The Truth About Apple Cider Vinegar

AN OLD ADAGE CLAIMS, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and many hold that to be true given the health benefits of eating fruit in general and apples specifically.  But what about apple cider vinegar–known also as ACV–can the same be said?

The answer, according to an impressive cross section of health care professionals and consumers alike, is an emphatic, yes!  ACV is common in many households and is proving to be much more than just a natural and inexpensive disinfectant (although it is effective).  The health benefits derived from this simple juice are many and varied and its multiple applications make it a must-have in the home.

The Past Meets the Pres​​​​ent

Hippocrates (460–380 B.C.E.) Ancient Greek physicianTHE USE OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR as a seemingly miraculous cure-all dates back to the time of Hippocrates (Hip-pock-ruh-teez), the Greek Physician widely considered the “Father of Modern Medicine.”  Hippocrates prescribed ACV to his patients for a host of maladies and disorders in addition to countless other applications.

Apparently Hippocrates knew his stuff considering apple cider vinegar is still being recommended for any number of conditions some 2,500 years later.  In modern times, apple cider vinegar is still in use and in infinitely more ways than ever before.  Given that, we'll begin with just two (2) of the reported dividends of apple cider vinegar as it pertains to our daily health.

Heartburn

Acid reflux disease occurs when stomach acid backs up into the throat or esophagus.  Vinegar, an acid itself, helps to reduce that excess stomach acid thereby eliminating the cause of acid reflux.

Healing

A natural astringent (causing soft tissue to contract), ACV is an effective treatment for cuts and abrasions as it expedites the healing process.

What's in it?

INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, there are no mysterious properties hidden away in apple cider vinegar that account for its effectiveness.  In fact, it's pretty basic as its compounds consist mainly of potassium, acidic acid, magnesium and enzymes along with some probiotics (live organisms living on some foods such as yogurt-believed to aid in digestion).

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What is somewhat mystifying is how well that combination works in its varied applications.   ACV contains polyphenols which are essentially, antioxidants.  Antioxidants are known to help quell the damage done to cells and to kill free radicals.  This is especially good news considering these free radicals can lead to a series of afflictions from gastrointestinal problems to cancer.

Apple Cider Vinegar Usage in the Home

Cleaning with essential oils

MANY HOUSEHOLDS WITH CHILDREN OR PETS or merely those with an aversion to expensive and potentially dangerous cleaners find ACV an excellent alternative to chemically-based products for killing germs in the kitchen and bath areas.  Great for counter tops, sinks, greasy cooking areas (like stove tops) and even for cleaning the kitchen table.  And as long as we're in the kitchen, it also makes a delicious vinaigrette dressing.  These are but a few of the multi-purpose cleaning abilities of this remarkable vinegar.

ACV For Good Health

LONG TOUTED AS A MIRACULOUS CURE-ALL, apple cider vinegar is pretty well-rounded when it comes to benefiting our health, but it can't do everything.  Then again, what can?

Let's take a look at some of the health attributes proven (as best we can determine) to be true.  Below is a compilation of Organic Daily Post articles and their respective links that explain in greater detail the catalog of benefits apple cider vinegar can provide.  This little juice is quite remarkable as a health aid.

ODP Apple Cider Vinegar Articles

Apple cider vinegar in jar, glass and fresh apple, healthy drink

IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS about ACV please click on any of the following links that may pertain to your specific query.

And while ACV does offer a multitude of natural benefits, let's not throw out all our medicines and household cleaners just yet.  All things in moderation.

Many articles promoting the seemingly miraculous benefits of consuming ACV are for the most part, positive.  Naturally, they would be.  At Organic Daily Post we offer the upside but want to ensure our readers are aware of the potential downside of apple cider vinegar as well.

Caution

THERE ARE HEALTH BENEFITS GALORE in this magical little elixir as noted above but don't forget, it is an acid and acid can due damage if not properly diluted.  If you plan on ingesting ACV be advised that its powerful acidity can be harmful to your health.

5 Potential Negatives of ACV

  • checkIf you take medication for type 2 diabetes, ingesting ACV may lower your potassium levels in addition to decreasing your blood sugar. Consult your health care provider before you start guzzling ACV as a cure-all.
  • checkThough many claim ACV helps ease a sore throat, science doesn't back that up. On the contrary, given it is an acid, one should avoid gargling with ACV as its high acid content could burn the throat. If you insist however, be sure to dilute it with water first.
  • checkIn its pure form, the acid contained in apple cider vinegar can erode teeth enamel, scorch the throat and can even burn sensitive gum tissue.
  • checkAny application to the skin should only be done with a diluted version of apple cider vinegar.
  • checkIt has been reported that long term use of ACV has resulted in the loss of bone density. This could be particularly worrisome if you suffer from Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones).

Well, there you have it.  Pretty much everything you need to know about the pros and cons of apple cider vinegar.  If you employ common sense, mostly pros.  However, as with most things in Life, not everything works in the same way for every person just as ‘one size fits all' really doesn't.  So do your homework or ask a doctor or nurse if ACV is a good fit for you before blindly trying everything you read on the internet.  This article included.

Your good health begins and ends with you.

About the author

Alan Ray

Alan Ray has written 5 books and is a New York Times best-selling author. He is a regular writer for Maximum Yield Magazine (the largest indoor gardening magazine in the world) as well as other publications including this site. Additionally, he is a multiple award-winning songwriter with awards from BMI and ASCAP respectively. Alan lives in rural Tennessee with his wife and son along with 2 dogs; a South African Boerboel and a Pomeranian/Frankenstein mix.

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