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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Michele (Lake Stevens, WA) on 10/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I read this book about Vermont Folk medicine and it talked about drinking ACV, honey and water and how it pretty much helps with everything. So I figured I would give it a shot, cuz it can't hurt. And now I mix a pitcher of it and me and the kids drink it. I just had my cholesterol checked and it lowered 30 points in a year. I wasn't even worried about my cholesterol. We refer to the mixture as honey drink and it makes a difference for me feeling hot and cold, having energy, rarely getting sick. I am totally sold and now buy honey and ACV in bulk. And I recommend it to everyone.

Replied by Lucille
(Roseville, Michigan)

I was wondering exactly how much ACV, honey and water was use to make the pitcher.

Replied by Brrr1106
(Grand Forks, Nd)

Wondering if those who have experienced such luck with taking ACV for cholestrol have also made dietary and exercise changes as well. If so, please let us know this as they factor into the success. It would be good to know what the total program is so one can gauge the success.

Replied by Dean
(Kennesaw, Ga)

I have been on cholesteral meds for the past yrs and I am done! I'm going in for blood work next week..while still on the meds...after that, going to stick with the ACV for 3-6 months then test again... Also I have stopped taking acid reflux over the counter drugs and using ACV - will be back in 30 days to give the acid relux update.

(Kelwna, BC, Can.)

Try replacing the ACID reflux meds with 1/4 TSP. of cayenne pepper in 1/3 c. water(stir well), chug a lug followed by 2/3 c. water...it will cure ulcers and help or destroy acid reflux. Do this for 2 weeks . After that continue once a week to keep healthy, it may also address cholesterol levels .Don't be chicken ..it won't burn!

You may have in your spice rack but buy some, make sure it is fresh and powerful.

Replied by Sue
(Perth, Western Australia)

For those of you worried about your cholesterol, type cholesterol myths into your search engine, and prepare to be surprised.

Replied by George
4 posts

Then type in VAP test and you'll realise cholesterol myth is not talking about VLDL and particle sizes and CRP and PLAC etc...

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Posted by Charles (Philadelphia, PA) on 06/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

ACV is a miracle remedy!! Eight weeks ago i was rushed to the hospital for chest pains and my blood pressure was up due to the anxiety created from the chest pains. After 2 days of testing in the hospital it was concluded that my cholesterol was borderline high. My Total Cholesterol was 239. I was told to take aspirin and given a prescription for some other popular medication, neither of which i took. I came across your site doing some research on natural remedies and now I am truly amazed at how ACV has working for me in only 7 weeks. My cholesterol came down from 239 to 175. I started taking 2Tbs mixed with either cranberry or grape juice in the morning and the same at night. The juice helps with the bitter taste of the Vinegar. I have had very little change in my diet, except for the fact that i no longer eat eggs! I have, however increased my activity to working out at least 3x's week. I am going to carefully watch my cholesterol and continue to drink the ACV and go back to my doctor in 2 months for another test.

Replied by Pam
(Las Vegas, NV)

apple cider vinager is great but so are eggs... boiled they are simply ovals of pure protein. my cardiologist suggested eating them and cutting the carbs/ such as no potatoes only two slices of bread a day etc. kind of like the adkins less the bacon :)

Replied by Andoy
(Boise, Id)

Edgar Cayce said egg yolks should be eaten only when soft-boiled everyday- very nutritious for all- babies, kids and adults. Boil eggs in cool water and its done when water starts boiling.

Hard boiled gives you cholesterol.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

I am sorry but there is good evidence nowadays that eggs have nothing to do with cholesterol! Also the liver makes much more cholesterol than what you could ever eat so if you eat a bit more the liver will make less! I have no idea who Edgar Cayce is but I don't think that he is right!

Replied by Rani
(Lautoka, Fiji)

Pls let me know how much of the grape juice should I add to the 2 tablespoon of ACV. Thanks

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Posted by Julie (Akron, Ohio) on 05/18/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My cholestrol has been high my entire adult life. I come from it naturally in a family that has the same problem. I have been put on just about every medicine that has come out without success. I have tried garlic and a low fat diet but have had no success with that either. I came across this page while researching migrane remedies and thought that I would give it a try. I started taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water once a day about a year ago. My cholestrol has always measured around the 254 mark and my triglycrides had always been well over 300. This past January my blood draw came back with very surprising results. My cholestrol was 162 and triglycrides were 163. I made the nurse calling me double check the name on the report. I have continued this therapy hoping that it wasn't a fluke. I will know in August when I have my next blood draw. I'm hoping for even better results. I also was able to stay 100% healthy this past year. With so much illness in a very close office setting I was able to not use one sick day while most of my co-workers were off at least one day if not more. It has not produced any weight loss benefits but I'm only 140 lbs to start with so I'm not so concerned with that as I was with the cholestrol results. I have passed this on to some friends that are suffering from the same thing. I'm waiting to hear their results.

