Apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and health promoting compounds. It is rich in phosphorus, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, magnesium, chlorine, and b-vitamins. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar also contains pectin and malic acid. Most importantly, apple cider vinegar contains "mother" - the active ingredient most responsible for its health effects.
Apple cider vinegar has recently found new use as a weight-loss and weight-management aide, and has been included in many over-the-counter weight loss nutritional supplements.
While its effectiveness as a weight-loss aide is questionable, and while no scientific studies support the use of apple cider vinegar for weight maintenance or weight reduction, many still continue to believe that apple cider vinegar prevents weight gain by aiding digestion, speeding gastric emptying, and aiding in energy release. Again, no conclusive evidence has emerged to support the claim that apple cider vinegar is efficacious for weight management. Its role in weight management is unknown.
However, the immune system boosting effects of apple cider vinegar are profound, and the vitamins and minerals it contains can contribute to athletic performance and muscle growth.