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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:

    okay you say ACV helps with cholestrol how about H pylori with i have will it help get rid of it

  2. on said:

    I was searching the web for "health benefits of ACV" when I came across this website. After reading some of the posts here, I think it would be appropriate to share my unexpected but welcome experiences with ACV.

    I decided to try the "fad" that was going around of mixing vinegar with Listerine to soften the calluses on my feet so they would be easier to exfoliate. I have horrible calluses passed on through heredity. For some reason I decided to try ACV instead of regular vinegar. It worked better than I could have ever imagined. I also had a stubborn wart on the side of my foot that just disappeared on its own after the second time I tried the treatment.

    For some reason I have been getting edema in my ankles for about month. No medical reason has been found. I did another treatment on my feet this past week and the next morning the edema was gone and hasn't come back.

    I am going to try my next callus treatment without the Listerine and see if maybe the ACV is the key, which by the way, is a regular store bought brand with 5% acidity.

  3. on said:

    I take it with grapefruit in 3 times a day before meal 2 spoon for weightloss

    Diabetes an high blood has been gone away for ever !!!

  4. on said:

    Dad took apple cider vinegar for 40 years and died at 85 with enlarged knuckles but no arthritis pain at all. I have been taking it for 3 months and it has brought my cholesterol down from 8 to 6.5.and my night cramps have gone, I have Optifast Desert shakes with a teaspoon of psyllium in it and I soak frozen mangos in ACV then mix it into my shake. I also will have it in apple juice or in orange juice. I also will add chlorophyll in my shakes at other times to give a spearmint chocolate flavour. Yum. To good health...pam.

  5. on said:

    Wow, I'm amazed to hear your miraculous story about ACV use, Sheree. How much apple cider vinegar were you taking daily?

  6. on said:

    Talking to your doctor is like whistling in the wind. They are amused at something like ACV instead of drastic medications. Recently while in the hospital for crushing chest pain, they ran a BNP blood test which indicates heart failure. Normal would be anything up to 125. Mine was 928.1. Of course they wanted me on cholesterol meds with all their side effects. I took ACV to clear out my arteries that showed moderately severe calcifications throughout the abdominal aorta from a CT scan. After 3 weeks, I had another BNP test. It showed 54.1!! When I told them I had been taking ACV, they all laughed and said it couldn't have been that -- no way. I haven't had any chest pain since.

  7. on said:

    @Eric- Supposedly taking 2 tsp of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in juice or water twice daily helps with gout by breaking up uric acid's crystals. About weight loss - I have used it along with half our of elliptical exercise and lost about 15 pounds. For age spots, I'm currently using the remedy (mix of onion juice and ACV) mentioned above on this page. Sometimes it feels they are fading but I think it's going to take a month or so to see the difference. Age spots are stubborn and don't go away very easily. About taking ACV, yes it tastes horrible if it is not diluted well. I took 2 tsp of ACV mixed in 2-3 glasses of water daily and I could drink it. Also add a pinch of salt so its long term use doesn't damage the enamel of the teeth. You can also add a little bit of honey or juice to change the taste. It tastes pretty okay with salt or honey. And taking vinegar seems to work faster than the ACV capsules. But it sure is easier to pop a couple of them daily. I hope it helps!

  8. on said:

    Greetings all. I have a few questions regarding ACV. First, can this help with gout? If so, how much should I consume daily? Weight loss? Also, I have recently noticed age spots on my facial area. Has anyone out there tried this topical treatment? Lastly, is taking the capsule the same as drinking it? I tried 2 teaspoons with a glass of water this morning and almost gagged. Any info helps.

  9. on said:

    When in doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

  10. on said:

    @marie touko, ACV is simply an organic vinegar. You should be okay taking 1-2 tsp daily mixed in 2-3 glasses of water. My sister is on hypo thyroid medication and she's taking ACV for her weight issues too. I hope it helps!

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