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Amazing Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Preserving Food to Fighting Scurvy


While vinegar is a mainstay in many homes, it may surprise you to find it’s much more than salad dressing. Once you know how useful and versatile it is, you’ll want to stock plenty in your home.

Glass of apple cider vinegar with sliced apples.

Hundreds of Health Benefits


Apple cider vinegar was discovered thousands of years ago, and is used for everything from preserving food to fighting scurvy. Today we use it for its powerful deodorizing and antimicrobial cleaning properties.  And while its applications are numerous in DYI cleaning products, its well documented health benefits will amaze you.


White vinegar is perfect for cleaning, however, for medicinal purposes it's best to use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), with the Mother. The “Mother” is a term referred to the connected strand-like chain of protein enzyme molecules, its benefits are considered highly beneficial for health and nutrition.


There are perhaps hundreds, if not thousands of health benefits related to ACV and many are well documented. For those of you that would like to learn more, visit the links at the end of this article.

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Patricia Bragg, ND., PhD.


Nutritionist to the Stars:

Clint Eastwood, Selleck, Hanks, Katy Perry, 

The Beach Boys, Cloris Leachman &

kept JC Penney,

Conrad Hilton and Foot Dr. Scholl healthy, alert and fit to almost 100!


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Photo of Patricia Bragg, ND., PhD. Nutritionist to the stars.

This is a sample list of its remarkable 

health benefits:


Burn Wounds - According to researchers at the University of Birmingham and the National Institute for Health Research, it is effective in preventing infection and kills bacteria in burn wounds.


PH balance – Absolutely critical in maintaining good health 


Weight Loss – One to two tablespoons diluted in water before meals


Diabetes  A study conducted at Arizona State University Department of Nutrition headed by Carol Johnson, Ph.D., R.D. and her colleagues showed that when Apple Cider Vinegar is taken with a meal, it is effective in helping improve blood glucose and insulin levels by reducing the Glycemic Index of foods.


Digestive Aid – One teaspoon in a small amount of water before meals


Acid RefluxYou can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water.


Body Detox - Combine 1 ½ c. apple cider vinegar with one gallon of water and drink for 1-3 days.


HeartburnThe hallmark symptom of acid reflux is "heartburn"—a burning sensation behind your breastbone that sometimes travels up your throat.


Beauty Aid – Skin & Hair Tonic


Hair Rinse – I found this useful while living in the Midwest where well water is commonly “hard.”


Cleaning Agent


Salad Dressing - Perfect for Salads, Veggies, Dips or as a Delicious Marinade

Weed Killer

Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor

recommends this recipe to effectively control weeds in your garden:

Herbicide Formula - 1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) UNDILUTED vinegar

Add 1ounce orange oil, 1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (environmentally safe soap such as Seventh Generation

Mix well and apply.

Be careful as this will kill other plants as well.


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Fruit and Veggie Wash


Remember to wash all your produce before consuming. Organic produce obviously has fewer contaminants on the surface, but it is still very important that you wash it. Even small doses of pesticides can adversely affect your health, especially that of children, according to the Environmental Working Group


Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Use a solution of 10 percent vinegar (1c.)  to 90 percent water (9c.). Briefly soak produce. Swish it around and rinse with water. Do not use on fragile fruits such as berries.

Bowl of veggies cleaned with vinegar.


According to Dorrine Khakpour, RD, CD, CDE, “For most medicinal purposes no more than 1-2 tablespoons per day is recommended. The side effects of large amounts include decreased potassium levels, which could be life threatening.

Vinegar may also interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart disease. So before you start to drink vinegar as an alternative therapy, consult your physician or pharmacist about the medication you are taking that could interact with consistent and or large doses.”

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The information on this site is not intended to replace the advice of a holistic healthcare provider who may be familiar with your individual health-related issues.