The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated on April 6, 2016
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What Is It?

Do you drink apple cider vinegar? These days we are all very lucky, as we can enjoy all of the amazing advantages of modern medicine and can also freely use natural remedies and complementary medicines to improve our health.

The dark days have gone when the women and men who brewed up natural remedies risked being denounced as witches and we can now find many of the old natural remedies in health food shops and online.

One of these old natural remedies is apple cider vinegar. They have both been used to treat a wide variety of ailments and conditions for thousands of years. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates advocated the use of a vinegar and honey tonic for increased energy and greater healing. It is produced by fermenting apple juice to create cider, and then fermenting the cider a second time so that apple cider vinegar is produced.

The resulting cider vinegar contains all of the vitamins and nutritional benefits of the fresh apples, and also some important enzymes and acids that are created during the two-stage fermentation process.

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Health Benefits

It is a marvellous natural remedy and can be used to treat many ailments and improve your health.

  • It can be used to detoxify and purify your body organs, as it can break down fatty deposits and pockets of mucous which can help to improve the functioning of your liver, kidneys, and bladder.
  • It also can help to lower blood pressure by oxidising the blood and can aid in destroying any dangerous bacteria that enters the body. It is also a great aid to healthy digestion, and also helps with the assimilation and elimination of food and waste products in your body.
  • Many of us have digestive tracts and internal organs that are too acidic, due to the amount of sugar, red meat, and processed foods we eat that are such a major part of most Western diets. However, if drunk on a regular basis, it can restore the pH balance of your body back to neutral.
  • It also contains ash that gives it the alkaline properties and although you would think that it would be acidic, when we drink it our bodies convert vinegars into alkaline substances, which brings our bodies back into balance.

Apple cider vinegar can help with many ailments and conditions including:

  • Acne
  • Constipation
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Balancing Blood Sugar Levels
  • Weight Loss
  • Candida
  • Bad breath
  • Arthritis
  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Drinking it does not appear to have any side effects, but if you are at all concerned or if you are suffering from a medical condition that you take prescribed medication for, it would be advisable to consult your medical practitioner before you start using it or, indeed, before starting to take any natural remedy.

Organic Cider Vinegar

To obtain the maximum health benefits from drinking this natural remedy, you need to choose organic.

  • It should be labelled as such, but you can also tell that it is organic by its appearance. Commercially produced cider vinegars tend to be clear, amber liquids, but organic apple cider vinegar tends to be cloudier and darker with sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This is because it contains a substance called the "mother."
  • The presence of mother shows that the most nutritious parts of the apple are still present and have not been destroyed. The mother forms from pectin and apple residues, and contains important enzymes and minerals that may have been lost due to overheating, pasteurisation and filtration in non-organic cider vinegars.
  • Also check that it has been cold pressed and made from whole organic apples, rather than having been pasteurised. It also does not contain any nasty chemicals that can damage your body, and as it is a natural product it is biodegradable and causes no damage to the environment.

Apples on a tree
Apples on a tree

What Does It Contain?

  • Apple cider vinegar contains many different vitamins, minerals and enzymes, such as potassium, sulphur, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, copper, calcium, and silicon.
  • It also contains beta-carotene, pectin, malic acid, acetic acid and amino acids.
  • It is a natural way to destroy bacteria and can be used as an alternative to antiseptic.
  • This wonderful liquid can also be used externally on the skin to soothe insect bites and sunburn.
  • Using it on your hair can also help to treat dandruff and makes your hair smooth and shiny.

How to Take It

The taste can put people off, and many cannot drink it in its natural state without something being added. However, there are ways to make drinking it more palatable.

  • It is often added to water, so add two teaspoons of cider vinegar, preferably organic, to a glass of water and drink.
  • If you wish to sweeten the drink, add honey for some extra health benefits and drink it hot as a comforting drink in winter.
  • For maximum benefit, drink this mixture between one and three times a day. It can also be used in cooking, salad dressings, mayonnaise or mixed with vegetables.
  • For acid reflux and indigestion, try taking a tablespoon before every meal.
  • If you find that you really cannot abide the taste, you could always choose to take one of the many supplements that are available nowadays.
  • It is very versatile as it can also be used externally, as it is a very good natural toner for your skin. It is very effective for stimulating the circulation in your capillaries, which will help to bring a healthy glow to your complexion. If you want to make up a soothing toner, just add a few drops of lavender oil into your water and organic apple cider vinegar mixture, put some of it on a cotton wool ball and gently wipe your face with it after you have cleansed.

