What Are the Health Benefits of Mother Vinegar?

Mother vinegar, a kind of apple cider vinegar, has many health benefits such as helping to prevent cancer, relieving heartburn and helping with weight loss, according to the Gerson Institute. The “mother” in apple cider vinegar refers to the thick strands of sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle.

It is recommended that consumers buy organic, raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, which has the “mother” properties and provides the best health benefits, according to Ally Bacaj of the Gerson Institute. It can also be helpful for diabetics because of its ability to lower blood glucose levels. Mother vinegar can alleviate the discomfort of skin rashes, cool a sunburn and relieve gas and bloating, adds Bacaj. It can also promote alkalinity in the body, which helps to prevent cancer, notes Charlotte Gerson of the Gerson Institute.

The “mother” in organic apple cider vinegar has probiotics, which aid in digestion and in creating an environment of healthy bacteria in the stomach, states WebMD. A teaspoon of it mixed in a big glass of water can relieve indigestion after a big starchy meal. It is important that mother vinegar not be consumed straight out of the bottle and always diluted first because the acidity of it is too intense for the body; it’s harsh on the esophagus and tooth enamel, warns WebMD.