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

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Posted by Shel (Eugene, OR) on 04/17/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I wrote previously to say how impressed I was with oil-pulling. Now I want to sing the praises of ACV. I'm a type O (blood), have never liked sour things and have always avoided vinegar. I recently reread my book and realized that ACV was approved for me. I have a lot of issues--candida, herpes, psoriasis and they have all been improved by taking ACV. My face was seriously broken out with psoriasis, a week ago, and I began applying ACV morning and night and drinking it several times a day in juice, water, whatever. My face is now completely cleared up. I also have a yeast rash almost all the time, from too much sugar, etc. That completely cleared up, too, also with topical application. I also applied it topically to a herpes site that was beginning to tingle and that went away, too. No constipation or bad side effects of any kind.

What I would like to point out is that everybody cannot expect to have the same results. That's the beauty of this site and the variety of experiences and remedies available. My other point is that attitude is everything. I never try things with the mindset that it "probably won't work"--why should it not? Sometimes, it's just a case of not having run across the right thing for you. However, people are often loth to admit the psychological aspects of illnesses and many people's specific illnesses are a huge clue about their lives, attitudes and personalities. I think the number one factor in getting well is the willingness to let go of whatever is wrong with you. Many people are dependent on their illnesses without realizing it and a frightening number of people are unwilling to do anything to help themselves. Maybe you will find these comments unappropriate for this website but I think they're valid and my hat is off to the people who organized this website and the people who write in, who have had the courage to try things and thereby help themselves and others. Finally, it is true that there is a period of adjustment before you really see a big change with any natural therapy. Never give up if results aren't immediate--unless, of course, something really drastic happens. I had a few really discouraging days but now I feel better than I have in as long as I can remember (I'm 65 years old.)

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Posted by Rob (North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand) on 04/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi there, I have just come across your great site and have now saved it to my favourites for ready access as and when required.
I have been using apple cider vinegar for over eight years after breaking both my clacaneous (heel bones) in a fall from a miltary assault case on a proferssional training exercise at a work conference. I was referred to it by a Reiki healer who felt it would assist me deal with the ongoing pain issues and also felt it would be a good de tox for the body.

It certainly did that with ny body reacting initially with a lot of small boil type infections manifesting as the apple cider vinegar in the body forced the toxins out through the skin. That lasted for 2 months and then my body cleared and I felt a whole lot better as a result - and continue to do so.

I am confident that ACV has assisted me to reduce the effects of living with constant pain and has so many other added values as the amino acids and enzymes produced in the fermentation process act as catalysts to help the body break down and rebuild molecules on a daily basis.

I swear by the natural benefits of ACV in so many ways and it is now part of my daily routine of getting up in the morning and pouring 25mm + into the bottom of glass and filling with warm water and a touch of sea salt. I follow this with a further 4 to 5 glases of water and this is a great way to start the day. I also try to have a shot before my meals when practical to do so.

If i go on a road trip I fill my water bottle with a dose of ACV and couple of pinches of sea salt as well.

Here is another good tip for you -Try filling a spray bottle with one third ACV and balance wityh water and spray onto your hair and skin on a daily basis after shampooing while showering. Just wait for the positive comments from your hairdresser and your skin feels nice and soft as a result. My hair is rejuvinated and definitely feels thicker as a result of using ACV.

So I am a believer and any natural product that contains essential minerals and trace elements present in ACV such as calcium, boron, magnesium,silicon,manganese and potassium has to have a positive effect on ones metabolism.

Another tip for liver spots on the skin ( hands and face in particular) as aging kicks in is to dip half a lemon into a bowl filled with ACV and let soak for short while as absorption occurs. Then rub on liver- spotted skin daily and watch spots begin to fade in a few weeks.

Rob North Shore Auckland New Zealand

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, USA)
403 posts

After skimming right past any mention of iodine for, what - 50 years? I've been playing with it the past couple of weeks. THEN I read Jarvis' "Folk Medicine" book and started ACV 2 days ago. I run a large cup of filtered water through my Keurig into a heavy glass "pyrex" measuring cup to cool it down a bit, add 1 tsp ACV and a 5 count of honey out of a squirt bottle and a couple pinches of pink salt.

