Friday, March 8, 2013

Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Have to ever tried Apple Cider Vinegar?  By itself?  It's probably not the most pleasant thing to drink but I know that it's good for me.  Apple cider vinegar is one of the main ingredients in my Apple Cider Viniagrette which is my absolute favorite salad dressing EVER!

When I say that I "drink" it, I mean 1-2 tablespoons at a time.  I don't just pour myself a glass.  Why do I do that?

Apple cider vinegar contains vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulfur, iron, and fluorine.
It aides in weight loss!  From Livestrong: By helping balance blood sugar levels, apple cider vinegar also assists in weight loss, since insulin will not direct sugar to be stored as fat, says nutritionist Dr. Carol Johnston of the Arizona State University East.

Apple Cinder Vinegar is also an antioxidant since it contains the above vitamins and minerals.

I have read that Apple cider vinegar can be used as a facial toner, dandruff rinse and as a nightime drink to relieve muscle cramps.  I have never used it for these reasons but I'll have to remember this for the future.

In ancient Greece, around 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for a variety of ills, including coughs and colds.

A University of Arizona study reported in the Diabetes Care Journal in 2004, showed that type 2 diabetes patients who took a cocktail consisting of one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and one to two teaspoons of raw honey and a glass of distilled water at bed time lowered their waking glucose levels by up to 6 percent.

How do you consume Apple Cider Vinegar?
-My favorite is Detox Salad dressing (Apple Cider Viniagrette)
-Add 1-2 tablespoons in water or juice 
-Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

Next time I'll share of few more recipes for Apple Cider Vinegar.  

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Kimberly Bikowski said...

I'm following you back and am excited to try out your apple cider dressing.

Kimberly @

Elizabeth WaterRollsUphill said...

I have heard so much over the years about the many uses of vinegar, and ACV seems to have the most benefits. Do you drink it daily? I had a hard time choking it down to be honest, much like the cod liver oil.

victory said...

ACV has so many uses; I like using it as a hair rinse. - visiting from the blog hop!

mary_smith said...

Hi Kimberly! The dressing is AMAZING!

Elizabeth, I don't drink it everyday although I really should. I use the dressing almost everyday. Stay tuned for a recipe to make it delicious.

Welcome Victory! I get pretty sloppy in the shower so I haven't used it on my hair yet. I'll try it soon!

Summers Acres said...

My Daddy plays the guitar and about 10 years ago his arthritis in his hands had almost made it impossible to play. He started taking a concoction of vinegar and honey everyday and started seeing a drastic improvement. Now, it is like he never had arthritis. He'll drink it cold or warm, but my Mama preferes it warm like a tea.

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Blogs From a Single Mom said...

I didn't know it had to many uses! Thank you for the info. Visiting from the Blog Hop.

Jill said...

Visiting via the Harvest of Friends hop :) Have a Great Weekend!

~ Jill

carol said...

I add it to my oatmeal and grains when I soak them overnight. I also use it on my face twice daily as I work outside year-round.

Kristi said...

So many great uses for ACV! I eat mine mixed with ranch dressing over salad! :)

Thanks for sharing this week at the Blog Fest!

~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

Melissa Coleman said...

Hey... Just popping over and following on GFC from Aloha Friday Hop. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime and if you like follow too. :) Hope you have a great weekend!


Sara Dixon said...

My coworkers take a swig of it every day to prevent and alleviate heartburn!

Cynthia @ Richly Middle Class said...

I did not know that Apple Cider Vinegar had so many benefits. This is a great article. Hope you are having a great weekend.

dragonsflypoppy said...

Oh my goodness how fab to find this blog! I have acne and have found ACV to be fantastic for it. I posted about it the other week.

In addition to helping my acne, it is very good for settling tummies.

Thanks for posting x

Mrs Bishop said...

I've been using it lately to help my sore throats since the weather has been crazy. Thanks for the tips!

mail4rosey said...

