Apple Cider Vinegar: Drink It Daily for Better Health

Apple Cider Vinegar: Drink It Daily for Better Health


Diluted raw apple cider vinegar is a drink with many potential benefits and it has been used throughout history to treat a long list of health problems.

Here is 12 reasons why it’s worth drinking apple cider vinegar, also commonly known as ACV, daily for more energy, a better body and improving your health in general.

12 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Improved Digestion

Drinking apple cider vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digestion. Take a tablespoon of ACV in a big glass of water around 15 minutes before a meal to stimulate digestive juices for better breakdown of your food.

It’s important to use raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the mother for this and all of the other health benefits listed below.

The mother is the cloudy strings of naturally occurring pectin and proteins that form during fermentation. Filtered and pasteurized vinegars will not have this and lack the enzymes and other nutritional properties in raw ACV that have such a positive effect on the digestive process.

Real apple cider vinegar, like this organic version I use ($5 off if you use this link), contains valuable minerals and trace elements, LDL cholesterol lowering pectin, fat burning acetic acid, anti-viral malic acid, live enzymes, amino acids and many other beneficial nutrients.

When you drink apple cider vinegar regularly, ideally before each main meal, you digestion improves and you naturally begin assimilating more from your food. This can also reduce hunger and help with losing weight. More on this ahead.

Vinegar made from apples


2. Heartburn, Intestinal Problems and Constipation

Regular apple cider vinegar in water is believed to help correct low stomach acid conditions that leads to heartburn. Importantly, straight ACV is very strong and likely to be too powerful for heartburn sufferers, and especially those with ulcers, so make sure you dilute it well.

Apple pectin fiber, found in the mother of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, soothes the entire gastrointestinal tract, helping to prevent stomach cramps, bloating and gas.

Apple cider vinegar can also be useful as a mild laxative to stimulate peristalsis in cases of occasional constipation. It should not have this effect if your bowel movements are already regular.

3. Prevent Candida and Normalize Intestinal Bacteria

ACV is full of beneficial acids which are believed to help improve the make up of your intestinal flora. These include acetic acid and malic acid, which have antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties and can help control the spread of the candida fungus in your intestines, a common and debilitating problem with many people’s high sugar diets.

4. Strengthen Your Immune System

Your intestinal flora are a big part of your body’s immune system. It makes sense then that improving the conditions for the growth of friendly bacteria with apple cider vinegar can help improve your overall immunity.

The malic acid in ACV is also a strong antiviral, perhaps one of the reasons people often say they experience fewer colds when they take apple cider vinegar in water daily.

Additionally, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is said to benefit your lymphatic system by helping to cleanse lymph nodes and break up mucus in the body. Over time this can relieve sinus congestion, reduce colds and alleviate allergies.

5. Regulate Blood Sugar and Aid in Diabetes

Apple cider vinegar is full of acetic acid which appears to slow down the digestion of simple carbohydrates, thus regulating blood sugar levels from the brief highs and longer lows of a high carb diet.

The anti-glycemic effect of ACV has been proven in several studies, including this one that concluded, “vinegar can significantly improve post-prandial insulin and sensitivity in insulin resistant subjects…thus, vinegar may possess physiological effects similar to acarbose or metformin (anti-diabetic drugs). Further investigations to examine the efficacy of vinegar as an antidiabetic therapy are warranted.”

apple cider vinegar drink

6. High Blood Pressure

Some animal studies have shown that apple cider vinegar may lower high blood pressure and there are many reports in online forums of using it for this purpose.

It’s possible that ACV increases nitric oxide production that helps relax blood vessels, or it may just have a generally beneficial effect on your cardiovascular system that, over time, naturally results in a lowering of high blood pressure.

7. Detoxification

Apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in detoxification protocols with good reason. Aside from all the other body cleansing benefits already listed, drinking diluted raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is believed to help detoxify and cleanse your liver.

One tablespoon of ACV in a large glass of water before each meal is often recommended as an effective dosage for daily detoxification. Some detoxifying methods may use larger doses, though it’s best to build up to these over time.

8. Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar’s acetic acid has been shown in studies to suppress the accumulation of body fat and liver lipids. Its pectin content is also thought to slightly reduce your body’s ability to absorb fat.

When you have an apple cider vinegar drink before a meal, as well as improving digestion, it will usually reduce your hunger levels as well, which can only be beneficial for losing weight. Once again, 1 tablespoon in a large glass of water before each meal is the recommended dosage.

