7 Surprising Health Benefits Of Unfiltered Fig Cider Vinegar

7 Surprising Health Benefits Of Unfiltered Fig Cider Vinegar 

Vinegar has been used in households for more than 5,000 years. There are two types of vinegars made today: cider vinegar and normal vinegar. Cider Vinegar is made from the fermentation of fruits like figs, apples, grapes and dates.  Normal vinegar is often made from grains, molasses, coconut, etc.

In the cider vinegar-making process, alcohol is converted into something called acetic acid. Because the cider is not ultra-filtered, other components of the fig or apple will be present such as protein, enzymes and the bacteria themselves that made the vinegar in the first place. For this reason, unpasteurized, non-filtered apple cider vinegar (with the "mother") will contain some probiotic bacteria, which brings great benefits to our body.

1. Blood Sugar Management
Cider vinegars from figs and apples contains organic acids (acetic acid, lactic acid, etc) and phenolic compounds. All of these compounds instill vinegar with health benefits even when ingested in small amounts (1-2 tablespoons of cider vinegar mixed with 220ml of water). In several studies, vinegar was found to improve insulin sensitivity. One of the research indicated that a dose of vinegar before bedtime helps to lower waking glucose levels.

2. High in Anti-Oxidants
The most abundant antioxidants in vinegar are polyphenols and vitamins, both with a long history of fighting oxidation. Several epidemiological studies have found that polyphenols provide protection from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infections, aging, dementia, and hypercholesterolemia.

"Oxidative stress is one of the main causes of certain chronic diseases such as liver, neurodegenerative, and cardiovascular diseases, which can be prevented by antioxidants. Fruits are rich in antioxidants and are widely consumed by humans. Fruit vinegars can retain a number of antioxidants from fruit or fruit juices and possess relatively high antioxidant capacities compared to fruit juices. Furthermore, fruit vinegars can increase antioxidant capacities of diets as the fermentation process can produce functional components such as organic acids which are not, or are only rarely, present in raw fruit materials. Fruit vinegars have also been reported to possess several health benefits, such as suppressing obesity-induced oxidative stress, regulating lipid metabolism, and decreasing liver damage, which can be at least partly due to the antioxidant activity of fruit vinegars [research report]".

3. Vitamins & Minerals
Figs are one of the richest plant sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • vitamin A, C, K
  • B vitamins
  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • zinc
  • copper
  • manganese
  • iron

4. Skin & hair treatment
In many traditions, cider vinegar is used to treat a variety of skin issues such as eczema, vitiligo, and psoriasis. Studies also indicate that several nutrients found in figs like like zinc, copper, B vitamins, etc, help keep hair healthy. Although there has been no conclusive scientific studies, anecdotal evidence and preliminary research show promising results.

5. Aids Weight Loss
Fig, apple and other fruit cider vinegars have been known to aid weight loss. Several human studies indicate that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness, leading the individual to eat fewer calories and lose weight. In general, fruit cider vinegars from fig or apple contribute to weight loss by promoting satiety, lowering blood sugar, and reducing insulin levels. Taking 1 to 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar, mixed with water, is recommended. 

6. Promotes a Healthy Heart
Research has suggested that fig/apple cider vinegars helps in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels - high triglycerides can increase risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. What’s more, studies found that it also protects against LDL cholesterol oxidation - which could lead to heart disease - and can reduce blood pressure.

7. Improve Your Total Gut Health
During fermentation, microorganisms like yeast or bacteria convert the carbs or alcohol in a substance into acids. The double-fermentation used to make fig or apple cider vinegar breaks down almost all of the sugar from the fruits and transforms it into a compound called acetic acid. Research has shown that this acid contains performance-boosting properties, as well as antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to ward off unwanted microorganisms. In terms of what apple cider vinegar actually does for your digestive tract, the benefits are numerous, and mostly attributed to that acetic acid. One, it helps to increase the acidity of your stomach, which can help your gut form more digestive enzymes to break down foods, and two, it fights off harmful bacteria and fungi.

How to consume Fig Cider Vinegar?
For effective results, mix 1 to 2 table spoons of the Fig Cider Vinegar in a cup of water (about 220 ml) and use a straw so that the vinegar does not stay in your mouth too long. Too much vinegar can potentially damage the enamel on your teeth. 

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