I like it on French Fries, but I think the good of the vinegar is negated by the bad of the fried potatoes. Oiy!

Colleen said...

Visiting from LHITS.

I've been meaning to start drinking ACV, I just can't bring myself to do it! Maybe this post will change me ;)

Hearts & Crafts Boutique said...

I use ACV as a toner for my skin. I use a mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part ACV and put it on cotton balls and dab on my face. It helps even skin tones. I LOVE IT! I've been using it for at least 6 months and will never use anything else!

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suzy homemaker said...

I try to remember to take it in the afternoons for a bump in energy. I haven't been lately, but this post reminds me. I think I will focus on it this week. said...

Awesome post. I will definitely try your Apple Cider Viniagrette.

raising6kids said...

I love Bragg ACV, I take it daily & so do all my kids & they ask for it if they are feeling bad.
We also use it for skin care, deodorant, as conditioner (no poo) etc, it is a top 10 item in our house. Visiting from in & out of the Kitchen

Jenny Lynn said...

I started drinking it in the morning and evening to treat a sinus infection. Cleared it right up without having to go to the Dr. I now drink it every morning. Looking forward to following you and learning more.

Cynthia Landrie said...

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember reading this. I will have to give it a try. I am especially interested in the benefits for the stomach!

Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! You know I love seeing everything you bring to the party!

Cynthia at

Linda@With A Blast said...

I like using Apple Cider Vinegar, but had no idea there were so many uses for it :-) Thank you for linking this at the ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

Kerry Fountain said...

I keep reading about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar-- I really do think I need to start taking some! Especially if it can add in weight I am at a loss as to how to get my body to drop any weight :-)

Thanks for linking up to our healthy tuesdays blog hop- you always share such interesting ideas, I love reading your posts!
Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

Visiting via I Gotta Try That. I'm now following your blog via GFC! :)

Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Becca Acker said...

Gonna check out the apple cider vinegarette recipe. Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

Marissa said...

Great post!

I mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp. my dad's raw honey in about 3 ounces of water and drink it a few times a week.

Nice for your skin.

Crystelle Boutique said...

Go apple cider vinegar! I usually make kind-of an energy drink out of it with lemon and cranberry juice. Powerful stuff!

hugs x

D @ The Shady Porch said...

Hi Mary! My dad drank that vinegar/honey/water combo when I was growing up! I think your Apple Cider Vinaigrette sounds good. Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share.

Jacquelyn Karlic said...

Hi! Found you on Family Home and Life blog hop. Thanks for sharing this. I am diabetic so I may give this a try. My husband has gout and for a while was "drinking" apple cider to help with his gout. Now following via GFC.


Yolanda Ronaldo said...

I have wanted to try apple cider vinegar for a while now!
I can't wait to read more of your lovely blog!

Thanks for linking up with Inspired Tuesday this week :)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I ordered mine last week and so excited about it finally arriving.

your newest follower..

also from research I have done- the acv w/mother combined with vit d and magnesium is more benefical toward ultimate overall//mind body spirit// health than words can express~!

your newest follower

Lisa Lynn said...

Great advice! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you this Sunday at:

Marlo RepurposeMyLife said...

Thanks for sharing this post at Repurposed Ideas Weekly. Just started trying apple cider vinegar daily. I recently used it for a yeast infection with excellent results. My husband started trying it too for better digestion.
I heard it increases your metabolism. I hope it works!

Desirae R said...

Thanks for sharing! I have never used it myself, but we always used it in the pet store if the animals were sick and it worked wonders

Cynthia Landrie said...

I wanted to let you know that this post was the Top Voted link at last weeks In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I can't wait to see what you bring next week!

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Paul Edward said...

Apple cider vinegar is my favorite and I really like to have it with my recipes most times. The usefulness of Apple cider is enormous. But I really don't know about the benefits about such vinegar you've shared here. It's great to read this blog post. Thanks.
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