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Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from the refined and distilled vinegars found in supermarkets. When the vinegar is mature, it contains a dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam called mother, which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. The mother can be used to add to other vinegar to hasten maturity for making more Apple Cider Vinegar. Natural vinegars that contain the mother have enzymes and minerals that other vinegars in grocery stores may not have due to over-processing, over-heating, and filtration. For this reason, it is recommended that you purchase only Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, with an ideal acidity (pH) level of 5 to 7.

What are the Benefits?

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful natural cure for a number of ailments which usually require antibiotics and other medications that have a number of side effects. In particular, it has been known to:

  • Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
  • Balance high cholesterol
  • Cure skin conditions such as acne
  • Protect against food poisoning
  • Fight allergies in both humans and animals
  • Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase stamina
  • Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
  • Improve digestion and cure constipation
  • Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
  • Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections

Common Remedies Using ACV

Weight Loss

While it is not known why, many people claim that this vinegar promotes weight loss. Some theories suggest that it helps to speed up the metabolism, while others suggest that it burns calories. A number of nutritionists also believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with ACV is highly effective for weight loss. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons of the vinegar into a glass of water and drink this before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day

Bad Breath

Due to its acidic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.

Body Odor

Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective body odor remedy, since it can help adjust the skin's pH level which helps to eliminate odor-causing bacteria. For armpit odor, simply wipe them once each morning with undiluted vinegar (using a cotton ball). For foot odor, fill a pan with warm water and add 1/3 cup of ACV, then let your feet soak in this mixture for 15 minutes once per week.

Skin Problems and Infections


Apple Cider Vinegar is known as an excellent natural treatment for acne since it can absorb excess oil from our skin as well as kill bacteria that often result in acne. You can create an effective acne solution by combining one part of the vinegar to 3 parts of water. Using a clean cotton pad or cotton ball, apply the solution directly onto the affected areas of your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes. You can then rinse your face with water. Repeat this 3 times per day.

Age Spots

ACV contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, which makes it suitable for treating age spots and sun spots. An effective remedy is to combine the vinegar with onion juice as follows:

  • Blend an onion in a blender, and use a strainer to extract the juice into a small glass or bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix one part of onion juice and one part of apple cider vinegar together.
  • Apply this solution directly onto the affected areas of skin using a cotton pad or cotton ball.
  • Leave the solution on the skin for 30 minutes.
  • Repeat this once per day for 6 weeks.


Many women have found that ACV can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. You can create a potent massage oil with the vinegar as follows:

  • In a small bowl, add 3 parts of apple cider vinegar to one part of any regular massage oil and mix.
  • Gently massage this solution onto the areas affected by cellulite.
  • Repeat this twice daily, ideally once in the morning and once before bed.

Yeast Infection

ACV has been found to be an effective treatment for yeast infections. A simple remedy is to mix 1 1/2 cups of the vinegar into a bathtub filled with luke warm water, and soak in this mixture for 20 minutes. Repeat this once per day for 3 days. This remedy is most effective when used within the first few days of the onset of a yeast infection.

Stomach Problems


Apple Cider Vinegar is frequently used as a natural treatment for constipation. To treat this common digestive problem, mix 2 tablespoons of ACV into a glass of water, and drink this mixture three times a day. If you find the taste to be strong, you can alternatively mix the vinegar with a glass of apple juice or grape juice.


There are various causes for diarrhea, and although it should not be left untreated, it is often a natural way for the body to rid itself of harmful compounds and ingested materials. Apple Cider Vinegar is a fantastic natural remedy for diarrhea since the high pectin concentration acts as a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining of the colon. A suggestion is to add 2 tablespoons of the vinegar to a large glass of water, and drink this 3 times daily while the symptoms persist.

Major Illnesses


Recent studies suggest that Apple Cider Vinegar may help to control high blood sugar levels. Therefore it is not surprising that ACV is often used as a natural treatment for Diabetes. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and a pinch of salt into a glass of water, and drink this before each meal. This drink may help reduce the body's glucose response to the carbohydrate load in the meal that is to follow.

What are the Side Effects?

There are no major known side effects of ACV when used in moderation. However, drinking vinegars, acids or even lemon juices on a regular basis can lead to a deterioration of dental enamel. This can give your teeth a yellowish look and make them more sensitive to heat and cold. To prevent this, the vinegar should always be diluted with water or a pinch of baking soda should be added in order to reduce the acidity level.

Where and How to Buy Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar can be found in almost any natural health or nutrition store, or from a variety of online retailers such as (see links below). Look for ACV with a pH level of 5 to 7. It can also be found in capsule form which help eliminate the strong sour taste associated with the liquid form.


  1. on said:

    I've had a problem with an external hemorrhoid. It had been burning for months. I applied Apple Cider Vinegar on it with a bathroom tissue 2 to 3 times a day and within 2 days of applying ACV, the pain is gone and the hemorrhoid has shrunk big time.

  2. on said:

    Can I use filtered ACV to cure acne?

  3. on said:

    The Raw vinegar is great but if your ph is on the acidic side the ARV can burn your intestines.
    Watch out for too much acid.

  4. on said:

    I needed to loose weight fast! AND I MEAN FAST LIKE IN 10 DAYS! I drank 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in my tea/water before each meal three times a day and didn't eat past 7:30pm. Life saver!!!! I was feeling energized, my skin cleared up, I wasn't bloated anymore, and my stomach, arms and face completely slimmed down around the 5th day. It is a miracle drink.

  5. on said:

    Will ACV help with blood pressure? I am taking medicines like Minipress (prazosin hydrochloride) Olmat-H, Natrilix, Dilzen-G for high BP. Please guide me. I will be very thankful!

  6. on said:

    On one hand there are so many benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and on the other hand some say it can increase blood pressure? So what one can make out of it, take it for BP or not?

  7. on said:

    ACV helps with a variety of bacteria so you can not get hurt or feel any worse for trying a bottle of organic ACV. I think it will settle the H pylori irritation in your gut.

  8. on said:

    To Shelby,
    It sounds very likely that you have TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome) and will need to monitor it. I am a HUGE fan of Bragg's ACV and devoted drinker but I had the same problem that you described. I kept trying to cure it with ACV until now. I faint and black out on nearly a daily basis. It is a vascular problem if you can push on a vein/artery and it stops. Hopefully you had really outrageously high cholesterol and plaque in your arteries that cleared up with ACV and healthy diet. IF not, then you can be suffering from TOS too. TOS is caused by a rare birth defect of an extra rib or repetitions of movement and scar tissue builds up and cuts the supply off to your brain. It comes and goes and you have to move your head or arm just right to have trouble. I have spent 4 years of specialists and every test to diagnose my TOS. MDs said hypertension, high cholesterol, RA etc. It turned out to be a little piece of cartilage in my shoulder cutting off my ENTIRE jugular supply on my left side. While ACV is good stuff, it can not melt cartilage. I drink it daily to help prep my immune system for surgery that should have been done over 10 years ago. I have a very severe case of TOS now.

  9. on said:

    What did you do? Did you massage or drink it?

  10. on said:

    Can anyone tell me if consuming the vinegar will have any negative effects if taken along with a daily regimen of a multi-vitamin, krill oil, probiotic and dandelion root tea?

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