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Apple Cider Vinegar—Nature’s Wonder Drug?

Apple Cider Vinegar is a popular home remedy.  But did you know that its health benefits date back to Egyptian Urns in 3000 B.C.? The Babylonians as well as Julius Caesar’s army used it to stay healthy and fight off disease. The Greeks and Romans kept vinegar vessels for healing and flavoring. It was used in biblical times as an antiseptic and a healing agent. In Paris in the Middle Ages it was sold from barrels by street vendors as a body deodorant, healing tonic, and delicious drink to keep the body healthy and ageless.

Even Christopher Columbus and crew on their voyage to discover America in 1492 had vinegar barrels for prevention of scurvy as did the U.S. Civil War soldiers.  It helped disinfect and heal their wounds. For centuries in Japan, the samurai warriors drank it for strength and power.

Over thousands of years we have learned that ACV has multi-purposes and a multitude of health benefits.  There is actually a great deal of science behind just how and why ACV seems to be a “cure-all” for so many things. Yes, there is also hype and confusion around what works and what doesn’t work, but all one has to do is look just a little below the surface to uncover the amazing attributes of apples allowed to slowly ferment.

Organic ACV is unpasteurized and contains what is known as “the mother” of vinegar, which makes the vinegar appear somewhat cloudy. Also known as Mycoderma aceti, mother of vinegar is created when acetic acid bacteria and a type of cellulose develop during the fermentation process. Mother of vinegar is harmless, contains health-promoting characteristics such as living nutrients and friendly bacteria, and lets you know that the vinegar is unpasteurized. Most vinegar manufacturers nowadays pasteurize the vinegar before it hits the shelves, to get rid of the mother of vinegar, and in turn, a lot of the nutrients that the vinegar offers.

When choosing an ACV, make sure to select one that is raw, organic and unpasteurized, as the pasteurization process can destroy many of the health benefits. Organic, unpasteurized ACV has a cobweb-looking solid floating inside; as stated earlier, known as mother of vinegar, and is a natural cellulose produced by the vinegar bacteria.

Beneficial Properties – Some of the beneficial properties contained within mother of vinegar include:

Potassium: essential for healthy metabolism, as well as water and chemical balance in the body
Iron: important for blood health
Magnesium: vital to heart health
Enzymes: boost chemical reactions in the body
Malic acid: protects vinegar from viruses, bacteria and fungus
Acetic acid: slows the digestion of starch and inhibits bacterial growth
Calcium: builds strong bones and teeth
Pectin: helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol
Ash: maintains a healthy alkaline state in the body

Other Minerals, Trace Elements and Vitamins:

  • Chlorine
  • Copper
  • Fluorine
  • Phosphorous
  • Pro-vitamin beta-carotene
  • Silicon
  • Sodium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin P

More Powerhouse Properties

Alkalinity: A big reason why ACV is so effective for so many conditions is because it makes the body alkaline, as opposed to acidic. The more acidic your body is, the better the environment for sickness and disease to take hold. Even though ACV is acidic, it has an alkalinizing impact on the body during digestion, unlike other vinegars.

The 3 A’s: ACV contains potent antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, which help to make it so effective for so many conditions.

Detoxifier: Toxins often accumulate in our bodies, and the malic acid in ACV helps to eliminate these dangerous compounds. By doing so, ACV supports healthy kidney, bladder and liver function.

While there are likely over a hundred different health issues that have responded positively with ACV, here are just a sampling:

  • Weight loss and fat breakdown
  • Cancer
  • Itching
  • Sore throat
  • Strengthen bones
  • Candida
  • Diabetes
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Blood pressure
  • Leg cramps
  • Edema
  • Allergies
  • Heart burn
  • Auto immune illnesses
  • Constipation
  • Warts, Callouses, and Corns

Since there are so many benefits to consuming ACV daily, we thought we would give you some ideas on how to introduce it into your diet.

