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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
The Mother of all Vinegars

An apple a day...Apple Cider Vinger has been used for centuries as a folk remedy health tonic, as well as for a variety of culinary purposes. In the United States, the use of apple cider vinegar as a health promoting substance became quite widespread in the 1950's, after publication of the book entitled "Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health", by Dr. D. C. Jarvis, MD. While many allopathic medical authorities are adamant that there is very little scientific evidence to support the use of ACV for health purposes, its popularity continues to grow. Today, it is used with great enthusiasm by its supporters for a wide variety of conditions.

Apple Cider Vinegar is completely safe to use; it is has been used as a natural food for centuries, and does not have a drug effect. However, due to the increasingly valid concern about the quality of foods being grown in the modern world, we believe that only organic apple cider vinegar should be used.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar? How is it Made?

Hanna Digital PH MeterApple cider vinegar is a vinegar made from crushed sweet apples (of the winter and fall variety). All of the fruit sugar from the apples is converted into alcohol by a process known as yeast fermentation. Next, the alcohol is converted into acetic acid by a process called acetic acid fermentation. Many people believe it is the acetic acid which is responsible for all of the health promoting benefits of ACV. Filtered ACV is then clarified (filtered) to prevent further fermentation and decomposition.

As long as the ACV is made correctly, it is safe even in raw, unpasteurized form. What does correctly mean? According to some outspoken authorities, the PH must remain below 4.5 to prevent the possibility of bacteria growth (including E. Coli).

A good PH level for high quality apple cider vinegar is between 2.8 - 3.0. For example, we tested Bragg's ACV at 2.85. If one desires to be certain that the ACV is neither too acidic nor too alkaline, it would be wise to obtain a simple digit PH meter. They are affordable and extremely easy to use.

Acetic acid, the primary ingredient of ACV, has a chemical formula of CH3COOH. Acetic acid is produced by nearly all forms of life, and is not foreign to the human body. It is one of the oldest chemicals known to humans. Acetic is actually the latin word for vinegar, and it is thus well known for its sour taste.

While users of pasteurized apple cider vinegar report the same beneficial effects, other experienced users claim that the act of pasteurization and filtrations destroys/removes some of the most important components of this natural cure: The enzymes created in the fermentation process. Also, processed ACV is not as easy to tolerate as its raw counterpart. While both raw and pasteurized ACV's contain acetic acid, only the raw version would contain any intact enzymes.

We leave it up to the reader to determine if raw or pasteurized ACV is the right choice ( please see contraindictions section below before using ACV for the first time). We use raw, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar.

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What is in Apple Cider Vinegar?

Main "Beneficial" Ingredients
Vitamins and/or Minerals

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How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Used?

The standard dose for using ACV is two teaspoons three times daily. While many people enjoy taking each dose in a full glass of water (eight ounces), apple cider vinegar is most effective as a digestive tonic when taken in a more concentrated form.

For those individuals that wish to address severe chronic conditions, the maximum effective dose is considered to be two tablespoonfuls of apple cider vinegar, three times a day. To take ACV in a concentrated form, mix one part ACV to four parts water (see contraindications below).

Some individuals may need to work up the standard dosing levels. Individuals should still take ACV three times daily, but may elect to start off with less ACV.

For many people, ACV is hard to tolerate. It is extremely acidic when it reaches the mouth, and has an extreme sour taste. Therefore, many people need to dilute it in water (a glass of water), and/or add sweetners.

Honey is often used to temper the sour taste of ACV. However, while honey is, comparatively, one of the more beneficial sugar sources, it is still very high on the glycemic scale. It burns far too quickly in the body. As such, it should be used only sparingly.

Xylitol is a much better choice for individuals who feel that they would not be able to tolerate ACV otherwise. Xylitol is at the opposite end of the glycemic index, and also inhibits bacterial growth.

For maximum effectiveness, ACV should be taken in as little water as possible, and without any sweetner, three times daily.

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What has Apple Cider Vinegar been Successfully Used for?

Acid Reflux Syndrome (Heartburn) / Gastroesophegeal Reflux Disease (GERT)

For acid reflux syndrome and heartburn, apple cider vinegar should be taken just prior to, or at the beginning of, each meal. Many stomach digestive ailments are caused by a dietary abuse of the stomach; far too little stomach acid is produced because of the dismal state of one's past/present dietary habits. In such situations, ACV can be actually corrective. Many people take an additional teaspoonful to tablespoonful of ACV if experiencing heartburn between meals.

We've seen individuals on medications for acid reflux be able reduce and then eventually eliminate the need for medication altogether (always check with a primary and licensed caretaker prior to changing any prescribed medications).

ACV may not work for every individual with heartburn, as heartburn is a symptom of digestive failure rather than an actual cause. Still, modern medicines do nothing more than mask the symptoms of the problem. Corrective action should therefore be taken by making small, healthy changes to the diet.

However, by using the recommended substances below, the body's digestive system can be both stimulated and cleansed.

