Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV for short) is one of those amazing healing foods that has lived up to its health benefits for almost 2,000 years. I always say, look at the ‘tried and true’ if you are looking to add better staple foods to your diet. I’d say a 2,000 year success rate is pretty good, don’t you think?!

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a Raw Food!

First of all raw ACV should be raw and that means unpasteurized. It should say on the label ‘raw’ or ‘from the Mother.’ Household brand names of ACV like Heinz are not raw. It’s the fermented or raw ACV that is so good for you so be sure to buy the right one. My favorite brand is the Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Raw ACV is the only vinegar that is alkaline-forming to the body. All other vinegars (white, balsamic, red wine, etc) are acid-forming. For a health balanced pH, raw apple cider vinegar is one of the best things to add to your diet. To understand more about acid and alkaline pH, read this article: ‘Alkalize Your pH – How Alkaline Acid Balance affects your Health’.

According to Paul Bragg, Apple Cider Vinegar is a ‘perfect food':

Natural (undistilled) organic, raw ACV can really be called one of Mother Nature’s most perfect foods, the worlds first natural medicine. It is made from fresh, crushed apples which are then allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels, as wood tends to “boost” the natural fermentation. Research worldwide supports and commends what Hippocrates (the father of medicine) found and treated his patients with in 400 B.C. He discovered that natural, undistilled Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV)* is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir – a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs, bacteria, mold and viruses – for a healthier, stronger, longer life!

Label reads ‘With Mother of Vinegar’

One of the benefits of having raw ACV every day is it is a naturally high source of potassium and enzymes. Many people link potassium deficiency to dark circles under the eyes, early senility, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, arterial and heart problems, arthritis, kidney stones, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Signs of potassium deficiency include fatigue, achy bones and muscles, tired eyes, itchy eyes, dry scalp and brittle hair and lack of mental alertness.

Paul Bragg says, “But the truth is . . . you must have potassium to build and maintain youthful, healthy tissues! If you don’t get required amount of potassium daily, you soon acquire an old-age look and feel.This premature ageing is usually due to potassium deficiency and unhealthy living!”

Can you see how a healthy diet is really the key to feeling better?

With the standard diet of devitalized foods that clog the small intestine and ferment, leaving backup and buildup, most people have a much lower absorption rate than normal. The reason why raw apple cider vinegar is a good source of potassium is because, in liquid form, it is almost instantly and fully absorbed.

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You can even gargle with raw ACV (1tsp. to 1/2 glass of water) to help clear a sore throat, naturally! It is also good for insect stings, bites, ear infections, acne, viruses, yeast (candida) and fungus problems. You can apply a watered-down solution directly to the infected area and also drink 2 Tbsp. of raw ACV in a glass of water both morning and night.

To improve digestion, gas, heartburn, burping and stomach bloating sip 3 tsp. of ACV before your meal. Hold in mouth for a minute before swallowing. This helps digestion to start in the mouth.

On a daily basis, try to have at least 2 Tbsp. of raw Apple Cider Vinegar to keep your body healthy and strong. You can mix 2 Tbsp. with water and drink upon rising, add the ACV to a juice or smoothie, or make a delicious salad dressing.

For a salad dressings try this recipe:

Mix 2 garlic cloves (chopped), 2 Tbsp. ACV, 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tbsp. raw honey or agave, 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 1/3 cup water, 1 tsp. dried basil leaves, dash cayenne pepper, dash cumin powder and sea salt or Himalayan salt to taste.

For more information on the healing power of ACV, I highly recommend the book Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System by Paul and Patricia Bragg.

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Jennifer Thompson has been working with raw food, juices, smoothies and detox for over two decades to help people heal. Today, she shares her expertise worldwide, offering lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox retreat centers. She provides Iridology Readings & Health Coaching via Skype and Phone to clients and continues to educate, motivate and inspire others on their journey of healing. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, power-walking along the sea or globe-trotting to a new and exotic health destination.
32 replies
    ANDREW says:

    Thx Jennifer for gr8 article. I read tt I can mix aloe Vera with ACV. Any truth in tt? Worried abt it cancelling each others benefits

  2. Bert93257
    Bert93257 says:

    What is Mothers? Can I take ACV with a history of hyperthyroid/Graves?(levels have normal for a few years). Also, is there any truth to ACV use to clean the vaginal area?

