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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother”

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History of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used in some form since Hippocrates in 420 BC. Like many other popular health foods, it is a fermented product containing healthy bacteria to help support digestion. 

Now that the various health-supporting benefits are more well known, people are once again drinking apple cider vinegar. But is that the best choice? 

Why Capsules are Better

Apple cider vinegar capsules

Capsules protect your teeth from acid

If you’ve ever tried a swig of apple cider vinegar, you know just how acidic it is. This acid is not only hard on your stomach but can be very hard on dental enamel. Apple cider vinegar in the stomach, structured to thrive in an acidic environment, is excellent! Apple cider vinegar in the mouth is not so great, as it can erode dental enamel.   

An 8-week randomized trial examined the effects of apple cider vinegar on teeth. One group drank red wine vinegar daily, and the other took apple cider vinegar tablets daily. At the end of the study, the group that consumed the apple cider vinegar had 18% more dental enamel erosion than the control group taking the apple cider vinegar tablets. [1] Taking apple cider vinegar capsules instead of drinking it could save you a few trips to the dentist. 

 

Capsules protect your esophagus from acid

Unlike the stomach, our esophagus is not structured to thrive in an acidic environment or when acidic things come into regular contact with it. With apple cider vinegar capsules, the acidity does not impact the tissue in the esophagus. Instead, the capsule goes straight to the area where it may be helpful – the stomach – before it dissolves.  


You don’t have to taste it!

Today, while some of us like the taste of apple cider vinegar, others would prefer to save the tang for the salad dressing. Fortunately, there is a way to get all the benefits of apple cider vinegar without having to taste it, by delivering it directly to the stomach in a capsule form, without affecting the tissues along the way. 

 

What is that Cloudy Stuff on the Bottom?

Maybe you’ve wondered about that cloudy area in apple cider vinegar with “the mother.” If you’re new to using this valuable type of apple cider vinegar, you might even wonder if something is wrong with it. Not only is it perfectly fine, but that cloud of yeast and bacteria, commonly known as “the mother,” is an amazing mixture of yeast and beneficial probiotic bacteria that contributes to apple cider vinegar’s health benefits. 

Apple cider vinegar with mother in glass bottles, probiotics food for gut health 

What are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother”?

Nutrient content

Apple cider vinegar contains nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other beneficial ingredients like probiotics. [1] Apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of antioxidants from the polyphenols gallic acid, ferulic acid, caffeic acid, and catechins. [2] 

Supporting healthy digestion

Stomach acid decreases as we get older. If the stomach is not at optimal acidity, our digestive enzymes may not work as well, and digestion may be negatively impacted. Adding apple cider vinegar capsules may help support healthy stomach pH to maintain healthy digestion. 

As mentioned, apple cider vinegar with “the mother” also contains healthy probiotics, which are beneficial organisms that can help support healthy digestion. [3] These benefits are only available if fermented with “the mother,” so make sure you choose an apple cider vinegar with this key ingredient.  

In conclusion, apple cider vinegar capsules are a convenient and efficient way to get all the benefits of apple cider vinegar without the potential side effects that come with drinking it.  

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References
  1. Anderson S, Gonzalez LA, Jasbi P, et al. J Med Food. 2021; 24(8):894-6. 
  2. Apple cider vinegar: Myths and facts about benefits and remedies [Internet]. OnHealth; 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 19]. Available from: https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/remedies_facts_myths_apple_cider_vinegar_benefits 
  3. Exploring the health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV) [Internet]. Cleveland Clinic; 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 16]. Available from: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/exploring-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/