You’ve heard the health gurus and fitness folks talking about apple cider vinegar (which some inner circles might refer to casually as “ACV”). Maybe your friends are drizzling it over their salads, putting a tablespoon or two into a smoothie or health elixir, even taking a shot of it straight up. But what’s the deal with that? — Any Seinfeld fans out there? No takers?
Anyway, Delgado protocol would like to give the scoop on the many health benefits of apple cider vinegar, give a little bit of its history and how it’s made, while also suggesting some ways you can enjoy it in your daily life.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a health remedy for the ancients. Many of the benefits that people swear ACV gives them are backed by science, including weight loss, diabetes improvement, improved blood sugar levels, and more!
How It’s Made
Vinegar, in French, means “sour wine,” which makes a lot of sense after you look into the process of how the stuff is made.
Vinegar gets made from a two-step process. Ironically, it’s made a lot like the way alcohol is made. Crushed apples (think grapes when it comes to wine, but substitute, you guess it, apples!) get exposed to yeast in the first step, which leads to fermentation, turning sugars into alcohol.
Step two adds bacteria into the mix, which boosts the fermenting process, turning the alcohol into acetic acid (redundant name, we know). Acetic acid is the primary active compound in apple cider vinegar.
What About this Mother Business?
If you purchase raw, unfiltered ACV, you might read that it’s been filtered with “the mother.” No, this is not some mythical matriarch who goes around magically filtering each bottle in the factory with a tap of her magic wand. The mother refers to “mother” strands of protein, good bacteria, and enzymes, giving the liquid it’s cloudy appearance. Though some people genuinely believe that the mother is responsible for all ACV’s benefits, the jury is still out on that one.
Now for the Benefits
Incorporating apple cider vinegar vinegar will boost your health in vitality in a number of ways, including:
Increased Skin Health! — You can topically treat acne and acne scars with ACV because it has lactic acid, which improves texture and lightens scarring. It’s also backed by studies like this one. After all, certain strains of bacteria are responsible for acne. Vinegar has antibacterial properties, afterall. Give it to your dog, just a tablespoon in their water to reduce dandruff and give them a shiny coat.
It’s Good for the Gut — ACV is rich in bacteria that enhances the digestive system, increases immunity, and gives you valuable probiotics.
Lowers Blood Sugar — ACV increases insulin sensitivity. Drink one or two tablespoons in a glass of water before meals to keep your levels steady.
Relieves that Reflux — GERD or acid reflux results in heartburn, belching, nausea, and overall awfullness. By introducing acid into the digestive tract, ACV may prevent backflow, which results in acid reflux.
Lowers Cholesterol — Cholesterol is rightfully loathed because it clogs and hardens in the arteries. A study in Iran involving rats showed ACV not only reduced bad LDL cholesterol, it helped boost healthy HDL cholesterol.
Now, How to Take it!
You can put ACV on your salad to give it a little more of a twang. Make a delicious mocktail with water or unsweetened green tea, two teaspoons of ACV, a squeeze of lemon, ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper to wake you up in the morning. Add garlic for additional benefits. If you’re bad to the bone, take a shot of it.
Taking apple cider vinegar is a great step toward enhancing your health and opening new doors for your body, mind, and spirit. But it’s not the end all be all. The Delgado Protocol offers products, anti-aging medicines, and hormone balance supplements that help you be the best you. Visit our website today to look at our extensive line of vegan health products.