  3. Suchita Anbhore
    Suchita Anbhore says:

    Hi, I’m frim India, i am suffereing from five years acidic blood, stool is not created it is very painful for me. give me suggestion.

  4. Diana5700
    Diana5700 says:

    I’m in my 9th day of suffering from awful hives, itchy red bumps, I have bought out the store in remedies. I have watched everything I have put in my mouth, drank chamomile tea till I am about to bust, With not much relief. Then I found an article online about becoming more alkaline, and getting balanced, it healing all kinds of alimentary, so here I go with my first act drink 2 tabs. To 8 oz filtered water I will do this three x a day. Stay tuned to see if this helps relieve the hives. I refuse to give in to living with this it is awful! P.s. I have never had anything like this and I am very aware of eating right and healthy, I have no idea where this came from, the only thing different I did was had my hair colored at a new salon and when I walked out I had the back of my shirt and neck were wet, and I was over processed. A mess! The next day I woke up with hives! Signed itchy gramma!

  5. Ev
    Ev says:

    I am beginning this treatment and do believe proper nutrition, which is contrary in every way to our modern American diets, is the number one way to stay healthy. It’s really a no brainer. Anyway, since trying the acv, it always burns my throat and I’m afraid this acid is going to burn my esophagus on the way down. Also is there more info on how an scuff is metabolized by the body to turn alkaline, just a lil co fused on this… Thanks!

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Ev,

      You can dilute the acv with water, or add 2 Tbsp. to a green juice or a green smoothie. If you’re feeling a burning sensation, then perhaps you are using too much for your body. In that case, start slowly…using 1 tsp. in a juice or smoothie per day. When you feel comfortable, increase to 2 tsp. then slowly to 2 Tbsp. Being gentle and patient with your body is key! This is a healing food that Hippocrates used to give his patients. I can assure you that refined sugar, aspartame, fried foods, processed foods and the like will do much more damage to your body than any amount of apple cider vinegar.

      To learn more about acv and its powerful health benefits, check out the book by Paul Bragg called the Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System book.

      To learn more about the acid-alkaline nature of foods, go to these articles I wrote here:

      What is an Alkaline Diet? Know your pH Health

      Alkalize Your pH – How Alkaline Acid Balance affects your Health

      Keep up the GREAT work!

      Blessings to your health,


  6. Jerry
    Jerry says:

    I am a 75 y/o male at 220 lbs

    I drink the juice from 1 large lemon and 1 teaspoon of natural honey in a cup of warm water every morning.
    I have read that apple cider vinegar is good for me also, so can I safely add this to my mixture. If so, what amount of ACV should I add.
    i rinse my mouth immediately after consuming the above to help prevent enamel erosion.

    Also, I plan on continuing this for the rest of my life to help my immune system and the other benefits if it is advisable.



  7. Rahima Payne
    Rahima Payne says:

    How effective is the Bragg ACV drinks? I find it more convenient, but are there any nutritional benefits I’m losing out on?

  8. Bianca
    Bianca says:

    I am a firm believer in ACV as I always take it as a preventative and even for a quick pick-me-up. Actually, just yesterday I felt as if I were about to come down with a cold; my nose was runny, my throat felt scratchy, and my eyes were watery and tired. I took a shot of ACV with a bit of apple juice and I felt 100% better within minutes and I’m not sick today! BUT my 2-year-old had a fever for two days earlier this week. The first day, I gave him ACV in some apple juice and he drank about two cups of that and he was PERFECT. The second day, he woke up irritable and still fever-ish so I gave him ACV in his juice but then his grandmother gave him a fever-reducer immediately afterward. About an hour later, he vomited and all we could smell was the ACV. The doctor said because the ACV is so acidic it counteracted with the medicine and made my child vomit. I thought ACV was alkaline-forming? (I would have raised this question at the office but his grandparents took him to the doctor because I had work that morning). Could you inform me more on this?

