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Healing Powers of Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated on January 20, 2011

Apple Cider Vinegar Mother

"mother" Apple Cider Vinegar Mother - This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Author Zinnmann
"mother" Apple Cider Vinegar Mother - This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Author Zinnmann

Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits

Over the centuries, vinegar has been used for many things: making pickles, killing weeds, cleaning coffee makers, polishing armor, and dressing salads. It's also an ancient folk remedy, touted to relieve just about any ailment you can think of. Today, many people are discovering a variety of apple cider vinegar health benefits.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is also known as cider vinegar, ACV, or acetic acid.

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During this process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid (like other types of vinegar) and some lactic, citric and malic acids.

Unlike white vinegar, apple cider vinegar is a light yellow-brown color and is often sold unfiltered and unpasteurized with a dark, cloudy sediment called mother of vinegar (consisting mainly of acetic acid bacteria) settled at the bottom of the bottle.

Unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is sold in health food stores, online and in some grocery stores.

Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

The apple cider vinegar health benefits and reported cures from drinking Apple Cider Vinegar are numerous. They include cures for allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, and gout. Apple Cider Vinegar also breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight. It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has high blood pressure under control in two weeks!

There surely must be something really healthy in using apple cider vinegar, since The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. It is said that he had only two remedies: honey and apple cider vinegar.

What are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful natural cure for a number of ailments which usually require antibiotics and other medications that have a number of side effects. In particular, Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to:

  • Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
  • Balance high cholesterol
  • Cure skin conditions such as acne
  • Protect against food poisoning
  • Fight allergies in both humans and animals
  • Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Increase stamina
  • Increase metabolism which promotes weight loss
  • Improve digestion and cure constipation
  • Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
  • Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
  • Prevent Bad Breath
  • Prevent Body Odor
  • Reduce Cellulite
  • Improve Acne
  • Diminish Age Spots
  • Help Control Diabetes

Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss

While it is not known why, many people claim that Apple Cider Vinegar promotes weight loss. Some theories suggest that ACV helps to speed up the metabolism, while others suggest that it burns calories. A number of nutritionists also believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with Apple Cider Vinegar is highly effective for weight loss. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons of ACV mixed with a glass of water and drink this before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day.

How to use apple cider vinegar for weight loss and to lose belly fat.

Since apple cider vinegar is an unproven treatment, there are no official recommendations on how to use it. Some people take two teaspoons a day (mixed in a cup of water or juice.) A tablet of 285 milligrams is another common dosage.

On the whole, the risks of taking occasional, small amounts of apple cider vinegar seem low. But using apple cider vinegar over the long term, or in larger amounts, could have risks. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.
  • Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from the refined and distilled vinegars found in supermarkets. When the vinegar is mature, it contains a dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam called mother, which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. The mother can be used to add to other vinegar to hasten maturity for making more Apple Cider Vinegar. Natural vinegars that contain the mother have enzymes and minerals that other vinegars in grocery stores may not have due to over-processing, over-heating, and filtration.
  • Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it's quite harsh. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before being swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin.
  • Long-term use of apple cider vinegar could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density. If you already have low potassium or osteoporosis, talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar.

  • Apple cider vinegar could theoretically interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart disease.

  • If you have diabetes, check with your doctor before using apple cider vinegar. Vinegar contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels.

Organic and ulfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

The Real Apple Cider Vinegar
The apple cider vinegar that contains all of the apple cider vinegar health benefits is not a clear vinegar, but just the opposite. It is an organic and unfiltered vinegar . It is not a clear liquid, but has a brownish tinge to it. If you try looking through it, you will notice a tiny cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is known as "mother", and means just one thing. This apple cider vinegar is of good quality with all the nutrients and health giving properties intact.

Just think. Would you buy a vinegar from the supermarket that is not clear, has got a brown tinge to it, and most of all you find something floating in it. In all likelihood you will not buy this. This is the prime reason why manufacturers distill the vinegar. The pure vinegar is steamed to get the sparking clear vinegar that is available at the supermarket. This steaming process destroys almost all of the health giving nutrients. What it does do is give the vinegar an excellent eye appeal.

Where and How to Buy Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar can be found in almost any natural health or nutrition store, or from a variety of online retailers such as Look for ACV with a pH level of 5 to 7. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be found in capsule form which helps eliminate the strong sour taste associated with the liquid vinegar.

What are the Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar?

There are no major known side effects of Apple Cider Vinegar when used in moderation. However, drinking vinegars, acids or even lemon juices on a regular basis can lead to a deterioration of dental enamel. This can give your teeth a yellowish look and make them more sensitive to heat and cold. To prevent this, the vinegar should always be diluted with water or a pinch of baking soda should be added in order to reduce the acidity level.

