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Apple Cider Vinegar

44 User Reviews
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Posted by T Parker (Easley, South Carolina)
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar Lowered Cholesterol Drastically! Found out about this site when i was looking for natural alternatives to lower my cholesterol, i was on Lescol Xl-80mg, but it was damaging my liver, so they put me on Zeta 10mg, but that only knocks the numbers down by around 30 points.My problem is that my cholesterol was well into the 300's, so i followed directions found within these forums, went on a diet and added apple cider vinegar to my routine.There were so many versions of how and when to take it, so i take 2 tablespoons in water 2x daily.After having only taken it for a little over a week i went back to the doctor for blood work and my cholesterol was at that reading 185, i'm sure its even lower now!One thing i would like to point out is that i take the organic vinegar, which has "not" been heated with the "mother" intact, also because of acid/teeth issues, i drink it through a straw and rinse my mouth with baking soda water before and after.So i really thank God for this site or i would NEVER have known about the miracle that is apple cider vinegar! Now, i'm off to find a remedy for the damage the Lescol XL 80mg did to my liver, but i am confident i'm gonna find it here!

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lawrence (Lincoln NE)
5 out of 5 stars

I have found that drinking small amounts of vinegar and putting it on food such as pizza or greens has lowered my high cholesterol without the use of drugs. I was on Vytorin and have discontinued use and my last blood work showed normal cholesterol ranges.

Replied by Marion
5 out of 5 stars

ACV is really a wonderful NATURAL solution to many health problems.

Happy you found it worked for you. I use B----'s Organic ACV with the “mother.” I luv the taste. Dilute it w water and lemon and drink one TBP in the am half hour before I eat. It really helps. Best of health always.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by anonymous (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

I dilute ACV with a small amount of grape juice. I also drink close to 80 ounces of water daily. These beverages have lowered my cholesterol considerably!

Replied by Ladyliza
(Granada Hills, Ca)
32 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lina (Sarita, TX)
5 out of 5 stars

just wanted to let you all know that the apple cider does work...well it works for me..i started in oct.2005 and went to the doctor one month later and my cholesterol went down 23 points...and that is by taking 1 teaspoon of acv in a cup of water..and by eating oatmeal..for one month.. thank you so much

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."

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anonymous (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

Many people with high cholesterol have tried this drink with much success.

2 cups of grape juice
1 cup of apple juice
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

Mix together and take 2 ounces before your largest meal everyday; only 2 ounces is needed for results.

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kyriacos (Greece)
5 out of 5 stars

hello, ...recently, about a week ago I took the initiative to look up cholesterol on Google, in hope of finding some natural treatment for my high cholesterol. ...and I stumbled across your site, which introduced me to 'apple cider vinegar' treatment. A treatment I have applied for a week now as directed, along with considerable garlic, each day. ...and my health in that one week has had a complete turn around. I haven't felt like this for over two years. I don't know if I owe it to apple cider vinegar or the combination of that, with garlic, but my health has made a complete turn around, in just one week. And although they tell me garlic can lower blood pressure I will keep this treatment up for a while, until at least I have brought my cholesterol down to normal levels. ...anyway, from deeply down in my heart I thank you greatly, because for over two years now I have been completely down health wise, which stressed me out considerably throughout that period, since I never felt any comfort in my state of health. ...thank you very much.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
385 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by John (Woodhaven, New York)
5 out of 5 stars

I was told by my doctor that my cholesterol was high (240). I discovered your web site and learned about the apple cider vinegar, I've been trying it with water along with fish oil/flax seed oil/garlic supplements. i also added a little exercise and I've never felt so great. I will soon have another blood test to recheck my cholesterol levels. i am confident that my cholesterol levels have lowered to normal levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Posted by Julie (Elk Grove, CA, USA) on 09/18/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I am 48 yrs old and have suffered from severe insomnia for 9 years. I have taken ambien sleeping pills for the last 5 years just to get a good night sleep. I started taking apple cider vinegar and baking soda for eczema and it CURED my insomnia. I mean totally cured. No more sleeping pills and I am not exaggerating when I say I sleep like i did in my 20's. At first my skin felt like it was burning for a couple of days then when it was gone so were many ailments. It also lowered my cholesterol 30 points, and I no longer have acid reflux. Thank you for your website. Its been such a blessing.

Replied by Prism
(Manila, Philippines)

apple cider vinegar for high cholesterol and eczema

what is the dosage appropriate for me? I have high bad and good cholesterol which is of familial origin. a total 0f 297. i have been also suffering from eczema for 4 years, jst rotating the topical meds that dr prescribed but haven't get rid of it.

Replied by Researcher
(L.a., Ca.)

Sorry about your ecz. And your chol. problems. I am not an expert, however, from the years of reading, have you addressed a congested liver?You may know about liver cleanses, but if you don't I'd read up on them first, do some thinking, get feedback and don't jump into things and see what your higher self recommends. I am about to embark on them. I found several that are not as drastic as Hulda Clark's, although when I get the druthers I will do that one as well.

You might want to go to Curezone.com and see what they may have to add, however, I would definitely stay away from the debate forums, at least for me they're a melange of highly principled individuals to lunatics.