Replied by Carol
(Pueblo, Colorado)

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Posted by Shari (Steubenville, Ohio) on 05/02/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I had my cholesterol checked in Jan. before I started drinking apple cider vingar(209). I had it checked again 3 months later and it is down 3 points (206). I am taking 1 tablespoon three times a day mixed in juice. I am going to hope it continues to bring it down. I take a number of vitamins too. The only thing I have not had is weight loss. I am small and have put on a couple of pounds so the ACV did not make me lose any weight.

Replied by Chris
(Dighton. Ma)

If cholesterol is at 200 plus or minus 10 you are in good shape.

You need cholesterol in your system. I had 280-300 and I started taking 1500 Mg. garlic oil caps. One a day and the Cholesterol went to 170. It happened over a 6 month period. I do not take statins. Trigliserides are good. Funny, statins cost a lot and can make you loose your memory.

Garlic oil caps cost 4.99 for 500 and also help with stomaach problems and high blood pressure. 140/90 to 117/70. You can get them from a health food store or online.

Replied by Sandra
(Trenton, Florida)

Responding to the person who damaged her liver with the cholesterol med. To help this you may want to use milk thistle. We use several capsules each day as my husband is on several meds they say he can not live without but they do some damage to his liver. Now we have found no damage since taking the milk thistle. (spelling???)

Replied by La Vern De Wilde
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Thank you greatly for reporting the wonderful preliminary results of high cholesterol in the 300's and down to 180, what an encouraging reversal!

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

Try the milk thistle with artichoke in the capsule. Artichokes scrub the liver clean.

Replied by Ladyliza
(Granada Hills, Ca)
31 posts

For those who want to save money and be healthy, find an MD of Integrative Medicine. Sometimes it is also called Functional Medicine or Orthomolecular Medicine. If you use a chiropractor or other natural practicioner, your insurance probably won't pay for it. If you cannot afford insurance, use a naturopath or nutritionist. It is also not necesary to purchase your supplements from your practicioner. You will pay double for them. There are many quality brands but cheapest is probably not best quality. Check out Consumerlabs.com. I use iherb. Com, vitacost. Com, amazon. com, and luckyvitamin.com.

Replied by Rodd
(Houston, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

Well this is my first time writing on this site.. My sister turned me on to it.. I'll get right to the point..

6mths(10 /11) ago I was getting chest pains and ignoring them due to they werent very bad but starting more frequent.. my cholestrol was 268-triglycerides was 167-LDL was 160-hdl was 42 glucose avg was about 150 to 220 daily...

I went to the doctor three weeks ago(3/18/ 12).. They thought I had an artery blocked. I did the radio isatope(nuclear) test and everything came back perfect.. My blood pressure was 113/68(im 41yrs old).. I started working out doing interval training(AKA getting my heart rate up and down every 5min from 100 to 135 and back for 1 hour)this alone lowered my sugar every single time... Started the acv (1table spoon 3times a day)cocnut oil(1 tsp 3 times a day).. My new results--sugar avg is now in the low hundreds and even dips into the 90s (amazing considering im hypothyroid and pre diabetic).. My cholestrol as of today (4/15/ 12) total cholestrol is 158 (110 point drop)trygs 104 (63 point drop).. LDL is 101(59 point drop ) hdl 40 (2 point drop but was fine before.. I've only been taking the coconut oil and Apple Cider Vinegar for three weeks.. Amazing!!! Hope this can help someone.. Also.. No chest pains in the last 4 days.. I'm not saying that all this had anything to do with my chest pains nor the doctors but is kinda strange they suddenly stopped.. I'm still keeping up with the doctors just to make sure... Have a great day everyone.. Any people from houston or wherever want to contact me just reply here first and then we will see..

Replied by Christine
(Havana, Fl)

I will try this along with changing my diet and walking. My cholesterol total is 263. Triglycerides 115, HDL 62, LDL 178. I was on Crestor had side effects so I stop taking them.

Replied by Octavius
(Los Angeles, Ca)

I'm 39 years old, 6'-0" 188lbs. I'm a pretty healthy looking athletic guy. I've been doing boxing training twice a week for 1.5 hours.... or surfing once a week 1 hour.

Anyways, I've had high cholesterol for at least 10 years. Once, it was recorded as high as 350. Other times it's been 250 or 230... Anyways, I was put on Simbastatin.

