The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

(Red Apple) apple cider vinegar

Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from nutritious, organically grown apples and retains many beneficial components because raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized. ACV undergoes two fermentation processes where it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make apple cider vinegar the powerhouse it is.

Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 4 ounces of purified water after a meal has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn and as a replacement for toxic heartburn medications.
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar may help improve bowel irregularity, thereby removing toxins from the body at a faster rate.
  • Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a more smooth texture and appearance.
  • Raw Apple Cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them. For this reason, many diets include ACV in the regimen.
  • On a small scale, ACV was studied by researchers at Arizona State University. The preliminary study was published in Diabetes Care and reported that ACV helps reduce glucose levels [1].

Raw organic apple cider vinegar is even good for pets. It has been used to help control fleas and even promotes a healthy, shiny coat.

What Can Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Do for Me?

Beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar give it its power to make us feel better, look better, and feel energized. Just look at some of the beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar:

  • Potassium – helps to fight against brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Malic Acid – gives ACV the properties of being resistant to viruses, bacteria, and fungus.
  • Calcium – supports strong bones and teeth.
  • Ash – gives ACV its alkaline property which aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state.
  • Acetic Acid – It appears that this acid slows the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.

Differences Between Clear Vinegar and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Clear vinegar has none of the benefits of raw organic apple cider vinegar. Through its processing and distilling, it’s been stripped of everything beneficial and can be detrimental to your health since it is dead instead of alive.

Only raw organic apple cider vinegar has the “mother of vinegar” that makes the vinegar so beneficial. The “mother” is made up of living nutrients and bacteria. You can actually see it settled in the bottom on the bottle.

How Do I Take Raw Apple Cider Vinegar?

Mixed with another powerhouse of beneficial goodness, organic honey, apple cider vinegar can be a tasty treat with healthy benefits. This is a great drink for fast energy. Remember, the mother of vinegar will settle at the bottom of the bottle between uses and you want the healthy ingredients it contains. Be sure to shake the bottle well before pouring. In a large pitcher, add together:

  • 2 tablespoons of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 gallon of purified water
  • Raw locally harvested honey or agave nectar to suit your taste

Raw honey or organic agave nectar is a great addition that tastes great, can help improve your energy, strengthen your immune system, and much more.

You can also find apple cider vinegar in tablet or capsule form. However, I do not recommend those sources because they are dried and not alive like the liquid.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is very strong so I recommend always diluting it with water. A good ratio is 1 tablespoon per 32 ounces of water for general use.

My Personal Recommendation

I personally use Bragg’s Organic raw apple cider vinegar on a daily basis and recommend this brand of apple cider vinegar over any other brand currently on the market.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


  1. Carol S. Johnston PHD, Cindy M. Kim MS, Amanda J. Buller MS. Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity. American Diabetes Association Diabetes Care. 2004 January vol. 27 no. 1 281-282.

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  • Guest

    Just because you don’t like the taste doesn’t mean it isn’t working to clear your body of toxins, etc. 2 capfuls in a warm glass of water with 1 tsp of raw honey is delicious. Has anybody noticed that it helps to whiten teeth or is that my imagination???

  • Guest

    I began juicing all organic food and my small bald spot grew smaller; will add the MSM though; sounds good.
    Does anyone on this blog have leukemia that would like to share what they are doing to help the body heal? I was reading that ACV could change the blood

    chemistry for the better in 3 months.

    My brother worked for Dr Bragg years ago so I’ve known about ACV for years; did not drink it until lately.

  • Guest

    Vinegar can take the enamel off your teeth if you drink it straight, can it not? I wouldn’t do it.

  • Gilwoman

    I am on my 4th day of taking ACV and I am always tired….will this pass?

  • sela

    what is MSM?

  • sela

    Does anyone knows if ACV will cure eczema?

  • ghc_health

    Check out this article for some information.

  • arch lea

    My sister had a wart that survived persistent chemical treatment (not sure what, doctor prescribed); then the doctor burnt it off which slightly scarred the surrounding skin, but didn’t kill the wart . Then she tried applying fresh aloe serveraj times a day, and it went away! I was wondering if anyone else has had success with aloe getting rid of warts?

  • Global Healing Center

    Oregano oil yes but not aloe.

  • Patricia C Bolan

    I would like to know how much to take a day. 1 oz. in 4 oz water once a day?

  • Global Healing Center

    There’s no hard and fast rule but 1 oz in 4 oz of water is a great place to start.

  • Patricia C Bolan

    Thank you,
    Patti Bolan

  • Salvina Farrugia

    Dear dr can you tell me if ACV is good for gall blluder stone too?

  • Global Healing Center

    Hey Salvina, ACV is definitely one thing you can do for yourself to encourage good health. Gallstones develop for more than on reason and ACV alone may not be a stand alone deterrent but many people use it as part of the equation.

  • crosstown

    I tried taking it undiluted for about four days and an ulcer developed beneath my tongue. Now I’m diluting it with water.