In addition to the ACV protocol, those with primary digestive system ailments should use edible green healing clay internally, one tablespoonful in water after each meal (calcium montmorillonite / bentonite) while suffering with symptoms; individuals should consider adding fresh squeezed lemons into the diet (at least 1/4 lemon freshly squeezed into clean water). These three natural foods work synergistically in the body to help correct many digestive problems.

By correctly utilizing the three ingrients above, one should expect rapid relief of primary digestive system (stomach) problems. In some cases, serious poor food choices would need to be changed in order to effect a permanent cure.

An effective direct treatment protocol should demonstrate good results within a few days... in the form of great relief from irritation and pain.

High Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Wrist MonitorMost holistically-minded individuals know that treating high blood pressure with medications is like sticking a finger into a hole in a dam. It may be the best solution for the moment, but it only offers a bleak eventual outcome. However, taking the finger out of the dam is also not recommended as long as the pressure of the water is built up on the other side of the dam: Do not stop taking blood pressure medication without expert guidance.

To monitor the effect of ACV's effect on the blood pressure, individuals will need a blood pressure monitor. Many affordable solutions are available for home blood pressure monitoring devices.

Again, it is important to realize that high blood pressure is not a disease, but a symtpom of a disease. The body has determined that the blood pressure needs to be high in order to deliver oxygen to the body. The body has determined that severe ill-health would result in not raising the blood pressure.

As apple cider vinegar acts in the body to address the causative factors behind the increase in blood pressure, then the blood pressure naturally starts to drop down to normal. People have reported fantastic and measured results from as little a few short hours to a few weeks. Suffice it to say that measureable results should be noticeable within a month of ACV when used at recommended dosage levels three times daily.

Conversely, there are no doubt actual causes for high blood pressure (such as major blockages) that cannot be completely addressed by ACV. This doesn't mean that ACV is not enhancing one's health, it only means that one needs to look deeper into one's diet and lifestyle behaviors.

If an individual is experiencing high blood pressure, then the body is sending a major signal that one needs to start to pay careful attention to one's cardiovascular health. Apple cider vinegar, in our opinion, is one of the most rewarding places to start.

Environmental Allergies (and Hayfever)

Taking apple cider vinegar three times daily has been reported by many people to either lessen or completely eliminate environmental allergies.

How does ACV work on allergies? It is possible that by helping to correct the body's soft tissue ph levels (alkalzing), improving digestion, and increasing blood circulation, ACV helps to correct abnormal immune system responses that may cause allergies. Furthmore, it is possible that environmental allergic responses are the result of environmental toxicity. Improving the efficiency of the digestion system also results in the improvement of the body's ability to eliminate toxic substances.

Some people believe that using ACV orally actually stops the histamine response in the body. For many, the standard dosage levels of ACV may not be enough to eliminate the allergic response. As such, ACV is also excellent to use to help overcome the common cold.

1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar is to be added to four ounces of water, and this tonic is to be taken at the onset of symptoms, and/or one to three times daily.

Successful direct treatment of allergies would be the experience of complete relief from allergic reaction within one to four hours; in some cases, the next day.

Please see contraindications below (larger doses can cause stomach irritation).

Regulation of the Metabolism and Weight Loss

Out of all the products touted as effective for use in weight loss, ACV may actually be effective. While the method of action is not clear, therapeutic doses of apple cider vinegar three times a day does appear to speed the body's metabolism up. Many people have reported that ACV is of great benefit to weight loss-- too many to simply ignore.

Regulation of Blood Sugar Levels

ACV has been shown to lower blood glucose levels in those individuals suffering from Type II diabetes. Taking two tablespoons of ACV prior to sleeping was demonstrated to lower the glucose levels of individuals by 4-6% upon waking the next morning.

Skin Care

Using apple cider vinegar for skin care purposes is a very neglected beauty and health secrets. ACV, applied topically helps to restore the protective acid mantle of the outer skin.

Dry, flaky skin can greatly benefit from daily use of ACV washes. People report that age spots can be reduced by daily topical applications of ACV. ACV compresses are widely believed to be able to eliminate vericose veins.

ACV works excellent with a good healing grade clay. ACV can be mixed with the clay, and/or used after. Most therapeutic clays are alkaline, and draw impurities out from deep within the skin. The skin itself often suffers greatly due to imbalances in the body's electrolytes caused by poor diet, poor digestion, and especially the many chemicals and poor water sources that the body must deal with.

For indiviudals with skin imbalances, the deep cleansing action of a healing-grade clay can temporarily cause the face or hands to dry out. ACV acts to restore the vital state of the skin immediately.

ACV is actually fantastic for dry and weathered hands as well.

