Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Well Being

Last Modified on Nov 11, 2014


Apple Cider Vinegar Cures

Apple cider vinegar has long been touted for its variety of uses and purposes. From making pickles to cleaning coffeemakers, killing weeds and dressing salads, the tangy, flavorful substance is effective in a number of ways in the home. Aside from even these household purposes, however, apple cider vinegar is an operative health remedy that can treat a wide range of ailments.

Not simply a condiment anymore, apple cider vinegar has been lauded as one of the most beneficial health tonics available. Medical research backs many of the healing claims attributed to apple cider vinegar while research even suggests that apple cider vinegar is effective for treating such widespread conditions as diabetes and obesity.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar goes by several different names including cider vinegar and ACV. The substance is made from cider or the renderings of apples and is typically a pale to medium amber color. The most potent form of cider vinegar is unpasteurized or organic ACV, which contains the “mother” of the vinegar – a cobweb-like appearing substance that makes the vinegar look slightly congealed.

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Multiple Cures Reported119
Acid Reflux23
Sinus Infections and Sinusitis17
Recipes12
Drink ACV Without Ruining Your Dental Enamel11
Acne8
Warts8
Allergies8
General Feedback7
Flus and Colds5
Energy5
Apple Cider Vinegar and pH Balance5

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Apple Cider Vinegar and pH Balance   5  0   

It's suggested that Apple Cider Vinegar has such curative abilities because it causes one's pH levels to become more alkaline. If you are going to try apple cider vinegar for allergies, or even to prevent sickness, we suggest you do an investigation of your own by buying a pH test kit at a local pharmacy, garden nursery, or even pool supply store. You can use these kits or pH strips to test your urine to see if you are more alkaline or acid during an allergy attack, virus or bacterial infection. Once you ascertain your pH levels, you can adjust adjust your dosage of Apple Cider Vinegar accordingly.

If you live in a highly polluted area like we do (Los Angeles) where allergies and sinus infections are rampant, your system may better balance itself with a small dose of apple cider vinegar each day. Ultimately we suggest you experiment with a kit to find the pH balance your body functions optimally at. Want to know more about pH? Click here.

Our Bangkok contributor Ted tells us, "Apple Cider Vinegar in itself is alkaline because of its "ash" content, which means if the apple cider vinegar was burned, what is left over becomes ash. When you check for the pH of that ash and dissolve it with water, the content is alkaline. Whenever our body digests anything, it undergoes oxidation, which is similar to burning and the end result is that you can determine whether the end product was alkaline or acid. Apple Cider Vinegar has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, primarily coming from the malic acid and acetic acid portion of the vinegar. Apple cider vinegar acts as a buffer in the body because the acetic acid reacts with base or acid compounds to form an acetate, therefore rendering them chemically bioavailable for the body's utilization. Additionally, Apple Cider Vinegar can reduce the toxicity of certain compounds by converting the toxin into an acetate compound, which is less toxic. This is why they are ideal for insect bites and certain skin allergies. While Apple Cider vinegar in itself is considered alkaline, a chemically pure vinegar (acetic acid) is neither acid nor basic forming as it leaves no ash as the entire portion, when burned evaporates completely. Ted

Replied by Sean
Asheville, NC
07/08/2009
Hey Ted, Thank you for prompting my curiosity. My understanding was that during digestion of acids the buffering process requires not only enzymes but also minerals to convert the acids before they can be considered anything but acidic. In my mind apple cider vinegar (ACV), and all vinegars, are acidic and that not until they are metabolized are they alkaline. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the metabolic processes of converting ingested food into building material."


11/17/2009: Sugamama from Dallas, Texas replies: "hello, i just started taking apple cider vinegar on this past weekend, it wasn't until i read this article that I understood why I felt the way I did when I drank it. I would drink 1 1/2 tablespoon of acv and I did it twice before a meal and I was no longer hungry after I drank it. I was not diluting my acv with water, I consider myself to be a soldier and didn't feel that mixing it with water was necessary. But if it causes health problems please let me know, but as for now, I will continue to drink it as I do."


12/15/2009: Codysmom from Alexandria, Va replies: "To Sugamom from Dallas, it is best to drink ACV through a straw as the strong acid may erode your teeth enamel. Bottoms Up!"


04/26/2010: Lesly P from Brookhaven, Ms replies: "I use the acv, water, and lemon juice mixture...It gets rid of the tummy fat in less than 3 weeks!"


05/12/2010: Carmen from Demaine, Saskatchewan replies: "Another old school method is to simply not smell the liquid as your drinking it. Just pinch your nostrils with one hand before you put the glass to your lips with the other. I cant say this works 100% - but this combined with the other good suggestions should help a lot. :)"


09/28/2010: Carol from West Monroe, La replies: "If you can't handle the taste of the apple cider vinegar but don't want to dilute it with water you can always add it with a spoonful of honey. Raw unprocessed honey has a plethora of health benefits of it's own besides just tasting good."


10/20/2010: Toisangirl from Honolulu, Hi replies: "I just discovered a bottle of the _____ Organic Apple Cider Vinegar All Natural Drink (w/ honey) and it comes in flavors like Apple Cinnamon. Drank a bottle this morning in 2 doses about 2 hours apart, and it seems to be opening up my sinus passages; I've been suffering from yet another nasty sinus infection from the island "vog" volcanic ash in the air. I never had sinus infections till I moved to Hawaii. The last time I tried swallowing ACV tablets and they did nothing but cause a bad body odor. Will drinking ACV cause body odor?"


10/25/2010: Lavinia from Liverpool , United Kingdom replies: "Hi all,
I find taking ACV in warm water, is quite refreshing, and not as harsh as taking it in cold water. Wouldn't be without it. Lavinia"


02/19/2011: Sol from Evergreen, Co replies: "For 15 years now, I'll occasionally have a craving for a pickle, and eventually figured out that it's the vinegar that I crave. When I mentioned it to my mother, she said the same thing... About every month, she has to drink some because of her craving. Now I'm consuming it regularly... A few times per week, and I'll often mix it with starchy foods like rice or potatoes. But, I like the comment of the apple cider being mixed with honey as an over the counter drink that someone mentioned on the thread. I've been reading some things about tea having good healthy effects (www.teacupandsaucersets.com) so I've been drinking tea, and now I think I'll try to find a way to mix ACV with tea for the right flavor. Although, does anyone think this might be a bad idea due to the acidity of the ACV affection the teeth? My dentist told me to never sip citrus juices, but rather drink them fast due to their acid levels. Is this possibly also the case with ACV? "


03/12/2011: Nam Marine from Twinsburg, Ohio replies: "Apple cider vinegar for acid reflux:

I take mine with Fruit 2/O, I usually drink this all day. Adding ACV makes it a little bitter, but you get used to it. I am a Diabetic, so this adds no sugar like honey, but it tastes O. K. I had sever pain from my Gerd's, after the first day I used ACV, no more pain! My VA Dr. 's are mistafied!
SEMPER FI!"


03/14/2011: Mellyg from S Jordan , Utah replies: "Just joining in. Should I be taking this ACV at a certain time of day? On empty stomach or with a meal?"


04/08/2011: Kc from Mission, Kansas replies: "I take apple cider vinegar in supplement form. 300 mg 2x a day w/ a big glass of distilled water and lots of fresh lemon juice. Taste problem solved."


04/19/2011: Golfmaven from Aventura, Florida replies: "Why should ACV be mixed with "distilled water"?"


05/02/2011: Dr. Deb from Huntsville, Al replies: "Reply to Sorrell from Mass:

Looks like I'm a year or so late, but from the symptoms you describe, EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) should be at the TOP of any good doctor's list of things to check for. If you're still around, please do so IMMEDIATELY.

