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Incredible Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I have often heard praise for apple cider vinegar or to be more specific, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar- also known as ACV.

How It’s Made

ACV is made from crushed sweet apples and the fruit sugar is converted to alcohol, and then acetic acid during fermentation. It is believed that ACV’s amazing health benefits are derived from the acetic acid and enzymes that develop during fermentation. When the ACV is pasteurized, the valuable enzymes are destroyed.

When you’re buying ACV look for organic, raw, unfiltered vinegar. The reason you want organic is because apples are near the top of the list for the dirty dozen, so if conventional apples were used there would be a high concentration of pesticides in the vinegar. My favorite brand of ACV that is widely available is Bragg’s.

I recently came across The Incredible Secrets of Vinegar: The Quintessential Guide to the History, Lore, Varieties, and Healthful Benefits of Vinegar

. I was really surprised at some of the amazing uses for vinegar beyond cleaning!

Health Benefits

ACV  has a list of health benefits that go on and on! A few are:

  • Infertility
  • Weight Loss
  • Itch Relief from Insect Bites and Stings
  • Relief for Sunburns
  • Colds and Sore Throat Relief
  • Assists as a digestive aid
  • Nausea Relief
  • Assists in better absorption of minerals found in the foods you eat
  • Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels in those with Type 2 Diabetes

ACV for Infertility

According to “The Incredible Secrets of Vinegar,” ACV has been widely used to overcome infertility in animals. A farmer had 23 cows who had failed to calve for up to a year. Within 4 months of feeding a twice daily ration of ACV, all 23 of the cows h

ad conceived!  In a separate case, the same situation occurred with dogs. But what about people? Can ACV help humans overcome infertility?

According to the book, a doctor and his wife had been trying to conceive for 7 years, unsuccessfully. They both changed their diets to:

  • replace sugar with honey
  • eat oats, rye and corn instead of wheat
  • eliminate citrus fruit
  • focus on eating only cold climate fruits such as apples, grapes and cranberries etc..
  • started taking 2 teaspoons of ACV mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of water with their 3 main meals of the day.
Miraculously, they had a healthy baby within a year!
This sounds pretty amazing to me and it is hard to know whether to believe it. But, ACV is so cheap that it seems as if it wouldn’t hurt to try.
I love cooking with ACV. It is so yummy to add to soups , use it with beef and it is absolutely delicious in Sweet Onion Poppyseed Dressing.
Do you use ACV? What are your favorite uses for it?

I am not a doctor and am only stating my personal opinions. Please seek advice from a medial professional before making any changes or adding any supplements to your diet.

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45 comments to Incredible Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • I don’t know about all the ones you posted, but I used ACV (Braggs) to completely cure my GERD! I took 1-2 tsp 3 times or more a day and within a week it was gone. Now if I have a rare flare-up, I immediately use ACV and I am pain free! :) LOVE this stuff!

  • Wow! I didn’t know even half of this about apple cider vinegar. What a great and informative post, Katie. Excellent info!

  • les

    how exactly do you use it for weight loss?

  • “GERD” is gastric esophageal reflux disease, the disease that Pril*sec is routinely prescribed for. People who have GERD literally live on Pril*sec, yet are never actually cured, just “treated”. GERD feels like really bad heartburn or even chest pain. It’s not fun.

    I had read on many others blogs that one could use ACV to actually cure GERD and because mine had become so bothersome, I was willing to try. Sure enough it worked! I honestly don’t understand exactly the reasoning behind why it works (there is a lot to read on that) but it definitely DOES work! :)

  • Liz

    I love using ACV in cooking, but I’m not sure whether I could take it by the spoonful! I had heard of it being used for acid reflux, too…interesting to hear a positive testimonial :)

  • Great information! I use ACV as a toner on my face to help clear up acne. It stings, but it works!

  • Braggs is the kind we use too and we love it. I use it mostly in dressings though. With all the health benefits stated here, maybe I need to think about including it in more ways that just that.

    • I love it in dressings also. I am thinking of starting to try to incorporate more of it into my diet though. Have any great recipes with acv to share a link to?

  • Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!
    http://realfoodforager.com/fat-tuesday-march-13-2012/

  • I had horrible heartburn during both of my pregnancies and about 2 weeks before my second was born, a family member told me that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar will cure it. I was VERY reluctant, but toughed it out and tried it. And guess what…it worked!! If only I had know about it earlier :)

    • Wow! That is great :) Too bad you didn’t find out sooner. I think that the reason that the ACV works so well is that is helps repopulate the good bacteria in the gut.