  1. Drizzle a teaspoon on top of your salad or mix it with your favorite salad dressing.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to mayonnaise-based or other vinaigrette-based salads like coleslaw.
  3. Use as a marinade for vegetables.  A vinegar marinade works well mixed with equal parts of olive oil.
  4. Try a delicious mixture of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar poured over grilled or roasted vegetables. This also works well poured over sautéed vegetables.
  5. If you love popcorn and want a low calorie substitute for butter, fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and finely spray the popcorn and top with a little sea salt or pepper.
  6. You can easily add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to any smoothie, but this one works well! Start by putting 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar into the blender, add a whole banana, 5 chopped strawberries, one tablespoon of honey, 1/2 cup of apple or orange juice, and a handful of leafy greens and blend until smooth.
  7. Start your morning with a 6 or 8-ounce glass of water mixed with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and little honey or lemon. You can also add the vinegar to any juice.
  8. Rinse your fruits and vegetables with vinegar. This adds some vinegar to your diet and also removes harmful bacteria and pesticides.
  9. Mix with ginger and drink to soothe an upset stomach.
  10. Add 1 Tbs. to your workout water to fight lactic acid buildup.
  11. DIY liver tonic—mix ACV with pure, sparkling water.

Why haven’t more people been using this incredible supplement? Although it isn’t expensive, and it is easy to find, the truth is, we seem to go for the exotic, expensive supplements when what will help us most is already in our gardens and refrigerators.  We need ACV and it is a natural, wholefood supplement!  I think I am going into the kitchen now to open up a new, unused bottle and make a warm ACV, distilled water and lemon drink and let’s see how I sleep tonight.  With all of the amazing health benefits, we would all be foolish not to go back to this tried and true miracle.  What are some ways that can introduce ACV into your daily diet?


  1. Carolyn B, Calhoun April 11, 2018

    I start each day with 8Oz. warm water..2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Lemon juice and a teaspoon of raw honey. Great for digestion and to curb food cravings. Thanks for the blog.

  2. Deborah April 12, 2018

    Is there any concern for tooth enamel as long as ACV is mixed with water?
    SHould one always use a straw and rinse mouth after drinking ACV in water?

    • Melody Hord April 12, 2018

      Since it does have acid, any precautions for tooth enamel sound like a good idea. Of course the water is going to help dilute it.

  3. T Black April 12, 2018

    Wow. I was aware of some of the benefits of ACV, but this article really opened my eyes. Thanks for the suggestions on how to work it into our daily lives more easily. Great ideas. I would never have thought of adding it to a smoothie. With all the positive health benefits, I definitely need to make sure to include ACV to my daily regimen.

  4. E.W. Muriithi April 12, 2018

    I have been reading about HD but it is very difficult to access the products.

    • Melody Hord April 12, 2018

      Thanks for reading about the Hallelujah Diet, founded by George Malkmus. The products sold by Hallelujah Diet are great. But shipping them overseas can get pricey when customs gets involved.

      • Gwendolyn Harrell April 14, 2018

        I don’t know where E.W. Muriithi lives, but maybe it would be easier for her to order products from Canada. Just a suggestion. Thanks.

  5. Anne Elizabeth Stevens April 12, 2018

    I’ve been making fire vinegar. There are a number of on-line recipes. I like to use:
    1 jalepeno
    1 onion
    1 whole head of garlic (not 1 clove)
    1/2 cup horseradish root
    1/2 cup of ginger root
    tumeric root

    You can use a food processor or a knife to slice the vegetables.
    Place in a mason jar and cover with raw, unpasteurized, organic vinegar.
    Place in the refrigerator for 2-4 weeks shaking the brew once a day.
    Continue to keep in the refrigerator until needed or,
    take a teaspoon once a day or more will help to strengthen the immune system.

    I have also used it right away, drinking a cup with some cinnamon and honey, when I’ve felt flu-like symptoms.
    Works wonderfully well.