Apple cider vinegar can be bought in health food shops and online. Amazon has a large range so why not take a look today and make your selection. One of the joys of it as a natural remedy is that it is relatively inexpensive, so you can use it every day without having to worry about how much it costs.

Remember, always look for the organic kind that contains the "mother" when you are shopping, so that you can gain the maximum health benefits available from this amazing natural health remedy.

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        cindy 7 months ago

        I've read this over and over. I had gastric bypass back in 2004, I have alot of health issues. I have also tried many didn't health diet products in the past. For bowel issues, gas issues, bloating, and etc. I do have access skin from surgrey just not enough that insurance would cover it. I need to lose about maybe 15 to 20lbs, but I also need energy and go power. Due to having fibro, cervical spond. in the neck, and fibro. and other things I'm also in pain. Can this product be a use to me. I'm tired of spending money I don't have on things that don't work. Thank you

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        CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad you found the hub useful lizajv and I hope the apple cider vinegar helps your constipation

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        lizajv 3 years ago

        Thanks a lot! I've learned so many things what apple cider all about, I try this for my constipation problem :)

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for your kind compliments citychick, and glad that you found the information on organic apple cider vinegar useful. I'm even liking the taste these days!

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        citychick 7 years ago from Ulster County, New York

        Terrific information. I, too, use organic apple cider vinegar, but here you have all the information anyone ever needs to have regarding apple cider vinegar. Thanks for the hub!

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that you found the info on apple cider vinegar useful, viveresperando. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a comment

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        viveresperando 7 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

        this is great info! :)

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi Bellisia, I agree that apple cider vinegar is terrific. Glad that it really helped your daughter's itchy scalp and her ear infection. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a great comment

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Good plan katydidnt - and maybe get used to the taste gradually and dilute it less and less. Good luck!

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        katydidnt 7 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

        Tell you what.. since I drink gallons of water a day anyway, I will give apple cider vinegar a shot, but I am going to dilute it sooooo muchhhhh that I will forget it's even in there:)

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        You get used to the taste of the cider vinegar in water katydidnt - I even quite like it now! Thanks for reading about apple cider vinegar and leaving a comment

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        katydidnt 7 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

        Great hub:) I use apple cider vinegar for a few purposes around the house. I am going to have to find some good recipes for making food with it. I don't think I could go the stuff in water. lol

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for the info on hydrochloric acid and taking apple cider vinegar, Angellite. Thanks for reading about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and for leaving such a detailed comment

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        Angelllite 7 years ago from United States

        Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat indigestion and to test for hydrochloric acid insufficiency. If you take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and your indigestion goes away, you may have a hydrochloric acid insufficiency. If you take a tablespoon and your indigestion gets worse, you probably do not have a lack of hydrochloric acid, but rather a possible deficiency. Ask your doctor.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi Laurie, glad that you found the hub on organic apple vinegar useful. Thanks for the read and leaving a great comment

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi sureal07. organic apple cider vinegar really does have so many great uses - my favourite is a hot drink of a couple of spoons of apple cider vinegar and a large spoon of honey topped up by hot water. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a great comment

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        LaurieDawn 7 years ago

        Thank you for an informative hub. I did not know there were that many uses for Apple Cider vinegar. My dad used to make me drink it when I was in high school and ran track, he said it would help with joint pain. To be honest, I never thought of it again after that, but now am going to try some of your useful tips.

        Voted up!

        Blessings,

        Laurie

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        sureal07 7 years ago

        Great article! I have been using organic Bragg apple vinegar for making my salad dressing and it has a wonderful flavor. I knew it was good for cancer patients but your article mentions more benefits for health. Thank you.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that you found the information on apple cider vinegar useful, Becky, it is amazing that apple cider vinegar has so many uses. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving a great comment

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        Becky 7 years ago from Oklahoma

        Excellent facts and information about apple cider vinegar. I've been a fan for years, but never thought of using it for an astringent. Thanks for a great hub!

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi creamwhipper, apple cider vinegar is great for the skin and does act as a very good atringent - as you say, none of those nasty chemicals! Glad you enjoyed reading about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and thanks for leaving a great comment

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        creamwhipper 7 years ago

        I've found that apple cider vinegar is a great astringent -- better than those toxic chemicals found at the store. And is it just me, or does it smell good too? Not quite like apples, but a whole lot better than store-bought astringents..

