Apple Cider Vinegar / ACV for Health
Raw, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
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What is ACV?
History of ACV
Form of Beneficial
Substances in ACV
Generally Accepted Functions of ACV in the Body
Methods for using
For information on how ACV is used for certain medical conditions:
ACV CHARTS - Some Conditions Helped by Using Raw ACV
What is ACV?
ACV is produced when apple juice
obtained from crushing whole apples is first fermented to alcohol (making wine)
and then to acetic acid (making vinegar).
History of ACV
ACV is mentioned in the Bible as an antiseptic and healing agent
Hippocrates, the father of medicine
thought of ACV as a powerful elixir and a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. The
Romans, the Greeks and the ancient Egyptians as far back as 3000 BC used ACV for
Form of Beneficial ACV
Beneficial form of ACV is organic, unfiltered and in its raw, undistilled state
with the “mother“ -
Many producers distill their vinegar to produce
a customer-approved, clear, light-colored vinegar.
heat removes beneficial phytonutrients and destroys malic and tartaric acids - which are important in fighting toxins
and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria.
Don’t take ACV
pills - There’s no guarantee that they contain
any ACV and there are reports of them causing chemical burns to the throat.
Get ACV with
vinegar) - This is a cobweb-like substance made of cellulose and the
fermentation bacteria, which makes the vinegar look murky brown. Today,
manufacturers often distil the vinegar to remove this nutritious component,
since the clear, sparkling look sells better.
Substances in ACV
Contrary to information
on many websites ACV DOES NOT CONTAIN significant amounts of minerals, trace
minerals, vitamins, fiber or amino acids
Only 1mg. calcium /Tbsp. ACV -
compared to 300mg in 8oz. milk;
11mg. potassium /Tbsp. ACV -
compared to 159mg in a medium sized
apple or 433mg in 1 medium banana;
Insignificant iron, magnesium, sodium, copper,
manganese, phosphorus, chlorine, silicon, fluorine, or sulfur;
No Vitamin A, C,
E, K, B1 (thiamin),
B5 (pantothenic acid),
folate - according to the USDA;
No measurable amount of Pectin –
a water soluble fiber that soaks up
water and adds bulk, and is reported to prevent cholesterol’s reabsorption in
No amino acids
Rich in Phytonutrients
Modern laboratory analysis has found ACV to be
rich in beneficial phytochemicals.
studied for it's role in cancer prevention and suppression of tumor growth;
phytochemicals act to deliver calcium to the muscles - ending once and
for all restless leg syndrome and cramps;
phytonutrient that enhances proper acid and enzyme production in your stomach;
contains NO caffeine, theobromine, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene,
beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein, or zeaxanthin
Acetic acid, malic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid.
enhances cellular energy production and helps burn fat -
found that malic acid kicks red muscle into using oxygen to produce its energy
rather than anaerobically (Note that red muscle is red because of its oxygen
content). Instead of reducing the effects of lactic acid, malic acid signals the
mitochondria to use oxygen to burn fat or glucose. Malic Acid is a key
intermediate “player” in the “Krebs Cycle” - a complex, naturally occurring
process within the cell mitochondria, which produces ATP.
Alkalizing - although acidic
in the stomach, malic acid becomes alkaline when it enters the blood stream and
may help to offset the high acidity that builds up as a result of lactic and
Buffers Base and Acid Toxic Compounds -
fermenting apple juice to
alcoholic apple cider, and then letting the oxygen interact with it, turns the
alcohol into acetic acid. To help this process along from the alcoholic base,
"mother" is added – this is the spider web look-alike bacterial foam that forms
during the fermentation process.
the body's absorption of important food minerals –
as a salad dressing it aids absorption of
minerals from the vegetables. E.g. calcium, so important in preventing
ACV acts as a buffer in the body because its
acetic acid reacts with base or acid compounds to form an acetate, therefore
rendering them chemically bioavailable for the body's utilization. ACV can
reduce the toxicity of certain compounds by converting the toxin into an acetate
compound, which is less toxic. This is why they are ideal for insect bites and
certain skin allergies.
aid digestion; enzymes can be destroyed if acv is
heated too high;
Generally Accepted Functions of ACV in the
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral;
antiseptic - primarily coming from the malic
and acetic acids in ACV.
the immune system;
Normalizes acid/alkaline balance
concentration / memory;
vitality and energy;
Methods for Using ACV
Culinary Uses -
Incorporate ACV and other good vinegars (E.g.
ACV, Balsamic, Red wine) into your diet to
efforts to fight serious, chronic diseases, such as helping lower your blood pressure and decreasing your risks of heart disease and
vinaigrette (oil + ACV+ water)
dressing over your salad greens will promote
better calcium absorption –
prefer a Vinaigrette Dressing instead of
dressings made with high-heat-processed (damaged), unsaturated fats (E.g. most
commercial dressings and mayonnaise).
Dark, leafy greens
are good sources of calcium.
A base for
coleslaw - rather than using mayonnaise;
1 quart cabbage, finely chopped
½ tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. vinegar
½ cup green pepper, chopped
¼ cup cream
¼cup diced sweet pickle
2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
1 Tbsp. sugar
Mix cabbage with green pepper and pickles. Combine sugar, salt, vinegar, cream
and mustard; pour over cabbage, blend well, serve at once.
As part of a
marinade for meat - it will add a tangy component and help
tenderize tougher cuts.
“Fish and chips”
ACV full strength instead of malt vinegar;
Add a bit to the
water in your steamer - when steaming vegetables to add flavor.
fruit from browning -
lemon juice will work also.
Add to Chicken
Carcass Bones when making broth
- The vinegar helps
the bones to break down, and creates a nutritious broth by releasing the
minerals from the bones.
flavor of vegetables – E.g. after steaming vegetables, drizzle a
little of your favorite vinegar over them instead of adding butter or salt. This
enhances their flavor enticing you to eat more of them
vinegar in a marinated-vegetable salad -
chop your favorite veggies, put them in a bowl
with a marinade of vinegar, herbs, and a dash of olive oil, and let them
sit for at least an hour.
ACV Cocktail - DRINK 1 TABLESPOON ACV with 1 TEASPOON RAW honey
(dissolve in a little warm water)
in a glass of water or juice (apple or grape are good choices)
3 times daily.
ACV - it is very acidic and can burn the
throat. Just a few ounces of water are enough.
Drink a diluted
drink containing ACV just before or with meals -
to improve your body's ability to absorb
Don’t make it
too hot –
it kills the
enzymes in ACV.
ACV Solution for Soak or Poultice -
Comfortably HOT solution of ¼ cup of
cider vinegar to 1½ cups of water.
ACV Soak -
treatment, soak an arthritic hand or foot in the solution for 10 minutes,
2-3 times/ day.
ACV Poultice -
Soak a cotton cloth in ACV Solution (above), wring out and wrap it around
the joint, then secure with a dry cloth to retain heat. When the wet cloth
cools, it should be wrung out in the hot solution and applied afresh. Repeat
several times, twice daily. E.g. Use for arthritic knees.
ACV Hot/Cold Compress
ACV Solution for DOUCHE
2 Tbsp. ACV to 1 quart of lukewarm water.
ACV Vaporizer -
Add ¼ Cup ACV to vaporizer and breathe “fumes”;