Raw ACV may well aid weight loss, but it would be better thought of as part of a larger body fat reduction plan. In all I’ve read on the subject, I believe the most effective first step is to reduce grain-based carbohydrates and eat more, not less, of the right type of foods.

9. Bad Breath

The natural acids in real apple cider vinegar, like acetic and malic acid, can reduce the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath.

Using apple cider vinegar for halitosis, you would make it a bit stronger than when drinking it. Add one tablespoon to a third of a cup of water and gargle it for around 20 seconds to minimize bad breath.

10. Skin Benefits

The page on apple cider vinegar as a skin treatment covered using ACV externally in detail, but drinking it regularly can have a very beneficial effect on your skin from the inside.

Apple cider vinegar balances your skin’s pH levels and has long been recommended as a skin tonic. It can also help treat dermatological conditions like acne, especially when used both internally and externally regularly.Drink ACV every day

11. Leg Cramps and Restless Leg Syndrome

Sipping on an apple cider vinegar drink can increase low potassium levels in your body, a suspect in nighttime leg cramps and restless leg syndrome.

Many people in health forums report positive results with regularly drinking ACV in water right before bed to prevent leg cramps and reduce restless leg syndrome.

12. Stamina and Energy

Improved stamina and energy are harder to measure subjectively, but raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar has long been considered a general health tonic and more energy and greater stamina are commonly reported when drinking it.

This may be a combination of all the other health benefits of ACV already listed. Or it could be due to the powerful alkalizing effect it has on your body when you drink apple cider vinegar daily.

Despite been acidic outside the body, ACV, like lemon water, is recognized as a premier alkalizing drink, which reduces acidosis in the body and has been reported to aid in recovering from a wide range of health conditions and diseases.

Drinking ACV to Improve Your Health

Drink apple cider vinegar like this ($5 off using this link) daily for best results, ideally 15 minutes before each meal.

The starting dosage is 1 tablespoon in a big glass of water and you can slowly increase the dosage, a teaspoon at a time over several weeks, to 2 or even 3 tablespoons, if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

Yes it does taste a little sour, but that’s a good thing. It’s important to train your taste buds to not expect everything to be sweet.

If you really can’t handle it at the start, then try it with a drop of natural stevia sweetener ($5 off using this link), but using sugar or commercial honey to sweeten it will only feed the intestinal problems that ACV is used to treat.

Have you tried having a daily apple cider vinegar drink for better health? Do you have other health conditions you’ve found ACV beneficial for? Let everyone know in the comments below and spread the word about just how good for you apple cider vinegar is.

Jim Dillan

Jim Dillan is health and wellness researcher, writing about natural nutrition, improving your physical and mental well-being and moving to a healthier lifestyle. His website Superfood Profiles has detailed articles on superfood health benefits, hair and skin treatments and healthy recipes.

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52 Comments

  1. Karis says:

    ACV sure helped with my acid reflux during both of my pregnancies, with none of the dangers of introducing chemicals into my system. I am wondering though, where can I find references for these other statements?

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Karis,

      I personally think interesting human studies, on the rare occasions when they are done on natural products, are worth listing. Unfortunately there’s little incentive to prove a low cost natural product can be used instead of prescription drugs so these are rare.

      Some people are of the opinion that natural products have no health properties unless proven in, to be honest, very easily manipulated studies. I tend to think very commonly reported benefits have some validity as well, even if they are not proof in the purely scientific sense of the word.

      Actually, when you read about how pharmaceutical companies obtain their scientific references it makes you wonder at their validity – http://www.pfimr.org/how-drug-companies-manipulate-clinical-research/

      All the best

  2. Shelly says:

    Another important ACV remedy is for hot flashes. I discovered in a blog earlier this year that a little bit of ACV in your water during the day will cut back on the hot flashes. My hot flashes had returned with a vengeance after keeping them at bay for almost 2 years with supplements. Within 12 hours of using the ACV my episodes and intensity had diminished by 90%. If you dislike the taste there are ACV pills in health food stores.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Shelly and thanks for your comments. There really are a lot of health benefits of taking ACV in water.

      ACV capsules are available but I must admit I’m a bit worried how many people out there are afraid of health treatments like apple cider vinegar and lemon water just because they aren’t sweet. We’re even adding loads of sugar to medications these days.

