It’s the active component: acetic acid. Acetic acid is a short-chain fatty acid that dissolves into acetate and hydrogen in your body. A wealth of research suggests that acetic acid in ACV has powerful health benefits. Here are 5 of our favorite superpowers:
1. ACV Can Help Stabilize Blood Sugar
ACV has been shown to lower morning glucose, fasting glucose, and help stabilize blood sugar by increasing the ability of our muscles to take up sugar from our blood.
2. ACV Can Help Promote Weight Loss
ACV promotes weight loss in several ways: it can decrease appetite and help control cravings by increasing feelings of satiety and stabilizing blood sugar. It also helps stop new fat from accumulating by activating an enzyme called AMPK (2).
3. ACV Improves Protein Absorption & Digestion
Apple cider vinegar, when taken with animal protein, can help you better digest and assimilate the nutrients. How? ACV stimulates the production of stomach acid (a good thing!). Stomach acid breaks down the proteins in meat so that your body can use them more efficiently.
4. ACV Can Stop Heartburn Symptoms
Often, heartburn symptoms are caused by too little stomach acid, not too much! When there is inadequate stomach acid to digest the food in the stomach, the food begins to ferment, creating gas that pushes the lower esophageal sphincter open (which separates your stomach from your esophagus). This lets stomach acid out of the stomach and into the esophagus – ouch! Taking ACV can increase stomach acid and stop the fermentation process that can cause heartburn.