Replied by Joyce
Warwick, Ri
11/30/2011
My cousin is a big apple cider vinegar and water drinker, we did a 26.2 mile walk to raise money for cancer, and she was sipping on the concoction all day. When I asked her about it she explained to me that ACV helps with water absoprtion. In doing some further investigations I found that a popular hangover cure in several Northern European countries is to drink pickle brine, the primary cause of hangover pains being dehydration (and vitamin depletion). I drink it after the gym now, it has the added benefit of helping my acid reflux as well! I can eat tomato sauce again! Luckily I like the taste of vinegar, so no suggestions on how to mask the flavor.
Replied by Katy
Alexandria, Va, Usa
12/05/2011
I have been wondering about something for a few days and have been searching the site for an answer.. I haven't found one so far so I am going to get it out there and see if anyone has some insight on the matter. I drink apple cider vinegar throughout the morning mixed with warm water and honey. I have read that the vinegar itself helps balance the body's pH levels. The vinegar itself is alkaline, however I mix mine with honey which from what I have also read can make the body acidic, I'm guessing from the sugar content.. My question is will the honey cancel out the vinegar regarding the pH balancing? I know the two products can do wonders for health and all, but I'm curious to know if they could also be working against each other with pH in mind. Thanks to all who may have some thought on this.
Replied by Diana
Norfolk, Virginia
12/07/2011
I'm a 45 year old female, and have been taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after breakfast and dinner for over a week now, and it seems to be helping with fluid retention ( keeping the fluids, not getting rid of them ) which seems to be helping the sinus pain from inflammation, which NOTHING was helping. And it's DEFINITELY helping with the heart burn-like stomach pains that kept me from sleeping. I pour it in a small measuring cup and nock it back like a shot of tequila. Not my favorite flavor, and it burns a slight bit going down, but after that, I'm a happy, painless camper! I haven't noticed any other benefits yet, but I haven't been looking out for any. For my two main concerns, I'm a convert and true believer!
Replied by Ch3cooh
Cleveland, Ohio
12/08/2011
Vinegar is not alkaline; quite the contrary, it is quite acidic. In fact it is known by two names chemically. The first being acetic acid. And, the second being ethanoic acid. To my knowledge the combustion products of ethanoic acid are not alkaline, either.

The oxidation process carried out in the body is called The Citric Acid Cycle. It can be viewed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citric_acid_cycle

Interestingly enough, vinegar and ethanol (grain alcohol) are closely related. I found this particularly interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_metabolism

I understand that a high pH is generally associated with health and cancer prevention because of cellular respiration and glycolysis. However, vinegar is of a particularly low pH (acidic. ) Please note that this does not negate a health benefit from vinegar. It just makes it a little more confusing :)

Replied by Emeti
Nyc, Ny
12/12/2011
In response to Katy from Alexandria:

Honey (like all sugar) make the body acidic, however it has a lesser effect than most sugar available out there (to the exception of Aguave nectar if I remember correctly)

If you only have 2-3 tbsp of honey a day (and very little other sugar) the benefits from natural unprocessed honey will definitely outweight its limited acidity increase.

It is also self understood that if in general you eat an acidifying diet (processed food, meat and little vegetables) even its small acidity increase will have an impact on your health but if in general you have an healthy and alkalyne diet (lots of vegetables and water) it (the honey) will only help you to achieve a healthier lifestyle

For Ch3cooh: You are right that Vinegar is not alkaline, but quite acidic, however, becauce apple cider vinegar is natural and unpasteurized, it, like fresh lemons have a very strong alkalysing effect on the body, meaning that it helps to get rid of the extra acidity in your body and lower its PH.

Which is also why it says that you should stay away from any refined vinegar as it has a very acidifying effect on the body

Diana from Norfolk: I would strongly recommend you drink it diluted with water and not like a straight shot. or if its too difficult to drink it diluted (because of its taste) add honey to it, or if you chose to continue to drink it straight, rinse your mouth with water afterward (and better swallow some of it, so the acidity doesnt stay on your throat and creates irritation in the long term (and for rinsing your mouth it is to protect your enamel! )

Enjoy and to good health!!

Replied by Katy
Alexandria, Va
12/14/2011
I do know the the vinegar itself is acidic, I mostly meant that it helps to alkalize the body like citrus fruits do. Thanks to all who responded!
Replied by Alexg
San Antonio, Tx
12/21/2011
I drink the apple cider vinegar like a tea... Boil some water w/ a stick of cinnamon and let that steep 20 min, then add ACV, honey and lemon. Makes it taste better! :) And the medicinal properties of cinnamon helps me as well. :)
Replied by Lucy
Malta
12/22/2011
[YEA]   I've been taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) for the last two years and it's amazing how wonderful I feel... My headaches/regular migraine attacks/nearly disappeared... I am hardly sick with flu and my sinuses are absolutely clear... Now I rinse my hair with diluted ACV and it's so shiny and fresh.... Heartily recommend for anything...vinegar/Honey and ACV/ in winter to boost your immune system.
Replied by Kermel_mocha
Staten Island, Ny, United States
12/28/2011
Hey all. Can you take apple cider vinegar while pregnant?
Replied by Courtney
Beverly Hills, California
12/29/2011
I often dilute with water and add some cinnamon after a run. It's like apple cider. Yum.
Replied by Randy
Fremont, Ca
12/29/2011
Scabies Mites are totally confused by my taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) and diluting it 1/4 with distilled water in a small spray bottle acquired from Tap Plastics. This small spray bottle unlike garden varieties, atomizes the spray so that it goes on very dry, but covers well.

I sprayed my entire body with the solution.

I have tried a lot of different things, the latest of which was Mitactin which although effective, dries out (my) skin terribly so that I am peeling in every part of my body where I felt the colonies were forming. (scabies burrow under skin and lay eggs)

Day 1:

I still feel them on my body but they are no longer biting, having sprayed every square inch, ears, all orifices (has to be done) they are like a benign tumor. Present (and still creepy) but virtually harmless. The ACV is a good tool to determine if indeed it is working as fresh bites will sting when the ACV is applied. At about 18 hours and after a much needed sleep, they just don't seem interested in the blood that tastes like vinegar.

My next step in alleviating this apparent infestation is in the use of Permetherin and 6 mice placed in cages throughout facility. I have a large square footage shop and have no idea where the pockets of infestation are. By taking cotton balls and soaking them with Permetherin available at REI (known to kill mites) and allowing cotton to completely dry, the cotton is placed in the mice cage where the mouse will use it to burrow a nest. I had a real problem ethically with this "sacrificial lamb" idea until I discovered the Permetherin. The warmth of the blood of the mice and being at ground level cages will attract the mites, who once exposed to the Permetherin in the cotton balls will perish. It was either this or try to get a 1000 square foot facility up to 140 degrees F, to attain thermal death of mites, and that just did not work. Barely broke 100 deg.

I hope this helps anyone happening upon my experimentation. I was very scared as scabies are so agressive and were taking over my body, so this proactive approach has been good in more than just a physical way, taking the helplessness and hopelessness out of the picture.

Replied by Tany
Bradford, Wy, Uk
12/30/2011
[YEA]   Hi all, I have been taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) for some time after I had a few health issues. My Cholesterol results were very good after ACV. I know it works as I used to go to the gym. Since taking ACV I somewhat sweat so much, because of the apple cider vinegar.

I've started again and now during football, I sweat the most, even though I'm not the youngest or the fastest of players.

Replied by Cydney
Flower Mound, Tx
01/02/2012
I was wondering if you drink the regular ole apple cider vinegar from the grocery store or do you need to get "_____s organic" from a Health Food store? Is there a difference other than 1 is organic?
Replied by Matt
Cooper City, Fl
01/03/2012
You will definitely need the organic one, like from _____s as it contains something special called the 'Mother'. This 'Mother' is made up of living nutrients. You can very well see it float around when you shake the bottle. I usually get it from GNC. The one you find in Grocery stores is refined one and does not contain the 'mother'. Good Luck.
Replied by Doreen
Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia
01/05/2012
Could anyone tell me if there is a difference whether you drink lemon/lime juice, or apple cider vinegar (ACV) in your water? Do they both do the same thing? Is lemon or lime juice as good as ACV?

Thanks.

Replied by Leehofook
Plainville, Ct
01/15/2012
I did the obvious: I mixed the apple cider vinegar (ACV) with apple cider. It gives the cider a great kick and makes it a fantastic drink, and you don't even notice the apple cider vinegar going down!
Replied by Laura
Jefferson, Wisconsin United States
01/22/2012
Delicious with tea. Works well with some teas, better with others. I have tried many.

MY FAVORITES: White tea with a little pomegranate juice; or raspberry tea. To either, add a teaspoon or two of apple cider vinegar. The vinegar actually ENHANCES the flavor of these two teas. Thats right, it makes them taste better. :-)

I have found it does not always taste well with green tea, however certain flavored green teas pair well. Such as the one I am drinking right now. It is called antioxidant max dragonfruit green tea. Made by Celestial Seasonings, the same brand that makes Sleepytime tea. It isn't organic and it does contain 'flavor' but it tastes great with the apple cider vinegar and contains more antioxidants than other green teas, so I will overlook that. As you get used to the flavor of ACV you can increase the amount in the tea without compromising your enjoyment.

Replied by Teresa
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
01/29/2012
Dear Kevel from Marysville, Washington,

It's a crazy cooncidence but I was just re-reading Clean by Alejandro Junger MD last night and he's talking about you- I heartily reccommend the book and the detox program, in fact I'm doing it again right now!

