Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies And Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure?

Apple Cider Vinegar

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About Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, also called cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made by fermenting apple cider. It is a dark brown colored, highly acidic liquid, with a PH between 4.25 and 5. Acetic acid is a major component in it, along with some lactic acid, malic acid and citric acid.

It is mostly sold unfiltered and unprocessed and as such contains mother of vinegar which gives it a cloudy appearance, which is especially visible at the bottom of the bottle, as the mother of vinegar tends to settle down.

It has a sour taste due to the acetic, citric and malic acid content. Apple cider vinegar traditionally has been used as a folk medicine and is even today primarily used for health purposes.

Apple cider vinegar is also available in the form of tablets.

Apple cider vinegar is also used in cooking, as a salad dressing, in chutneys, as a marinade, in food preservatives etc.



Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure? The Debate

From the Babylonians in 5000 BC, to the ancient Egyptians in 3000 BC, to the Samurai warriors of Japan in 1200 BC, to the present day man, apple cider vinegar, has proved its effectiveness to relieve the human body of innumerable ailments as its supporters claim.

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure all remedy from, skin conditions to respiratory problems, acid reflux to diabetes, high blood pressure to arthritis, gout to urinary tract infections, fungus to parasitic infections, high cholesterol to cancer and more, and most of what is in between.

It is claimed that these healing benefits of apple cider vinegar are due to the wealth of nutrients that it gets from its source, the apples. Supporters of ACV believe the nutrients remain intact even after the apple cider is fermented.

It is believed that ACV is a rich source of many vitamins like A, the Bcomplex group, beta carotene and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium, fiber and pectin, amino acids and enzymes.

However, standard nutritional analysis of apple cider vinegar reveals that it does not contain these nutrients and the few ones it contains are in levels that do not ratify these tall claims.

According to USDA, it does not contain Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate or even beta carotene and the many phytonutrients, amino acids or pectin, as the supporters claim.

For instance,1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar contains just 1 mg of calcium which is insignificant when you consider that the daily requirement of calcium for an adult is 1000 mgs.

Inspite of all these adverse reports which seem to refute the tall claims made, there are many who swear by its health benefits. Could it be then that there are unidentified factors in ACV that are responsible for its many health benefits? Only further research will answer this question.

For now, however, there are certain studies that show that in certain cases, apple cider vinegar has provided heath benefits. You can find the studies referenced later down in the hub.

If you wish to purchase apple cider vinegar make sure you buy the raw, organic, unrefined, unprocessed and unpasteurized, murky and brown ACV, rather than the clean and clear looking processed variety as it is known that any processing kills nutrients and this holds good for apple cider vinegar as well.

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Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss

Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies

Given below are cures that have been effected by the consumption of apple cider vinegar.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar And Arthritis

Consume 2-3 tsp ACV mixed in 250 ml water before each meal.
Also, massage the joints with a mixture of 2 egg whites, 125 ml ACV and 60 ml olive oil.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar And Hemorrhoids

For mild cases, apply apple cider vinegar directly on the hemorrhoids. It will relieve the stinging sensation and promote their shrinking after every few hours with a cotton ball till relief sets in.

  • Apple cider Vinegar And Weight Loss

Mix 2 tsp ACV in 250 ml water and drink before each meal. Only avoid foods with excessive fat levels.

1-2 tsp of honey can be added to this for increased benefit.

There are several theories as to how ACV works in this respect like reducing appetite, raising metabolism rate, reducing water retention,

Dr Jarvis, author of the book 'Folk Medicine' says the weight loss is gradual but permanent and his observations over numerous experiments led him to conclude that, about 15 pounds of weight could be lost in a year, by a woman weighing just a shade over 200 pounds, by simply consuming 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water at each meal with no change of diet except for avoiding excessively fatty foods.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar For Skin

Various skin problems like acne, age spots, cellulite, fungal infections can benefit by consumption of ACV.

For Acne

Mix 3 to 4 parts of water with 1 part of ACV. apply this solution with a cotton ball on the affected skin. Leave for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with water.
Repeat 3 times a day.

For severe cases, reduce water. Mix 1 part ACV in 2 to 3 parts of water.

For Age Spots

Apply a solution made with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 tsp onion juice.

One can see the effects of this treatment after about 2 weeks. The age spots will start to lighten.

For Cellulite

For consumption

Mix 2 tsp ACV in 250 ml water. Stir in 1 tsp honey. Drink once in the morning.