I started waking up in the middle of the night feeling out of breath. My first few breaths would hurt my chest until my lungs became re-inflated. Finally, I put two and two together, and realized it was the Statin. so.... My blood test came in at 207, which is great for me..... 145ldl, 39hdl, 93 trig. BUT, breathing is a priority for me right now.

So, I told my doctor I'm not taking the drugs anymore. I now realize my hair loss, memory loss, etc.... could all be results of the statins I've been taking for nearly 5 years.

I'm going to try this ACV, and red rice yeast, and Lecithin...... and see what happens.

Wish me luck.

Replied by Barkkha
(Dubai, U)

can we drink ACV if we are taking lipitor please someone reply I stopped taking lipitor for three months and drank aCV and when I went for blodd test my cholesterol levels had increased much more and I have to start lipitor again but dont want to stop ACV can I have both together?

Replied by Tina
(Houston, Us)

Barkha, Some more to read re: cholesterol levels...


Hope this helps you, T

Replied by Judy
(Durango, Co)

You may want to reconsider the red rice yeast. It is well known that it will give a person the same side effects as the statins because of its similar chemical structure. It did me. I couldn't tolerate any of the statins either. Bad muscle pain. I am 62 and had a heart attack 12 years ago followed by 7 vessel bypass surgery, then 8 stents. They all clogged up and I had bypass surgery again 3 months ago. I'm not convinced that cholesterol was the clogging factor but I am going to give the vinegar a good try. I think it may have been the fact that I took calcium supplements since about age twenty. My arteries were very "calcified."

Replied by Tarkan
(Istanbul, Turkey)

I happened to see the thread about apple cider vinegar 4 weeks ago and decided to give it a try. (Ä ± had been suffering from high cholesterol 324, LDL 242) The vinegar itself was repulsive but found out about GNC apple cider vinegar and have been taking twice a day two capcules before brkfst and dinner for 4 weeks. I also accompany it with vigorous exercise 5 days a week on a strict cholesterol diet. Today, I had my lipids checked and had a big surprise: total chols. 215, ldl 163! ...

Replied by Erdem
(Antalya, Turkey)

Hello Tarkan, is your cholestrole problem inherite from your parents? In other words your any parent and his/her older relatives have high cholestrole? I have high cholestrole problem which is inherited from my mother.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
383 posts

A couple of days ago I did research on pectin. (I have about 1 pound of pectin at home). If pectin is added to the diet (3%) there is something like a 90% reduction in cholesterol and plaque in the aorta after eating on a diet of pectin added foods for about 9 months in tests of microswine (miniature pigs). Pigs are very close to humans.

The reason why apple ciders works so well in reduction of blood pressure and fats is due to the pectin content in the apple cider. Of course, if you add them to your food (pectin), the plaque and cholesterol will be reduced. Most natural supplements in the market that sell pectin is not therapeutically effective because the amount they are adding is far too small (10-200 mg), while pectin is considered a soluble fiber food, we need 3% when combined with other foods. Best way is to add them in soups and fruit juice.

Replied by A. Jordan
(Taylors, South Carolina)

Ted, from Bangkok said that 3% pectin or higher, well in mg, what would that be?

Replied by Carrie
(Eau Claire, Wi)

Ted...I read that if you get rid of the Candida overgrowth it will help with the cholesterol..because of the mycotoxins..and the excess cholesterol is there to protect you from the mycotoxins to not damage the organs...I believe that overgrowth of yeast is the reason behind disease..but it all begins with improper digestion due to certain foods such as dairy, wheat, soy and corn. Also, with acidic foods that keep the PH not where it's suppose to be at letting candida take over...and also, because of the chlorine in our drinking water that kills off our beneficial bacteria that can't then keep candida at bay..I had serious issues with candida...and found that ph balancing helped that drastically and to watch out for sugar..my diet is plain and simple and it is working for me..I have cured my allergies, ovarian cysts, hemorhoids (sp?)...and am now realizing that by taking depakote for 30 years was preventing vit D absorbancy I feel leading up to my gum disease now..I feel that I have been unhealty since a child and I am in my 40's now...why didn't the doctors tell me I needed to supplement with vit D..it upsets me...also had chronic fatigue recently and am recovering...and it was not fun..the doctors could not help me..I am recovering because I found out that vit D and calcium are imp, and ph balance, and to rid of sugar of the diet which I had such a craving for for so long due to a terrible yeast overgrowth in body..I feel that the fatigue was because of the yeast...and once I cleared this..things started to turn around..I now make better choices for myself, and it feels good to know that you can heal yourself just by changing your diet to alkaline keep it simple...rid of sugar..drink good water,,,rid of chemicals...I realize that it starts with proper digestion and if I had this as a child I wouldn't have had seizure issues and allergies, constipation and eczema...I can't believe that I finally understand what is going on here...well, all that I have done for myself is working for me...and I no longer am on any meds....just trying to save my teeth now..will see what happens as I continue to oil pull and use your advice on what to do for gum disease. Ted do you have any comments on the things I feel have been working for me?..

