• Hahnbee Choi, Cert. CN

The Traditional Tonic: Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated: May 15

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for cooking and medicine for centuries. ACV has been used for various arrays of imbalances in humans, such as improving digestion, improving insulin sensitivity, lowering cholesterol, improving heart health, and more.

What Is ACV?

ACV is fermented apple juice. When adding yeast into the juice, it converts the sugars present into alcohol. The bacteria further ferment the alcohol into acetic acid, which is the main element in vinegar. ACV is around 5-6% acetic acid.

To fermenting process can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks, and you can even take a stab at making your very own homemade ACV too. Try using this recipe!

This very minimal processed liquid has a big punch! ACV is an easy and cheap addition to any animal's life.

#1 Mother

No, it's not your mom... but instead strands of proteins, enzymes, and bacteria that this vinegar its murky appearance. Although there are no current studies on the benefits, it is said that the mother is responsible for all of the vinegar's health benefits!

Did you know that filtered ACV is pasteurized and has the mother taken out while raw ACV is not pasteurized and still has the health-loaded mother?

#2 Bacteria

Vinegar helps kill pathogenic bacteria. Traditionally, vinegar has been used for disinfecting, cleaning, and healing imbalances for centuries. Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used vinegar to clean wounds over 2,000 years ago.

ACV also inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria such as E. Coli from food. That's why you'll see ACV as one of the main ingredients in many DIY non-toxic cleaning sprays.

#3 Heart Health

More and more research suggests that ACV can improve heart health in animals