    Make sure that after diluting the ACV with purified water that you always use a straw when drinking it. My dentist also takes it. Your teeth will always be clean and without cavities. Good luck & here’s to good health for all of you!

  • TheStewieGriffinShow .

    Why do you mix apple cider vinegar with PURIFIED water? Purified water has chlorine, a deadly poison, in it and it stinks of chlorine badly coming out of the tap too.

    I tried mixing 1 tablespoon of ACV with 4 ounces of pure water, and it was too difficult to get used to. It was also too hard on my stomach. I then tried juice instead of water and ‘bingo’ problem solved.

  • Protect your teeth

    ACV undiluted, eating an apple or even drinking fruit juices will immediately soften the enamel on your teeth, Experts advise to rinse mouth and or eat some cheese etc to neutralize the acid, Do not to brush your teeth for at least 20 minutes as brushing when enamel is soft will only cause more erosion, if still unclear google tooth erosion, apples and acidic fruit juices do more damage to childrens teeth than candy.

  • harold

    hi there can i take apple cider vinegar if i have a candida

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  • Jeannie

    I just read 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar to one gallon of purified water. If you want a little sweetener use raw locally harvested honey or agave nectar.

  • shauna davidson

    i need some adsvise ive been constatly sick off and on over a yr now since my dad died last yr. now ive got bouts of bronchitis and breathing problems than ever before.. i used to get bronchitis and flu at least once a yr. is it that i may need to detox my body from toxins? what would you reccommend for severe bronchitis treatments and to get rid of it? my doctor did 3 sets of treatments for it nothing has worked.. they said i may need to go to a lung
    doctor i do not smoke and never had these issues before.. what would you recommend for lung problems and chronic bronchitis to heal it up? im coughing all night long and cant get rid of the mucus and other bronchitis symptoms.. what would you recommend to get rid of this? ive had this now for over a month.. i get sinis infections alot too. what do i do? thanks

  • Global Healing Center

    It’s not a fix for your health problems but I would recommend that anyone whose health is not what they want, who has never cleansed their body, to consider a comprehensive cleansing protocol.The people who have done this consistently have good things to say –

  • joy

    Dear Dr. Group,
    I have had chronic mucous and lung inflamation for 3 years now. I no longer eat dairy or grains. Is there anything you can recommend to break this up and get it out of my body? I want to be healed from it. Thank you so very much. Joy in Florida.

  • joy

    P.S. – This sinus and lung infection started 3 years ago when I woke up with a bright red nose with a wart on it a few days later. I felt soreness in my underarm glands and then I noticed the constant mucus in the back of my throat. Now it comes up every morning, after I eat, and every night when I lie down. I’ve tried everything I know. Thanks.

  • Global Healing Center

    Have you had anyone take a closer look and determine what’s causing it?

  • L

    Really?!?!?! Nail polish normally contains FORMALDEHYDE, a deadly toxin that can kill humans…. this is a little silly to worry about a wart when you’re coating your childrens skin with formaldehyde!!! NO NO.

  • L

    “Burns To The Esophagus”???? lol. I drink it straight and I don’t have any “Burns”….. This is just hilarious. Just because it’s alkaline doesn’t mean it’s going to burn your throat……… What about salad dressing. Noone dilutes it there, does everyone get burns from eating salad dressing!!! hahahha!! And the whole point of digesting ACV is that its a digestive aid. Dilute it and it’s like drinking water just after you’ve eaten a massive carb / protein loaded meal….. You dilute your stomach acids and make a huge work load for your stomach to pump MORE stomach acid to break down the food… Sorry, I prefer mine UNdiluted, and Always have. You don’t have to dilute it, and I think it is not undermining the actual reason for ingesting acv, like you should not dilute stomach acids, for better bodily function. A sip of water to swish the mouth is no problem afterwards to prevent saturation of the teeth with ACV and is all that is needed. After all I don’t know anyone who dilutes their salad dressing, teeth enamel or no…..

  • L

    I would not worry about “counting calories” when I am ingesting a superfood loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes,,, do your body a favour and forget classic conditioning of “calories”, drink the honey as well (just make sure it’s living, raw honey and not store bought pasteurised dead stuff that is basically nothing but sugar, all the good stuff is cooked out of it) thats the only honey you need to be wary of. The raw stuff, well it’s like saying an apple gives me x calories, but i won’t eat it for that reason, despite the fact that it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that my body needs and cannot live without…. I am just worried about calories… it shows you’re focusing on the wrong thing. You should really only worry about calories when it comes to Mcdonalds, chocolate, dairy, pastries, cakes, etc. Not fruit, vegetables, raw honey, (and you’re not exactly going to eat a bucket full, are you? we’re only talking a teaspoon perhaps!) and other unprocessed, healthful plant sourced foods!!!!