Replied by Zeina
(Abu Dhabi, Uae)

Deffenetly ACV helps not just with cholesterol but also v.good results with high blood pressure. congrats and wish u all the best

Replied by Andoy
(Boise, Id)
5 out of 5 stars

Ted, I followed this pectin experiment on hogs. I ate one-half grapefruit a day, . I peeled the skin and ate everything including the pith (white part) , except seeds. I took most of the pith from the peeling and ate them too. Little bit bitter, but after one month my cholesterol dropped down a lot.

Replied by Loyd
(Calgary, Ab/canada)

Try Yarrow oil, exellent for gums.

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Posted by Derrick (Atlanta, GA) on 08/26/2007
1 out of 5 stars

First, thanks for the website. I, sadly, have NOT found that ACV lowered my cholesterol. In fact, my LDL and overall Levels are actually UP (slightly) since my last blood test. However, (and this is a big however) something else odd happened in the 9 weeks I have been taking ACV (dosage: one mouthful each morning). After almost a year of no change in my Triglycerides, they dropped a whopping 32% since my last blood test. There simply IS no other explanation other than the ACV - none. The only "possible" reason for this - is that in the last 2 weeks I started a low GI diet. Even then, 2 weeks of not eating watermelon is hardly a reasonable explanation for a 32% drop in blood fat (triglycerides), and often what is good in the low GI - is blacklisted on a Triglyceride diet - such as apples, oranges, peaches etc....all of which I have been consuming recently in carnivorous fashion. For the record; Everyone needs to keep in mind that 80% of your Cholesterol is produced by your body...but Triglycerides are nearly 100% dietary and exercise related.

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Posted by Luis (Bklyn NY, NY) on 07/19/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I do suffer from diabetes for several years. Several weeks ago I went to the doctor and they told me that my cholesterol was quite high 210. I began taking ACV once a day 2 tablespoons a day. In about a month time my cholesterol went down to 160 and blood pressure to 1about 120/80. I noticed that it is suggested to take at least to take the ACV twice to three times a day.Also is the unfiltered product is being used. Has anyone used the capsules? Two tablets do contain 600 mg of ACV. What have been the results of using the capsules? Appreciate comments. Thank you

Replied by La Vern De Wilde
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

The 32% drop in triglycerides is a great success and the kind of success you are seeking.

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Posted by Alma (St Croix, USVI) on 07/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I use the ACV 500 mg pills...2 pills, two to three times a day, begore meals. My Chlestrol was 257...I weighed 176 pounds...started taking them Sept. 1, 2006. December 2006, my chlestrol dropped to 120..my weight dropped to 162..today my weight is 149 and I haven't had my chlestrol checked yet. I feel great!!!

Replied by La Vern De Wilde
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Congratulations on such a success with ACV in both the cholesterol and weight categories!!!

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Posted by Bea (Phillipsburg, NJ) on 06/20/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I began taking 2tbsp of ACV every day since February. I didn't change one other thing in my diet and my cholesterol dropped 46 points from 258 to 212. I was shocked and so was my doctor. I made her copy my bloodwork results so I have the paperwork to prove it!!!

Replied by Potpourri
(Portland, Maine)

I have been taking 2 tbsp of acv in water every morning for about 8 years. My cholesterol has been consistently around 260-278 for the past three years, up from 220-230's. Should I take more? I don't want to go on medication. and my 'good' count is too low now. It all worries me.

Replied by Peter
(Hampton, Va. Usa)

You may need to take a look at your diet as well. Don't rely on one fix, but look at your overall health. Include exercise when possible. You may be one of the people that needs the meds afterall, but try some other fixs first.

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Posted by Raymond (Woodbridge, VA) on 05/27/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Benefits of ACV lowering Cholestoral: Very simple! I have been taking 2 tablespoons per day (morning and evening) and LDL has dropped from 218 to 199!