After two weeks of applying povidone iodine externally (sore, lumpy, swollen breast) which responded right away (not lumpy, not sore and less swollen) within a day or two. I'd gotten the iodine down to about 4 hours before it was absorbed but with the ACV, it's back to being absorbed very quickly.

I'd been suspecting there was an underlying mass in that breast (still a little "swollen") and today, with my second ACV tea drink, I can definitely feel a response deep in the tissue on the side, toward my underarm and it's sucking up the iodine again, like it did the first time!

Haven't yet received my Lugol's iodine but when I do, I'm going to switch to taking it internally and add a drop or two of the 5% to my morning ACV tea.

I've also been taking 12.5mg iodoral, but not regularly as I suck at keeping track of pills...

ALSO, since Covid, I've had some sinus activity and ordered some honeycomb to chew and see if I can get rid of that nonsense - also per Jarvis' book.

AND I'm not craving coffee, which is amazing! I'm drinking a cup that I made out of sheer habit but it doesn't taste right.

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Posted by Alfred Baron (Ransit, Bangkok, Thailand) on 03/29/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Earth Clinic..Your doing a Wonderful Thing for People..Wow..Should be more people like you.

I had a Store in San diego, ca. for 7 years..noticed people coming in with all kind of ailments. So I started to sell and tell the customers about Apple Cider Vinegar. After a while I could read their body language that they were not feeling good.. So I insisted that they buy ACV..Results ..Dissolved kidney stone in 4 days, prostate problem.. could not urinate..4 days system cleared. everything worked normal, migrain headache.. gone 1 day, women have cramps certain time of month.. no cramps, more energy noticed 1 day,arthritic aches and pains ..most gone in a few days,the list goes on and on.. I am told from reading that our cells are mostley potassium.. when we eat too much salt .. the salt make the cells weak and push our bones out of wack.. that why I think people have a lot of back problems.. the minute our cells become healthy, our bones fall back in place, no more back problems.. ACV is mostly potassium..Stop eating ten bananas a day.. just take ACV.
Stay well my friends

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Posted by Nancy (Shreveport, LA) on 03/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I started using acv 2 tsp w/16oz of water sipping throughout the day. I gradually increased to 2 tblsp in 16 oz of water over a period of two weeks. The results have been interesting. I used to yawn a lot, especially while riding in the car. I had a shallow breathing problem. Now, I don't yawn unless I'm sleepy. I also have increased energy and no more acide reflux. I hadn't seen a post about the breathing before so I thought I would share. Great remedy. Balancing the PH in the body makes such good sense. Thanks for the good work EC!

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Posted by Sara (Reitz Straat, Holland) on 03/10/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

i have read alot about Acv and tried to make and attemp and the result is fantastic my skin start glowing, my complexion enhance, and my enegy level inceases yet not affecting my ache may b it will take sometime.. now i had a problem of premature whitening of hairs i am 24 and was just married my hasband make fun of me that oh my old wifey and blah blah now my question is i read form somewhere that acidic food can enhance the process of whitening of hairs so shall i stop takeing ACV? i am very worried and dont want to stop taking ACV bc i really love to drink acv bc of itz wonderful result.. did anyone help me ????:(

Replied by Robin
(Macomb, Michigan/United States)

Hi Sara, In reply the ACV doesnt cause premature gray hair if anything it does cause hair to grow faster. I've been drinking ACV for about 4 months now and have not noticed any more gray hair than usual. But my hair does grow quick now. Hope this helps.

Replied by T
(Maryland, USA)

I recall someone posting that ACV intake can reduce iodine in the body, that if you take ACV regularly you should supplement with iodine. As iodine is tied to thyroid function, and premature (before age 30) greying of hair is actually one known symptom of thyroid problems, I'd be checking into the need for iodine supplementation when taking ACV regularly.

