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What is apple cider vinegar

07 Jul 2022 • 1 min read


Brought to you by New Nordic

Apple cider vinegar has been used for over 5,000 years in medicine and foods for flavouring and preservation.

High quality apple cider vinegar is produced by selecting and picking apples, which are then cold pressed into must.

Fermentation into vinegar is achieved by adding the ‘mother bacteria’, known as the ‘mother of vinegar’, which is an acetic acid bacteria.

What is ‘The Mother’?

When apple cider vinegar is created using a slow fermentation process, there is a build up of both yeast and bacteria.

This build up, is named the mother, it’s commonly thought to contain most of the beneficial ingredients being the enzymes and proteins.

When buying any Apple Cider vinegar products, you always want to purchase one with the mother still intact, as that is the part of the vinegar that retains many of the beneficial ingredients.

Why should people take Apple Cider?

People have been using Apple Cider Vinegar for centuries, in fact Hippocrates ‘the father of modern medicine’, is reported to have used it for wound cleaning thanks to the antibacterial nature of the acetic acid in the vinegar.

Today, people will use it for a number of things including adding it to recipes to reap its benefits.

When looking to take it as part of your wellness regime, always look for a product that contains the ‘Mother’, the name for the part of the vinegar that contains the good bacteria, nutrients and proteins.

Traditionally, Apple Cider Vinegar has been as a natural home remedy for problems such as sore throats and digestion.

It has also been used as a preservative and even a disinfectant. Today, we are more likely to use it for health and wellness issues that are gradually being backed by science.

Many users have found that regular intake helps with digestion and weight management.

It is also very popular for joint health, especially when diluted with water and a teaspoon of honey added. It can also be added to food in salad dressings and marinades.

What makes Apple Cider a popular supplement for digestion and weight loss?

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries and has become popular as a supplement to help weight management and digestion.

Science is now reinforcing these concepts with studies showing that it may play a role in helping to maintain a healthy blood sugar balance, as well as helping you feel full more quickly.

A study in Japan in 2009 found that over a 12 week period that those on the trial, taking the apple cider vinegar, had a significantly lower reduced body weight, BMI and waist circumference, than those not taking the apple cider.1

Other studies have demonstrated that consuming apple cider vinegar before a meal helped improve insulin responses during a high carb meal.2,3

This may help explain why people find it useful as part of a weight management programme.

Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural source of the mineral potassium which helps maintain a normal body fluid balance.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a supplement can also be combined with dandelion, to help body fluid balance, whilst the addition of artichoke can help to support healthy digestion and manage fat metabolism.

How does it work?

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries.  In recent years, research has started to show that it may have a close relationship with balancing blood sugar levels and post-prandial (after eating) insulin activity.

This is thought to be due to the acetic acid in the vinegar which has been shown to suppress disaccharidase activity and raise glucose -6-phosphate concentrations.

Although science has not yet given us all the answers as to why Apple Cider Vinegar works, researchers believe that many of the benefits are down to the acetic acid content which is a natural antibacterial agent and also appears to play a role in glucose and insulin metabolism.

How can I take Apple Cider Vinegar?

Leading health & beauty brand New Nordic, have three variants for Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple Cider High Strength & Apple Cider Mega Strength, both in tablet forms.

These combine other well-known ingredients to aid in healthy weight loss and normal digestion such as globe artichoke extract & dandelion.

Also, Apple Cider Gummies which contain 400mg of apple cider vinegar powder in a delicious sugar-free, vegan gummy.

Last updated: 8 July 2022

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.



Author: Bhupesh PanchalSenior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.

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