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Posted by Linda (Upper Darby, Pa) on 03/17/2007
5 out of 5 stars

ACV is helping to bring down my high cholesterol. I am amazed how ACV is working for me,it's only been 3 months that I have tried this and my cholesterol came down from 231 to 222. I came across your site doing a search because somone told me how ACV worked for them. I started taking 2Tbs in the AM followed by a small glass of grape jucie. The grape juice helps with the bitter taste of the Vinegar. I am now increasing my ACV to 2X a day because I am so impressed. I had my blood work done this week and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it came down without even changing my diet! Now I am going to carefully watch my cholesterol intake and continue to drink the ACV and go back to my Dr. in 6 mo. and test it again. ACV is a great alternative to traditional medinations and I am now a true believer in it! I hope this helps someone else who is thinking of trying ACV! Continued Success to all!

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Posted by Amela (Southport, USA) on 03/06/2007
5 out of 5 stars

After reading a lot of articles about dealing with gallstones in the USA, I found out that a little is mentioned, or not at all, about laser surgery that has been for long time in practice in european countries for removing gallstones. Ask your doctor about it... Also, a very good remedy for lowering or getting rid of a bad cholesterol is a homemade apple vinegar. It tastes like an apple cider, just it's very sour. If you have a chance to come across a book of bosnian homemade remedies, get it! Also, dates are very good fruit for the women who cannot get pregnant.

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Posted by Nicholas (Cibolo, TX) on 01/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

2 TBS of ACV, 12 ounces of grape juice and 2 TBS of pure honey... I'm not cured yet, but I believe this is going to work for my high cholesterol. 'I'm a 46 y/o black man with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I'm currently taking plendil for high blood pressure. About a month ago I had my cholesterol checked and it was 282. My LDL is 199. I looked at your website today and immediately went to the store to get some grape juice, honey and ACV. In about 30 minutes of drinking this recipe I started felling better. My head is clear and I got a little pep in my step. I'm going to continue taking this remedy and have my cholesterol checked in a month. I know it's going to be better. God makes the simplest things to fix our big problems.

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Posted by Jennifer (New York) on 11/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I ran across this site recently. I've been looking for natural ways to lower my cholesterol and blood pressure without having to take a lot of pills every day. It never occurred to me that my fathers remedy to cure his children's illnesses would also prevent high blood pressure. My father drank 12 ounce mug of honey and apple cider vinegar in hot water every day for as long as I can remember. His cholesterol levels and blood pressure was never high. It was always normal. He did pass away several years ago due to a heart attack. However, this was not brought on by cholesterol or blood pressure. This was due to pneumonia, which he got every year for about 15 years. Still today, when I've feeling slightly ill, I make myself a cup of honey and vinegar. I made this for an ex about 3-4 years ago. He couldn't believe how much better he felt within 45 minutes after drinking honey and acv. He didn't believe me that it would work. He was amazed.

Replied by Andoy
(Boise, Id)

Dr, . Ellis, East Texas prescribed one Vitamin B-6 a day to prevent stroke.

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Posted by Wayne (Umhlanga Rocks, Kwazulu Natal South Africa) on 10/16/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar has cured high cholesterol, high blood pressure and gout. 2 tbl spoons in a glass of cold water every morning. This is truly God's gift to mankind. You will never need another pill, ever. By the way, the gout was caused by taking the pills prescribed by my doctor. (rosuvastatin 10 mg ). It's such a pleasure to be able to pass on such good news. God bless you all.

Replied by Putter
(Lima, Ohio)
0 out of 5 stars

Tried the ACV and it triggered a gout attack. It's too acid for me. I had to chug black cherry juice and take capsules to pull out of it. I would not reccomend ACV for gout sufferers. Looks like it won't work for me. Dang!!

Replied by Tussockgal
(Auckland, New Zealand)

I think you should have persisted with the ACV since, according to Dr Jarvis, it flushes out acid and makes the body more alkaline. Methinks it could have been a herxheimer reaction while your body was doing the flushing?

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Posted by John (Woodhaven, NY) on 06/23/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I was told by my doctor that my cholesterol was high (240). He put me on medication (lipitor.) I tried the medication for a couple of weeks but began to feel pain in my muscles, it felt like getting acupuncture, like if someone was inserting needles into my muscles. I called the doctor right away and he told me to stop taking the medication, he told me to try to diet and exercise. I did a little research and found info on apple cider vinegar . I also bought flax seed oil, fish oil, ester "C"and garlic supplements @ a local health food store i tried all of this for a couple of months along with exercise such as riding my bike. I recently did another blood test and found out from my doctor that my cholesterol was back to normal ranges! i was also suffering from acid reflux, which is also gone. I used to get pain in my chest which was from the acid reflux I used to think I was having a heart attack but it was the acid reflux which is also gone. the apple cider vinegar sure does work.

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