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

Best Time to Take Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Bethyl (Clearwater, Florida) on 05/23/2011

I understand that you should take the ACV 3 times a day, but I'm not sure when. Before meals, after meals or in-between meals?

Replied by Sheila
San Diego, Ca, Usa

When I take it, I drink the diluted ACV before or during a meal. Helps with digestion; stimulating/increasing the digestive acid in the stomach (read this in Jarvis' book), and helping kill off any bacteria in the meal you're consuming.

Posted by Mary (Orwigsburg, Pa) on 02/17/2011

I've seen in posts that ACV is to be diluted in water and sipped through a straw throughout the day. I would like to know if I can drink it straight down, with a straw of course, or does it have to be throughout the day?

Replied by Lily
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hi Mary, yes you can drink your apple cider vinegar all in one go. A lot of people do it that way. Cheers Lily.

Posted by Tom (Riverside, Ca) on 10/11/2010


Replied by Alfred
Bangkok, Thailand

Tom I have been taking ACV since 1994.. I sold it at my store in San Diego. Which I got of good feedback. I do not think you can overdose on ACV.. Today my birthday only 83.. Fit as a fiddle with ACV amd guidance from Earth clinic Keep it up.. Listen to your Body.. Alfred

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa

Hello and Greetings Alfred! You are so right - I have been taking ACV for over a year now, and I will NEVER quit! I hope to be just half as fit as you are when I am 83, and I will be happy! Best to you, Carly :-)

Blood Pressure

Posted by Deborah (El Dorado, TX)
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I don't know if it (ACV) contributed to my blood pressure getting under control or if it was the medication, but I can say I do have more energy. I take 2 TSP with 8 oz of water.

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Blood Pressure and Sugar

Posted by Reena (Mumbai, India) on 08/21/2014

Hi, I am a 57 yr old female from India. I want to take ACV as I am overweight and suffer from varicose veins, insomnia and many other problems. However I also suffer from Low Sugar Levels and Low BP. I am worried that if I take ACV it will further lower my sugar and BP. Please advise.

Regards, Reena

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Reena,

I have used Apple Cider Vinegar regularly for years. I also have always tend towards low blood sugar and low blood pressure, long before using Apple Cider Vinegar. Using Apple Cider Vinegar has never caused either to become lower.

Of course, I can't know how it would affect you, but I can say that for at least one person, apple cider vinegar does not make low blood sugar or low blood pressure worse.

I am a 47 year old female, by the way.

Perhaps it would be safest to begin slowly and increase slowly so you will be able to make sure it suits your own metabolism.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra, India
191 posts

Hi Reena, My suggestion to you would be that you should concentrate on reducing your weight, that itself will help you in overcoming many of your health problems. For that in this site and my experience extra virgin coconut oil is the best bet, this will give you enough energy and will reduce your appetite and so less intake of calories. Along with this you should include some exercise, whatever you can do and you can do it.

Good luck, Baldev

Blood Sugar

Posted by Pat (Ballwin, MO) on 09/05/2008
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I found this article on RealAge ( about ACV and wanted to share.

Vinegar Delight

Research suggests that a little bit of vinegar could have a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels.

In a study, ingesting a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high-carbohydrate meal was found to help dampen expected spikes in blood sugar levels from the meal.

For a bit of vinegar's benefit, try starting off your next pasta meal with a salad splashed with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Vinegar is no substitute for healthy eating habits or for proven methods of blood sugar control. The beneficial effects of vinegar on blood sugar levels may not apply to healthy individuals, and more research is needed to confirm its potential benefits for other populations.

In a recent study, ingesting 20 grams (approximately 2 tablespoons) of apple cider vinegar before eating a high-carbohydrate meal improved insulin resistance.

Study participants who experienced the blood sugar control benefits from vinegar were either diabetic or had insulin resistance syndrome. They followed the 20 grams of apple cider vinegar with a high-carbohydrate meal consisting of a white bagel, butter, and orange juice.

After the high-carbohydrate meal, the acetic acid from the earlier serving of vinegar appeared to reduce blood sugar levels by 19 percent in people with diabetes and by 34 percent in people with insulin resistance.

Acetic acid may help lower blood sugar levels by suppressing enzymes required to break down sugars, resulting in slower absorption.

The best way to keep blood sugar levels steady is to eat a balanced diet, eat at regular intervals, and engage in a moderately strenuous program of physical activity. If you have diabetes or insulin resistance syndrome, follow your healthcare provider's advice.

Brands of Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted by Surfer (Florida) on 04/19/2018
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I have been using ACV for years and go thru a quart per month. Last year I returned 4 bottles of ACV to the store that I bought it because it was sour. There is a distinct difference in taste between a sour apple and a fermented apple. After the second time, I called the company and they did not seem alarmed or really that interested.......just told me to carry it back where I purchased it. Well I got tired of having to carry it back after the fourth time and have been using other brands and have not ran across this problem again. My experience was with one of the oldest and most widely used brands out there.

Posted by Bettyboop (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 06/14/2011

I know that apple cider vinegar is good for gout and alot of other problems like weight loss and arthritis and more. But I see that a lot of people are asking what is the mother. It is when you buy vinegar that have not been processed in making so it is cloudier than say Heinz which is clear and processed so all of the healing properties are loss. Where as unprocessed vinegar with the mother ( is cloudy and floats around in the bottle is part of the apples used to make the healthy brand of vinegar). Can be bought at most health food stores.

