Which Brand of Apple Cider Vinegar to Buy
Magical Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
I have personally been drinking apple cider vinegar for a while now, and feel more energetic and healthy. For me, one of the major benefits is that I am able to digest my food better and as a result I feel lighter in the stomach. I have also made conscious choices to eat healthy food and exercise regularly. More than a million people have read my articles about cider vinegar, and many of them have shared their positive experiences with me.
For centuries now, apple cider vinegar has been used as a miracle tonic. Proponents say it can cure many health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, skin ailments, heart ailments, and high cholesterol, as well as problems with the digestive and immune systems. It may also be effective for weight loss, hair loss, and for getting youthful and glowing skin. Research has shown that drinking it every day may help in lowering blood sugar levels and as such can be very useful for people with a high risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
However, to get the best results, you must choose the right brand.
Which to Buy
Apple cider vinegar is not to be confused with the regular, white vinegar found in most kitchens. White vinegar is used in cooking, as well as an effective cleaner in kitchen, bathroom, and for washing. White vinegar, however, is refined and does not have the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apple must. You get apple must when you crush whole apples, including the skin, stem, and seeds. This apple must is then taken through the process of fermentation and oxygenation. This process converts the sugar in apples to alcohol. With oxygenation, this alcohol gets converted to acetic acid, which gives us all the value we need for a better and more complete health and wellbeing.
Now, this value is retained in cider vinegar only if it is made by following the right process, and is marketed along with the "mother" of vinegar.
So what should you look for while buying the right type? There are three boxes to tick:
- Unpasteurized. Your apple cider vinegar should be unpasteurized. Pasteurization is heating used to kill harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, the heating process will kill good bacteria as well. Which is why we need unpasteurized.
- Unfiltered. Unfiltered cider vinegar ensures that it contains the "mother" of vinegar. The mother is the grainy, muddy, strain-like substance you will see settled at the bottom of the bottle. If you shake the bottle, it will float. This is the essence of cider vinegar. This is where the enzymes are stored, which give us the health value.
- Organic. While this is not a must, it is good to know that we are buying vinegar made from certified organic apples, so that they are pesticide free and contain natural sugar. Also, the companies that use organic apples are also likely to follow the right process for making it.
Now that we know that we are looking for organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to buy, let's see which are some of the good brands to choose from. While choosing a brand of apple cider vinegar, remember that more expensive brands are not necessarily the best brands. In fact, cheaper brands offer value for money.
Let's look at the top brands which are both reliable, and easy on your wallet.
As one of the oldest brands of apple cider vinegar in the market, Bragg is also one of the most trusted brands to buy. Based on my survey (see the survey at the end of this article), most of my readers have voted for Bragg.
The California-based company says that 100% of its apples are sourced from within the United States. Because of this, they have better control of their quality. They use organic apples only, and claim that they're free from arsenic and pesticides. They also claim to use wooden barrels, which "boosts its natural fermentation qualities."
Founded by Paul C. Bragg, who was an advisor to many Olympians, the brand is now supported by Paul's daughter and nutritionist Dr. Patricia Bragg.
While Bragg is specifically known for its apple cider vinegar range, Vitacost is a widely known company for health products in general. Apple cider vinegar is just one of the products they sell.
In fact, Vitacost is also a retailer of other brands of vinegar that include Bragg and Dynamic Health.
Vitacost claims that their apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice of fresh-pressed 100% organic apples. It is unpasteurized, and contains the "mother," the "nutrient-rich sediment responsible for the amber/brown color and cloudy, string-like appearance of natural apple cider vinegar." There's no added sugar, artificial flavors and colors. Also, it is kosher and suitable for vegetarians.
If you are looking for cheaper but quality brand, then Vitacost is an option to consider.
You can also consider buying Fleischmann's apple cider vinegar. California-based Fleischmann began making vinegar in the 1920s when they decided to use the alcohol produced by the bakers' yeast growth. With advances in technology, the production of bakers' yeast reduced the production of alcohol. They then entered the specialty vinegar business.
Founded in 1994, Dynamic Health provides a range of health supplements and products which are kosher, halal-certified, organic, and are available in liquid as well as capsule form.
Dynamic Health's apple cider vinegar is price competitive, but they give you a great value for the money.
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces cholesterol and helps weight loss
- Improves digestion
- Treats varicose veins
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Cures psoriasis
- Soothes tired muscles, removes stiffness of muscles
- Strengthens bones and teeth
- Builds strong immune system
- Works are anti-aging for skin
- Gives shine to hair, removes dandruff and promotes hair growth
- Provides nourishment to plants
All four brands mentioned here are good. They reportedly use freshly-pressed organic apples and sell raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. They all contain "mother," the live culture that transforms apple cider into vinegar.
None of these brands need to be stored in a refrigerator. Avoid direct sunlight, though. Also, you should preferably buy in glass bottles instead of plastic bottles.
Liquid or Pills
This is a common question:Should you have apple cider vinegar in liquid or pill form?
Some brands like Vitacost, Aztec, and NOW Foods offer apple cider vinegar pills. However, it is difficult to know whether ACV pills contain the enzymes needed to give us those health benefits.
There's not much evidence to support the benefits of pills. In fact, one US study with people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes claimed that ACV consumed in liquid form was more effective than ACV pills.
I have been using ACV in liquid form, and I wouldn't want to switch over to pills.
Your Favorite Brand?
Which brand of cider vinegar do you buy?
Not Sure How to Use It?
Are you all excited about using apple cider vinegar for weight loss, silky hair and smooth skin? You are not alone. Millions around the world are doing the same to improve their overall health.
If you are unsure about how to use apple cider vinegar, just drop in a comment below and I will be happy to answer your questions. Also, if you have used any of these brands and have any feedback (good or bad), leave a comment for the benefit of all readers.
Would you like to recommend any brand that I haven't mentioned here? Let me know as well.
P.S. Did you know that when mixed with water and applied to hair as a conditioner, apple cider vinegar helps in stopping hair loss, removing harmful chemicals and dandruff from the scalp and giving us shiny hair? Try it out!