  6. Please forgive my ignorance, is one supposed to drink the Mycoderma aceti for not. I’m a little confused. If so do you just shake it up and pour it through if not do you just straighten it out or how does one handle that. ACV is not something that I have had in my routine in all of my years so this is a learning curve for me. Also how much ACV should a person ingest daily. I had heard a while back some negative stuff on this end and when the article came through my email it perked my attention again. Thank you for your kind response.

    • Melody Hord April 23, 2018

      I usually shake the ACV bottle before use, to disperse the mother throughout. That way I get a little every time I consume it.

  7. Connie Gesser April 13, 2018

    It is great to learn that something so beneficial can be so health promoting.

    I like to use it to clean with also instead of commercial chemical containing household cleaners.

  8. I start everyday with 2 tbs acv and 1/2 tsp baking soda, put 8 oz glass or cup
    Let sit till the fiz is gone, then add water
    i like the baking soda because it cuts the harshness of the vinigar. I am not a fan of the flavor of vinegar. Also this morning tonic helps keep me regular.
    THIS tonic is great if your tummy is a little acidic from to big of a dinner.

  9. Talmadge van Heerden April 19, 2018

    Can you publish an article on all the benefits of ACV, but also give us more recipes. My wife has been using it daily now for her arthritis, since her sister told her to start taking it, and all the pain has gone from her fingers.

  10. Annette April 24, 2018

    This was good information. I take vinegar with lemon juice and honey too. I did not realize there is such great benefits from the vinegar. Thanks for the information.

  11. Angela Solomon May 8, 2018

    This is so interesting I had no clue ACV was effective in so many ways. I use it to soak my feet in with a little baking soda. It works wonders for dry cracked feet. Now after reading this I am going to try it with the baking soda to drink each day.

  12. Which brand of Apple Cider Vinegar do you recommend? Is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar OK to use?

  13. Jennifer March 5, 2020

    Thank you for the information. I didnt realize all the many benefits of apple cider vinegar.

  14. Connie March 5, 2020

    I understand that even though ACV is acidic, it has an alkalinizing impact on the body during digestion. However, I’m unclear whether a person who has heartburn or Gastritis should or should not use ACV.

  15. Mic west March 6, 2020

    I have heard it depletes potassium

  16. What is black vinegar

  17. Gloria Sue Smith March 7, 2020

    Great article. I mix a pint of ACV with a pint of honey then it is ready to dilute with whatever I want to drink. I mix it with my tea, lemonade, limeade, water, or whatever. I usually use an ounce of the ACV/Honey mixture to a quart of ……

  18. This is awesome, ACV is so cheap and easy to find. Who knew all the benifits you can get from using this daily.

  19. Edna Frease March 23, 2020

    I have been using Bragg’s ACV for several years for salad dressings. After reading this article I now mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with the baking soda & 8 oz water and consume it daily. My husband has acid reflux would the ACV & soda be beneficial for him?

    • Melody Hord March 24, 2020

      So many people have digestive troubles! Myself included. Frankly, I rarely eat a salad anymore. I blend or juice my veggies. Too much bulky food, and eating too often are probably the worst offenders to my digestion. I have found the least stress I put on my stomach, the better. Apple cider vinegar appears to be a great food, and it does add enzymes to the food. In fact, I use it sometimes in my blended salads.

  20. Jerrie Russell December 16, 2021

    Can I use ACV on a renewal diet (kidney damage)?

  21. Kathy Craddock December 19, 2021

    How much is recommended daily to receive the benefits? Thank you.

  22. Apple cider vinegar helps food taste good by adding the sour taste. I like to use it in salad dressing and also on my cooked vegetables. I recently used it to pickle cucumbers with some herbs. It extended the life of the cucumbers for a very long time when I stored them in the refrigerator.

  23. Jennifer January 17, 2022

    I appreciate the suggestions on how to incorporate the ACV in our daily diet. That was very helpful.

  24. These are great ideas for getting Apple Cider Vinegar into our diets each day. Apple Cider Vinegar is good for our bodies and helps with more than you think.

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