What is the 'Mother' in Apple Cider Vinegar?
Organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar contains the 'Mother' which is responsible for its slightly murky appearance. It is the bacteria that make the vinegar that are responsible for producing the ‘Mother’ and it is believed to be rich in health-boosting natural proteins, enzymes, fibres and acetic acid along with the healthy bacteria themselves. The 'Mother' is regarded as a pre and probiotic which is fantastic for gut health. Good gut health is increasingly being found to hugely contribute to your wellbeing in so many ways! In addition, Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ is widely believed to help with a number of more specific health problems and has been used for Centuries to maintain good health. The first documented use was by the Father of modern medicine Hippocrates himself! Here are just three benefits:
1. It could help improve digestion
Like other fermented foods, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar contains healthy bacteria – the gut-friendly bacteria that helps to keep your digestive system working properly. Cider vinegar could provide relief for those with stomach problems like indigestion or heartburn. This is because it neutralises stomach acid whilst acetic acid fights harmful bacteria.
2. It could support your immune system
Prevention is better than cure, so protecting your immune system means you’re more likely to ward off diseases and infections. And here’s where the healthy bacteria in raw cider vinegar come into play. Studies have found that healthy bacteria could help you recover sooner if you do get sick.
3. It helps lower blood sugar levels
Keeping your blood sugar levels in check is important and studies have shown that the acetic acid found in cider vinegar could be beneficial. In fact, drinking 4 teaspoons of vinegar before a high-carb meal helped to prevent blood sugar spikes. And if you’re counting your calories, research found that acetic acid stops your body from absorbing the calories from carbohydrates.