The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on October 5, 2015

(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.


  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.

  • Raven Crowe

    I lost 15 pounds on apple cider vinegar taken as directed on this site. Two tablespoons in a gallon of water. But then the weight leveled off and I then began to GAIN weight. The weight loss effect sadly for me did not last. I did not change my eating habits and I eat a Paleo diet, did not change my exercise plan. I am going to give ACV a try again and see what happens.

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  • alma

    Can you get the same benefits by mixing a TBS. of ACV with a smoothie or food?

  • Global Healing Center

    Probably but the main complaint I’ve heard from people there is the altering of the taste. Maybe it’d work well with lemon and apple juice.

  • Princess Angel

    Cynthia, You are so funny! lol Bragg vinegar isn’t the answer to everything. For a healthy person Braggs really is a good product. Blessings to you. O:)

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  • Thibs

    I would like to know, how do you take ACV to help reduce high blood pressure?

  • Global Healing Center

    Take it as a shot or mix it with water!

  • Global Healing Center

    If it will help you with that, it will help by consuming it.

  • Julie Ann

    Is apple cider vineger helpful for kidney stones?

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  • dale

    I dilute my ACV in distilled water and use either honey or stevia to tolerate the taste.

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  • Dela

    Great info. Thanks! Just one question, empty stomach or eat something before taken the raw ACV.

  • Global Healing Center

    I like it on an empty stomach!

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  • ReadYourBibleForAnswers

    r u all going to believe what this guy says? 5% acid the bottle says it contains. If you don’t get enough nutrition in your diet, you’ll eventually have no teeth and your bones become brittle. Why? ACID and not enough nutrition intake to counter the ACID. Do not start taking ACV just because this guy with all these so called professional titiles after his name says for you to do so. After all, the system that granted him these certificates don’t teach you true wisdom, anything of true value so how could he really offer it to you.

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  • Doreen Livadas

    Ready for the ride, I lost my gallbladder over a year ago. I’m not feeling up to par, Tmi’s to state….be back on in 1 week, should I notice something by then?

  • Renee Denise Austin

    Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is good for your overall health, so don’t look at it as a weight loss regiment. I take 2 tablespoons with a coffee cup size of hot water and raw honey for sweetner. It’s best to drink this tonic at least two to three times a day. If you try it this way, then you may see the results you are looking for. I know it gives me lots of energy and I do feel good after drinking my tunic.

  • organicSFS

    Apple cider vinegar can also help in curing kidney stones. I
    know because I have several friends who used ACV to get rid of their stones. Being
    highly acidic, it can soften kidney stones and eventually dissolves it. ACV can also remove blackheads warts, and moles.
    And I agree, Braggs the best there is… pure and organic. Great article by the

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  • Bill

    I have an apple allergy, is there any close substitute to ACV? I would like to do the kidney cleanse but I feel like perhaps something is missing w/o the ACV. Thanks!

  • Global Healing Center

    It’ll be tough to replace and it wouldn’t be a total replacement but you could take extra enzymes and probiotics.

  • Nobody

    Do you not know that all vinegars are toxic?

    You should know this as Dr. Detox.

    Vinegar contains 5% acetic acid.

    Acetic acid is a poison.

    Vinegar can be effective at removing unnatural phenomena on the surface of the skin, but it should never be consumed.

    Imagine how clueless the so called health company “Bragg live foods” must be about proper nutrition, since they have recommended the consumption of vinegar for decades already.

  • guest

    And what, pray tell, are your qualifications, sour puss? Anecdotal observations don’t count for shi….anything.

  • doo doo

    Stop eating greased up foods. You have too much grease in you for anything to work past it. I hate the taste of avc myself but the benefits from it is remarkable. Not only I have noticed energy level inclined in me, but I noticed I pooped nice long solid iguana out of my but which my doctor says is how it should be. I lost almost 20 lbs in past 3 months of AVC usage which also helped my penis stick out 1/2 an inch more coz my gut went in a lot, I lost like 2 sizes in past 3 months. Something about AVC makes my skin glow. Lmao. :-D. ENJOY folks.

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  • Debbie parker

    YES!!! LEUKEMIA!!!! OK, for 5 years my WBC and neutrophils were very, very high. My rhummy, a whole other story, ignored the blood just as he did everything else. When we discovered many other problems including “honeycombing of the lungs” – last stage untreated, UNDIAGNOSED lupus………..I QUIT THE MEDICAL B.S.
    After researching for 5 months, taking about 30 different kinds of supplements, etc. I attribute MY NOW NORMAL BLOOD (actually in over 21 years) to taking 35% food grade H2O2. I started with 1 drop/day, then 2, 3, 4, up to the dropper full of 18. AFTER ANOTHER 5 MONTHS OF DOING THIS, I finally got the nerve to see the hemo/onco I was referred to………….AGAIN, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS………….MY BLOODWORK WAS NORMAL!!!! I drank this in distilled water. I hope this helps for your brother.

  • Kathy Sharp

    My husband’s father was Amish, and we have this recipe for “vinegar punch” from him.
    In a gallon container:
    3/4 c. apple cider vinegar
    3/4 c. sugar or honey
    scant 1/2 t. nutmeg
    mix and fill to 1 gal. water
    We drink this if we get too hot outside or in the hot, humid days that are common in Delaware summers. I notice that it uses quite a bit more vinegar that you recommend. We do not drink it for a normal beverage, only when it is really hot. Would love to have your evaluation of this, Dr. Group.

  • Global Healing Center

    I’d go with the honey over the sugar but it sounds like it would be good!

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  • Gary

    In other words,skipping all of the holidays and eating dull rabbit food for the rest of our lives, listening to type “A ” people micromanage every bite while raving about the entire succulent lettuce buffet they just consumed. No Thanks.

  • Gary

    A two liter works for me.

  • Gary

    If all else fails,take 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil and pour it over the left shoulder at 3:15 am standing on your right foot only.In other words,OCD MD doesn’t work for me.

  • Gary

    You must have the palate of Bobcat Goldthwait lol! :0)

  • Gary

    Even the Tin man needed some oil. Give it a try.

  • Anne Marie

    I have used Bragg’s to successfully “cure” menorrhagia in perimenopause. It is my assumption that we are subjected to many xenoestrogens in plastic products and that is causing extreme hormonal imbalance in women and men. I can only speak for myself when I say that I avoided a hysterectomy by using Bragg’s. My search for a “cure” was found on Earth Clinic by the many women suffering from menorrhagia. I highly recommend it.

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