Replied by Sandymo
St Louis, Mo
02/02/2012
I have heard of using apple cider vinegar (ACV) before but never tried it. Unfortunately I ran out of medicine and couldn't get a refill until I saw Dr. My Bp has been rising over last few weeks. On yesterday it was 160/100. I couldn't sleep I thought I might die. I prayed about natural remedies went online and saw this immediately went to get ACV.

This morning it was 157/96. At 5 144/90 I have taken apple cider vinegar twice today and now 137/78. This is lowest in 2 weeks. I am still going to Dr. But I thank GOD. I will continue my ACV.

Replied by Mtlguy
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
02/14/2012
I'm kinda wondering about apple cider vinegar (ACV) it's soooo acidic that it burns the enamel off my teeth if I take shots of it every morning but yet makes my urine alkaline??? How is that?
Replied by Gail
Branson, Missouri
02/23/2012
To Kevel from Marysville, Washington :

I would suggest cutting all dairy and gluten from your diet for awhile... No milk, cheese, yogurt etc and no wheat... do brown rice instead and other grains and I bet your health will clear up... You may also want to try cold pressed coconut oil as well there is a whole section on this site about it... Just eat plain foods like brown rice rice crispies with almond milk... Salads, veggies and fruits, qunioa or rice or brown rice pastas etc... Baked potato with steamed broccoli etc and your issues will clear up... There is a great movie called fat sick and nearly dead on netflix and it shows a couple of guys turn major health issues around eating this way... It sounds like you are having food sensitivity... Generally dairy and gluten are the culprits for most people but you should avoid white sugar and fake sweeteners also.

Replied by Jimmy
Arlington, Va
02/29/2012
Or better yet, try paleo: http://whole9life.com/2012/01/whole-30-v2012/

Brown rice and other grains can still have a negative affect. Same with white potatoes... Boo... Starching, high glycemic load. Try organic meats (grassfed if possible), all the veggies you can eat, nuts (except peanuts), limited fruit... NO dairy, NO legumes, NO grains (whole or otherwise)... I bet you'll feel AWESOME and lose a bunch of #s in the process.

Replied by Greg
Moscow, Pa
02/29/2012
[YEA]   I have sinus polyps that clog my nasal passages especially in the colder months. After 6 months of clogged sinus I started taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) 3 times/day and after 1 week the congestion is nearly gone and I'm breathing through my nose.
Replied by Charlotte
Essex, Clacton, England
03/01/2012
Thanks for this info. I am sick and tired of having sinusitus with all that goes with it. Feel worn out with no energy, headaches, pain in face etc. I am now going to try the apple cider vinegar and see if it helps. Will also try tinctures of 2 x drops goldenseal, 3 eyebright, 2 mullein and 1 licorice three times a day.
Replied by Tracey
Fort Worth, Tx
03/06/2012
Hey Jimmy from Arlinton, PA - Paleo diet all the way!! Add some apple cider vinegar and I feel great! No more GERD and energy boosted. That wouldn't suprise most people, but I should mention I also have cancer. My Dr is always suprised at how well I feel.
Replied by Roy
Lisbonne
05/20/2012
I started using the vinegar 5 days ago. Seems to that veins are only a bit smaller. Not conclusive yet. 30 minutes twice a day, and I ca walk a few more time without the compression socks. Ime will tell the difference. what seems to give fast relief is also a gel with horse chestnut and hamamelis.
Replied by Mario
Whittier, Ca
05/27/2012
KEVEL FROM MARYSVILLE!!!! I'm also 22 and suffer from severe gerds I've first tryed Apple Cider Vinegar and it did nothing for me as well but then I tryed teds version and I'm on day two and I don't wanna jinx myself but I'm feeling a lot better try this bro 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar make sure it's with the "mother " ingredient in it it's the brand that works best then put 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda then add 6 onces or 8 of fresh water drink it in the morning before you eat with a empty stomach wait ten min then go ahead and eat. Make sure you don't drink any fluids for 30 min after you take the drink. Do this before every meal and before bedtime. I'll pray for you man I been threw the worst and I know how you feel, trust me. Let me know if it helps. god bless
Replied by Ed
New Holland, Pa
07/03/2012
I hate the taste of vinagar, so I found the best thing to mix with it is grape juice. Chug it down without breathing, then rince cup out with a little more grape juice. Not to bad!
Replied by Trisha
Denton, Tx
07/13/2012
I'm wondering if taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) while breastfeeding will cause any side effects such as loss of production or babies protesting. Any thought are appreciated!
Replied by Celticmom2
Hanover, Pa, Usa
10/16/2012
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hi! I am a gastric bypass patient, 6 years out. I tried to drink Teds recipe of 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar to 1/4 tsp baking soda then adding 1 whole lemon and 8 oz of water. The first drink felt weird in my stomach, almost sickening, so I waited a bit to drink more. My stomach really didn't feel good when I drank it so I stopped. Has anyone else had this problem? I really want to do this to help get my body feeling better. Thanks! Sandra
Replied by Gian
Springfield, Va
10/18/2012
Yes I have the same problem, but is the combination of apple cider and baking soda, as far as the lemon I dont know, but when I first tried the apple cider vinager I did it with baking soda ( bad Idea!!!! ) it gave me the worst stomach ache and acid reflux , but now im trying the apple cider vinegar (ACV) without baking soda, and let me tell you is day two and I dont have any symptons this morning or the classic (yellow tongue). I already tried aloe, chia, lind seed, baking soda, prisolec, zantac, prevacid, and by far this the one helping me, I will tried Apple Cider Vinegar with lemon and see how it goes.
Replied by Celticmom2
Hanover, Pa, Usa
10/19/2012
Hi! I am a gastric bypass patient, 6 years out. I tried to drink Teds recipe of 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar to 1/4 tsp baking soda then adding 1 whole lemon and 8 oz of water. The first drink felt weird in my stomach, almost sickening, so I waited a bit to drink more. My stomach really didn't feel good when I drank it so I stopped. Has anyone else had this problem? I really want to do this to help get my body feeling better. Thanks! Sandra
Replied by Nita / Philippines
Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
11/05/2012
[YEA]   I have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with honey for few months, and it works for my sore throat and cold that I had.
Replied by Bill
Norton, Va
11/10/2012
I am writing to clarify some statements broadly made on this site. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is composed of 5% acetic acid with a pH of 3 clearly making vinegar acidic rather than alkaline. The pH would need to be higher than 7 in order for the vinegar to be alkaline and then it would not be vinegar, it would be sodium or potassium acetate and would likely do little for those of us taking it other than possibly elevating blood pressure that might be caused by the increased levels of sodium.
Replied by Zingzoom
Bismarck, North Dakota
11/11/2012
It's a paradox. Read a little further into alkalizing diets.
Replied by Lisaj
Charleston, Sc
12/15/2012
[YEA]   I have been drinking 1 cap of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water everyday for 6 years. It has changed my life forever. My entire life I had constipation problems, colds, bloating.... Now all healed. I carry my bottle with me when I travel. I have even purchased when in Greece and Turkey. I will never miss a day in my life without this miricle product! Don't wait start drinking now.
Replied by Linde
Middletown, Pa
05/05/2013
with regard to sweetners... I use stevia, a natural, non-caloric herbal substance which does not have the acidifying effect of other sweetners such as honey or maple syrup.
Replied by Paulaj
Yorkshire, England
01/16/2014
Re Apple Cider Vinegar and its acidity. I seem to remember reading somewhere that a pH of 5 was optimal. I just changed brands to Biona and had to ask them what the acidity rating was because it doesn't say on the bottle. They say it's 3.1 to 3.6. That's a lot more acidic than others I've tried. Any comments/recommendations about using this for drinking and topical use? It's organic (with Mother) and the reviews were OK but I thought that that pH was rather high. Thanks for your time. Paula
Replied by Doris
Il, Usa
11/06/2014
Have u read Dr Jarvis' book? Vinegar is an acid. The whole reason for taking it is to make the urine more acidic. Alkaline urine demonstrates u are not healthy. It all works biochemically via electrical energy. His explanations are very strange, but he proved this folk remedy with cows, horses, and dogs so he could see for himself whether it had all of the benefits espoused. However, he added Lugol's iodone to the mixture as well - at least 3 drop to one serving 3 times weekly. If one has a health problem, they are to drink with each meal. The vinegar & natural honey are supposed to be mixed together well in a glass before adding water. The honey adds solar energy to the concoction.
Replied by Rob555
NC, US
11/06/2014
I have been taking 2 TBLS ACV w/mother, 1 TBLS fresh lemon juice, several pieces of preserved canned garlic (cloves not broken to get the allicin) and 1 tsp local raw honey twice a day. I tried fresh ginger but couldn't stomach it. I am hoping to bring down my blood counts when I see my doctor after the first of the year. Is there any other way to take ginger without using fresh ginger?
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
11/07/2014
Sure, Rob555, just use a sprinkling of the ginger spice from your grocery store.

