Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has become one of the most popular nutritional trends recently. But it’s not new— ACV has been used as an antiseptic (both internally and externally) and as a dietary supplement since the beginning of recorded history. In fact, Hippocrates, aka the “Father of Medicine”, used it to treat his patients as early as 400 BC, making ACV one of the first known medicines.
For my ACV supplements, my team and I explored the science behind this age-old remedy. Then, we combined ACV with unique, clinically studied organic ingredients that are backed by modern trials, and work synergistically to provide distinct health benefits. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Like any vinegar, apple cider vinegar is a juice first, allowed to ferment with yeast, which turns the naturally occurring sugars in the juice into alcohol. Bacteria then turn the alcohol into acetic acid, which gives vinegar that distinct odor and taste. It’s that strong acetic acid that may be ACV’s secret. Researchers think this is where the most benefits are found. Cider vinegar can contain 5 to 6 percent acetic acid, making it a rich source of this healthful ingredient.
Apple Cider Vinegar ‘Mother’
What does “the Mother” really mean? The term “with the Mother” refers to the fermentation which comes from the cultures of helpful bacteria and yeast. These cultures produce a host of beneficial compounds with acetic acid being the most important. During the fermentation process, the yeast is filtered off to remove the cultures, leaving the acetic acid and other healthy composites in the liquid.
You want to make sure that when using an ACV product that it has at least 5% acetic acid, which actually comes with “the Mother” culture and is not added chemically after the fact. Ours is natural and with “the Mother,” as it comes from the organic fermentation of apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Despite the lack of formal studies on the benefits of apple cider vinegar, it’s enjoyed thousands of years of anecdotal evidence—from Hippocrates’ early use to more recent claims like those touted by well-known ACV brand Bragg’s.
There’s certainly some truth to the hype.
While not a replacement for medication (and always talk with your doctor about major dietary or lifestyle changes, especially if you currently take any medications), ACV has also been linked to a healthy metabolism and the balance of blood sugar.
Research has found it improved insulin sensitivity and lowered blood sugar when consumed after eating a carb-heavy meal; and it improved overall insulin function.
A 2006 study found that regular consumption of ACV may also be beneficial for heart health.
ACV has a history of use as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Some women swear by it as a facial astringent in the prevention and treatment of acne blemishes, too. Some people use it to treat dandruff and keep hair extra silky and shiny.
You can also find people who swear by ACV for a number of other issues from treating ear infections and varicose veins to getting rid of head lice.
Apple Cider Vinegar Supplements
We created four unique formulas that have specific applications including Immune and Digestive Health, Energy Support, and Weight Management.
As we do with all mykind Organics products, this new line of mykind Organics Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies is made in the most natural and healthiest way. They are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Vegan, and are made without the use of any artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, harsh chemicals, or any animal products. They are made from clean, nutritious ingredients and they are the yummiest Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies ever!
How did we do it?…First, we started with farm fresh organic apples that we chop and steep in water. Then we added yeast to ferment and to create the alcohol. Next, we used a friendly bacteria called acetobacter to convert all of the alcohol into vinegar. This probiotic-rich vinegar consists of several organic acids, but mostly acetic acid. Our acetic acid is at a 5% concentration and is with “the Mother,” providing the greatest health benefits.
“Original” Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies
These are designed for universal use and are formulated to promote immune and digestive system health, and assist with energy support and weight management. Our delicious Green Apple and Strawberry blend is full of organic goodness packed with antioxidants and Whole Food B12.
These gummies are deliciously powerful, delivering 2 billion CFU of clinically studied probiotics targeted for digestive and immune support. They also contain Whole Food B12 to help you meet your daily needs.
These mood-boosting gummies contain natural caffeine from Organic Coffeeberry and Organic Green Tea to boost energy and sharpen focus. They also contain Whole Food B12.
These gummies make your diet and exercise program more effective with Organic Green Coffee Bean Extract, which has been clinically shown to burn fat and help maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
I am very proud of our new mykind Organics Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies creation! They are so fun to eat! They are made from the cleanest, most nutritious ingredients available and are super delicious!
We’re also thrilled to be the first ACV product line at all Whole Foods Markets across the country and online. Try for yourself and see what sets us apart from every other Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy on the market.
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