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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Updated on October 1, 2012

Apple Cider Vinegar and it's Amazing Benefits!

The other day I was telling a co-worker that I had started taking different vitamins in hopes to feel a bit better, and maybe have more energy throughout the day. Also that I was doing some research here and there but mainly just winging it to see what seems to help or not. She proceeded to tell me about her husbands grandmother who is 95 years old, seems healthier than herself (late 30’s), and is still fully independent and completely coherent.

“Wow, does she have a secret?” I asked, not really expecting to hear one.

“Every morning,” she replied, “she takes a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and has for as long as she can remember.”

Holy smokes! I thought, I went to look this up right away, the results did surprise me:

Some of the benefits I read about are:

  • Reduced sinus infections and sore throats
  • Balanced high cholesterol
  • Cured skin conditions such as acne
  • Protection against food poisoning
  • Fights allergies in both humans and animals
  • Prevents muscle fatigue after exercise
  • Helps with joint pain and arthritis
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Increases stamina
  • Increases metabolism which promotes weight loss
  • Improves digestion and cure constipation
  • Alleviates symptoms of arthritis and gout
  • Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
  • Helps reduce cellulite
  • Helps with Diabetes glucose levels
  • Aids constipation
  • Gives skin a glowing complexion
  • Gives hair a wonderful shine

One man claimed to not have any type of sickness or flu in over 6 years! It is said to also be useful for pets to repel fleas, ticks, and help with skin conditions. Also said to kill head lice on humans. Some people actually commented that they were mad at their doctors for not letting them in on this dandy little secret.

Apparently to reap the benefits you must make sure you are using organic apple cider vinegar which is also referred to as “mother”. Must be shaken before use as the “mother” settles to the bottom of the container.

The only negative thing I have found so far about using this daily is that it can be quite hard on your teeth and wreck the enamel. By diluting the ACV in water the risk of teeth damage can be lessened.

For an in depth list of home remedies

Has anyone ever tried this with positive results of any kind? I’m definitely going to give it a shot, seems worth the try! I'd love to hear about anyone's personal experience with this!


A couple of days ago I purchased some of this. The kind I'm referring to is an unpasterized apple cider vinegar, it has what is called "mother" in it which is natural and will settle to the bottom of the container if left sitting. Before using it is suggested to shake very well.

I didn't want to try this alone so two of my coworkers agreed to come along and try it also. We each filled a tablespoon and on the count of three drank it. I have to admit that off the top of my head I can't remember tasting anything as disgusting. I then downed two glasses of water and a coffee haha. I'm sure some won't mind the taste as much but it's definately going to be a chore for me if I want to keep this up, which I do plan on doing.

Because of the extensive list of alleged benefits I'm going to continue this and after a few weeks or so I will post again on any changes to myself or coworkers that we see or feel.

Well, I didn't continue with taking a spoonful everyday. I just can't handle the taste! I did however, come accross another use for apple cider vinegar that is kind of interesting.

I used it to get rid of a mole I had just above my eye brow. Now, I wouldn't recommend that most people try this as moles can sometimes be indicators of cancer. I had already been to a specialist to see about getting it removed surgically but due to the moles location I would have been left with a bigger scar than the mole itself so I decided against that.

What I did was puncture the mole with a sterilized needle and applied apple cider vinegar to it for three nights in a row and by the fourth day it was almost non existent! It has been a couple of months since and the pigment of the mole is showing again but it's still only a mark rather than what feels like a big boulder sticking out of my head. I definitely feel better about it now that I've done this. If it decides to come back I will be doing this again, too! It was very easy to rid myself of something that bothered me a lot.

I will show before and after pictures.

Again, I don't recommend this as something for you to try unless you are certain that it's a safe option for you.

Before and After

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Sounds like the silver bullet that cures all ills!

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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

      That's great, kiki! Thanks for sharing that, I'm sure it will be a very useful tip!

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      Kiki 4 years ago

      I have read so much about ACV as well and haven't been as committed as I would like to because of the taste. Another good use for ACV is for warts. When my son was about three he got a ton of warts on his fingers and I couldn't stand it. The doctor told me to try some OTC products but noting helped. He said the only option was to freeze them but it would be painful. Well I really didn't want my son going through that so I research and found an article recommending ACV and it worked.