Apple Cider Vinegar Books   0  0   

Popular Apple Cider Vinegar Books:

Apple Cider Vinegar - A Modern Folk Remedy by the Earth Clinic folks, Daniel P. Kray and Earth Clinic's founder, Deirdre Layne

Our book, so clearly the best of the bunch (and unlike that review, totally unbiased)! In-depth but straightforward, Earth Clinic presents the history, science, and everyday benefits of regular or first-aid use of apple cider vinegar (ACV) as only our decade of experience and global community can do. Look for an update on ACV and baking soda use from Ted as well as great information on just how apple cider vinegar does what it does and how it can best improve your life -- all in a format you can always keep close at hand or share with loved ones. Fans of Ted, Earth Clinic's long esteemed independent contributor, will be eager to see that he gets his own place of honor in the book, with an updated discussion of the role baking soda can play alongside ACV.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Miracle Health System by the Bragg's folks. Best selling book on health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Dr. Earl Mindell's Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar by Earl, R.Ph., Ph.D. Mindell
Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar: The Medicinal Miracle by Earl Mindell
Lose Weight with Apple Cider Vinegar by Earl Mindell

Folk Medicine by DC Jarvis. Highly recommended book!

As reported by a reviewer on Amazon.com: "All that Dr. Jarvis wrote as to what the outcome would be if an individual would follow the stated regime of vinegar, honey, and kelp I can personally attest to. The excruciating joint and muscle pain, the fatigue and chronic upper respiratory infections that were described were written as if he knew me as a patient. Having suffered the paralysis that he described on page 29 in the soft covered edition I knew that he knew and understood in detail exactly what he was writing about. This is a 'must read' for everyone who wants to get well and stay well. For those who exercise and eat right and are well this book should be read for further understanding as to how the body is manufacturing acids, utilizing acids and eliminating acids to keep them that way. This book should be brought to the forefront and promoted as a 'must have' book for every household."

The Healing Powers of Vinegar... by Cal Orey.
The Second Edition
5/29/2006: Cal emailed us: "Good news! The second edition "The Healing Powers of Vinegar: Revised and Updated" (Kensington, Sept. 6) is due to be released soon. Please let your readers know. I have included so much more interesting info--dozens more home cures and health data about amazing vinegars that are used worldwide. Cover image soon to appear. Ready to pre-order at a discount rate."

Vim & Vinegar by Melodie Morel

Honey, Garlic and Vinegar by Patrick Quillin

Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss and Good Health by Cynthia Holzapfel, Cynthia Nofziger

Apple Cider Vinegar Books - view all books listed about this subject at Amazon.

Replied by Fitness Funatic
Hohenwald, TN
01/21/2011
I have recently found Apple cider vinegar to be a great "dressing" on my lunch salad. I simply pour 2-3 T apple cider vinegar on the vegetable salad and toss to coat all ingredients before leaving for work in the morning. I seal my salad in an air tight container and pop in the frig when I get to work. Because I need a little sodium in my diet, I sprinkle ever so lightly with sea salt when I make it, and it's scrumptious at lunch! For those trying to follow a plant-based diet, it really adds a little pizzazz to those raw veggies. Enjoy!
Replied by Lawrence
Richmond, Virginia
06/23/2012
It was common when I was growing up to have greens, Mustard, Collards etc. And pour vinegar on them. It tastes good and is good for you.
Replied by C. Jones
Cleveland, Oh
08/28/2012
Warning! I took apple cider vinegar (ACV) with lunch and dinner daily for about four years and developed ever-worsening fatigue. I never put the two together until I came across a book about copper toxicity and zinc deficiency. ACV is stored in copper vessels. Taking it daily can increase your copper levels and subsequently decrease your zinc levels. If your copper levels get high enough, you will develop thyroid and adrenal issues and be plagued with fatigue. Since cutting out the apple cider vinegar and taking a zinc capsule I cannot believe how much better I feel. I can exercise again and not be exhausted for days. I had tried EVERYTHING (dietary changes, medication, supplements) and nothing helped until I added zinc AND eliminated ACV (adding zinc only did not help).
Replied by Tom
Boulder, Co
09/28/2014
This is an interesting post. I too take a shot of ACV each morning and am exhausted by late afternoon, can barely keep my eyes open.
Replied by Anon
Anon
09/28/2014
ACV consumption can remove iodine from the body, and can result in thyroid problems.

info from cure zone

Apple Cider Vinegar History (Part 2)   0  0   

We thank Jonothan Shiloka for emailing us the following:

Vinegar: A Natural Approach to Avian Management
By Wanda Barras

"Many herbalists recommend the use of raw, unpasteurized, unheated, organic apple cider vinegar as an important dietary ingredient for humans, farm animals and pets, including birds. The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care describes apple cider vinegar in this way: "Long a folk remedy, cider vinegar has been shown to improve the health of dairy cows, horses, dogs and other animals. It reduces common infections, aids whelping, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning. Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium; it normalizes acid levels [pH] in the stomach, improves digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, reduces intestinal and fecal odors, helps cure constipation, alleviates some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections."

Vinegar Through The Ages

Vinegar has been used to cure ailments for centuries. For hundreds of years, folk medicine practitioners have recommended daily doses of apple cider vinegar, not only for specific medical problems, but also for overall food health. In Asia vinegar is called the friend of Chinese herbs because it is often used to process herbal preparations. It is also successfully used in modern Chinese medicine.

Historically, the origin of vinegar was never specifically noted. Vinegar was probably discovered when one of our ancestors found that wine exposed to the air would turn sour, thereby creating vinegar. It is amongst the oldest of foods and medicines know to man. For its healing ways, vinegar has been used for thousands of years. In 400 B.C, Hypocrites, known as the father of medicine, treated patients with vinegar, making it one of the world's first medicines. Throughout biblical times, vinegar was successfully used to treat infections and wounds. For centuries medical textbooks have listed various ways to use vinegar. These uses include everything from keeping a sharp mind to purifying the waters of the body and to easing pain and alleviating dozens of other ailments. Modern laboratory analysis verifies the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of vinegar. Many of the old-time uses are just as applicable now as they were centuries ago. (Moore xii)

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar: One of Mother Nature's Most Perfect Foods

Fermenting sweet juice makes vinegar. The juice turns to wine or cider which is allowed to ferment a second time until the alcohol mixes with oxygen in the air, changing it into acetic acid and water. Natural---that is, undistilled, organic, raw, apple cider vinegar is often called one of Mother Nature's most perfect foods. Apple cider vinegar should be made from fresh, organic, crushed apples that are allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels. Natural apple cider vinegar, found in health food stores, should be a rich amber color with the "mother" quite visible as sentiment on the bottom. The strength of vinegar is important. All varieties of vinegar contain about 4 to 7 percent acetic acid, with 5 percent being the most common amount. Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its tart and sour taste.

There is nothing beneficial about commercial distilled vinegars except for pickling, cleaning and disinfection ---they have no health value! They do not contain the health values of organic, raw apple cider vinegar with the mother still intact and viable. Distilled white vinegar and cider vinegar sold in supermarkets are considered "dead" vinegars with none of the enzymes and other live factors that make raw, unpasteurized vinegars so valuable. Distilling removes the beneficial "mother" from the vinegar, thereby, destroying the powerful enzymes and life giving minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, natural organic sodium, magnesium, sulphur, iron copper, natural organic fluorine, silicon, trace minerals, pectin and other powerful nutrients. Also destroyed are natural malic and tartaric acids, which are important in fighting body toxins and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria growth (_____ 1- 4).

Apple cider vinegar has shown to be an extremely valuable constituent in the body's biochemical operations and an essential building block in the construction of many complex substances in the body. Vinegar is low in calories and carbohydrates but does contain small amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron and, of course, lots of potassium. A cup of ACV is 98.8% water, has 34 calories, a trace of protein, and no fat. (Moore p.viii) Acetic acid, the principal constituent in vinegar, plays an important role in the release of energy from fats and carbohydrates. It is of primary importance in the body's metabolism.

Apple Cider Vinegar Can Make Any Living Thing Healthier

Dr. D.C. Jarvis, MD who wrote "Folk Medicine, A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health" and "Arthritis and Folk Medicine", is completely convinced that apple cider vinegar could make any living thing healthier. He believes, Potassium, which is found in just the right amounts in natural apple cider vinegar "is so essential to the life of every living thing and that with out it there would be no life. Potassium is the most important of all minerals that are necessary for good health." Potassium's main function is to promote cell, tissue and organism growth. It is necessary to replace dead cells and tissue. There is no better source of potassium than vinegar---particularly natural apple cider vinegar.