      Needing everything we eat to be sweet leads to a lot of the wrong foods being eaten. I tend to think unfiltered ACV with the mother is superior and I actually like the slightly tart taste.

      All the best.

  3. Delyse says:

    I recently starting using Apple Cider Vinegar for chronic urinary tract infections, so far, with good results. After having had four courses of antibiotics this year (one for 6weeks), I started taking Apple Cider Vinegar 2 months ago and haven’t looked back.
    It is early days but it is feeling good.

  4. Nora says:

    I first started using ACV on my 8 year old son. He had problems with his ears. The first two years from the ages of 6 to 8 he was always prescribed antibiotics.` His ears would flare up twice a year. All that the doctor could do was prescribe antibiotics,. Unfortunately he wouldn`t prescribe these until my son`s ears were very painful and with infection. I searched the web for a home remedy and found ACV. It`s taking me a further 5 years to work out all its other benefits. How stupid of me!. I no longer have fungal on my toe nails. I needed heavy duty nail clippers to cut my nails, and now they look great since I applied undiluted ACV with a cotton bud directly to each nail. My doctors comment was to pick up and antibacterial cream. These do not solve the problem. I now take ACV on a daily basis. I no longer wake up with cramps in my legs. I also had a low platelet count in my blood for the last 5 years. I used to bleed under the skin quite regular. I always know the bruising, it`s a funny color compared with a bruise you get when you knock yourself. The doctors said it would eventually correct itself, my blood that is, but it never did. I have not had one bruise since I started taken ACV 1 month ago. Its such a relief as they are so embarrassing when they are on my arms. I live in a hot country and its a pain having to tell people what causes my bruises. I want to tell everybody about ACV, but of course most people think that you are crazy drinking vinegar. I know think its their loss. I write to you today because I would like to give it to my son on a regular basis. He will be 13 years of age in January 2014. My problem is his Pappa. Have you any suggestions as to how I can convince him that it`s okay to take on a daily basis. I really believe it would help my sons PH balance. He suffers from extremely sweaty feet from an early age, but extremely sweaty all over. He gets very upset by his hair. He washes and its greasy the very next day. I have given it to him this week as he has a sore throat. He suffers from respiratory problems if I don`t treat his sore throat straight away. Fingers crossed xx. I wanted to ask if it is okay to give ACV in orange juice instead of water on a regular basis?. My son also suffers from Allergies which start when they cut the grass at school. I am hoping to convince his Pappa when this times comes around as I believe ACV is good for allergies.

    Thanks a million,

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Nora and thanks for your comments.

      These issues do sound like fungal problems so obviously antibacterial creams and the like aren’t going to help. While antibiotics may temporarily seem to help, long term they can destroy the balance of good intestinal flora in your body to favor the harmful. This site has a lot of good info on this – http://bodyecology.com/articles/antibiotics_threaten_long_term_health.php#.UqiIhfRDv4I

      Unfortunately commercial orange juice is full of simple sugars and would only be feeding the harmful intestinal flora so it would best to minimize that if possible. Ideally ACV should be taken in water but if he won’t take it due to taste there are capsules available (though I do think normal ACV is better).

      Most importantly it sounds like he would benefit from cutting right back on sources of sugar in his diet like fruit juice, white bread, soda and sweets and having some good probiotics to improve his intestinal balance which may well be causing these problems. A good holistic health practitioner would have far more insight into this and the damage antibiotics can do so I’d suggest seeing them if his condition continues this way.

      Hope this helps.

  5. Rachael says:

    Hi Jim,
    Just recently I found this information on apple cider vinegar. I have a vague memory of my grandmother using it to treat measles on my skin as a young child but thats about all ever had to do with it.
    I am interested in the weight loss, energy providing aspect, as well as treating reflux, not to mention restless leg syndrome to name a few. I am however breastfeeding an eight month old and want to make sure that this is an all around good thing. Although I cant see how bubs can be adversely effected I would like to make sure that it is okay.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Rachael,

      There’s nothing in ACV that would get into breast milk. You could consult your doctor if you’re unsure but I’ve never read of any negatives concerning ACV and breastfeeding.

      I hope it can be beneficial for you.

  6. Casey says:

    I have grown to love drinking my version of hot apple cider at night. About 6 ounces of hot water with a tablespoon of ACV and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. I try and drink this throughout the school year and believe it helps keep me healthy by boosting my immune system and clearing out mucus.

