a-1You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have heard the hyperbole about apple cider vinegar. The snake oil of the 21st-century. Mixed in a glass of water, this elixir is purported to accelerate weight loss; eliminate dandruff; remove warts and moles; and in more exaggerated instances, cure cancer. Is any of it true? Well, the data doesn’t support it. This doesn’t mean there aren’t legitimate health benefits associated with it.

According to recent research, consuming unfiltered apple cider vinegar may aid the body in the absorption of certain minerals. like calcium and potassium from leafy greens; lower blood sugar levels by improving the body’s ability to process carbohydrates into glucose that may be helpful for those with type-2 diabetes. But probably the greatest benefits lie in its active probiotic properties. As they say, good health begins in the gut.

What makes unfiltered apple cider vinegar effective?

Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar contains the original “mother culture”. If you’ve ever picked up a bottle, you’ll notice particles floating in its murky liquid. While distilled wine vinegar is filtered and pasteurized to remove the sediment and make it crystal clear, these particles in the “mother” vinegar, carry protein and enzyme strands along with bacteria from the original host that are responsible for introducing live probiotics into our system. Depending on the quality of the fermentation process, bottling and storage determine how active the probiotics will be once consumed. Just like the effectiveness of yeast, if expired, not properly stored, or if overheated, the bacteria are rendered ineffective. There are several brands on the market, the most popular among aficionados is Braggs raw organic apple cider available in grocery stores or online.

Are these benefits limited to just apple cider vinegar?

Not necessarily. All vinegar contains acetic acid that when used to ferment, convert the sugar in food into lactic acid derived from the genesis of lactobacillus, commonly known as gut-friendly bacteria. By infusing your own vinegar, you’re creating a fermentation process to actively produce a “mother” vinegar.

Health and wellness begin at home, often found in the simplest forms.