A weak form of acetic acid, apple cider vinegar is made from crushed apples that are combined with yeast and sugar, fermented into alcohol, and then fermented again into sour vinegar. For thousands of years, it has been used in diverse traditional wellness practices, from soothing sunburns and jellyfish stings, to cleansing the skin, and in a number of internal applications.** In fact, historical records show that Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar mixed with honey to help his patients as early as 400 B.C.**
Today, this tangy substance may offer a range of wellness benefits.** It supplies abundant essential nutrients, including folic acid, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, pectin, B vitamins and vitamin C. For some, apple cider vinegar might help to maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within normal range.** It also may have an influence on triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels already within normal range, which are both indicators of overall cardiovascular health.**
Apple cider vinegar may have a role to play in weight management programs, as it may help to promote satiety, or a feeling of fullness, as well as supporting desirable body mass.** Additional folk uses include promoting comfort in joints and muscles, assisting with detoxification efforts, helping with stomach issues, and maintaining healthy skin.**
Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements
Apple cider vinegar supplements are available in liquid, tablet, or capsule form. Liquid apple cider vinegar can be ingested (diluted with water) or applied topically. Tablet and capsules can achieve high potency, and are made from apple cider vinegar powder. Some prefer tablets and capsules because they don’t have the strong smell and taste associated with liquid vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Directions for Use
Before adding these supplements to your wellness program, consult with a healthcare professional. No standard apple cider vinegar dosage has been established for this supplement. Tablets and capsules may contain from 245 mg to 900 mg of apple cider vinegar. The liquid form is typically administered in 2 tablespoon servings that are mixed with water.