Known to be effective in aiding weight-loss, decreasing cholesterol and for lowering blood sugar levels1, apple cider vinegar is widely popular across the health and wellness industry. But did you know that taking apple cider vinegar is not a new trend? In the Japanese culture, the practice of drinking apple cider vinegar dates back thousands of years with it believed to aid in creating internal balance. However, for those more sensitive to taste and aroma, it is now also available as a pill or tablet.2 This article aims to explore the difference between the two formats, to allow you to decipher which one might suit your lifestyle better.
What Are Apple Cider Vinegar Pills?
Given the generally sweeter Western palate, some people find that incorporating drinking vinegar into their daily routines is difficult, which is why ACV pills or tablets have become increasingly popular. Apple cider vinegar pills are made from a dehydrated or powdered form of apple cider vinegar. The amount of ACV in a pill will vary depending on the brand but typically one capsule contains about 500 mg, which is equivalent to two liquid teaspoons (10 ml). 3 If you are going to take your ACV in a pill form it is recommended that you read the ingredients very carefully. Many popular brands have been known to add additional components to provide further digestive or metabolic benefits, and your body may be sensitive or intolerant to them.4
Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar Pills
Very little research has been done into the effectiveness of pill in comparison to regularly drinking the liquid. The bulk of studies currently completed on ACV have used the traditional liquid form of the product rather than pills, and therefore it is difficult to definitively state whether pills will be as effective5. However, as well as making daily consumption easier, taking ACV in a pill format does have the extra advantage of reducing the risk of enamel erosion. This can be caused when apple cider vinegar is drunk undiluted due to the acidic nature of the vinegar in liquid form.
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
The most common way to consume apple cider vinegar is to drink it. Many people enjoy mixing 1 – 2 tablespoons (15 – 30 ml) of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and sipping this before or after meals. You can also mix it into smoothies or add it to salad dressings. See our recipe hub for more ideas. Bearing this in mind, we’ve formulated OSU to taste just as delicious when drunk as a diluted tonic as when incorporated meals. This is due to the unique addition of apple juice within our product to balance the tang of the vinegar with natural sweetness.
Benefits Of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar & OSU
Choosing to drink apple cider vinegar rather than taking it in pill form can be perceived as preferable as it is absorbed into the body faster and drinking it in the morning can help with hydration and in replacing lost electrolytes.6 In comparison to some pill formats, OSU is pure, natural and balanced – just as nature intended it to be. As a ‘Clean Label’ product you can feel assured that our bottles will never contain any hidden, artificial or difficult to understand ingredients. Furthermore, OSU has been created with those on a plant based or vegan diet in mind.
Pills Vs Liquid
So which is better for you, the liquid or pill form of apple cider vinegar? Neither are harmful when consumed at the prescribed amounts and not in excess, however at OSU, we believe it is important to make lifestyle decisions based on credible scientific research. Given the lack of studies on the effects of pills, we would advise in favour of drinking apple cider vinegar. Get you own bottle of OSU apple cider vinegar or to learn more about apple cider vinegar, the benefits and our own scientific study, visit our FAQs.
Harvard Health Publishing: Robert H.Shmerling, MD https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/apple-cider-vinegar-diet-does-it-really-work-2018042513703
We use 200 years of Japanese craft to blend 100% natural apple juice with apple cider vinegar for a smoother taste. Our apple cider vinegar is always raw, unpasteurised and with the Mother.
Concentrated Apple Juice (56%), Apple Cider Vinegar (44%), All Natural!
Typical Values per 100g- Energy: 774 kJ/182 kcals, Fat: <0.5g, of which Saturates: 0.1g, Carbohydrates: 39.9g, of which Sugars: 36.4g, Fibre: 0.6, Protein: <0.5g, Salt: <0.01g
Make like the Japanese and drink in the traditional fashion through diluting 1 part (20ml) OSU with 9 parts of still, sparkling or hot water. New to drinking apple cider vinegar? Why not try one of our fruity drinks recipes to acclimatise you to the taste?
We believe OSU should be every foodie's kitchen staple! Need inspiration for how to add plant based flavour to your salad dressings, marinades and dips? Experiment with our quick and easy recipes for mid week meals.
Want more advice on the best times and methods to consume apple cider vinegar? We've assembled best practice in a series of articles and have answered your questions in our FAQs.
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