Posted by Fidelis Oero (Dallas, Usa) on 12/23/2010

Are all Apple cider vinegars given the same remedies as you described? Or is there a special one than the ones you see in ordinary stores , like Kroger, Walmart. I need your immediate answer as I want to buy one before the Christmas.

Replied by Self

You generally do not want the regular apple cider vinegar sold in stores, which is non-organic and pasteurized (heated and filtered). Some of these stores have a health food section which sell an organic, raw (unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized) apple cider vinegar (ACV) -- this is the one you want for home remedies. Otherwise, the organic, raw ACV can be bought from a health food store or coop.

Replied by Special01
Indianapolis, In, Usa

Everyone says _____'s apple cidar vinegar is among the best.

Posted by Ole (Denmark) on 06/16/2010

Anyone had success with ACV that was unfiltered/organic but without "the mother"?

Replied by Kathy
Las Vegas, Nv

One day I dropped my husband off at his physical therapist and all of a sudden I got really sick (like i was going to vomit) I ran to Trader Joes because that was the closest store and bought applecider vinegar (not with the mother) and poured some in a water bottle and drank it as fast as I could and I felt better in a short while. So in my opinion it works and if I don't have the other ACV I will use a generic brand..

Posted by Amber (Flint, Mi) on 01/13/2010

Hi, I actually have a question and couldn't figure out where to post it. I have been using Apple cider Vinegar from the Meijer brand. I really like it, I like the taste. But I bought the Heinz brand because I wasn't sure whether the Meijer brand is derived from real apples or not. And if it would work just as well. Does anyone know if it is? Because I can't handle the taste of the Hienz brand, it is terrible! Any help on whether the meijer brand is okay to use would be great, thank you!

Replied by Peggy
Fishers, In

I use a Raw, unfiltered ACV. It should contain what is called the mother. I find it in the healthf food stores or in a natural section of Krogers. I can't say brand names but if you look for those particular components it will benefit you more.The vinegars that are distilled or processed have all the goodness stripped out of it, such as enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Good luck!

Posted by Juli (Socorro, NM) on 03/17/2008
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...a tip about acv: if you buy the expensive mother vinegar, save a couple of tablespoons and pour it into a gallon of the cheap store brand. Soon, the cheap stuff will be growing the mother, and you will have a re-usable, active culture very much like a sponge for making bread.

EC: Organic and unpastuerized ACV with the mother seems to be popular with people in the United States, but there are many, many more to try. We suggest you try them all and see which one your body responds best to. We do not suggest drinking acv bought at the grocery store EXCEPT in the event of food poisoning. We have no validating studies to back this up, but we think grocery brands like Heinz are far more acidic and as such can kill off the bacteria causing the poisoning more quickly. Well, that's our experience at any rate. Read more about food poisoning and acv here.

Replied by Aseem
New York, NY

Hi how are you? my wife and me live in Manhattan, NY. its virtually impossible for us to get unpasteurised acv. the only product we've been using since years is Heinz. just cant procure pure organic undistilled acv in the city. any other brand alternatives suggested? ive been having 2tblsp acv with 2tblspn honey in a glass of water first thing in the morning. 2tblspn of acv only in a little water with each meal since 1996. had cut my finger once and immed poured raw honey on it, within 20 seconds the bleeding stoppped and there are no scars. Thanks to whoever first understood the value of these two natural wonders!

Replied by Lisa
Brooklyn, NY

You should be able to find organic unpasteurized ACV at any health food store, Whole Foods, etc in NYC. I've most commonly seen the brands "_____" with a yellow label and "Eden" with a dark blue/green label. I just bought a bottle last night.

Replied by LaToya
New York, New York

There are several Whole Foods Markets in the city. They sell the good ACV. You can find the closest store at

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
512 posts

Hello Latoya,

I don't buy the cheap distilled vinegar for any use, but I do buy a gallon of ACV at Save-a-Lot for about $2/gallon. If you keep it around long enough it grows plenty of mother without any help from the expensive _____ stuff. It works fine for me and has been for years now. I cook, clean, drink, and make medicine with it. At that price, I can afford to keep nothing but ACV and I always have it on hand for whatever I want to use it for, including cleaning my coffee pot periodically.

Breast Reduction

Posted by Mel (Passaic, Nj) on 02/06/2010
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I'm 26 yrs old. I had originally (last year) used acv when the doses were 2 tbsp in water at one shot. After a month, my boobs shrank a whole cup size, but I was still not overall thinner. Beware! I'm still afraid to take it now as the doses have changed. I think they grew back now though, because I took some dong quai and damiana (which I read increases them).


Posted by Tan Koon Peng (Singapore) on 06/27/2008
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If you are burned by fire immediately pour ACV over the wound, there will be no pain or scar. Try it and be amazed.

Replied by Lady Day
Somewhere, In/us

The same is true for baking soda. The difference is you won't smell after you apply it to the wounded area.

Posted by Cyndi (Roethis, Austria) on 06/07/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have always known ACV is good for sunburn, one cup in a tub of water and the sunburn is gone! So, when I was at work alone and severly burned my hand, I put ACV in a sink of water with ice cubes. I had to wait until someone else came into work before I could go to the hospital. On and off for about an hour I kept soaking my burnt hand in the ACV solution. When I arrived at the hospital my hand was bandaged and treated and I was told to return the next day to have this treament repeated. The next day I went back to the hospital and as the bandages were removed, the doctor was shocked! The deep red welt, the blister and all signs of a burn were gone.I had only a pink line. When I explained I had used ACV and ice, the staff were amazed! It truly worked a miracle, where I would have had a scar and therapy, I had onle one day of discomfort. I thank my mother for this.