  7. Roy says:

    Hi Jim I’ve been told to try ACV to give me a boost for energy, I am 70 years of age is it only for short term use or is it possible to use it long term, and is it safe for me, I am on no medication only Inhalers for Asthma, I would appreciate a reply by E Mail if you can. Thanks Roy….

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Roy,

      Thanks for your question. I’ve removed your last name and your email is not visible so I hope you don’t mind if I answer all questions on here as it may help others.

      ACV can have many beneficial effects on your health and improving your energy as it works at many different levels. I would think it would be better to take it longer term if you can. Start at a lower dose of a tablespoon in a big glass of water and if this is well tolerated you can increase it to 2 or 3 over the coming weeks. First thing in the morning is a great time to have it and mid afternoon can also be a good time for boosting your energy.

      Hope this helps.

  8. Sherry Laffan says:

    I have been drinking apple cider vinegar for a couple of weeks and I noticed the difference immediately in my overall health. I think smokers should be very interested in drinking it as it breaks up the mucous in the throat from smoking. My sister has many apple trees on her farm and we will be making our own ACV this year. Hope it turns out.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Sherry and thanks for your comments. That’s another good benefit of apple cider vinegar to add to the already long list. Homemade ACV sounds great too.

  9. Racine says:

    Hello,
    I have heard you should drink ACV about 15 minutes before you eat. I was wondering if you can drink it anytime or with meals I don’t have time to drink and wait 15 minutes especially at work. thank you!

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Racine,

      Generally you don’t want to have too much liquid with meals. ACV stimulates digestion so it would be one of the better things to have. Just before is probably a bit better though.

      Hope this helps.

  10. Debra says:

    Hi, ACV is the only thing that works for my pregnancy heartburn. But in pregnancy I also suffer from low blood platelets and I read somewhere that ACV can lower blood platelets further. Is that correct? I would hate to make them decrease even more.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Debra,

      I’d think this unlikely with normal use and I can’t find any evidence of ACV lowering blood platelets too far. That said, please consult your doctor on this.

      All the best.

  11. Cheryl says:

    First I want to say that I am a non Diabetic and had a fasting blood glucose of 105 my Dr. wants me to do ogtt, I have been reading that drinking acv and taking cinnamon will help lower my blood glucose levels. Does anyone know how long that take to start working? and how much I should take?

  12. Terri says:

    I was actually referred to start using a table spoon of vinegar in room temperature purified water when it was brought to my attention that the prescribtion I had for acid reflux has a terrible side effect on bones for women. So figuring I had nothing to lose, I started taking the store shelf non organic vinegar and it actually worked pretty good, then I found your website and started with the ACV you recommended and noted even better results. When I first started this I was very doubtful, glad to say for a month now I have had not problem with Acid reflux…this works.

    • Jim Dillan says:

      Hi Terri and thanks for your comments. Unfiltered ACV is far superior to regular vinegar for this purpose, though the later does make a great non-toxic house cleaner.

      All the best.

  13. Ray says:

    Hey Jim,

    So, I haven’t tried drinking the lemon water in the morning just yet, and I want to try both the lemon water and ACV. Would it be safe to do both? Lemon water in the morning, and ACV before meals? Maybe it’s too much or switch off? Or even, drink ACV everyday and whenever I have lemons, have lemon water? Which is better or which do you recommend? What do you usually do?

    Thanks,
    Ray

  14. Valerie says:

    My daughter and I started taking acv this week one tablespoon in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. We both are having some harsh symptoms. The first 2 days I was extremely bloated, she was okay but on the third day came down with the worst migraine she has had ever. She vomited quite a bit as well. Today the 4th day I’m not bloated but experiencing burning sensation ( I’m prone to peptic ulcers) any thoughts?

  15. Mely Molina says:

    Hi Jim
    I am in forties and started to have dark spots on my face. It has gotten bigger and darker since last year. Any suggestion that I can do with the apple cider vinegar?

    • Pills says:

      You can dilute it with a bit of water and use a cotton ball to rub in on your face. It may take a couple months or so but it should lighten them a little.

