Can your Daily Dose of Apple Cider Vinegar promote mental health?
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been known for its numerous health benefits. Many of these are associated with physical symptoms – from improving arthritis to controlling blood sugar levels. However, new research has found that drinking 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar twice a day may promote mental health and improve overall mood.
The link between gut health and mental health
There is such a strong link between gut health and mental health. This is because the gut and brain are in constant communication (mainly via the Vagus nerve). Therefore, when the gut is in dysbiosis (off-balance) or isn’t in its best shape, then mood and mental health can be impacted. This is especially why it’s important to look after gut health – not only for physical health but also for mental health and wellbeing.
ACV’s effect on mood
Our ACV is great for supporting gut health due to its probiotic properties contained within our live ‘Mother’. Probiotics are essentially good gut bacteria which are responsible for many important functions, such as, the immune system and nutrient absorption. Therefore, ensuring that we have plenty of good gut bacteria populating our gut is essential for optimum health.
As mentioned above, having a healthy gut can have links to mental health and mod support and improvement. A recent study from the Arizona State University found that by drinking two tbsp of apple cider vinegar twice daily with meals, there can be improvements in mood and mental health. The researchers noted a 20 to 34% reduction in poor mood in the group that consumed a daily dose of apple cider vinegar, compared to the group without. Therefore, drinking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar could be good for mood and brain health.
Researchers behind the study suggested that this finding is due to the fact that ACV contains certain metabolic pathways that affect the brain. They inferred that ACV promotes certain amino acids which provide neurotransmitter balance within the brain and help to stimulate hormones such as serotonin (‘the happy hormone’).
This was only a small study conducted on a small sample of college students and therefore more research is needed to extrapolate the findings further. However, this is definitely something to be excited about. And due to all the other health benefits of ACV, it’s worth getting your daily dose!
Take care of yourselves, your guts and your brain and have a lovely rest of the week.