Dr. Jarvis believes Apple cider vinegar can help fight infection, simply by keeping fluids where they belong---in body cells, not in bacteria. Bacteria need moisture to thrive. As bacteria multiply, they will pull necessary fluids from healthy cells in order to flourish, particularly during times of stress when resistance is low. Stress is a major agent in causing a previously sub-clinical problem to break into a full-blown illness. If the process goes unchecked illness will occur. In order to defeat bacterial infections and illness it is important to keep moisture in the cells and prevent germs from depleting that moisture. According to Dr. Jarvis: "If there is enough potassium in each body cell, it will draw moisture from the [harmful] bacteria, instead of the bacteria taking moisture from the body cells." Therefore by providing natural sources of potassium in the diet (fruit, berries, sprouts, edible leaves, edible roots, etc.) and including apple cider vinegar to that diet the body cells are provided with the necessary moisture-attracting potassium. It is interesting to note that many traditional medicines used to combat bacterial illness also work by depriving bacteria of moisture and thus keeping fluids inside the cells (O'Brien p40)

Acidic pH Balance Will Discourage Bacteria, Yeast & Fungal Growth

Apple cider vinegar destroys microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and others, and prevents poisons from reaching the rest of the systems of the body. It has been proven to inhibit the growth of gram-negative bacilli, Pseudomonas, and Candida. The acid nature of vinegar makes the digestive tract environment unpleasant for germs and fungus. Apple cider vinegar has proven to be a natural treatment (and preventative) in simple cases of avian pediatric digestive disorders. Dr. Jarvis through his own research believes that apple cider vinegar will lower bloods natural alkalinity, bringing it closer to a natural healthy acid state. A naturally acidic digestive tract digestive, with the correct pH balance, will discourage bacteria and is less likely to grow yeast and fungus. Apple cider vinegar can assist the natural process of breaking food in the stomach. The acidic qualities of ACV will help break down protein, in the digestive system, for absorption into the bloodstream.

Apple Cider Vinegar On The Farm

For the past year and a half I have routinely added apple cider vinegar, to my baby birds' hand-feeding formula, to all drinking water and sprinkled some on the food of the animals here at our aviary and small dairy farm. These animals include several species of breeding exotic parrots, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and LaMancha dairy goats. The vinegar keeps the water bowls and bottles very clean and sanitary and the animals seem to love it--- of course, the nutritional and health benefits are a plus. Apple cider vinegar added to young birds drinking water encourages early weaning and healthy weight gain and they will feather out faster. Adding a little raw apple cider vinegar to the hand-feeding formula water can prove nutritionally beneficial and help to inhibit the growth of yeast, fungus and bacteria. In formula a ratio of about 1/4 tsp per 4 oz water is best.

You may safely add cider vinegar to food and/or drinking water, starting with small amounts and building up to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight or about 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (health food store variety best) to 8 oz water. That is about %1/4 cup per gallon of water and/or you may sprinkle or spray small amounts on bird's food. Gradually add small doses to food over time, you can help even the most finicky eater to accept this. Do not use metal food or water dishes when using vinegar, stainless steel is OK.

In Conclusion

Why Vinegar? Because it can be used medicinally, gets rid of poisons in the body, has disinfecting and cleaning properties and is a natural, nontoxic, biodegradable substance. That is, vinegar is an unadulterated food, a powerful cleansing agent and healing elixir---a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria. We would be smart to make use of vinegar in our own lives and in our avian nurseries and breeding facilities. --- For a healthier, stronger, longer life for our animals and ourselves.

For further reading on vinegars medicinal and antiseptic qualities:"

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Replied by Julie Nulty
Oceanport, New Jersey
12/03/2010
My question... I truly believe everything you've said about apple cider vinegar (ACV)... My issue is it makes me choke... And I really want to take it... Is capsule good enough for the same outcome? I've never been able to tolerate any vinegar:)
Replied by Abpositive
Minneapolis, Mn
11/28/2012
I have a question about apple cider vinegar (ACV) and Blood Type Diets. I just found out that I have AB Positive Blood, which is quite rare. Apparently that means I have low levels of stomach acid.

It is recommended for AB people eat alkaline foods and avoid acidic foods. Does that mean I should STOP taking my morning dose of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with a few ounces of water?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
11/28/2012
Abpositive: see how you feel, if it's doing you good, why would you want to stop it? There are the claims that apple cider vinegar (ACV) does alkaline stuff in the body.

Bitter Taste and Sometimes Exceedingly Acidic   1  0   

Some apple cider vinegar brands are extremely acidic, causing heartburn and yeast infections. (Note: certain brands of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar stop a yeast infection, yet other brands are so acidic that they can actually cause a yeast infection. Thus start with a lower dose to see how your body responds to the vinegar.) 5% acidity level is what is posted on all apple cider vinegar (ACV) labels, however it seems that some brands are far more acidic than others! We once bought an expensive, organic, unpasteurized brand with a fancy gold label and got terrible heartburn that lasted for hours from just 2 teaspoons' worth!

Replied by Flor
Aurora, USA/Philippines
[YEA]   Yes! Apple cider vinegar is also important for opening a stagnant plant bud like in roses. I tried it and it worked perfect. I tried mixing 2 teaspoons in a 5 glasses of water and watered it to my potted plants specially when the soil is fresh just brought from the market. You can do it once every 6 months.
Replied by Carolina
Chicago
03/25/2014
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   From what I know "acidity of undiluted apple cider vinegar may destroy tooth enamel when sipped orally" and this is exactly what happened to me. Maybe for someone it works, but not for everybody. People like me that have thin teeth do not have a very big tooth enamel cover and it affects it very fast.

Capsules   0  0   

[WARNING!]  Be careful if you decide to buy apple cider vinegar capsules. They are extremely acidic and can cause heartburn. However, they are a useful alternative if you are worried about protecting your dental enamel.

Replied by Amy
League City, Texas
04/13/2009
If you suck apple cider vinegar through a straw, it doesn't bother your teeth nearly as much! (Remember not to brush your teeth for an hour afterwards since it softens the enamel.)"


05/11/2009: markkimb from dothan, alabama,america replies: "I can't drink apple cider vinegar, I bought capsules, 500mg. each. Help! I have no idea how much, or how often to take. Trying to help my acid reflux, any suggestions would help.thanks"


08/15/2009: Winniekate from Northern, Il replies: "Regarding: "Remember not to brush your teeth for an hour afterward since it softens the enamel.


04/13/2009: Amy from League City, Texas"Did you mean to say to Brush your teeth afterward? Or is brushing too harsh for teeth? Also, am I right in assuming from this that the enamel returns to its original strength after an hour? Thanks."


09/28/2009: E from Nw, Fl replies: "regarding the brushing your teeth...yes she is saying NOT to brush immediately, My dental hygienists have always said don't brush if you vomit (I think this might have been when I was pregnant) just to rinse with water to remove the excess acid from your mouth but if you brush immediately it can damage the enamel on your teeth since the acid has broken it down temporarily. So the poster is saying wait before brushing. Your saliva will help counteract/re balance the correct ph balance in your mouth...you could always brush your tongue and gums gently and then rinse gently but just don't scrub the teeth. Hope this helps! :)"


01/18/2010: Dandygirl from Newport Beach, Ca replies: "I have suffered from GERD...heartburn/acide reflux etc... for years...have been on medication for years and finally found my cure! I started with digestive enzymes combined with 2 apple cider vinegar pills with EVERY meal...now I ONLY use apple cider vin pills with every meal and I have NO MORE heartburn or acid reflux! I also always keep papaya enzymes to chew on after a heavy meal or anytime between meals! It's like a MIRACLE!!! :o)"


01/31/2011: Andrea from Springfield, Missouri Usa replies: "Why not try rinsing your mouth with water or bottled water to get the vinegar off of your teeth so it doesn't ruin the enamel rather than waiting an hour for your ph to return the salivia to normal, because it is probobly just eating the enamel off of your teeth during that hour after taking the ACV.

Replied by Zolton
Solon, Ohio
05/15/2014
[YEA]   I have been using ACV for years and it does work. I suggest people to buy it in capsule form at your local drug store or online.

How to Make ACV at Home   0  0   

If you live in a country where apple cider vinegar is difficult to find, try making it at home. Click here for the recipes.

Usda Breakdown of Apple Cider Vinegar   0  0   

The below table is from the USDA's apple cider vinegar nutrient database. We typed in the words "Vinegar, cider" on the home page to get this chart.