      What you do is put ACV on a cotton ball then place the cotton ball right on the wart and secure it with a band aide. Do this every night. It may cause some discomfort but nothing a little Tylenol and some snuggling didn't cure and sure enough I think it took about three days and they were all clear!

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Kalux - Actually, I like the "kick" I get from it when I take a tablespoon in the morning. A pick-me-up as it says on the label. But I also like to put it on my salad. Just a sprinkle, along with whatever other salad dressing I put on.

      As for my sensitive tooth, you're right! I guess I should dilute it in something instead of drinking after taking a spoon of it.

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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

      Glenn- Oh my, I wonder if the cause of your sensitive tooth is ACV. Just to be safe I'd start diluting it for sure. :) How do you find the taste of ACV?

      I was actually considering a turkey baster approach to try and drop it down my throat without tasting it haha!

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I follow this regiment with ACV. But not every day. I didn't know that it can damage tooth enamel. Lately I've been having sensitivity to hot and cold with one tooth. My dentist said the tooth is fine and it was just becoming sensitive. He said to use Sensodyne toothpaste. But now I'm wondering if it's because of the ACV. From now on I'm going to mix it in a glass of water rather than taking it separately. I still want to keep using it, even more now after reading that list of benefits that you created in the sub. There were more benefits in your list than I realized.

      I'm also a hiker. And I never thought of using ACV to avoid ticks. It's safer than putting Deet on our skin. I'll try it next time I go hiking. Thanks for that idea.

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      Henry 4 years ago from Canada

      I drink kombucha, and it has a similar effect and taste, along with the added benefit of b-vitamins and probiotic benefit. ACV is great too. Nice article!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Halle, I will try that! I recently tried lemon and honey for a cold I had and the honey was very noticeable and sweet. Might be just the trick, thanks.

      Troyaclark, that sounds very brave! If I work up the courage I'll post the outcome.


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      troyaclark 5 years ago

      Take a good sip straight from the bottle and hold it in your mouth, then start drinking a full glass of water to wash it down. The taste is strong but this way is quick.

      Another great resource is

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      Dan Kimble 5 years ago

      I did some research on the net about curing athlete's foot.....a quick idea I decided to try was to soak your feet in apple cider vinegar.

      You are supposed to do it twice a day, but I have only done it occasionally, as my problem is not that bad. Yes, I have seen that it is effective, so, I will keep it up, and increase the treatments.

      Here is how I do it:

      I bought one of those orange, 5-gallon buckets from Home Depot, with the seal tight lid. From Walmart, I bought a gallon of cider vinegar. I poured half of the out as potent gallon into the orange bucket, and used that to soak my feet for a number of minutes.

      When, I'm done, I dry my feet off (don't wash off the apple cider vinegar, I decided), put on clean socks, and you are done with that day's treatment.

      Now, just put the cover on the five gallon orange need to throw it away, as it still is potent apple cider vinegar - no need to waste it - use it a number of times.

      The cost for this treatment is really quite low. And, I have seen the results. The worst area for athlete's foot is between the toes, where the skin gets white and dead, and has the smell of Limburger cheese. I noticed that this problem is beginning to heel up. Also, the vinegar appears to eat away dead skin around your cuticles and such places. Finaly, the Limburger cheese smell goes least for a awhile.

      So, this seems like a treatment, which if kept up with, will really knock back athlete's foot, if not cure it entirely.

      I also think that you can take a a scraper tool, and scrape off dead skin from your feet after soaking.

      I believe this treatment with cider vinegar will kill the athlete's feet fungus, and make your feet look healthy again.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh my goodness, I can imagine it going down the wrong tube and feeling like you were going to die....not fun! Ew! Funny how something so good for us can taste to horrible. :)

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      Leticia Jerguson 5 years ago

      Oh, that sound great! I never thought about that, but I wouldn't doubt it. I started taking apple cider vinigar when I couldn't get rid of the horrible heart burn I was having. I have an older friend who kept telling me to try it, I kept refusing, but finally out of desperation I took her advice because nothing else was working. I couldn't believe the results, but I, like you, was having trouble getting it down. One time it went down the wrong tube, and I thought I was going to die. When I told my friend what happened she made the suggestion I made to you. It soon became part of my nightly routine, a routine I should get back into. Have fun with it!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      I will try that! I also want to try rinsing my hair with it. It will be stinky but I've been told its wonderful for shine and getting rid of built up products.

