Lately, over a few years, apple cider vinegar has risen to quite some popularity. Wherever there is a discussion about weight loss in general, ACV (apple cider vinegar) tends to find its place in that discussion. A lot of places mention ACV as some sort of miracle.
But how true is it?
To many, apple cider vinegar is something new and some sort of a magic potion for weight loss. But is it so? Well, we shall find it out today. If it is really a magic potion, then we will talk about the best apple cider brands you can purchase in India.
Did you know? Apple cider vinegar is not new. It has actually been around for a thousand years now and has been used in natural medicines and even for cooking.
You must be thinking what exactly is apple cider vinegar?
What is Apple Cider Vinegar [ACV]?
Apple cider vinegar is nothing but fermented apple juice. And if your curiosity does not end there, then for the technical know-how- Yeast digests the sugar in apples and converts them into alcohol, acetobacter (a form of bacteria) then turns that alcohol into acetic acid. The resultant is apple cider vinegar.
In all the places you have listened to or read about ACV. You must have heard a term called “mother”. You must have thought what does a mother have to do with apple cider vinegar? To throw some light on it-
What is a mother in apple cider vinegar?
A Mother in apple cider vinegar is a mix of yeast and bacteria. This mix (mother) is formed during the process of fermenting apple juice. It is a colony of beneficial bacteria with many health benefits. The mother is what gives the apple cider vinegar a misty appearance. So the next time, you get your bottle of ACV and it appears misty do not worry that the product has gone bad. It is the mother.
Why is mother important?
Mother is the probiotic part in the apple cider vinegar. Probiotics have innumerous benefits such as:
- Helps in maintaining good digestion.
- Help keep a strong immune system.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Improves mental health.
- Has antioxidant properties.
- Fights the havocs of ageing.
How to use apple cider vinegar?
Believe it or not, Apple Cider Vinegar can be used for a variety of purposes. But today, we will limit our discussion to weight loss and skin-care as they are the main topic we are focusing on.
So how to take apple cider vinegar?
|1. Add 1-2 tablespoon to a cup of water and drink it.|
|2. Dress your salads with apple cider vinegar.|
|3. Use ACV to marinate meat or vegetables.|
|4. Add it to any beverage (juice) for a different flavour.|
|5. Add cinammon/honey/ginger/pepper or a combination of them to the diluted ACV to enhance the flavour along with other nutritional benefits.|
The best and the recommended dosage of apple cider vinegar are 1-2 tablespoons per day, mixed with water.
Warning– You must mix it with water because undiluted ACV might burn the inside of your mouth or oesophagus.
ACV is also available in tablet form for the ones who find the taste and smell of ACV very unpleasant. But the tablet form carries great risk as it can get stuck in the oesophagus. So refer to the above table and try it any other different way. I personally hate the taste so I always add some honey and cinnamon to the diluted version of apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar and weight loss
ACV can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Let’s look at how:
Study 1: A study conducted on some obese Japanese people over a 12-week period revealed that people who consumed 15ml-30ml of vinegar compared to the ones who did not [placebo group] witnessed a reduction in body weight, BMI, visceral fat areas, waist circumference and serum triglyceride levels. The study concluded vinegar can help in the reduction of obesity.
Study 2: A different study conducted on rats showed intake of acetic acid significantly reduced appetite. A suppressed appetite helps in weight management as it reduces your daily caloric intake by a good amount.
In short, the intake of apple cider vinegar will help you with your weight loss goals by boosting your metabolism and suppressing your appetite. Which means apple cider vinegar is indeed a magic pill to help you with weight loss.
So let’s get to the list of best apple cider vinegar in India:
Best apple cider vinegar brands in India
- WOW Life Science Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
- HealthVit Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Vinegar.
- St.Botanica Natural Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Vinegar.
- HealthViva Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother.
- Sinew Nutrition Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Akiva Superfoods Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Vinegar.
- NourishVitals Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother Vinegar.
WOW Life Science
Apple juice is the main source of WOW Life Science’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. The apples used are from the Himalayas. This product is produced in a plant in the Himalayas itself. Therefore, one can be assured the raw materials were fresh and not beaten down while transportation.
The ACV is unfiltered and unpasteurized, contains 4% mother in it and is very rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes and is a great tonic to boost your health and help you with your personal care goals as well.
Bragg is a pretty popular product amongst the USA citizens and is, in fact, the number 1 selling product there. Bragg’s Apple cider vinegar is a winner of the natural choice awards in the category- organic. Hence, you can never go wrong with the quality of such a trusted brand.
Bragg’s ACV is raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized. Weight loss was reported significantly higher is users who used Bragg’s ACV combined with a good amount of physical activity.
Natural Himalayan apple juice is the only source of HealthyVit’s apple cider vinegar. It is also unfiltered. And naturally fermented to 5% acidity. The mother is very visible in the product and present in good quantity. This product is rich in natural components.
Based on many user reviews HealthVit’s ACV has helped many in overcoming skin problems.
Only the finest quality apples from the Himalayas are used to make St.Botanica Natural’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It contains fewer sugar and calories than some of the other ACVs.
St. Botanica’s ACV is unrefined, unfiltered and unpasteurized, naturally fermented from apple juice, with mother of vinegar and 5% of acidity. It is rich in enzymes and potassium which will help you keep a healthy immune system.
Apples farmed in the Himalayas are used to make Sinew Nutrition’s Apple cider vinegar. The apple juice is naturally fermented to 5% acidity. This ACV contains no preservatives, sugar and is a 100% vegan.
It is one of the cheapest apple cider vinegar available in India and can be a perfect accompaniment to your cooking. Although cheap, Sinew doesn’t compromise on the quality of this product.
Akiva’s Apple Cider Vinegar is made out of naturally fermented apples from the Himalayas. After the fermentation process is over, the mother is not removed or altered in order to maintain the naturally occurring mother in the product. The ACV has no added additives or preservatives. Akiva claims there ACV can help you relieve inflammation by fighting the free radicals in your body.
The product also comes in different variants with added spices. Some of which are ACV with fenugreek and cinnamon and ACV with Turmeric and Ginger. Which is really awesome as all these in combination can support your weight loss goals even more.
NourishVitals is known to offer high-quality organic products. It’s Apple Cider Vinegar is manufactured from fresh apple juice and not concentrate. Their flavoured variant contains added ginger, garlic, lemon and honey which will help you with weight loss and it will counter the usual foul taste which you will encounter with other ACVs.
Apart from this, the ACV is raw, unfiltered, undiluted and unpasteurized and contains about 45% of genuine mother to provide you with the best health benefits.
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ACV has many proven benefits and can be helpful for you with your weight loss journey. I will say the best ones available in India are WOW Life Science Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. I have personally used them both and they stand out with the quality they provide. Also, user reviews are far better for both of these products. Hence without a doubt, they are the best ones in the Indian market. Because Bragg’s ACV is a little on the expensive side, you can opt for the WOW’s ACV or maybe try one of the brands from our list of 8 best apple cider vinegar available in India for weight loss and skin.
Some of the ACV brands as mentioned above provide flavoured variants as well. So if the foul taste and smell bother you and you want to have something which feels and taste good to consume then go with either NourishVital or Akiva Superfoods as they provide flavoured variants.
Tell us in the comments, which brand did you go for and how were the results over a 30 day period of usage.