Possible Drug Interactions

Theoretically, prolonged use of apple cider vinegar could lead to lower potassium levels, which could increase the risk of toxicity of cardiac glycoside drugs such as Lanoxin (digoxin), insulin, laxatives and diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide).

Because apple cider vinegar may affect blood glucose and insulin levels, it could theoretically have an additive effect if combined with diabetes medications. Apple cider vinegar may also lower blood pressure, so it may have an additive effect if combined with high blood pressure medications.

*It is wise to consult your doctor before using apple cider vinegar to treat any illness.

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  • HealthyHanna profile image

    HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

    I use it and I love it.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 6 years ago

    Chuck, I've heard the same thing. I wouldn't be surprised if it helps, certainly worth a try!

  • Chuck Bluestein profile image

    Chuck Bluestein 6 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

    I read that rubbing into your hair and scalp can help reduce dandruff.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 6 years ago

    Hi Ruchi, it's funny how something so simple can be so effective. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Ruchi Urvashi profile image

    Ruchi Urvashi 6 years ago from Singapore

    I got good information about apple cider vinegar, something I never heard before. Thanks

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 6 years ago

    Thanks leann, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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    leann2800 6 years ago

    Great hub, thanks for sharing

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    Darvocet Lawsuit 7 years ago

    Hi Lamme,

    I really like your hub, swear! I mean, i just knew a little about apple cider vinegar. Thanks for sharing its benefits here.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 7 years ago

    Hi agaglia, thanks for such nice comments! Losing weight is always hard and it's nice when there is something that can provide a little boost.

  • agaglia profile image

    agaglia 7 years ago

    Thank you for some good information on Apple Cider Vinegar.

    I know - and so does everyone else -that in order to lose weight we need to exercise more and eat less. But, of course we are all looking for the the free pass that allows us to eat whatever we want and still loose weight. Thanks for keeping us on track - and in reality!

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 7 years ago

    Thanks for stopping by stars!

  • stars439 profile image

    stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Thank you for sharing this very useful hub. God Bless You.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 7 years ago

    Mpages, apple cider vinegar has been a home remedy for generations. It's amazing how beneficial it can be.

  • Mpages profile image

    Mpages 7 years ago from USA

    Thank you, that is interesting.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Thanks SamCat7. I think many people aren't aware of all the natural health benefits apple cider vinegar provides.

  • SamCat7 profile image

    SamCat7 8 years ago

    Very interesting hub - I like using ACV too!

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Thanks fuscia, I'm going to have to go read your hub. I agree, I think ACV has a lot of health benefits.

  • fucsia profile image

    fucsia 8 years ago

    great hub! I also wrote a Hub about ACV but in particularly on its effects on weight. I use the ACV since several years in many ways and I think it is an exceptional tool to our heath

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    I think talking to your doctor would be a good idea. I've also heard that grapefruit juice can interfere with medicines taken for diabetes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lita.

  • Lita C. Malicdem profile image

    Lita C. Malicdem 8 years ago from Philippines

    I love apple cider vinegar, dissolved in water, for alternate drink. This is my first time to know about its interactive effect with medicines for diabetes, specifically insulin. I'll ask my diabetologist about this to be sure I'm getting benefits rather than the opposite. Thank you for sharing this information.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Thanks donotfear, I'm glad you stopped by.

  • donotfear profile image

    donotfear 8 years ago from The Boondocks

    Why am I ready to go out and buy some Apple Cider Vinegar? Good info here.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Thanks sunflowersally. I'm using it with my family as well. It's amazing what such a simple thing can do.

  • sunflowersally profile image

    sunflowersally 8 years ago

    What an interesting piece of information...who would have thought apple cider vinegar had so many uses. I will use a lot of your info with my own familys issues. Great Hub !

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    It's one of those home remedies that seems to have been forgotten by many. Thanks for reading jayjay40.

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    jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

    Great hub, my aunt always used she said it was good for her arthritis. thanks for sharing

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Thanks sarovai, I appreciate your comments!

  • sarovai profile image

    sarovai 8 years ago

    Thank u Lamme sharing about ACV and giving the pros and cons of the same. Very useful, informative hub.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Daddy Paul, now you've got some more uses, LOL

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    Daddy Paul 8 years ago from Michigan

    And I thought it was only good for marinating meat.

  • Lamme profile image

    Lamme 8 years ago

    Thanks Sandyspider, it's amazing all the uses there are!

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    Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Apple Cider Vinegar has many helpful benefits. Thanks for sharing this.


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