  16. loquaciousbunny . says:

    Hi, I have made some wonderfully powerful ‘fire cider’ which I drink a couple of sloshes of every evening, diluted. It really boosts the anti-viral/anti bacterial/cleansing properties of the cider vinegar and seems to be keeping any colds/flu at bay. I wanted to share the recipe as I’ve found it very effective. The receipe I use is

    apple cider vinegar with mother (one litre)
    10 cloves garlic chopped

    3 lemons (unwaxed, chop up and throw it all in including the skin)
    3 chillis, chopped
    1 large fresh horseradish root (this gives it a real wooozer factor, just chop it up and throw it in, don’t bother peeling)
    1 or 2 large ginger roots (again chop up and throw in, don’t bother peeling)

    20-30 peppercorns, just toss them in

    I large clump rosemary, thyme, sage
    half a pot of local honey

    You can add a green pepper if you like but I’m not keen on the taste.

    Put all the ingredients into a large GLASS (not plastic, not metal, glass only) container (leave a few inches from the top to give room to mix it up), place some greaseproof/baking paper over the top and then put a lid on (airtight as possible) and leave it to work its magic. Keep it in a dark cupboard. Every other day give it a shake……One month later, strain the liquid out, bottle it up in glass bottles. Drink a slosh or two diluted…..but not right before bedtime as you really should brush your teeth after drinking cider vinegar even diluted else you’ll corrode your teeth. If you like, save it for the winter time to boost your immune system.

  17. viola says:

    Hi I’m 60yrs of age on know medication just have swollen fingers and sore joints is apple cider vinegar good to use if you have arthritis

  18. shirley Evans says:

    i was taking 2 metformin diabetic pills morning & night with the apple cider vinegar with mother 3 times a day . i dont have to take it anymore my sugar is great.

  19. sean 35 yrs old says:

    I discovered weeks ago from having food poisoning that acv helped relieve symptoms. the powerful enzymes in acv killed the pathogens of the bad bacteria I digested. I really do believe it sped up my recovery time. thanks to my smart girlfriend for looking up home remedies.i now am treating my gerd with acv and honestly for the past three days my symptoms haven’t been as bad. I think by balancing my ph levels im controlling my stomach acidity with the acv. fermented things like acv which is a prebiotic along with a great probiotic I believe have improved my stomach health and overall well being. I recommend a great probiotic drink like kefir which is loaded with 12 or more live active cultures of healthy bacteria. its the live active culture in yogurt or probiotic drinks you must be drinking. although your typical dannon or store bought yogurts are yummy they are loaded with sugars and not the live active cultures your gut flora really needs

  20. sean 35 yrs old says:

    honey along with acv is has great astringent like qualities for raw honey releases hydrogen peroxide when digested and the acv is great in alkalizing your ph levels its a win win situation you need a great raw unpasteurized honey a great raw unpasteurized acv,and like I said a great probiotic.. I recommend Kefir””. iam not kidding this is a great way to get great bacteria back in your stomach. don’t wait any longer. do this. I swear by it. you can find most of these helpful life saving items at your local store. go now. watch your food proportions when you eat as well and keep a journal of what things don’t agree with your stomach I know life can be busy but its worth your digestive health,strart paying attention to the harsher greased foods and sugar intake trust me im still having trouble with being more aware of what I eat but I believe now im getting healthier

  21. Katrina says:

    Mr. Dillan,

    Thank you for the information! I have had many bowel issues for over 20 years and couldn’t find anything for relief. I could go over a week without being relieved. I would finally take exlax or ducolax to find the relief needed. I’ve always been very bloated. I have been drinking ACV every morning for the past month and must say…HALLELUJAH!!!!
    I’m regular now and the bloating is gone! I’m still waiting for it to kick in to help with my allergies but I’m thinking I need to up the dose.

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

    ~Katrina

  22. Ken says:

    Hi-
    Would drinking ACV (2 tablespoons+ 8oz of water) be beneficial for my skin or do I still have to apply it topically? Thanks

  23. Anita says:

    Hii,

    If we drink apple cider vinegar for weight loss or for any other purpose does it affect on tooth i have heard that vinegar will damage the teeth?

  24. Arti says:

    Hi there
    Been off PPI’s for 1 year after going on a low carb / gluten free diet. However I have had really bad reflux for 3 weeks . Reading so much about the great results people have had with ACV decided to try it . I just started today. Have had it 2 x in 6 oz water.
    I have had mild relief . Some heartburn returned in 1 hour. Is it too pre mature to decide wether it’s working or not? How long does it typically take to get prolonged relief?
    I would greatly appreciate an answer.
    Thanks!

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