Note: The USDA does not specify on the chart whether they tested a commercial, pasteurized brand (i.e., Heinz) or an organic brand (i.e., _____). We have the feeling they probably tested a commercial brand. An organic brand of apple cider vinegar may have slightly higher values.

http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/index.html

Vinegar, cider(1)

Nutrient Units Value per 100 gramsNumber of Data PointsStd. Error
Proximates
Water
g
93.81
3
0.092
Energy' (2)
kcal
21
0
Energy
kj
90
0
Protein
g
0.00
3
0
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.00
3
0
Ash
g
0.17
3
0.003
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
0.93
0
Fiber, total dietary
g
0.0
1
Sugars, total
g
0.40
0
Sucrose
g
0.00
1
Glucose (dextrose)
g
0.10
1
Fructose
g
0.30
1
Lactose
g
0.00
1
Maltose
g
0.00
1
Galactose
g
0.00
0
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
7
4
0.108
Iron, Fe
mg
0.20
4
0.003
Magnesium, Mg
mg
5
3
0.485
Phosphorus, P
mg
8
3
0.244
Potassium, K
mg
73
4
5.617
Sodium, Na
mg
5
4
0.855
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.04
3
0.005
Copper, Cu
mg
0.008
3
0
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.249
3
0.057
Selenium, Se
mcg
0.1
0
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
0.0
1
Thiamin
mg
0.000
1
Riboflavin
mg
0.000
1
Niacin
mg
0.000
1
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.000
0
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.000
1
Folate, total
mcg
0
1
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
0
1
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
0
0
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
Vitamin B-12, added
mcg
0.00
0
Vitamin A, IU
IU
0
1
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
0
0
Retinol
mcg
0
0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
mg
0.00
0
Vitamin E, added
mg
0.00
0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
mcg
0.0
0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.000
0
4:0
g
0.000
0
6:0
g
0.000
0
8:0
g
0.000
0
10:0
g
0.000
0
12:0
g
0.000
0
14:0
g
0.000
0
16:0
g
0.000
0
18:0
g
0.000
0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.000
0
16:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
18:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
20:1
g
0.000
0
22:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.000
0
18:2 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
18:3 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
18:4
g
0.000
0
20:4 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
20:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
22:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
22:6 n-3
g
0.000
0
Fatty acids, total trans
g
0.000
0
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
Phytosterols
mg
0
0
Amino acids
Tryptophan
g
0.000
0
Threonine
g
0.000
0
Isoleucine
g
0.000
0
Leucine
g
0.000
0
Lysine
g
0.000
0
Methionine
g
0.000
0
Cystine
g
0.000
0
Phenylalanine
g
0.000
0
Tyrosine
g
0.000
0
Valine
g
0.000
0
Arginine
g
0.000
0
Histidine
g
0.000
0
Alanine
g
0.000
0
Aspartic acid
g
0.000
0
Glutamic acid
g
0.000
0
Glycine
g
0.000
0
Proline
g
0.000
0
Serine
g
0.000
0
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0.0
0
Caffeine
mg
0
0
Theobromine
mg
0
0
Carotene, beta
mcg
0
0
Carotene, alpha
mcg
0
0
Cryptoxanthin, beta
mcg
0
0
Lycopene
mcg
0
0
Lutein zeaxanthin
mcg
0
0
Footnotes:
1 Contains 5% acetic acid. Total proximates do not equal 100%.
2 Acetic acid is included in energy calculation.

Vitamin and Mineral Content of ACV   0  0   

Scientists have reportedly measured ninety different substances in apple cider vinegar such as thirteen types of carbolic acids, four aldehydes, twenty ketones, eighteen types of alcohols, eight ethyl acetates etc. It also contains important minerals, trace elements and vitamins as well acetic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid, enzymes, amino acids as well as roughage in the form of potash and apple pectin.

Apple Cider Vinegar contains minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon, fluorine. An alternative to drinking apple cider vinegar may be to take potassium supplements, as potassium is known to absorb excess fluids (ie, mucous) in the body. Drink lots of water if you take potassium supplements so you don't get dehydrated! Potassium, by the way, lowers high blood pressure.

Apple Cider Vinegar's vitamin content includes Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Provitamin beta-carotene, Vitamin P (bioflavonoids).

Replied by Lee
Brooklyn, NY
01/08/2010
WARNING: This post on EC states that potassium supplements will lower high blood pressure. I worry that it may not be stated clearly enough: potassium supplements In Natural Forms may lower high blood pressure. Strictly taking potassium pills may actually kill you. I am speaking from experience with a doctor.

If you need potassium, make sure it is within a natural product that you may consume. That is the safest way to supplement it."


02/09/2011: Jfb Maarketing from Toronto, Ontario, Camada replies: "Hey I just started using this remedy and l can tell you one thing l am starting to feel younger and fully of energy. Have since stopped smoking and have more energy then l have had in years... Thanks for all the great information so far love all you have written about all of this great and best of all inexpensive methods of taking care of your body...

All the Best, JFB"


03/05/2011: Jms from Albany, Ny replies: "I have read everything up to this point, and I have to ask. Just above, the USDA data indicated absolutely NO vitamins or amino acids in apple cider vinegar (ACV). There are minerals, I'll give you that. But, honestly, for any other claims, how do I know it's not just wishful thinking? My ACV bottle has a pretty much empty list of nutritional info...

Replied by Azmath
Hyderabad, India
02/18/2012
I have been suffering from bronchitis- my face has several hard pimples, very hard, no pain it is just starts on my face. Help me as soon as possible I am 31 now.
Replied by Kathleen
Houston, Tx.
08/15/2012
I am but one voice, but I would sooner listen to the fact that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been around for thousands of years and is known as nearly the first medicine known to man than listen to the USDA. Wishful thinking is excellent medicine, too.

We cannot believe all that is said here, but as someone mentioned a few posts back, real people talking to us. I feel more faith in these forums than listening to Gov. agencies.

Replied by Dottiep
Poteau, Oklahoma, United States
11/24/2012
I have been taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) for three years now on a pretty regular basis. Now and then I slack off for awhile, but I always come back to it. I have allergies, acid reflux and a weight control problem. I have managed to conquer all three of these issues, plus keep down colds and infections by using ACV on a regular basis. I LOVE the taste. I mix mine in warm water and add a teaspoon of raw honey just to make it a little more palatable. I started doing this at night because that's when my acid reflux is the worst. I was terribly overweight at the time and I noticed my weight started dropping. I was pleased and continued to take it. I am now within 20 lbs of my desired weight and I will get there by using this formula. I mix 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar, 12 oz. warm water, 1 tsp raw honey and I drink it slowly at bedtime. I also have a blood pressure problem that is now completely under control and has been for some time.

While I do still take medication, I now only take ONE pill daily instead of three different ones twice daily. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best cures I have found and it works no matter how old you are. I was very ill for 8 years before I discovered ACV and its many uses. I started taking it three years ago and I am amazed at the difference in my energy level, my ability to move around, my quality of life in general and my overall health. My doctor is even more amazed. I also take a tablespoon of bee pollen every morning for my vitamins, but that's another story altogether. I encourage anyone who has health issues to consult your doctor about taking ACV and honey and bee pollen, but I assure you, unless you are allergic to something in the bee pollen, you WILL feel better. It will happen gradually and one day you will realize you feel better than you've felt in years and you are doing more than you have in years.

Warnings and Caveats   0  0   

*** THYROID MEDICATION AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WARNING!

05/10/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands writes: "... Deirdre, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is wonderful, but may be you should post a warning for people with thyroid (and may be other conditions) to give a gap of at least 4 hours between taking thyroid medication and ACV, because otherwise ACV seems to interfere with the absorption of thyroid medicine and the results are not what we would like to see. This might also be true for iron supplements.

Regards
Sangeetha"


*** APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SIDE EFFECTS
We have compiled a list of Remedy Side Effects, which includes quite a few emails regarding the side effects of apple cider vinegar.

Replied by Joan
Talent, Oregon
03/21/2011
Question: I had very good luck in lowering my blood sugar using apple cider vinegar (ACV). That was great, but my low thyroid (hypothyroidism) got even lower which could be related to the ACV. I'm curious about how to keep the blood sugar within normal range and at the same time being able to raise my thyroid levels to be in normal range."


05/22/2011: Elise from Phoenix, Az replies: "To keep thyroid health eat dulse seaweed. Just soak 1/4 cup dulse dry seaweed in a little water for a minute or two, then chop and put into salads, etc. It works for me. I am 58 and have no thyroid problems. Elise

Replied by Myrna
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
01/12/2012
Good Morning, I would suggest to those with thyroid problem to take Lugol's solution (iodine) five to eight drops a day in water or juice. I would recommend you read the book Take control of your health and Escape the Sickness Industry, by Elaine Hollingsworth or visit her website WWW.DoctorsareDangerous.com I believe you will learn lots about many health problems and how to address them with alternative medicine, especially for Thyroide. You can get the Lugol's solution online as it is very difficult to get it in chemists at least in Australia.
Replied by Rocozx
Marietta, Ga, Usa
02/19/2013
If one does not have a functioning thyroid, neither of the above "remedies" will work. Just continue to take your ACV 4 hours after medicine dosage.

