Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar: Uses, Health Benefits and FAQ

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Posted by Beatrice (Ottawa, Canada) on 04/29/2011

Hello there, I am a big fan of natural medicine vs. conventinal and have just started to drink the ACV in water mixture for what I believe is a stomach ulcer along with poor digestion in general. I just had a small amount of it to try it out, and I felt a little bit of discomfort/burning, but nothing unbearable. Once it calmed down a little though, I did notice I felt more energized and had a more uplifting mood and I just felt a lot better in general, it was amazing! I'm not sure if this was unrelated or a placebo effect, but I did feel a whole lot better in a matter of minutes after drinking it.

I was just curious, the instructions state to drink it 3 times a day before meals, but is there a problem with drinking it during or after meals? Or before bed time?

And also, does ACV help regulate blood pressure or does it just lower it? I do experience low blood pressure/arrythmias at times and I wouldn't want to cause any harm in that sense.
Thank you!

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Posted by Steve (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/28/2011

Hi I was just wondering does it matter if it's distilled apple cider vinegar or does it have to be regular? Or is organic better? and the _____'s brand is that at whole foods or at a local store you can buy from?

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Posted by Beth (London, England) on 04/26/2011

Would someone please explain why apple cider vinegar should be better for the health than apples?

Replied by Debbie
(Melbourne, Australia)

Beth, one reason why ACV is good for you (I wouldn't say apples are bad) is that it is a fermented product which means it adds back good bacteria into the intestines. Many people nowdays have bad digestion because of antibiotics killing off the good bacteria in the stomach.

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Posted by Ninesuns (Fresno, California, Usa) on 04/24/2011
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On our apple ranch, we decided to make apple cider vinegar. A neaerby wine company also made brandy; and they had a warehouse of barrels filled with fermenting wine. I bought an old brandy barrel from them and poured in the apple juice. We were told it would take about a year to ferment, but the mother formed in about two months on the top, about 3 inches thick. The vinegar was ready in about 5 months. This was the best cider vinegar I have ever tasted, almost like a flavored drink with a little bite to it. I think the old brandy barrel flavor made the process faster. No alcohol, just raw apple cider vinegar.

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Posted by Cj9113 (Middletown , New York) on 04/11/2011

I started drinking Apple Cider Vinegar with water and I am having a hard time drinking it cause of the taste. My question is, can I drink it in orange juice? will it still work the same for losing weight and any thing else it works on???

Replied by Deb
(Middletown, Ny)

In 8 oz glass of water put 2 tbs ACV and 1 tbs of honey. Tastes pretty good!

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Posted by Celeste (St Petersburg, Fl/usa) on 04/06/2011

Hello everyone, I want to combine ACV, BSM, honey, coconut oil, for a tonic, to be used during the day. Is there any problem with that? Thanks.

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Posted by John N (Boston, Ma) on 03/21/2011

Hi, I have just started to take Apple Cider Vinegar and i'am a bit confussed on what brand to buy, how much to take daily, should I drink it thru out the day instead of 3 times a day before meals, when should I brush my teeth after I take Apple Cider Vinegar, by avoiding the teeth as I take it would that help? I really want to find the best plan daily to take this to help with weight loss, hair loss, aches and joint and muscle pain but mostly to keep my ph balanced. I have been using Heinz acv, about 6 tablespoons a day. Thx John

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Posted by Cj9113 (Middletown, Ny) on 03/20/2011

Can I mix the apple cider vinegar into my yogurt and it work the same as putting it in water?

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Cj9113, yes you can put your Apple Cider Vinegar into your yogurt, but wouldn't it curdle? Let us know if it does!! Lily.

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Posted by John Nunziato (Peabody, Ma) on 03/15/2011

Hi, I would like to receive some info on the dosage to take Apple Cider Vinegar on a daily bases to help with everything, what are the pro's and con's of taking acv? should I rinse after taking Apple Cider Vinegar so the acid doesn't hurt my teeth? how come there are no carbs, cal, sodium in acv, don't apples have carbs ?