Replied by Jacquelynna
(Cincinnati, Oh)

I take ACV as well as a kelp supplement, along with eating Seaweed Snacks (nori) from a popular health food chain. Would this seem to be enough iodine? I live in the goiter belt so am concerned about this...

Peace, Jacquelynna

Replied by Mark
(Sewell, New Jersey)

As for the white hair take more Vitamin C. Many claim to have reversed the process. I think Ted has some words of wisdom on the subject!

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Posted by Micky (Doncaster, Yorkshire England) on 03/04/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for this web site and forum. I was diagnosed simultaneously by 2 different doctors for acid reflux and high blood pressure and high cholestrol.

One doctor at the hospital put me on pariet for the reflux, my GP wanted to put me on asprin and statins for life for may BP and Cholestrol.

As I am a coeliac / Celiac I was concerned about both and the effects on my stomach and lymph glands. so I googled and found this site.

In the last fortnight I never took the tablets but took 2 tbs of apple cider vinaegar and whoa my headaches have gone, my indigestion has gone and believe it or not I think my weight is going down!

Thanks to everyone who contributs to this site


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Posted by A V Reddy (Bangalore, Karnataka, India) on 02/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar: I was able to stop anti-acid medications. It helped remove artery plaque. It helped regulate calcium metabolism, helped digestion. It helped my friend fight arthritis and normalize body weight.

Start the day with acv! You may start with one teaspoonful of acv mixed with eight ounces of filtered water. Gradually increase it to two with our meal.

When you feel fatigued or run down in the afternoon, try a mixture of two tablespoonful of acv and one teaspoonful of honey with water. In the evening you may add ginger to honey and acv as a hot tea drink. You can ask for organic acv from any health food store.

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Posted by Laura (Mt. Airy, MD, USA) on 02/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking ACV for two years now (1-2 TBS in 8 oz. water, three times a day.) It has 1) cured a cough I had for three years 2) given me more energy 3) keeps a nice rosy color to my cheeks 4) and has cured sinus infections in hours 5) and helped me keep my weight steady. I will use it forever! I have recommended it to so many people.

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Posted by Tiff (San Clemente, CA) on 02/17/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I came across this website doing some research for irregular vaginal bleeding and found the benifits that ACV can provide. My husband and myself have been using ACV for four days now 2tbsp with 1/2c water sometimes mixed with the 1/4tsp bs. We love it! It has helped our sinus congestion, sour stomach, weight loss, constipation, over all we feel a lot better with this ACV " as we call it, a natural cure all.

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Posted by Shelagh (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) on 02/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Now that I'm faithfully taking ACV I received an email warning about danger of too much acid in our systems causing cancer... how do we know what is 'too much'? I have noticed a jump in energy and an elevated 'good' mood... so I am going to continue what makes me feel better... and yesterday someone mentioned a rosy glow, which is amusing as I am blessed with great skin... but this acid/cancer connection is a real concern. Ted? Any comment or suggestion? Anyone else? Thanks. This site rocks! Peace.

EC: Apple cider vinegar in fact alkalizes one's pH. Please review the introductory information on the acv main page as well as the Questions and Answers pages for more information on this subject.

Sadly, there is loads of false information planted on the internet about apple cider vinegar!

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Posted by Chuck (Springfield, MO USA) on 01/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

ACV-Joint Pain/Weight Loss/more:

Im a 42yo wm who was suffering from elbow joint pain and had blood pressure so high it was giving me headaches occasionaly..I was about 195lbs and 6"0 tall so was not alot overweight but just didnt feel right. Because I dont have good insurance I decided in june of 2008 to try ACV to see if it would work for me before going to the doctor.YOU MUST BUY REAL ACV,unpasturized and with the MOTHER> DO Not buy ACV at the grocery store as it will be pasturized and a waste of time.. I went to a local health food store and bought ___ACV with the MOTHER>Im not promoting ___,its the only one Ive tried, Im sure theres other good brands out there. If the ACV you buy is dirty looking and it says it has the MOTHER, then its probably good (do your own research)

Anyway..I started by taking 2tablespoons in a small glass of water twice a day, and within 2 days my joint pain went away and my energy level went way up...This stuff tastes nasty but after you realize how much it is helping you you will get use to it.. I havent had a headache since I started taking ACV,h ave lost 15lbs,and havent had a twinge of pain in any joints... Its been 19 months, Im a much happier and healthier person...Remember Im taking 2 tablespoons, NOT teaspoons, twice a day...once in the morning and mid-afternoon. Dont ignore your doctor if you think you need one,but Im sure this product has changed my health for the better!