Keep putting one foot in front of the other and don't give up! You're on your way to your answers and solution! The best to you. : )

Jus' me

Replied by Beanie
(Whiteville, N. C. 28472)

Thank you for the information about vinegar and baking soda. God Bless you.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Janet (Yorktown, TX) on 02/14/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking acv for about 45 days to lower my cholesterol and in hopes of helping my blood pressure. Today, 2-14-2007 I went to my doctor for blood work. My b/p was 177 (higher then I want) but my good cholesterol was much better then my bad. I am happy and will continue my 2 times a day of 2T/acv in a glass with 1/4 t/baking soda. Thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Supplements

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Melissa (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on 05/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

This is amazing and TRUE! Using remedies I found on this site, I lowered my total cholestrol 72..yes 72 points in one month! My Doctor called me personally to tell me NOT to fill my prescritp for Lipitor because he was "shocked" and "amazed" that my cholestol had dropped to NORMAL! He told me to "keep doing what I was doing"!

One month ago I found this website after my doctor told me my total cholestol was 272 and I'm a young 40-something year old woman! He gave me one month to "get it under control" since I was hesitant to start Lipitor.

I used ACV daily, at first 1 tsp. before each meal then working my way up to 1Tbs. twice daily, at breakfast and dinner. I also added daily at dinner time, 1200mg of Red Yeast Rice Extract, 100mg of CoQ10. 1000 mg and of Fish Oil. If I knew I were going to be eating a high fat meal, I took 3 chitosan capsules before those meals ( as needed not at each meal). I also used fresh Cilantro "chelation" daily. Basically a cilantro pesto made with 1 c. fresh cilantro, 2 Tbs. olive oil, 1/2 c. almonds, 3 cloves fresh garlic and the juice of one fresh lemon..pulse in food processor until it's a paste then eat 1 to 3 teaspoons of it daily. It worked for me, familial high cholestrol was a factor for those of you with a genetic predisposition. Try it!!!

Replied by Melissa
(Minneapolis, MN)

re: High Cholesterol -- I neglected to add that my triglycerides also dropped dramatically from 313 to 168 in ONE MONTH following the Apple Cider Vinegar and supplement program I cited above. I'm looking at my test results as I write this and it truly is amazing! I couldn't be more surprised and pleased. I wish you success and good health!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Oats

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Marsiane (Suriname) on 12/11/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, over the past 5 years I have struggled with high cholesterol also. Last Friday I had my annual check up and today I got my results. I was ecstatic to learn that my cholesterol has been reduced significantly and I feel much better. My doctor advised me to eat raw oats. I tried that, but I find it exhausts me. So since a couple of weeks, I start my day with a mug of hot/warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (not advised by my doc).

Meanwhile, I soak raw oats in just room temperature water, so I can chew it down easily. After my ACV-water, I continue with my oats in water and after that I take 1 brazil nut. After that I take a small serving of full fat yogurt spiked with 6-8 crused raw almonds, 1 banana, 2 tbs chia or flaxseeds, half a handful of raisins and 1 tsp of raw honey. Also, after every meal, I drink/eat 2 tablespoons of raw oats, again soaked in water.

I don't know if the last also contributes to my lowering cholesterol which is now a 5.88 (HDL). I strive to reach my 5.00 mark and lower. I have drastically cut down on sugar in my diet and cook also with EVOO (just 1 tbs, only if necessary) and butter. Margarines and other vegetable fats, except EVOO I absolutely do not use anymore, because studies have shown them to be very harmful to the body. I also incorporate more fruits and salads to my diet. I hope I have helped you in your journey to finding a good routine to lower your cholesterol also. I suggest you also do a total medical check-up before starting to change anything, so you can verify your progress better. I root for you.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Supplements

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Lynne (California) on 03/27/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I take the ACV with 100% Grape juice. This is also supposed to be good for high Cholesterol. In March 2013 my Cholesterol was 249. On May 6, 2013 I had a heart attack (only 56 yrs. old). Of course they put me on statins. I could not tolerate them at all. Legs felt like knives being stabbed in them, migraine headache and very weak, no energy. I immediately went to EC website and found that ACV (2X a day), Niacin(1X a day), Red rice yeast (1200mg 2X a day), Ginkgo (1 X a day), Vit D3 (1X a day) and B-12 (1X a day). I take these supplements throughout the day. My Cholesterol has dropped all the way to 186!!!!!!!

Apple Pectin

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Ria (Las Vegas) on 01/22/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Try apple pectin. One to three times daily 1/2 hour before food on empty stomach with lots of water. I did this years ago and it brought it down very well. Doing this on an ongoing basis is a lot better than statins.

Apple Pectin, Green Tea

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Ria (Nevada) on 04/03/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Pectin For Cholesterol Reduction, Green Tea For Triglycerides

My cholesterol was around 263 when my specialist freaked out about it.

I did research and read about apple pectin, which is a soluble fiber.

I took one capsule of 750 mg for four to six months on an empty stomach in the afternoons with a large glass of water.

Six months later, my cholesterol was down significantly, and my doctor was rather surprised. The only reason I didn't take more was that my stomach is delicate and I've had problems with other supplements before.

Now I'm down to 224 and my new doctor freaked out about it. I went back to apple pectin again, and we're re-testing in six months.

My triglycerides were consistently in the high 100s and I heard at a health seminar that green tea reduces them.

I started to drink 2 cups of green tea decaf most days (can't do caffeine) and the last two times my triglycerides were 84 and 85.

They have never been so low. Keep in mind that psyllium is also a soluble fiber and any powdered supplement you can buy in the stores that contain it will do the same thing. I prefer the capsules because I can't stomach the sweet flavor of the powders. Good luck, people!

Avoid Trans Fats

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Ryan (Oneonta, NY) on 11/18/2005
5 out of 5 stars

High cholesterol can be lowered by avoiding foods with trans fats in them. Trans fats tend to raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol. They are suspected of causing many health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and rigid arteries. In the ingredients list, if you see "partially hydrogenated" oils, do not eat. For more information go to www.bantransfats.com

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