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Posted by Hmsadic (Jeddah, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia) on 03/06/2011

I just found this site for the first and I am confuse on How do I use Apple Cider Vinegar to treat for Atrithis, Diabetic & High Blood all together? Can you advise me for the procedure.

Thanking you and more power.

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Posted by Hairguru (New Jersey, Usa) on 02/18/2011

Can I use AVC long term? I know someone who's been on it for over 20yrs (daily) he's fine. My dentist said to use a "FLOURIDE-ouch"rinse afterwards. I've been on 2tbsp b4 lunch/dinner. lost 15lbs and cured my chronic rhinitis/sinusitus... I'm now also pulling a 6.0 urine ph... Yippie!

Should I eat something after swigging the acv? or oil pull? any thoughts? also- is this harmful to do daily? should I just scale back my daily dosage perhaps? OBTW- just stumbled upon this site last nite... Im addicted! THNX 2ALL who kindly take the time to post here... It means so much! Especially since we dont want to take meds. Our grandparents NEVER WENT @THE DR.s... They used these remedies. And like MOST of the socialist countries that offer clinics- this USA might just need to come up with alternatives like these- b/c getting sick will make u go broke. Everyone invests in preventative medicine. The heck w/modern medicine. Its truly yesterdays news. ALL MEDS have side effects. PERIOD>thnx in NJ!!

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Posted by Lori (Cohoes, Ny, Usa) on 02/17/2011

Hello, I just registered to be a member of your wonderful web site. I was desperate for answers to a sinus infection. I believe I got my answers! If you could please tell me what kind of Apple cider vinegar to use. Organic, unfiltered, or non organic filtered. Thank you for all the great information. Lori

Replied by Special01
(Indianapolis, In, Usa)

Organic apple cider vinegar with the mother.

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Posted by Saffordshire Born And Bred (Burntwood, Staffs, England) on 02/10/2011 2 posts

Hi all

I tried ACV a few months ago and could not stand the acidity so went onto capsules.

Aftera few weeks of taking these (I know this is not nice! ) my toilet motions were runny. I also noticed that there was a white residue to the above. Could this be body fat or what?

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Posted by Maple65 (Vancouver, Bc, Canada) on 02/01/2011
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I have been reading the posts on apple Cider Vinegar- About 14 years ago , to lose weight I started taking ACV a tablespoon in my food. I had never ever had any problems with my joints or limbs or any other health issues-i must have taken ACV for about a year , not much effect on losing weight but after a year or so I was expereincing pain in my knee joints and it started to get worse over the years- To cut a long story short, I had to get an MRI done and was told , I had to have atropscopy to correct the problem-To go back many years , my mother related what had happened to her school friend many years ago, -She said ths girl was obese and had started taking a wine glass full of malt vinegar to lose weight, maybe she over did it, but she started losing not just body fat but her bones were brittle and she had to be hospitalized and the docs told her mother that she had lost a lot of bone marrow, to say the least, other complication developed and this girl lost her life.

I dont know if the reason was ACV or what? I have just related to what happend to me- I have as yet not recovered from the bad knee and had another surgery this time with atroscopy with micro fracture, this was to start the stem cells to kick in- Well it did not help at all and maybe in a few years will have to go for a knee replacement- The other knee is also painful but has had no surgery

This post is to RELATE my experience, I may be wrong but then I thought of sharing it with all of you-Thanks

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa Usa)

Hi Maple. Being overweight or obese will most ALWAYS lead to knee problems. My husband, (who is normal weight) had knee surgery 3 years before he started taking ACV....Age or weight WILL get a person if they are prone to having a bad knee. Not a lot of sense in scaring people away from the ACV, now is there? I have been taking it every day for over 2 years at 1oz a day, and osteoperosis runs in my family....My knees are FINE. One of my best features, actually. Lol

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

Hi Carly, I think that a lot of people here sometimes see side effects where there are none but I said this a little while ago. One has to be careful signaling side effects. It is not because you have started a new treatment that any little pain is connected to it. As I said before people should stop the treatment, start again and make sure they get the same complaint, if not it is not connected and listen well to their bodies too! The side effects I read about OP, for example, sound rather exagerated to me. That said I have no idea about the side effects or not from ACV but I suppose everybody is different. I tried it for a little while but lost weight while I shouldn't lose any so I won't be trying again any time soon.