For topical application

Mix 3 parts of ACV with 1 part of your preference of massage oil. Massage this solution on the required area twice a day.

It reduces cellulite.

  • Apple Cider vinegar For Nail Fungus

Apply 2 drops of ACV or even white vinegar at the base of the infected nail twice a day - morning and night.

Continue with this twice daily application till the entire infected nail grows out. It is necessary not to miss even a single application to prevent the new nail that has grown that day from getting infected with the fungus and bring the treatment to nought.

This procedure may even take as long as 6 months or more. but it has to be ensured that not a single application should be missed.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar For Blood Pressure

To lower blood pressure, take i tablespoon of ACV mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey mixed in 250 ml of water 2 times a day.

Reducing salt intake, fat consumption, coffee, alcohol and increasing fiber intake along with daily exercise maximizes the benefits of ACV consumption.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar And Warts

Soak a cotton ball with ACV and aplly it to the wart every night. Hold the wart in place with band-aid. Leave it overnight. Repeat every night.
The wart may then swell, turn darker and then fall off and be gone in about 2 weeks.

Continue treatment for about a week after the wart falls off.

  • Apple cider Vinegar For Gout

For consumption

Mix 2 tsp ACV with 2 tsp honey if preferred, in 250 ml water. Drink 3 times a day with meals.

For external application

Wrap the affected area with a cloth that has been soaked in ACV. Leave for 15 minutes.
It reduces swelling and relieves pain.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar For Allergies

Allergies like sneezing, watery eyes, dripping nose, sinus etc can be treated by mixing 1 tablespoon of ACV in 250 ml water and drinking it 1 tsp honey can be added for palatability.
Reduce ACV to 1 tsp if you find the mixture strong.

During hay fever/allergy season, mix 2 tsp ACV in 500 ml of water. This can be taken in sips slowly throughout the day, during the entire season.

Apple cider vinegar benefits by boosting the immunity and inhibiting the histamine response in the body.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar And Cholesterol

ACV by virtue of its pectin, the soluble fiber content, binds to the cholesterol and fat preventing their absorption. This is then eliminated resulting in lowering of cholesterol. The amino acids in ACV neutralize the LDL cholesterol.

Take 1 tablespoon ACV mixed in 250 ml water everyday. Add 1 tsp honey if preferred.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar For Acid Reflux

Consume 2 tsp ACV mixed in 250 ml water.
Do not consume ACV if you suffer from ulcers or oesophagitis.

The theory behind the reduction in acid reflux is that acetic acid being a weaker acid than hydrochloric acid reduces the stomach acidity and thus lowers issues with heartburn.

Another theory is that the lower esophageal sphincter being PH sensitive, opens up, whenever there is low acidity in the stomach and especially after consuming food, leading to acid reflux. Also, as we age stomach acid production is lowered.

When ACV is consumed, it provides the lower esophageal sphincter the acidity needed by it to perform its job correctly which is to remain closed and not allow the digestive acids and food to re-enter the esophagus and cause acid reflux.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar And Diabetes

Consuming apple cider vinegar slows down the rise of blood sugar after eating a high carbohydrate meal in those with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
ACV also lowers the early morning blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics
Also, those who consumed ACV with meals had lowered blood sugar levels.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar And Cancer

The numerous phytochemicals and beta carotene in ACV protect against cancer.The soluble fiber pectin binds some cancer causing agents in the colon and removes them.

Eat 1 apple a day and also consume 2 to 3 tsp of ACV mixed in 250 ml water for maximum benefit.

Apple Cider Vinegar Dose

Normally 1-2 teaspoon per day mixed in fruit juice or 250 ml water in the morning or before meals. At these low levels apple cider vinegar ,if at all, has low risk.

Possible Side Effects Of Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Being highly acidic due to its acetic acid component, ACV can damage the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, the teeth enamel and may cause bloating and acidity in those with digestive issues or GERD.
  2. Excessive consumption and/or prolonged use may lead to lowering of bone density and low potassium levels.
  3. ACV may react with some medications like the ones taken for diabetes, heart disease, diuretics and laxatives.