  • L

    and when he says stevia, he means the UNprocessed stuff. The crumbled, dried herb. Not the crap white powders….. get rid of processed foods and go back to nature. Use the herb only. Processed foods will add to your bone loss or “demineralisation” over time as you are robbing them of nutrients needed to buffer the acid from eating processed foods! So to eat powdered white “isolate” or “extract” stevia is basically perpetuating this demineralisation cycle.

  • L

    No, perhaps for some people who insist on a “miracle cure” or “magic pill” while they continue to eat Mcdonalds, chocolate, processed, additive laden, meat and dairy laden heavy saturated fats type SAD food,,,, they won’t find one superfood will counteract their bad lifetime habits. So sorry your lifestyle is affording you a lack of energy and cramping. This indicates your diet requires an overhaul, not a teaspoon of ACV.
    Also, the fact that you dislike it’s taste is perhaps slightly indicative of your lack of familiarity? Such as, in salad dressings? Salads? No? hmm…… back to the drawing board for you, my dear. How about you cut out anything that is not a raw fruit or vegetable in your diet for 3 weeks. I know, for someone who may not eat a vegetable in their life, this may be hard, but it will cure your energy problems and cramping (provided you eat lots of magnesium and potassium)…. ACV is not a magic pill peoples, your daily diet over your lifetime is your ONLY magic pill!

  • L

    Just going back to eating plants should do the trick, rather than going all out poking yourself, fruit and veges do the same thing from the inside out! With no discomfort or any extra effort! Who’da thunk it!

  • Pimpguard

    U freakN rock!

  • Deeleted

    Is there any studies on taking ACV with certain medications. I am taking blood thinners and wondered if it would interact with the ACV. I am also taking cholesterol medications. I just know that things like eating grapefruit which is acidic can cause some major complications with meds. Would ACV do the same thing?Thanks ahead for any info.

  • Global Healing Center

    Haven’t seen anything to that effect… can any other readers offer input?

  • John

    Salima, when your body begins to detox you see changes in your body. You may develop rashes, get pimples, bad breath, increased body odor, changes in the color and quality of your urine and feces. These are all signs of detoxification. Sometimes when you clean out your garbage can it stinks (same premise). My recommendation would be to reduce the amount of ACV that you were consuming until you are comfortable. Be patient, once your system is detoxed and stabilized your symptoms will subside. I my opinion drinking something natural can never be bad.

  • Julie Stark

    I have a quick question for Dr. G. if possible. I’m pregnant with gestational diabetes. I would like to start the ACV to help control my sugars. Is it safe to start (in small doses, of course) while pregnant? I’m not on insulin. Diet controlled only.

  • Global Healing Center

    ACV is incredible stuff but it’s also just food. There’s no reason it should give you any trouble.

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  • Tara Delaney

    I don’t agree with the use of agave nectar. Maybe RAW honey.
    Best to drink plain if you are truly on a detox. Unfortunately most “healthy alternative” sweeteners convert to fructose. Most stevia brands contain inulin and dextrose = bad.
    Why such a big deal? If you are truly in a health crisis, all of your detoxing efforts will be cancelled out by adding sugars. You want to make sure you are using pure Raw products without any hidden ingredients for optimal results.

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  • Jason Heilman

    I have been told that raw apple cider vinegar will help heal hemroids I would like to know if this is true

  • Sherry Conner Gennaro

    Very true ,,,,,


    Update: I’m now taking 3 teaspoons of Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider in an 8 to 10 oz glass of water 3 times a day. I’m also eating 4 tablespoons of (VCO) Virgin Coconut Oil a day. When I feel an illness coming on I take 6 to 8 tablespoons of VCO until I’m free of all symptoms. Get the book entitled “Coconut Cures” Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut by Bruce Fife, N.D. Bruce Fife has done more research than anyone alive on coconut & has many other books available, including a book devoted entirely on coconut recipes. Using Virgin Coconut Oil for cooking is also excellent since it has a much higher boiling point than Virgin Olive Oil does.


    You have not been taking it properly. Take the time to do some research & you will get all of the right answers. It must be diluted in fresh clean water, not tap & you must use a straw while drinking it. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons in an 8 to 10 oz glass of water for starters. I have been taking 3 teaspoons with 3 glasses of Bragg’s ACV a day. One upon awakening, one in mid-morning, and the last one early afternoon.

  • StarDust

    Braggs w/the mother says right on the label in dark bold print: “Refrigeration is not needed.”

  • StarDust

    Hi Emily,
    I’m wondering the same thing. They used to use wood casks but health regulators have made them change to stainless steel barrels. Your question about the nickel (esp with vinegar being very acidic) is a very good one!
    Dr Group, your thoughts?

  • StarDust

    Hi Dr. Group,
    Have just joined and appreciate the ‘desperately needed’ good work you’re doing, thank you!
    I have just learnt that Braggs now uses stainless steel barrels instead of wood casks (health regulators have made them all switch). Since vinegar is very acidic, the thought of nickel leeching into it sends up a red flag, to me anyways! I’ve been using Braggs ACV for a few months & now I’m concerned about what the nickel content might be?! eeeks! Your thoughts, thank you!





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