV is associated with a wide-range of health benefits and for these reasons, we chose to include it in our delicious new Snack Healthy Packs to help boost your energy and provide the body with important nutrients and antioxidants, minus all the bad stuff!
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
A nutrient rich fermented juice that is made by a two-step process using crushed apples. The main compound found in ACV is acetic acid, which has an alkaline effect on the body and where the primary health benefits are attributed from. Research suggests acetic acid can inhibit the growth of pathogens by acting as a natural antibiotic when coming in contact with unwanted bacteria. In addition to acetic acid, ACV also contains powerful pre and probiotics, enzymes, potassium, and B and C vitamins, which are all equally vital to our health and immune system for a balanced and nourished body.
Apple cider vinegar is associated with an array of scientifically proven benefits:
Boost immune system
Improve gut health
Lower blood sugar
Balance cholesterol levels
Promote weight management
Enhance skin health
Boost energy levels
ACV is Backed by Science
Apple cider vinegar can improve the absorption of food in the gut, therefore helping lower blood sugar levels which can be especially beneficial for people with diabetes. Research suggests that taking apple cider vinegar with a meal may also help with insulin resistance. One study showed that apple cider vinegar significantly lowered post-meal blood glucose levels after being given a meal of a bagel with butter and orange juice.
A randomized clinical trial found apple cider vinegar to be a significantly effective aid for weight loss, as those participants who supplemented with apple cider vinegar, in addition to a calorie restricted diet, lost on average 3.8 pounds more than the group who did not supplement. As a result, ACV is a safe and effective addition to a healthy weight loss plan.
Another study investigated the antimicrobial activity of apple cider vinegar on common bacteria, such as E.Coli, Candida, and Staphylococcus, which indicated positive antimicrobial properties that affected the growth, and suppression of certain microbial species. These studies showed promising outcomes for the use of natural substances when it comes to protecting the immune system and an array of health conditions.
There isn’t much that apple cider vinegar can’t do, the only downside to taking it is the strong, pungent taste and smell it gives off, which can therefore make it unappealing to consume. Thankfully at Herbaland, we aim to make health simple and enjoyable while remaining nutritious and effective, that’s why we added apple cider vinegar to our new Snack Healthy Packs! Bursting with a delicious crisp apple flavour your tastebuds will truly love! These no-hassle gummies will deliver all the benefits ACV has to offer and without the pungent vinegar taste and smell. One of our core values is inclusivity, meaning our gummies are always formulated vegan with allergen friendly, non-gmo ingredients for everyone to enjoy!
Kali Pappas, Nutritionist