References

Johnston C, Kim C, Buller A: Vinegar improves insulin sensitivity to a high- carbohydrate meal in subjects with insulin resistance or diabetes.Diabetes Care 27:281-282, 2004

Ogawa N, Satsu H, Watanabe H, Fukaya M, Tsukamoto Y, Miyamoto Y, Shimizu M: Acetic acid suppresses the increase in disacchatidase activity that occurs during culture of Caco-2 cells. J Nutr 130:507-513, 2000

"Examination of the Antiglycemic Properties of Vinegar in Healthy Adults." Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, 2010;56(1):74-9. PMID: 20068289, by Johnston CS, Steplewska I, Long CA, Harris LN, Ryals RH

White A, Johnston C : Vinegar Ingestion at Bedtime Moderates Waking Glucose Concentrations in Adults With Well-Controlled Type 2 Diabetes.
Diabetes Care 30:2814-2815, 2007

Fushimi T, Suruga K, Oshima Y, Fukiharu M, Tsukamoto Y, Goda T. 2006. Dietary acetic acid reduces serum cholesterol and triacylglycerols in rats fed a cholesterol-rich diet. British Journal of Nutrition (May)95(5):916-924

Kondo S, Tayama K, Tsukamoto Y, Ikeda K, Yamori Y. 2001. Antihypertensive effects of acetic acid and vinegar on spontaneously hypertensive rats. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 65(12) 2690-2694.

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http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar

Pet Care with Apple Cider Vinegar, http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/pet-care.html

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

How To Make Cider Vinegar

Would you like to make apple cider vinegar at home? Then read the vinegar making procedure.

However, if you would like to watch video of the apple cider vinegar making process, watch the ones posted below.

The video is in 2 parts.

How To Make Cider Vinegar - Part 1

How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar - Part 2

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

What a great and complete hub about ACV. I have heard for a long time the many benefits. I am going to go and buy some of the real ACV and try it for different things. Thanks for all the work. Up and Pinning.


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dragonflyfla 3 years ago from South Florida

Nice research on AVC, I wonder if it wouldn't have been easier to list what it doesn't cure :-) Voted you up, interesting and useful.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very helpful and informative, Rajan! I know more about these natural remedies and health benefits because of you than any doctor I have ever talked to. Well done!


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donnah75 3 years ago from Upstate New York

Very informative article. Healing our bodies naturally is certainly a good thing. I have tried drinking ACV in water in the mornings. I no longer have acid reflux or heartburn, which was a chronic problem for me for awhile. I have made other changes as well, but I think the ACV has played a role. I hope it works for others as well. Voted up and shared!


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm assuming that this is common in India, which surprises me because my impression is that apples were relatively rare and expensive there. Apples and apple cider vinegar are quite common here in Southern California, and inexpensive, so it's good to know of its healthy properties. Voting this Up and Useful.


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lesliebyars 3 years ago from Alabama

This is a great hub!! I knew that Apple Cider Vinegar was used in weight loss but, didn't know all of these uses. Voted up, will send to Pinterest and also voted useful.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Rajan

Great hub as usual.

As for the USDA, one only has to look at their track record to discount much of what they say.

And even if ACV didn't have what the USDA claims, it might be useful just for the placebo effect.

For sore throat and even strep throat, I have been successful with Hot water containing Honey, Lemon Juice and ACV.

ACV has also worked many times to stop heartburn. Antacids work but at what cost to digestion?

Thanks


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi rajan,

i was so interested to read this as I have included apple cider vinegar in my beauty recipes. It has definitely shown to improve skin conditions in the homemade varieties I have used . Your research is excellent and I love all your remedies. As usual you provide a thorough look at an ingredient. Will link this in to my apple cleanser and beauty tips. many thanks rajan, voted up, interesting, useful and shared!!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I have often wondered about the claims made regarding apple cider vinegar. My sister has faithfully taken cider vinegar as indicated for the past several months and lost 20+ pounds, so maybe it is true! Thanks for sharing all these recipes.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting, and a very useful hub about apple cider vinegar, the many benefits and consumed in moderation is a good trick. Voted up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Carol - thanks and glad you like the info. Thanks for pinning.

@ dragonfly - thanks for the visit and comment.

@ Bill - lol! and thanks my friend.

@ donnah - thanks for your useful feedback and visit.

@ Alocsin - apples are plentiful here though a bit on the expensive side. Thanks for the visit.

@ leslie - thanks for visiting and pinning.

@ ib - I agree with you and thanks for some useful feedback. appreciate your visit.

@ suzie - really appreciate your comments and thanjs for linking and sharing the hub. Great to know you incorporate ACV in your beauty remedies. A pleasure to see you.

@ vespawoolf - I think you have the answer to your question right there! Thanks for visiting.

