How does apple cider vinegar help improve digestion and even boost the immune system
NEWS | 2020-08-14
Apple cider vinegar has been used to fight coughs and colds, but not all vinegars are created equal.
The key to the natural remedy’s health benefits are held in a cobweb-like substance known as “The Mother”.
What is ‘The Mother’ in Apple Cider Vinegar?
You can see Mother as a cloudy substance floating in some bottles of vinegar. The Mother is believed to be rich in health-boosting natural protein, healthy bacteria and acetic acid.
It forms naturally as raw organic vinegar ferments, producing a murky, brownish vinegar. If a vinegar looks crystal clear it’s been filtered and pasteurised to remove The Mother and most of its nutrients.
It’s said “Father of Modern Medicine”, Hippocrates, used apple cider vinegar for cleaning wounds and relieving coughs. So why has this folk remedy remained popular since Ancient Greece?
We’ve listed some of the health-enhancing properties of The Mother.
It could help improve digestion
Like other fermented foods, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar contains healthy bacteria – the gut-friendly bacteria that helps to keep your digestive system working properly. Cider vinegar could provide relief for those with stomach problems like indigestion or heartburn. This is because it neutralises stomach acid whilst acetic acid fights harmful bacteria.
It could support your immune system
Prevention is better than cure, so protecting your immune system means you’re more likely to ward off diseases and infections. And here’s where the healthy bacteria in raw cider vinegar come into play. Studies have found that healthy bacteria could help you recover sooner if you do get sick.
It could help boost the condition of your hair
If you have dry, brittle hair or an itchy scalp, replacing your usual shampoo with a bottle of unfiltered cider vinegar could give you more manageable tresses. Research found that using high alkaline shampoos leads to hair breakage and dryness. The acetic acid in The Mother is thought to help lower our hair’s pH to combat that dry, frizzy feel. Plus, raw cider vinegar is antimicrobial which means it may help control bacteria which leads to scalp itchiness.
It could help improve your skin and nail health
Thanks to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar is used as a natural treatment for healthier skin and nails. Applied as a toner, it may help to balance the skin’s pH and has an exfoliating effect that smooths and softens. And, for rough, cracked heels or mild fungal nail infections, apple cider vinegar is commonly used as a foot soak.
It helps lower blood sugar levels
Keeping your blood sugar levels in check is important and studies have shown that the acetic acid found in cider vinegar could be beneficial. In fact, drinking 4 teaspoons of vinegar before a high-carb meal helped to prevent blood sugar spikes.