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Posted by Janice (Mpls, MN) on 01/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

After just a few days of taking only 2 tsp of ACV, my acne and dandruff completely cleared up. It has also helped with symptoms of PMS and insomnia, and I now have much more energy from taking it on a daily basis. I do find it is hard on my tooth enamel, so I make sure I sip it through a straw.

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Posted by Judy (Hubert, North Carolina) on 01/15/2009
5 out of 5 stars

As everyone should be I was very skeptical when I read of all the cures acheived with ACV. I started out looking for relief for my partners enlarged prostate. When I kept looking at all the things ACV could do, I said what the heck and tryed it along with him. Well let me just say that I feel like a brand new woman! I have had sever back pain and degenerative disease since I was 11 yrs old. About 6 yrs ago I was in an auto accident that I have had constant neck pain from. More recently, with my age now being 48, I have had knee and hip pain on my right side. After taking ACV in water, 2 tbls in 8 oz, for three days my hip no longer hurt! I decided to follow the recipe better and slowly drink 3 to 4 glasses of the same recipe all day. While at the gym I realized I could move my neck and look over my shoulder with no pain!! When I get up in the morning I no longer have to hang on to the counter when I kneel down to get something from the bottom of the cupboard!! I wake up everyday now PAIN FREE! I can't wait to see what happens next! As for my man, well he see's what it is doing for me and wants to do it too but hates the taste and doesn't have the patients. I have been doing all I can to get him to do it. He will now and again but won't do it every day. Does anyone have any ideas how to make it taste better for him? I am used to it already and really with everything it has done for me wouldn't care how it tasted.Thankyou so so so much for this site! Who would have thought that a little bottle from the grocery store costing all of one dollar could make me feel younger then I ever have!!

Replied by T
(Maryland, USA)

Put it in apple juice. Myself and my very picky and perceptive child have no problems taking it this way. It blends right surprise really, "apples to apples" ;) Experiment with different amounts to find the least amount that will disguise the taste enough for you. We drink it with plenty of water alongside.

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Posted by River (Southampton, UK) on 01/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I was desperately looking for natural remedies for lots minor and not so minor ailments I have. I have rhinitis allergy, asthma, reflux, hot flushes, hair thining, insomina when I came across your website! you have changed my life. I have definete improvement in all but the reflux (and too early to say if hair loss will improve ) with ACV. It is early days though. I did not think it would work so quickly. Thank you so much. I have taken 2 table spoons of organic ACV in half a glass of water twice dailly for the past week and already noticed a change. Thank you!

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Posted by Diana (Palmetto, FL) on 01/09/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been suffering from cronic sinusitus for several years now and I have tried everything with no help. When I say everything, belive me, if it is out there, I tried it. I have used every over the counter medicine, nasal sprays, netti pots, heat packs and prescriptions and none helped. It has recently gotten so bad that I developed extremely dark circles under my eyes and asked a dermatologist what I could do to deminish them and they said "nothing". They were wrong! I have not only found relief from my sinus issues, but the dark circles are practically gone in a matter of days. I found your website and thank God for it. I took 1/8th cup of ACV for my sinus problems and that evening, I became very ill that night and instantly thought, it was due to the ACV dose. That night however, I went to bed and again took the ACV the next morning to help with my sinuses. In two days I woke with no congestion for the first time in 7 years!! This is an amazing remedy that has been sitting undiscovered by me in my pantry. I am on my third day of dosing with ACV and am equally excited about the prospect of it helping with my acne issues as well. I was really happy when my sinuses cleared, but am even more excited about the dark circles beginning to lighten. ACV is the one item I will never be without.