Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Learn all about the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) including clear skin, weight loss, balancing pH levels, detoxing and more. You’ve heard Dr. Oz talk about it, now learn more! 

I first learned about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar through Tosca Reno and the Tone It Up nutrition plan. Both plans recommend adding apple cider vinegar into your daily diet. Tosca recommends mixing 2 Tablespoons of raw, unfiltered ACV into a glass of water and the Tone It Up gals recommend a drink recipe called the Meta-D which has apple cider vinegar, water and a few other ingredients.

I started drinking it daily based on their recommendations and soon fell in love with it! It’s such an easy thing to add your routine and the health benefits are amazing!

Bottle of apple cider vinegar with the title 'Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits' and the subtitle 'Clear Skin, Weight Loss, Detox & More'

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:

Here are a few common questions around ACV…

What type of Apple Cider Vinegar should I use?

Only use raw organic apple cider vinegar that has the ‘mother’ of the vinegar still intact. The ‘mother’ is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria, similar to the ‘mother’ that’s in Kombucha. Clear vinegar is processed and doesn’t have any of the benefits that raw apple cider vinegar has. There are different brands out there but I use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar which I find at my local organic market, Whole Foods or on amazon (affiliate link).

Be sure to dilute ACV before applying it to your skin or drinking. Without being diluted, it can damage the tooth enamel and the tissues of your throat, mouth or skin. Many people also like adding a splash of fruit juice, honey or stevia to the ACV + water mixture to help make it more palatable.

What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

  • Rich in potassium, a mineral that is often times lacking in adult diets. This mineral is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity etc. It also helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses.
  • Rich in acetic acid. This acid is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
  • Rich in ash which gives apple cider vinegar its alkaline property. This aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. (It is particularly important if you drink a lot of coffee or wine.)
  • It can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
  • Rich in malic acid which gives ACV its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • May help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate.
  • It can help clear up skin conditions and blemishes.
  • ACV helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
  • A few lab studies have found that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth.

Have you noticed any changes in your body since drinking Apple Cider Vinegar daily?

It’s hard for me to tell if the ACV drink is working wonders on my body and helping in ALL the ways I mentioned above, however I do know that my complexion has been really clear since I’ve started taking it and I crave the ACV drink every day now. In the morning I make my drink in a blender/shaker bottle and take it to work with me. I’ll have it in mid-morning or after lunch with my afternoon snack. It definitely helps to keep me feeling full and less hungry.

How much do you drink and how do you prepare it?

I drink 2 Tablespoons a day, in the morning, and I usually make a drink like this apple pie apple cider vinegar drink or this apple cider vinegar and grape antioxidant drink.

In need of recipes to incorporate apple cider vinegar in your diet? Check out these:

Glass of apple cider vinegar drink with a spoon and bottle of apple cider vinegar in the background.

Apple Pie Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Green bowl of apple cider vinegar coleslaw

Apple Cider Vinegar Coleslaw

Mason jar with grape and apple cider vinegar drink with apple cider vinegar bottle in the background.

Apple Cider Vinegar & Grape Antioxidant Drink

Disclaimer – Due to the lack of supporting research, apple cider vinegar cannot be recommended for treatment or prevention of any health problems. Also, please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements. I’m just sharing my experience and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. 🙂

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    690 comments
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    2. LINDA
      December 3, 2018 AT 12:42 pm

      Many, many years ago I was introduced to the “Master Cleanser”recipe in the Elson Haas book “Staying Healthy With the Seasons”. I would mix it in a gallon jug, and drink throughout a fasting period (1-7 days) when I felt the need for nourishment. Thank you for providing some new and tasty versions to enjoy daily.

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    4. Katrina
      November 27, 2018 AT 4:05 am

      Eat an apple in the morning will wake you up better than a cup of coffee!Multiple benefits of eating them I think these are good for our over all health.They also boost immune system, keep memory problems away, and prevent diabetes. Eating apples is also good for heart health and our teeth. So it is true ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ ?

    5. Kate
      November 24, 2018 AT 4:36 am

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    7. Things
      May 16, 2018 AT 10:38 pm

      Can anyone tell me if you can put the ACV in about 16oz of Gatorade and if so how much should you put (1tsp,2tsp,1tbsp,2tbsp)?… I’ve only found a really old past post on this site where someone did use Gatorade but didn’t say how much… Any help, thoughts, or suggestions? Thanks…

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 17, 2018 AT 10:42 am

        Hi there! I don’t think there’s any issue with putting apple cider vinegar in Gatorade. If you’re doing 16oz and drinking it throughout the day I’d do 1-2 Tablespoons of ACV. I don’t know what Gatorade your drinking, but most tend to have a lot of added sugar. I have a bunch of different detox apple cider vinegar drink recipes that are sweetened with stevia and really tasty. You might want to try those.

    8. Neelu
      November 19, 2017 AT 10:24 am

      Hey I wanna ask if Heinz ACV which is ultra filtered can help me lose fat??