Acid Reflux   23  1   

Posted by Kevel (Marysville, Washington) on 01/04/2012

Hey everyone. I'm only 21 and turning 22 in a few weeks and I feel my health is robbing me of my youth. I'm am plagued with digestive issues for about a year now and my doctor told me that I may have functional dyspepsia and mild ibs. I also have acne issues. And just two months ago I started to have symptoms of acid reflux like the throat sensation and chest tightness after eating. I felt miserable and helpless so I searched the internet for remedies and came across the apple cider vinegar remedy for heartburn and reflux. I started drinking apple cider vinegar about 1 tablespoon mixed in a glass of water roughly 8-10 oz twice a day. It is about a week and a half since I started drinking the AVC and so far there are no improvements. I still have reflux symptoms after eating, acne flare ups and loose stools (which is maybe due to the detox effect of the apple cider vinegar). I'm just wondering how much time does it take for me to see improvements or am I taking the wrong dosage of apple cider vinegar? thank you guys a lot.

Replied by U Taylor
Jacksonville, Ar
01/17/2013
[YEA]   I wanted to respond to Kevel from Marysvill, Washington regarding apple cider vinegar (ACV). First of all, I am not a professional health provider, but I did want to relay my own experiences so far, using ACV, and hopefully add some suggestions. The first thing I would recommend is to see a doctor for all of your symptoms. That being said, here are my own experiences, which some are similar to your own. I have been diagnosed with acid reflux and have been taking the "purple pill" for years!! Like you, I searched the internet for more natural solutions to my many illnesses. I also have adult onset asthma, chronic sinusitis, hives, allergies, mild acne, and high blood pressure.... But I am also a lot older than you, so hopefully you won't have to go through what I did! Not to mention the tremendous money I have spent for all of these meds over the years... I could have bought a small country!! Anyway, in my search, I found several websites that basically said the same things about apple cider vinegar, which was that it has been used for centuries, starting with Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician, who was considered to be the father of western medicine, who not only advocated ACV, but used it himself!

And so with all of the knowledge that I gained in my investigation of ACV, along with a LOT of testimonials, especially here at EC, I decided to try it! I am so glad I did! I have been taking ACV now for going on 7 weeks and it has "quieted" my system! I find I have so many benefits.... Some I hadn't expected! I no longer need "the purple pill" because I don't suffer from the symptoms of acid reflux; I am weening myself off of all my medication... Just to see if all I need is apple cider vinegar... But I still have my meds on stand by... Just in case! My mild acne has totally gone away; my blood pressure has stabilized; my sinus are just as clear without sinus meds... AND without the side effects! I also don't have upset stomach, and my appetite has subsided a LOT!!! Other side benefits is that I'm losing weight and I sleep a little more soundly at night! I don't know what kind of ACV you're using, but make sure that it unpasturized, raw and organic with "The Mother", which is the enzyme that settles at the bottom of the bottle, and part of the normal production process with natural apple cider vinegar. That's where all the "good stuff" is. Each time you use it, make sure to shake the bottle very well before using. For a while, there was a company that is pretty popular for making this type of apple cider vinegar (ACV), but now another familiar company that is known for making vinegar of all kinds, (found in grocery stores) has just introduced their own version with "The Mother", and it's just as good! I take about 3 tablespoons with 3 tablespoons of raw honey (the raw honey needs also be organic, and also has a lot of health benefits! ), mix that together well, then add 8-12 ounces of purified drinking water. I add ice, then sip through a straw, (otherwise, the ACV eats at your tooth enamel over time). I do this twice a day... Like clockwork. I am so pleased with my results, and I hope you will continue to take it! I hope it works as well for you as it has for me!! God Bless you in your quest!!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
01/18/2013
Kevel and U Taylor, it seems to all boil down to whether one has TOO LITTLE or TOO MUCH acid in the stomach. For too little, the apple cider vinegar (ACV) is marvelous, but if someone doesn't get benefits from it, and the situation is agravated, then the opposite measure (baking soda) would probably be more helpful.

Posted by Mike (Casper, Wy ) on 08/15/2010

[YEA]  I had very bad Gerd conditions. Occasionally I could not even digest my food for days. I would have night sweats and general flu like feelings. I was prescribed pills from the doctor, and also tried the over the counter pills, all with varying results of success depending upon the severity of my condition. I had all the fun tests done on my digestive system with no real issues found, except Barrett's esophageal which the acid burning my throat caused. I determined to resolve the problem, and read many articles about diet. For me it was coffee, smoking, and stress which caused my worst break outs (in hindsight). Alcohol could also trigger an outbreak. Not overloading my body with coffee all day and drinking in the evening accompanied with smoking throughout, alone made a big difference. But while I was making these changes in diet I found information on how pills might not be that great for someone either, and I found Ted's recipe. Perhaps I should say I found the ACV treatment first, which didn't do anything for me, but then I added the Baking Soda, and what a difference! I threw the pills away and have never been back since! I began taking it 2-3 times a day, and after a week I was doing it only occasionally. Now I take it only as needed, maybe once or twice a month, though it wouldn't hurt if I did it more regularly. My most serious gerd symptoms are gone and now I only get occasional heartburn when that diet I spoke about earlier gets a little heavy on the bad stuff. But just one or two treatments in a day have me back on track. Make no mistake, for the worst conditions, you must modify your diet. I cut the coffee, stopped smoking (for awhile), and limit my alcohol consumption (though it's worse or as bad as coffee to me). After making difficult changes I was able to return to normal enjoyments in moderation. All things in moderation is something which must be observed for the best recovery. My mix is slightly different than Ted's by accident. I was confused about the water so I only used enough to slightly dilute the mixture, about 2-3 ounces of water (an easy amount to take in one or two gulps). A minute later I let out a big burp and I feel instant relief everywhere. If I do not feel better or burp I give it about 30 minutes and I do it again. I've never had to do it a third time, and once the symptoms are gone I don't do it again until they return. Usually I will be back in moderation mode and it isn't necessary until my next slip up. Also, I only use 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon of baking soda to two teaspoons of ACV, so a lot of baking soda is not necessary, as has been mentioned. This is not a temporary daily fix like antacids, the effects seem to last days. Recently I was with friends for a weekend. It was early evening when we started drinking and my reflux began hammering me more than I had seen in a long time. I took this remedy and resumed to the festivities (hoping it would undo the damage that had already started and allow me to continue what I had started) and with only 1 dose I was fine all that weekend through the all "fun". I am posting this because my friends made alot of fun for me for this recipe. I explained that I did not know how it works, but I have tried alot of things and it just works. And works it does! Apparently, it can even stop reflux dead in its tracks when moderation isn't optional! My friends aren't convinced (likely far from it), but if you suffer, try this, it works, and it cost maybe 5 bucks for a 6 month supply. It has been about 2 years since I first read and begun this cure, thank you Ted! I try to pass it along to those who will listen.

Replied by Marti
Sedalia, Mo
10/10/2012
[YEA]   This is in response to comments made by mike of casper, wyoming. Your mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda worked instantly for me! I have suffered from gerd for a long time due to a side effect from a med. I was put on ranitidine and then graduated to prilosec for this new horror. I have been trying desperately to find a natural way to control gerd. I don't want to take a medication to counteract another's side effects. So.. I found this site and read your comment yesterday and I simply do not know how to thank you! This horrible gerd has vanished!

Posted by Ted (Bennnington, Vermont) on 02/05/2010

[YEA]  I also have suffered from acid reflux for about a year. Took acid-dissolving tablets which only temporarily alleviated the symptoms. Discovered ACV on this site and after taking two doses (2 tsp. of ACV in 8 oz. of water) in one day, I felt better for the next five days than I had for months. Problem totally gone.

While looking for information about ACV, I discovered at least one site that purported to pop the ACV balloon by declaring ACV has no medicinal or health-giving properties, etc. Amusing to see that the site's sponsors were all pharmaceutical and health care-insurance companies. Gee, how about that! As if those folks would tell the truth if their lives depended on it.

Posted by John (Germantown, MD,USA) on 01/08/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello everyone, first i would like to say what a wonderfull website this is and i have learned a lot by reading here every night THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I am 28 years old and i have Acid reflux, i started taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) (_____s) 1 to 2 tsp with 8 ounces of water and i saw tremendous improvement in my reflux, everything in my body started to come back to Normal, Unfortunately it also mad me constipated and it is giving me gas/Bloating and discomfort. pressure type of symptom right where Liver suppose to be, i have tried to do research of why this is happening with no success.