@ Devika - Thanks for stopping by.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I drink apple cider vinegar everyday and I got many advantages by drinking it. I always in top condition. You have great information, brother. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Hi, Rajan!

I'm already taking apple cider vinegar and am very happy that you wrote and shared this most informative article with us all. You presented both sides of the argument very well, thus making the health benefits of ACV that much more credible for those who wish to try it as a natural remedy. Thank you for your diligence--and your courage--in sharing these excellent health and nutrition hubs.


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sarahshuihan 3 years ago from USA

I actually love the taste of acv, even if it doesn't provide all these health benefits! I mix three parts olive oil to one part acv and use it as a salad dressing. yum!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

prasetio - I'm glad you are enjoying the benefits of cider vinegar. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Keala - Glad to know you are taking the healthy cider vinegar. Thanks my friend, for the read and compliments.

@ Sarah - Thanks for your feedback. I'm sure ACV is doing its job of keeping you healthy.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Rajan,

Very informative hub regarding the possible and varied benefits of using apple cider vinegar. Voted up, useful, interesting and will share this with others.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Highly informative article about apple cider vinegar. Good to read.


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ignugent17 3 years ago

Thanks for the information Rajan. I do drink apple cider but not the vinegar.

Very useful hub! :-)


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Peggy - Thns for the visit and sharing.

@ Angelo - Glad you like the info. Thanks.

@ ignugent - thanks for stopping by.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Another excellent hub!

I have written a hub titled, "Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight? How the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Works" I have placed a link to this hub in my own.

Voted up, UI, and will share!


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire

Very informative hub, rajan jolly. I've been using/drinking apple cider vinegar for years. I have tried to be more consistent the last few years and consume it for my cancers. This was quite helpful and interesting -so I voted as much. Appreciate your quality research.

Best Regards,


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Au fait - thanks and I'll place a link to yours in this hub of mine. Thanks for the read and support.

@ Graham - I'm sure apple cider vinegar has benefitted you in more ways then one. Appreciate the visit.


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L.L. Woodard 3 years ago from Oklahoma City

One thing I can rely on when I read any of the hubs you've written is the fact I am going to be treated to the whole picture and this hub on apple cider vinegar is no exception.

I'm glad you included the information about the types of medications that might interact with ACV.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Hey, Rajan. Well my dog ran out into the woods and got sprayed by a skunk last week. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda saved the day. Gotta love that vinegar!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ L.L. - thanks for the compliments and I'm glad you could find useful info in here. I certainly appreciate the votes and sharing as well.

@ Rebecca - Wow! this news is certainly a shot in the arm for this hub. Many thanks for sharing this.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Well - I know that every since I can remember, a spoon of apple cider vinegar and sugar cures my hiccups every time. It has never failed me even though it is quite sour to the taste. Did not know about all of these other things. Great hub.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

GTF, thanks for the addition to the benefits of ACV. It's always good to see you.


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Eric Calderwood 3 years ago from USA

I was introduced to the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar a few years ago. Recently I have been taking about a teaspoon or more each day. I have been taking it straight and then drinking water afterwards. My kids like to watch my face when I take it. Wouldn't you know, I never even thought of mixing it with water first. LOL. It was probably because I was told to take a certain amount of spoonfuls that I didn't think to mix it.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I'm laughing reading your comments about your kids wanting to watch your expression when you take ACV straight. I hope you continue to carry on taking it without adding water to it. Hey! I'm just kidding. Lol! I do hope it has benefitted you.

Appreciate the visit and comments.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Wow, I completely missed this excellent hub! I have used ACV in many ways, but I have found a couple of incredibly useful applications for it on your hub. It is also interesting to see instructional videos and a link on making it. I had never thought of doing that.

I use ACV, dilluted with water, as a hair conditioner, and it works great. I am trying to cut down on chemical-laden hair and body products.

Upon reading your article, I realize I have been doing one thing wrong: the type I buy is not the organic, unprocessed kind. Soon I will keep an eye out for the more beneficial kind.

Thanks for sharing this with us. I would like to link this to my Pumpkin Pancake article, since it has a section on ACV, if it is ok with you.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Kathryn, ACV has to be organic and it's good to know you found a lot of useful info in here. You can surely link to this article since you find it appropriate. Thanks and also for stopping by and leaving such kind comments.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Brilliant and another vote up for sure rajan.

Have a great day my friend and keep these hubs coming.

Eddy.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Eddy. Always good to see you.

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