Growing up, you may remember seeing a jar of what looked like dirty dish water in your grandma’s pantry. She may have tossed a little in her collard greens or other sauces or dishes. Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries.

But recently, apple cider vinegar has become a star in the world of health and wellness, and rightfully so.

It has proven health benefits from balancing blood sugar to maintaining a healthy heart. Here’s why you should keep a bottle in your pantry.

What is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is made through a process of fermenting apple juice. A yeast is added to the juice, turning the sugar into alcohol. The result is a bacterium called acetic acid, which gives the liquid its aroma and taste. You may also see a cloudy material floating in the vinegar. This is called “the mother”, is probiotic and safe to consume when diluted.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Although research is still be done on the benefits of apple cider vinegar, many claim it has lots of benefits. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to water or tea daily to get its health goodness.

  • Combat obesity and aid in weight loss
  • Improve heart health
  • Great for hair and skin
  • Control blood sugar levels and help with type 2 diabetes
  • Relieves itching from insect bites and discomfort of sunburn
  • Ease heartburn and indigestion

Apple cider vinegar should be diluted before consuming because it is very acidic. It has also been known to decrease potassium levels and alter insulin levels. Consult your physician before taking any medications or supplements.

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