As far as your husband's knee goes I don't know his age but age doesn't have to give you a bad knee. I had one while I was still quite young but solved it without an operation (see my postings on that subject). I found a health food shop where the doctor gave me two treatments with electrodes and I have been completely well for 5 1/2 years. Of course your husband can have had a problem different from mine but I was in quite a bit of pain especially when I went down stairs (it was a classical knee problem). The doctors announced that the only solution was medication for a number of years and then a new knee..... Well, maybe one day in the far future, not any time soon anyway! I think that people accept ailments far to easily as being part of old age and all the treatments suggested by the doctors, especially operations, this is the mindset of our society!

Replied by Sharonicus
(Jacksonville, Fl)
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Side effect of ACV- I started taking a couple teaspoons of ACV in water to help with my TERRIBLE allergies (itchy eyes, sinus headache, etc. ) Before I began taking the vinegar, I had suffered from a yeast infection and later found out I was allergic to a certain brand of toilet paper. I lost the TP and the infection cleared. However, after taking the ACV, I got a bad rash again and the yeast symptoms returned very severely. The vaginal rash was red, raised, puffy, sore- gross. To treat the infection, I used sitz baths (as I usually do) using ACV, salt and sometimes peroxide. (Not all at once! In different baths. ) The ACV baths caused inflammation to the rash like I had not experienced before. Now I have stopped taking the ACV and the rash is slowly subsiding. I think I must be allergic to the ACV?! I feel like a lot of people who report negative side effects on here are shot down, sometimes quite harshly. The truth is not everything works for everyone. I can eat mango, while my friend will suffer greatly from it. But I would never say to him "how can you say mango is bad for you? Look how delicious it is for me!" In the same way, ACV may not work positively for everyone. I would love to hear back from anyone who has had a yeast infection CAUSED by ACV. I am not 100% sure of the correlation, but the evidence points to it. When I am free of the rash, I may try taking the ACV again, just to see if the rash comes back- then I would know for sure.

To address anyone who will say I eat poorly or whatever- I eat almost only whole foods, assorted vegetables, whole grains, organic egg for breakfast, very limited fruit intake, extremely limited dairy intake (only a little cheese sometimes), I take probiotics, and only a very occasional aspirin. I also run/walk/jog at least 40-60 minutes every day.

Replied by Farah
(Des Moine, Iowa)

I hope you post the update you mentioned! Thanks!

Replied by Danette
(Tacoma, Wa)

Have you been allergy tested for apples??

Replied by Tracy
(Boulder City, Nv, Usa)

Its possible that you are seeing detox symptoms... The skin is the last place you will see something in the body trying to get out, show up.... I would slow down, and be patient. Drink EXTRA water to help flush the body too. I've also read that lymphatic issues/blockages will show up as rashes.

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Posted by Heleb (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 01/26/2011

I have a bottle of ther good kind of ACV in my kitchen counter. It's been opened once, and sitting there several months. It now has a white waxy-looking bottle-wide disk floating, and another at the bottom. What are these discs? Do they affect the useability oif the ACV? I've never seen them form before, but this is the second bottle of AVC it's happened to.

Replied by Linda
(Nashville, Tennessee Usa)

For RAW Apple Cider Vinegar... This would be a scoby that is floating on top... Or also called a "mother". Just remove and compost. It is good probiotics. Blessings, L