I am Guessing maybe because i have TOO much acid and taking ACV Makes my food go quicker without proper digestion which also causes gas and bloating? i don't know..please someone help me, no way i am giving up on apple cider vinegar it's too good, but how do i get rid of this pressure on my side of a stomach and constipation? any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance and God bless.

please emaill me if possible at Vakhtangi_m@yahoo.com.

Thank you again.

Replied by Sarah
Phoenix, USA
01/23/2009
You are probably experiencing that side effect because apples have fiber in them. Cider in general will give me that feeling. I use Beano. It works well and it's natural. I hope this helps you! Good luck!
Replied by Ivette
Pasadena, California
05/23/2009
Hello! I have acid reflux and I found that eating one half potato relieves the symptoms quickly. Probably because potatos are high in natural starches, overall, raw potatos have helped me more than prescribed medicine!
Replied by Seana
Bennett, CO
06/02/2009
If you're experiencing constipation after drinking ACV, you'll want to drink more water. You should be drinking about 1/2 your body weight in ounces over the course of your waking hours. So, if you weigh 120lbs, you'll want to consume 60 ounces or 7.5 - 8 ounce glasses over the course of a day.

ACV is a mild cleanse. It gently cleans out your digestive system. If you've never drank it before you may have a lot to eliminate. More water will make your bowel movements softer and easier to pass. It should help with gas, pressure and bloating, too.

Sources: personal experience

Replied by Sean
Asheville, NC
07/09/2009
In terms of adding more acids to your body while experiencing Acid Reflux you may also want to increase your alkaline mineral intake by drinking raw green drink or bone broth. Bitter greens will increase bile production but will strengthen digestion as well as alkalize you. As far as the lower digestive tract and liver pain have you tried colonics and flax/ psyllium/ charcoal stuff, early and late in the day, to promote more regularity? Or maybe only drink ACV water in the morning on an empty stomach. Good Luck!
Replied by Porky
Metro, Gab
01/14/2010
[YEA]   Try taking the ACV with honey (I think 1 tbspn or 1 tsp?) IN 2 tbspn of ACV or 2 tsp and a HUGE glass of H20. This will help lessen the raw stomach feeling or sick feeling with ACV and acid reflux. Won't eliminate it, but eventually you won't need the honey anymore. This helped me I am late 20's and have acid reflux. The ACV DID help SO much, and with energy. I only knew of _____s prior to this well written article. It costs a bit, so I haven't used in a LONG time, but a hair forumn made me realize that ACV is made by more people than _____. I will try the over the counter as long as it is not pasturized since on this forumn someone said that takes away a lot of the good properties.

Much love and blessings and I hope this helps everyone!

Replied by Porky
Metro, Gab
01/14/2010
If you have Acid Reflux, ACV will be TOO strong and TOO harsh on your stomach first thing in the morn with NO food. It may leave you with a sick feeling for up to 10 minutes. It feels not so good, but Try ACV in honey. They say it helps with diabetes taken before a meal, and with other things.

I did it (empty stomach, first thing), but it worried me because it felt SOO like my bod was warning me with the discomfort. But it STILL near cured my acid reflux.

OTHER ACID REFLUX CURES/HUGE HELPS: do NOT lay down after you eat. Sit upright, even laying back a bit is not good enough. Sit as upright as you can for 5 hours after eating ANYTHING. You'll notice you wake up in the morning with 0 buring throat. Also NO SPICES--especially before bed. Even if you sit up right, spices BURN your throat in acid reflux, they'll make your stomach feel raw, bad, and sick--not HUGELY noticeable, but still, kick the spices! I use Morton's Kosher Salt--flavors my food BEAUTIFULLY. Also ramen noodle chicken flavored packets added to water fake chicken stock well! Be sure you ONLY by the ramen noodles with NO transfat and NO MSG's!!!! They exist at grocery stores, you have to check the packaging though!!!! I guess MSG's are Monosodium Gloutamate...I could be wrong, but I KNOW that I want MSG FREE salted stuff! :-)

Replied by Porky
Metro, Gab
01/14/2010
This explains why I got sick and very yuck feeling after ACV, I had an aunt who wouldn't take it because it made her feel sick too. She has GERD and IBS.:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/applecidervinegardiet/a/applecidervineg_2.htm.

Replied by Brian
Ireland
01/16/2010
if you check the usda breakdown of apple cider there is no fiber in it. so i doubt this is causing johns (from germantown) side discomfort and constipation. in fact if there was fiber in it, this would help relieve the constipation
Replied by David
Newburyport, Mass Usa
02/23/2010
John from germantown and others experiencing stomach discomfort after taking that particular apple cider vinegar should switch brands. the type of wooden barrel the cider is aged in can contain resin that can get into the applecider. it's not the acv vinegar thats bothering the stomach ie., bloating, cramping and gas pains etc...it's the resin from the barrel !
Replied by Patrice
Silver Spring, Md
07/09/2010
Regarding the "sick" feeling after drinking ACV. I've read that when you ingest an alkalizing substance the process of the acid being neutralized will give you a nauseous feeling. Like drinking a huge 32oz of water first thing in the morning. I can not drink green tea on an empty stomach. I will get very very nauseated and later realized it is because of the alkalizing effect. No medical professional here so I am not 100% sure if what I am saying is true but it makes sense.
Replied by Gabi2121
Toronta, Ca
02/01/2014
Hello Folks... Just finished reading about side effect of using AVC and acid reflux. All of you who complain about acid reflux: always eat at the table, do not go to lay down after meal. More likely acid reflux is caused by wrong position at the meal and after. Food is just pushing up. Eat less and be active after meal. The same applies to the children and infants. What do we do? We feed them before bed time so they will sleep better. Do not do it because it is the beginning of suffering from acid reflux in the near future. Acid reflux is an acquired ailment so do not do things leading to it: bad position at the meal, overeating, taking nap after and eating too much acid forming foods, coffee, alcohol, tobacco. Greetings

Posted by Judy (Pardes Hanna, Israel) on 09/21/2008

[YEA]  I started using stronger and stronger medicines for acid reflux and wanted to try something else. Looking in your site, I got some apple cider vinegar. I take less than a teaspoonful in a large glass of water, twice a day, and have stopped using any medicine. Thank you so much.

Replied by Keith
Monroeville, Nj, Usa
03/17/2010
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   HI...Im 54 yrs.and I've had heartburn since I was a child. It got worse the older I got. My Mom always cooked us a well balanced dinner. By the time I was in my late teens I had severe heartburn and always had antiacids in my pocket. Even kept baking soda in my lunch box.We couldnt afford going to doctors unless it was an emergency. I had insurance when the first brand of Acid Reflux meds came out in the mid 80's. I thought it was a Blessing. Soon I lost my insurance and could buy some over the counter brands. But it always seemed to come back twice as bad when I didnt take anything, and a pack of antiacids only lasted 2 days.

I tried 2 teaspoons of acv to 8oz of water 3-4 times a day. It burns going down. So I added 1/4 teaspoon to it. Its been about 2 weeks now. I havnt had to take any meds yet. I have more energy. My sinuses are getting better. But I still have a little heartburn. How can acv be a alkaliser if it says acidity right on the bottle.

Posted by Kristi (Peoria, AZ) on 08/20/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar has been my miracle cure! I began to suffer from acid reflux this past winter when my gall bladder decided to stop working properly. The pain, weight loss and sleepless nights were making life for me and my family miserable. The side effects from the doctor prescribed PPI's were worse than the reflux. After reading posts from this site in June, I ran out and bought Apple Cider Vinegar supplements from my local health food store. I just couldn't stomach drinking the vinegar straight. After the first supplement, my stomach felt a little calmer, but I thought perhaps it was just wishful thinking. Each day I continued on with the apple cider vinegar (ACV) supplements (1 with each meal), and each day the reflux improved. I can now completely control my reflux with ACV supplements and diet, staying away from my trigger foods as much as possible. Sometimes I forget to take the supplements at each meal and still no problems. I also take digestive enzymes and probiotics to aid digestion since my gall bladder has been removed.

Replied by Debbie
Waverly, United States
09/03/2008
[YEA]   Apple Cider Vinegar has been a miracle for my mother. She has been suffering terribly from acid reflux and it was so bad the other night she felt like she could not breath. She has tried every medication over the counter and prescription and nothing has worked. She was desperate, so I thought I would look up some natural cures and found this site. I called her right away and told her about the apple cider vinegar. She tried it right away and she could not believe it. She said immediatley her throat felt better and she slept all night for the first time in weeks. She took it agian today and said she still feels great. She said she has not even taken a pill today. She used 8oz of water and a Tb. Apple cider Vinegar and a pinch of baking soda. Thanks for this site. Its a life saver. Debbie


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