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Welcome to HubPages High Health. Yes apple cider vinegar is great for treating acne. Glad you enjoyed reading about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

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        High Health 7 years ago from Wales

        Hello

        Apple cider vinegar is really good for acne.

        Really good hub!!

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Apple Cider Vinegar is good for lots of health problems, mal malhi. Thanks for reading the hub!

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        mal malhi 7 years ago

        sounds good!!!

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the hub on apple cider vinegar, Nando's, and glad that you found the hub on cider vinegar informative

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        Nando's 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

        Thank you for your informative hub.

        Great read

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that you found the Hub on apple cider vinegar useful Amanda. I have a bottle of organic cider vinegar in my cupboard, and mix some with honey into hot water to make a surprisingly tasty hot drink.

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        Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

        Very useful article CMHypno. I've used cider vinegar in the past and found it helpful, but until I tripped over your article I had forgotten about it. I must get some more next time I go shopping.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Hi hubpageswriter, glad you enjoyed reading about apple cider vinegar - cider vinegar is indeed amazing stuff, with so many health benefits

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        hubpageswriter 7 years ago

        This is amazing. There are so many benefits in apple cider vinegar. Hub up.:)

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the Hub on apple cider vinegar beccas90, and hope you find the info on the benefits of cider vinegar useful

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        beccas90 7 years ago from New York

        Great resource for Apple Cider Vinegar and it opened my eyes to it's many benefits.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that you liked the Hub on apple cider vinegar, Diane, and thanks for the tips on using cider vinegar in tha bath and adding apple cider vinegar to a load of washing to get rid of bad smaells from clothes

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        Diane Inside 7 years ago

        I love using apple cider vinegar in the bathwater, I usually shower but when I want to soak I use it in the the bath. It really makes your hair soft as well.

        And occasionally when I have clothes that smell particularly awful,(my husbands work clothes), I add a little into the laundry. Comes out smelling fresh as a daisy. Loved the hub. Thanks.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for reading the apple cider vinegar hub, Hello, hello, and glad that you found the information on the health benefits of cider vinegar useful

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        Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

        Thank you for your great and comprehensive information.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that you enjoyed reading about the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, kingdude4ever

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        kingdude4ever 7 years ago from Lahore

        really helpful article

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that the apple cider vinegar helped clear your scalp of dandruff, Spider Girl, and that you enjoyed reading the hub

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Bet you never drank from an unknown pitcher again, dallas93444! Glad you enjoyed reading about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and thanks for leaving a great comment

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        Spider Girl 7 years ago from the Web

        My dermatologist recommended applying apple cider vinegar to my scalp to get rid of scalp dandruff. It really did work! Very informative article, rated useful!

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for the great comment NamVetRich. I've just been stung by a wasp on the side of the nose, so I'm going to douse it in apple cider vinegar to stop it aching.

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        Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

        I can tell you it does not taste good. My mother had a stainless steel pitcher with apple cider in it. I thought it was drinking water. As a child playing outside in 100 degree heat, I ran inside and seeing no one looking, I tip the picher up and drank gulps of cider direct from the pitcher. When I set the picture down, I could barely breathe. I felt like I had drank battery acid... I better understood why they had the rule, "Do not drink from pitchers..!" Forget the germs stuff, the taste from an unknown substance made the rule understandable to me... Thanks for sharing.

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        NamVetRich 7 years ago from Springfield Oregon

        CMHypno, another great hub, very informative and lots of benefits. I will put it on my grocery list. If I remember my grandmother made this and used it for all kinds of remidies, I think she used it on us kids when we got bee stings, cuts, etc. Also in cooking. Very well written.

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        fucsia - glad you enjoyed reading about the benefits of apple cider vinegar

        Scribe For Hire - thanks for the info on cider vinegar and skin tags, as I think that lots of people are looking for a natural way to get rid of skin tags

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        Scribe For Hire 7 years ago from Connecticut

        Thanks for sharing.

        Apple cider vinegar is very useful both inside and outside the body. It's great for those annoying little skin tags.

        Saturate a cotton ball with the vinegar and apply directly to the skin tag and after a few days, they will be noticeably reduced.

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        fucsia 7 years ago

        I always use apple vinegar, I know its several benefits... It is a natural and healthy habit!

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        CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Glad that you found the hub on apple cider vinegar useful, thougtforce. Certainly look out for organic cider vinegare with mother.

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        Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

        I always add apple vinegar to water, because I like the taste, and drink it every day. But I didn't know that there were two sorts of vinegar! I will definitely try the organic cider vinegar the next time. Very useful hub!

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