    9. Erica
      September 26, 2017 AT 11:59 pm

      I was recommending ACV to someone & found this article to share. I’ve been drinking diluted ACV before bed for years now — clear skin, weight loss, fewer trips to the Dr…actually no Dr visit or prescriptions anymore. Why isn’t “supporting research” being done? And how can we contribute &/or make that happen? Turmeric is great, too!

    10. Harvey Lee
      September 16, 2017 AT 5:39 am

      Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for health and skin care. The apple cider vinegar diet is a probiotic, and has many additional health benefits, and can assist in weight loss and well-being. It is great for many skin problems and infections because many active ingredients present in it.

    11. Jinika
      September 1, 2017 AT 1:55 am

      Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    12. Thomas
      March 25, 2017 AT 3:08 pm

      I take ACV every day, sometimes 2x a day, but I’m concerned about what that daily use might have on my teeth. So I take about a shot glass of the stuff mixed with spring water, and drink it quickly through a STRAW, the end of which is held as far back in my mouth as possible. Then I rinse first with plain water (which is swallowed), and finally with salt water which is expectorated. I admit, I also add a little to turkey chili and to refried (w/olive oil) pinto beans for flavor. But that’s done much more rarely than the daily shot(s)

    13. divya sharma
      February 25, 2017 AT 1:33 am

      I was not aware that APPLE is that much beneficial for our health..Thank you so much for this informative blog.

    14. Taste Freak
      December 17, 2016 AT 4:31 pm

      I have always avoided vinegar as i thought it was too good for health.
      This post changed the perception i had.

      Thanks for the information!

    15. Sue
      October 31, 2016 AT 8:32 am

      I just started today. 2 tablespoons of ACV with a splash of Good Morning Orange Drink. Not bad….

    16. John
      October 23, 2016 AT 7:10 am

      Another suggestion for apple cider vinegar:  My Chihuahua gets frequent fungus ear issues, I mix ACV with warm water and using the knuckle of middle finger I rub some in his ear for 2 or 3 evenings and fungus goes away.

    17. Denise Harmon
      October 15, 2016 AT 10:59 am

      I drink 4 tbsp. in a cup of tomato juice every morning you can’t taste the vinegar at all

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    19. Hossain Milton Banglaroe
      August 9, 2016 AT 1:35 am

      Hei, I am 35 years old from India. I always use Apple Cider Vinegar to control my high blood pressure. It’s really effective for me. While reading your article I noticed that you have pointed ACV as a blood pressure remedy. Thanks for your great post. Really enjoy it. 🙂

    20. Sarah marshall
      July 23, 2016 AT 2:00 am

      I wanted to share with you my ACV experience, I have just recently had my spleen removed witch effects your immune system shortly after that I had my first outbreak of Dyshidrotic eczema, which is the top fife of most horrible things I have ever been through, blistering on your hands and feet that last 3 weeks and result in all your skin cracking off, the itching the mystery…and if all the products I tried the only thing that soothed the itching burn was diluted ACV, I made some up in a spray bottle and use it as needed, it’s awesome, since this discovery I also read up on this stuff and it is a miracle, so I started putting it on my face as a toner putting it in my hair as a conditioner drinking it before every meal I put it on my feet as well use it as deodorant and since my complexion has never been more beautiful I feel energetic and revived I have lost 15 lbs and I think this is something everyone should try , it does take some getting use to, but the outcome is well worth it, the taste and smell are a little overwhelming at first but stick with it and you will see a change in yourself

    21. sandra
      June 20, 2016 AT 10:40 am

      I am going to buy the mother acv and see if it work better then the store brand,acv any kind should work just as good my grandma use to buy the store brand to take, so I will see, I have a lot of back pain and infarmmation and something got to help, don’t like pain pills I also have a friend that has back promble due to her bones and I really get tried of hear her crying all the time, yes she has been to the dr but with out helth cover they are giving her the run around, so I want to see if I can get her to start trying this acv do you think it would help.

    22. John
      October 23, 2015 AT 8:02 am

      ACV is awesome! I recently posted about the benefits on my blog as well!Thanks for your information!

    23. Jody
      March 15, 2015 AT 10:16 pm

      Just getting started with the daily apple cider vinegar. Should it be drunk once a day or three as the bottle suggests? Found it pretty hard to drink the first time, but since I have started putting a small drizzle of natural honey in and have found it easier to drink! I have a lot of arthritis issues and am on blood pressure medicine, so I am really hoping to see improvement in these areas. In addition, I am working out daily and have recently lost 66 pounds and I am hoping this helps to shed a few more pounds. Thanks for any/all encouragement!

    24. Ramona Lambert
      March 12, 2015 AT 10:37 am

      I had no idea that the apple cider vinegar is so healthy product! I will definitely buy one bottle for home! Thanks a lot for sharing this helpful article! East Ham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

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