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

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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

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Posted by Henry (San Miguel, El Salvador) on 01/24/2011

I had 20 years with this horrible problems. I was Ia cassa de Iucy Ia direcion es, 506 jefferson avenue. Taking medicine and test after test and nothing works. I start the to take ACV And in hours I feel the diference is the best of the Best. No existe nada mejor. Solo tratalo y lo veras. Con jugo de naranja o iceTea. Sabe mejor

Mix it with juice. Orange or ice T. Hrc. From El Salvador.

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Posted by Rob (Sundance, Wy, Usa) on 01/22/2011

Great value distilled white vinegar.. Is it the same as ACV? will this work for sinuses?

Replied by V
(Seattle, Wa)

Rob from SUndance,

It's not the same. I'm not sure what all of the differences are but they are very different. Great Value wite vinegar is great for cleaning/fighting mildew or for laundry. Great Value is a Wal-mart brand, yes? Perhaps in the same isle you can find a glass bottle of ACV for just a few bucks. It'll be higher on the shelf.

Google can tell you more about the differences between apple cider vinegar and white vinegar.

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Posted by Anwen (Dublin, Ireland) on 01/20/2011

I have been reading this website with interest. I would like to begin taking apple cider vinegar but would like clarification on the amount of water that you recommend. You recommend 16oz of water per 2 teaspoons ACV on the website. Is this 16ozs or 16 fl ozs (as I have both on my measuring jug)? 16oz relates to about 700 mls of water whereas 16 fl ozs relates to about 500 mls of water. Just want to make sure I am getting the dilution right.

Thank you for all of the wonderful information on the website and thanks for your help.

Replied by Knute
(Sacramento, Usa)

Not sure how you get the figure of 700 mls. In the US each fluid ounce represents about 29.57 milliliters. 16 fluid ounces is the same as about 473 milliliters or, practically speaking, sligthly less than half a liter.

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Anwen, you don't need to be so specific about the dilution of acv. You would probably need the fluid ounces since it is liquid. But honestly I put as much or as little water in the apple cider vinegar depending on how I feel at the time. Lily.

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Posted by Evelyn Miguel (Quezon City Metro Manila, Philippines) on 01/17/2011

Is apple cider Vinegar good for those people suffering from Antiphospholipid antibodies syndrome accompanied by autoimmune disease?

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Posted by Brian (Souderton, Pennsylvania) on 01/15/2011

I Have been dealing with Mental Illness my whole life. A couple of years ago I made the decision to change my diet and for whatever reason Dr. Andrew Weils Optimal health diet found its way into my life and changes have been good but pain was and still is bothering my at times. I stumbled across Apple Cider Vinger while surfing the net and figured I would give it a try. This stuff is helping so much it may be saving my life. My question is this I know you recommend 2 teaspoons in 16oz of water sipped through the day but am really enjoying 2 in 8oz 3 x's a day. Am I doing any harm? I eventually desire to end up at your protocol but need to heal.

Also, In your opinion what is a healthy dosage of Cinnamon and healthy dosage of honey that one can take each day? I am exploring these as well. Thank you so much for your help. Apple cider vinegar so far is making a big difference and is very much appreciated.

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Posted by Darwin (Albia, Iowa/usa) on 01/13/2011

I have been doing the ACV and water. I have been experiencing gas badly, can't stand myself. Also has experienced boils on my body and some pimples on my face and back. Is this poisons coming out of my body or is my what I'm taking to strong? I mix 2 cups ACV in a gallon of water and refrigerate. Should I try the baking soda, lemon or lime, and add vitamin C to my regimen? Help?

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Posted by Genevive (Erie, Pa, Usa) on 01/11/2011

Hi I was wondering if drinking raw ACV can bind you up like eating apples can? Thanks, Genevive

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Posted by Rick From Missouri (Auxvasse, Missouri) on 01/09/2011
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I've been using Apple Cider Vinegar now for about 6months or so and haven't notice any improvements on my health, everybody here raves about it, from what I've read you'd think that Apple Cider Vinegar was a panacea/cure all for everything, so I'm very disappointed at not seeing any results for myself

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Posted by Colene (Denver, Colorado) on 12/22/2010
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To the gal who microwaves her Apple Cider Vinegar - not a good idea since micro-wave kills all enzymes in all food including drink -Not the best invention for mankind (best place for microwave is - in a garbage heap)

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Posted by Ruddy (Candan, Ontario) on 11/30/2010

Hi Just wondering after reading all these posts if I drink apple cider vinegar for one month then every other day for a year is that good enough? I dont want to take is everyday as it is bad for your teeth surely? How many times do you suggest you drink it and for how long? Also the rinse is fine that is once a week. This is for female pattern hair loss.

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Posted by Athena (Phoenix, Az) on 11/12/2010

I never knew this about Apple Cider Vinger!!!! That is amazing.. WOW!! So many uses for this stuff, its great!! I will try it and let you know.. I wish I had checked this site sooner. I just lost my dog Austin to ear infection and ticks. I know now plan to help all my other dogs..

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Posted by Rita (Maysville Ky, Ky) on 10/27/2010

Why would apple cidar vinegar make you itch when taken internally?

Replied by Peg
(Winston-salemjoalty, North Carolina)

It is likely clearing toxins, and this is a temporary condition.

Replied by Elizabeth
(Nashville, Tn)
1 out of 5 stars

Some people can't tolerate vinegar as well as others. If you have candida it can actually aggravate it instead of helping it. I read so many wonderful things about ACV I decided to try it for my candida related health issues. I ended up getting a yeast infection from it, even when I mixed it with baking soda for the acidity. I'm not knocking the ACV beneficial effects for some people.... It's just not for me.

Replied by Christina
(Ann Arbor, Mi)

It's possible that the ACV is throwing your body's pH balance out of whack. You should find out what your balance is before trying something acidic. "Apple cider vinegar is an exception: unlike almost every other vinegar, it has an alkaline ash and improves pH by making the body less acidic. "

Read more at Suite101: Tips to Balance Acid Alkali pH: Beat Chronic Pain, Inflammation, Acid Indigestion, Fatigue and More

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Posted by Gitslinger (Austin, Texas) on 09/24/2010
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ACV has been great for my other ailments (especially warts!), but it made my hemorrhoids much much worse. They went from being a minor nuisance to swelling twice their size, becoming incredibly sore and oozing. Ouch! I'll never try this again!