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Apple Cider Vinegar: Possible Contraindications

  • Some people with weak digestion do need to dilute ACV in eight ounces of water to avoid irritation - unfiltered, raw ACV is better tolerated than filtered and pastuerized ACV
  • ACV can act as blood thinner. Check with a medical doctor if using blood thinning medications.
  • Long-term excessive use could possibly cause lowered potassium levels and lower bone density.
    • Supplement with Calcium Montmorillonite and find a good source of extra calcium; consider monitoring with medical tests
  • Acids in fluids are bad on teeth - it's best to take ACV like a shot of whisky
  • For some people, the use of ACV causes an increase in stomach irritation: reduce dosage levels
  • Take four hours apart from thyroid medications
  • ACV contains chromium which can alter insulin levels in Diabetics

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Other Reported Uses & Highlights

  • Alkalizing agent in the body
  • Helps in the treatment of arthritis
  • Assists with natural weight loss programs
  • Greatly helps skin complexion
  • Food digestion aid
  • Can help naturally lower blood pressure
  • Assists with allergies
  • Assists with common colds
  • Used in the natural treatment of acid reflux syndrome
  • May help to lower blood glucose level (Type II Diabetes)
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Great for facials when mixed with healing clay
  • Assists with age spots and varicose veins when used with a 30 min. compress
  • Individuals with chronic pain may find significant relief using ACV

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User Experiences

Joint and Muscle Pain - Dr. Jarvis' Book

"All that Dr. Jarvis wrote as to what the outcome would be if an individual would follow the stated regime of vinegar, honey, and kelp I can personally attest to. The excruciating joint and muscle pain, the fatigue and chronic upper respiratory infections that were described were written as if he knew me as a patient. Having suffered the paralysis that he described on page 29 in the soft covered edition I knew that he knew and understood in detail exactly what he was writing about. This is a 'must read' for everyone who wants to get well and stay well. For those who exercise and eat right and are well this book should be read for further understanding as to how the body is manufacturing acids, utilizing acids and eliminating acids to keep them that way. This book should be brought to the forefront and promoted as a 'must have' book for every household."

- Amazon.com Book Reviewer
Folk Medicine: A New England Almanac of Natural Health Care From A Noted Vermont Country Doctor

ACV Lowers High Blood Pressure and Helps with Weight Loss

"I am a 55 yr old woman, I went to get a pedicure and noticed white stuff on my toe. I asked the girl and she said it could be the start of a fungus. I went online and found a natural cure of soaking my toe in apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes and then for every day after for a week blot my toe with the vinegar on a cotton ball.....Sure enough the white stuff disappeared and never came back!

Then...my dishwasher had white calcium build up and so did my coffee pot...used apple cider vinegar and sure enough....all working beautiful! So when I went to the doctor and was told I have high blood pressure   160/90....went online and once again heard APPLE Cider vinegar.

I took one tablespoon before breakfast and sometimes lunch....my blood pressure came down to 120/78 and I lost 10 pounds in 2 months~! I found I wasn't hungry for junk food at all......

I will continue to take this a few times a week....just because I feel better taking it!!!!"

- Anonymous Comment from Dr. Mercola's website

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What the Critics Claim

As usual, medical critics claim that there is not enough scientific evidence to justify the claims about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

One writing has printed material trying to scare people away from using raw ACV, claiming that ACV can break down, and as it does so, it will become less acidic and start growing dangerous pathogenic organisms. While this is theoretically possible, we have not been able to substantiate it (with actual tests).

While critics have dozens of reasons as to why ACV won't work, and most are quick to point out the advertising flaws used to promote the use of ACV, none of the reasons involve the actual study of ACV in action.

ACV has been reported to help eliminate lice and warts. Critics point out that ACV was studied for these uses, and found to be non-effective.

Some proponents of anti-candida diets recommend the avoidance of all vinegars, including apple cider vinegar. However, other groups specializing in the study of Candida strongly disagree, and make a strong case. Users report actually experiencing a Candida die-off reaction when using apple cider vinegar.

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Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is a safe, natural tonic that has many widely reported health-enhancing capabilities. It is undoubtedly one the most important natural remedies "in the cubbard", and has been used for centuries. There have been too many reports for far too long to ignore the health implications of apple cider vinegar. When ACV is effective, it can be an invaluable, life-changing and miraculous substance.

Long term daily use may result in side effects. These side effects are minor if discovered in time and properly managed. ACV may interfere with some medications (see a medical doctor for details).

Buying/Purchasing Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Eden Apple Cider Vinegar: Organic, Raw, Unpasteurized, Unfiltered @ $2.78 for 16 oz
Order Online at Eden Foods

Trader Joe's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: Pasteurized and Unfiltered

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar is often considered America's favorite. Find Bragg's at your local market, or order online below for convenience.


Organic Apple Cider Vinegar w/Mother - 12/16Oz Organic Apl Cider Vin.: GR

Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar w/Mother - 12/16Oz Bottles- Unpasteurized, Unfiltered

Buy online in bulk for the family: $38.38 for twelve sixteen ounce bottles ($3.20 each)



Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 oz.

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References and Outside Resources

Apple Cider Vinegar at Earth Clinic - An excellent article page on the benefits of apple cider vinegar with plenty of user testimonials and suggestions.

Dr. Mercola on ACV - Quotes a supporting study on Type II Diabetes. Dr. Mercola also quotes rat research that indicates ACV may lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Web MD on ACV - Follow up study done for blood glucose level effect.

ACV & Candida - Research and opinion article on the benefit of using raw apple cider vinegar to help treat candida.

URL.biz - Holistic Health - Directory of holistic resources

Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar - ACV Book by Earl Mindell

Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss and Good Health - ACV book by Cynthia Holzapfel

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