  • Lisa

    When I was pregnant with my son, I had the. worst. heartburn I have ever had. I read online that apple cider vinegar can help with that as a natural remedy. So I heated some up and mixed it with a little honey and drank it. Relief! It really worked! Next time I have heartburn that bad I will definitely drink the apple cider vinegar.

  • lisa

    Great for acid indigestion. as we age we need the benefits of MORE acid , like ACV to balance out our system.
    too often we use ANTI Acids,when that is the exact oppisite of what we need.
    My sil said his Grandmother ( German lady ) drank a 1/2 cup of vinegar a day ! Whew :-)

  • Camille

    Hi, I started using it after reading an old wife’s tale book. It stated it helped with hot flashes. I was getting them constantly and was ready to start hormone therapy as a result. I started taking a few spoonfuls in a glass with a little honey and water. Take it through a straw to protect your teeth enamel. Then I brush my teeth. Within a week, I started to feel relief. If I forget to do it more than one day in a row, the hot flashes are back with a vengance!
    One more miracle use for ACV!

  • Karen

    About 2 years ago I had read about ACV and started to take 2 tablespoons a day and found that the migraine headaches that plagued me for years disappeared. I also found that it really sped up my metabolism and I ended up losing 65 lbs. (I was working out and changed my eating habits but as soon as I added the ACV, the weight fell off me.)

  • I’ve found organic ACV helps heartburn. You’d think it would make it worse, but heartburn is often caused by not enough stomach acid instead of too much. Thanks for taking the time to research all of its other benefits and sharing them here.

  • Robyn

    For a long time, I was taking a tablespoonful every morning if my kids were sick, or if I felt like something was coming on. I went about a year without any kind of cold or flu. Guess what? I ran out of ACV a couple months ago, and just didn’t think to replace it and right now I am struggling with a bad cold/flu. As soon as I feel up to it, I will be getting my Bragg’s again! I don’t know if it works for everyone, but I think it worked for me.

  • Katie, I would like to feature your post tomorrow on ‘Encourage One Another’ Wednesday. So important for others to know these simple remedies work. Hope you are doing well!! Thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Jacqueline. I always enjoy your featured posts and the links at your blog. I am doing great here. I hope you’re having a blessed week!
      Katie

  • Wonderful information! Thank you so much for sharing at Allergy Free Wednesday! Please come back again this week.

  • We like to use it like tea when feeling run down or a sore throat is coming on. A Tbsp. of vinegar and a tsp. of honey in some hot water. It is also wonderful on steamed cabbage with butter and real salt.

  • Tracy

    Katie…where do you find the Bragg’s vinegar at? Thanks…love all the info you are posting.

  • very useful information, immediately put into practice immediately.

  • Hi Katie,

    I also adore ACV! We use it for many things. And since this food is close to my heart, I appreciated this post and sharing tonight on AFW!

    Be Well,
    –Amber

  • I love apple cider vinegar. It was a staple in my candida diet. Here’s a recipe for homemade ranch dressing: in blender mix one raw egg, 4 caps ACV, 1 wedge lemon juice. Drizzle in one cup light olive oil while blending. Make herb mix in small food processor with 6 tbls parsley, 4 cucumber slices, 1 tsp chopped garlic, 2 green onions, 4 pinches salt and 1/2 tsp stevia. Add herb mix to blender and blend again until mixed. Best ranch you’ll ever taste!

  • I take two tablespoons of ACV and add it to approx. 16-20 ounces of water. I know the next ingredient will not set well with some, but I put in a Tablespoon of sugar, mix well, add ice and drink! Honey would be a better sweetener but I didn’t have access to local honey and I refuse to purchase it not knowing how it was processed. I have a source of honey locally now and will try it soon. I also take Food Grade Chromium for my diabetes. these two things I attribute to my lowering of my A1C from 9.8 to 4.0 in 90 days from start of taking.( A1C is considered normal at 5 to 6).

  • Brenda

    There was one thing no one mentioned.. That organic apple cider vinegar is very helpful for Diabetic women who suffer from chronic vaginal Yeast Infections or fungal infections in our scalps if our sugar levels are too high.
    A Sits warm bath of about 4 inches of water with 1/4 cup of the vinegar takes all the itching away for me. Sometimes It even cures a mild infection without the use of medications by putting the right fauna back in your body. I wash my hair while in the tub then rinse my hair as well as my body with showering. Vinegar can be very drying to skin so is best to moisturize after as well as condition your hair to prevent a dry flaky scalp.

  • I am type 2 insulin dependent diabetic and I’ve started taking ACV for the past 6 months and COQ10 + Chromium and my sugars are now normal and my insulin is reduced. The thing is I take 2 Tabsp with a tall glass of water and sip it with a straw the whole day as I’m told it would save my teeth and gums from the acidity effect although ACV is alkaline

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