What Apple Cider Vinegar Can (and Can't) Do For You

What Apple Cider Vinegar Can (and Can't) Do For You

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries in many forms for many different reasons. Beyond its use as a staple in some food sources, there are other benefits that apple cider vinegar can promote. Keep reading to discover what apple cider vinegar can (or can’t) do for you.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of apple cider vinegar made from fermented, crushed apples with yeast and sugar. It is primarily used in oil based foods such as salad dressing and marinades. For many years, ACV has also been used as a home remedy. Studies have recently shown that apple cider vinegar can be beneficial to your health. However, there is no basis for certain claims about its use. We'll discover what apple cider vinegar can and cannot do for you here.

What Are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

The majority of studies supporting the health effects of ACV have been small, and their results are not conclusive. The benefits of it need to be investigated more and more. Here are the findings of the research so far:

  • May help with weight loss. One study showed that people on a reduced calorie diet lost a few extra pounds by taking apple cider vinegar twice a day. 
  • May lower blood sugar. Several smaller studies have reported that taking a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar could lower your blood sugar after meals. 
  • May lower cholesterol. The same small study that reported ACV boosted weight loss also found that it lowered total cholesterol levels, increased their "good" cholesterol and lowered levels of triglycerides (fats in the blood). 
  • Can help kill harmful bacteria. Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including some strains of bacteria. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar to clean wounds more than 2,000 years ago. 
  • May improve heart health. Research suggests that ACV may improve several biological factors affecting your risk for heart disease. 
  • May boost skin health. Using diluted topical apple cider vinegar topically may help rebalance the skin’s natural pH, improving the protective skin barrier.

*More research is needed to prove the effectiveness of ACV in these areas. Consult your doctor before incorporating ACV for health benefits. 

Is Apple Cider Vinegar a Probiotic?

ACV is created by a two-part fermentation process: alcoholic fermentation + acetic acid fermentation. One 2016 study noted the two main bacteria groups in most commercial apple cider vinegar were lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria. The lactic acid bacteria group is found in many fermented foods and is one of the most important groups of probiotics. However, just because apple cider vinegar is a fermented food doesn’t mean it is considered a probiotic. The population of live microorganisms in ACV isn’t defined clearly enough to define it in the same category as say yogurt, which has a known quantity of probiotics known to benefit gut health.

Nature's Lab Apple Cider Vinegar

Support a healthy metabolism* with Nature’s Lab Apple Cider Vinegar. Enjoy all the benefits of apple cider vinegar in convenient capsule form without the hassle of a liquid. To amp up the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, this complex also includes the vital mineral, chromium picolinate which contributes to the body’s use of carbohydrates for fuel and promotes energy.* 

Key Benefits:

  • Two capsules contain 1,200 mg of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1,000 mcg of Chromium Picolinate
  • Promotes increased feelings of fullness*
  • Supports metabolism of food for energy*
  • Promotes digestive processes that break down food*
  • Promotes healthy lipid levels (already within normal range)*


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