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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  • David

    I have a toe infection due to runner’s toe that I’ve had for a couple months. I went on anti-biotics and had an allergic reaction Bactrim DS- don’t even get me started on that stuff. My question is you suggest putting droplets of ACV on the infection and on the band-aid. My confusion is if the ACV is UN-pastuerized wouldn’t that introduce bacteria that might make the infection worse. Thanks for any help Doctor.


  • Shayla

    I love Bragg’s ACV!! I take a “shot” literally each and every morning!!! I pour it in a small shot glass and chug it down..It gets me going each and every day!! Of course drink plenty of water during the day and the surge is amazing!!! Sometimes when I come home in the evenings and feel a little sluggish from the days work, I will take a small shot before I head out for my daily evening run. The benefits are amazing. Clear skin, energy, and regular bowl movements. It’s like a daily regiment for me!!

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  • Heather LeCoq

    Heinz now has unpasteurized acv which contains mother vinegar.. I bought some at wal-mart today for $3.98

  • Marci

    Sooo does it lose it’s effectiveness if i heat the water and drink it like apple cider?

  • Carolina girl

    I like the taste of ACV and don’t mix it. Is it harmful doing this?

  • ghc_health

    Are you gently warming it up to 100F or boiling it? Boiling will most certainly kill off the beneficial enzymes.
    -Dr. Edward Group

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  • Roxy

    I read that hair loss was usually caused by a lack of sulfur in your diet. So I bought a bottle of MSM (it’s also good for your joints/cartilage). Don’t know if this just works for women but it was fantastic. In less than a week my hair seemed thicker and the next week my hairdresser noticed that my “bald” spot on the top of my head was filling in. Unexpected consequence: The hair on other parts of my body were growing too, and I had to start shaving my legs again after 10 years. I am 68.

  • Mary Jane Montejo

    Hi, I have question about AVC, I read an article it stated in there that , AVC can help curing Cancer. Its that true? how about loose of appetite, I’m so tin can I still take AVC?

  • Mary Jane Montejo

    when you lost 3 pounds, how about me, I’m so tin do I still need to take AVC.

  • Jennifer

    The reason for the weight loss is because it is a natural detox cleanser. It is cleaning out your system of all the “gunk” I don’t think this would be a permanant solution to weight loss, just temporary.

  • Janine Heldoerfer T

    Good morning Dr. and all. My question is about Menapause and hot flashes and night sweats. I am about to turn 52 and have been dealing with hot flashes and night sweats for 2 years. I have done everything from soy,cream, herbs, effexxor ( doc had me on it. worked great for a while. then hot flashes came back, they up the dose, did well, then they came back again. They wanted to up the dosage again and i sid no thank you. And got of them completely.
    i started 2 Tbl.s of Braggs AVC in 8 oz of warm wager with a bit of organic honey a day ago. WIll this help? and when will i see any results please? These hot flashes are a doozy! Thank you for your time.

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  • ghc_health

    Hi Janine,

    Many people take ACV to support good health and wellbeing. Please give us a follow up comment to let us know if it’s helping your hot flashes. You may also want to check out this article-

  • valerie

    2 ounces a day

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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

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  • 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.

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    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.





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