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      Leticia Jerguson 5 years ago

      I know this article is three months old, but I am a huge fan of Apple Cider Vinigar. To help it go down I would put it in a cup of hot water and mix it with organic raw honey. The benefits are fantastic!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Fitnessover35.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you, CrisSp! I guess I figured the faster I could get it down the less horrible it would be however, I don't think there's any way other than horrible for me and my taste buds hehe.

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      Dr Sean P Mahoney 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

      My Mom used to have us taking organic ACV all Winter growing up. We still use it for our kids during flu season. Nice Hub.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lol! You made me chuckle imagining you and your friends taking a spoonful of ACV and not liking the taste. That's funny!

      ACV has been part of my morning ritual for a couple of years now. I don't take it directly as you did. I'd mix it with water: 1 spoon ACV and half a glass of water. I guess, the benefit is the same as taking it directly and then drinking water. (:

      My immune system is quite sensitive. I'm prone to allergy, coughing, sore throat and zitz from time to time and ACV has been effective in preventing any of these. I didn't want to rely on prescription drugs all the time and so far, so good with ACV. However, recently I stopped just to give my body a break from it. I plan to continue again next year.

      I did enjoy your hub and it carries useful information. So, voting up and useful.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the tip, Techicated!

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      Kathryn Kutny 5 years ago from New York State

      Great Hub! I love Apple Cider Vinegar. It also works great on Athletes foot. I used ACV and Garlic on my Athletes foot and a hair dryer. And it never spread and dried right up. I only had 2-3 of them on my foot. Really works great! Ps. You have to resist itching and control yourself. I can do that because I don't want it to spread. You just have to think to yourself "do I want this to heal up fast or do i want this to spread".

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you, DDE. I very much appreciate your support.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great Hub voted up!!!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you very much, Don!

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Good Hub!

      Great Information about yet another "natural way to care for your body"

      Voted UP and shared!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Apple cider vinegar is brilliant and modern day cure all almost. Instead of taking it neat I add it to a cup of hot water and drink it first thing in the morning. It is more bearable to drink that way. It has similar but more improved effects to the detox drink of lemon and hot water.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      dahoglund, some people really like the taste. I can see it being liked atop a salad. Thank you for coming by!

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      If I recall correctly I used to sometimes use it to sprinkle over salads.

      Apple cider vinegar, that is. I don't recall what kind, but it might be a way of taking it without swallowing it directly.

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      Kalux 6 years ago from Canada

      Thank you, Alocsin!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Didn't know that apple cider vinegar had these benefits. It's also a different flavor to add to salads. I'll give it a try. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Kalux 7 years ago from Canada

      Hi Cashmere

      Yes, the taste is horrendous and almost impossible to mask with something else. A friend of mine who tried it doesn't think it's so bad!

      Thank you for following me back. :)

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Hi, I know apple cider and vinegar are supposed to have all these benefits, but the taste is the most unpalatable ever.

      Thank you for following me.

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      Kalux 8 years ago from Canada

      Hi zadrobi

      Nope, not apple cider and vinegar, I actually tried this the other day and I'm sure if it were that it would have tasted much better! The kind I'm talking about is a natural unpasterized vinegar. I will update my hub soon to tell about my experience trying it.

      Please don't apoligize for any advice, I really appreciate it! If you have more I welcome it. Thank you.

      Off to edit my title hehe.

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      zadrobi 8 years ago from Carbondale, IL

      Apple cider vinegar? Is that apple cider and vinegar? It sounds like it does everything but give you wings. Maybe you should try Apple Cider Red Bull Vinegar :o

      A good start with the "evergreen" hubs. Welcome to Hp! Make sure you read about making good titles. (If you named this Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar you would have got a lot more hits) Sorry for the unsolicited advice in advance.


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