As an ancient folk remedy, Apple cider vinegar has been used over centuries for various household chores, as a preservative and in cooking. Today, it is the most popular vinegar in the natural health community, which promotes many of its benefits. A few find some support in research, including weight loss, reduced cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels and improved symptoms of diabetes.
Below are 9 health benefits of apple cider vinegar supported by scientific study.
1. Boasts Potent Biological Effects
Apple cider vinegar is made in a two-step process related to how alcohol is made. In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.” The first step exposes crushed apples (or apple cider) to yeast, which ferment the sugars and turn them into alcohol. In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, further fermenting the alcohol turning it into acetic acid — the main active compound in vinegar.