    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Bianca,

      It seems from your story that when you gave only acv and juice, everything was ok… then, when you gave acv + prescription drug, there was a reaction. Since I am not a medical doctor, I cannot comment further on the medication side of things, but I am sure that you doctor is correct in saying that certain foods or drinks are counter-active with taking drugs. So, maybe the acv was not the problem! :) It’s an interesting story, thanks for sharing!

      To your health,


    • Lauren
      Lauren says:

      As someone who is permanently advised to stay on a completely alkaline diet (I have Interstitial Cystitis), I can tell you that vinegar of all types are in fact acidic. Many dentists find it troubling that it has become in vogue to drink Apple Cider (or any) vinegar. Try to dilute it with water as much as possible because it can remove the enamel from your teeth. Please be aware of this with your children and their delicate tummies. I test everything that goes in my mouth with PH strips and had also heard that ACV was supposed to make our bodies alkaline. Not so. My bottle of ACV from the Bragg’s label came to be a 2.5. My urine was also much more acidic than usual after taking the ACV. While usually a five, I was a three after drinking the ACV. Here is a scale so you can compare. On that scale, 7 is normal water, 13 is bleach, and 2 is stomach acid. Try to be aware that whatever health benefits, you are quite literally pouring acid into your stomach.

      • Jennifer Thompson
        Jennifer Thompson says:

        Hi Lauren,

        It would be most helpful for you to understand the terms “acid-forming” and “alkaline-forming” to determine what foods are hindering or helping your pH health. Testing a food outside of your body does NOT define how much acid your stomach needs in order to digest that food. Lemons, for example, are acidic on the table but when you EAT them, your stomach produces almost ZERO acid in order to digest that food. Refined sugar feeds bad bacteria and is very acid-forming; raw apple cider vinegar (acv) is naturally anti-parastic, anti-viral and anti-fungal and is also alkaline-forming.

        Refined sugar is the elephant in the room when it comes to tooth decay. I’ve been ingesting plenty of lemons and raw apple cider vinegar for almost 20 years and I have the best looking teeth of anyone I know (that’s without bleaching agents or braces too). In fact, my dentist told me no need to come for 2 years!

        The enemies with imbalance or dis-ease are NOT natural whole and pure foods. Eliminate refined sugar, wheat, dairy, animal proteins (very harsh on the kidneys and extremely acid-forming!), aspartame (the most acid-forming food there is) and alcohol – those will always hinder your pH health. An alkaline diet consists of plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, dark leafy greens, and fermented foods like raw apple cider vinegar and homemade sauerkraut (both great for gut health too).

        Hippocrates (the Father of Modern Medicine) prescribed raw apple cider vinegar to his patients (as well as fresh parsley and watercress). Yes, there was a time not so long ago when food was used as medicine!

        Many blessings to your continued good health!


  9. S.P.
    S.P. says:

    Hello before I read your Indg.& that Heinz is not good Vinegar, I bought some of Heinz. It does say unfiltered all natural apple cider vinegar with the Mother .

    Also it says it has been made from 100% APPLES & crystal clear water,
    and unpasteurized. So what is the difference between Bragg & Heinz?

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer says:

      Hi S.P.!

      The Heinz vinegar you mentioned is okay; however the Heinz version is NOT organic. The Bragg’s version is 100% certified organic and unpasteurized, etc, so it’s definitely the best choice! Thank you!

      To your health,


    • Jennifer
      Jennifer says:

      Hi Samantha,

      If your child is only 7 years old and has acid reflux, I would advise that you go see an allergist (medical doctor) and get tested for possible food allergies. After that, I would highly recommend a nutritional consult so we can devise the best diet and make sure all nutrients are present in the diet.

      My best,


  10. Jazz
    Jazz says:

    I have recently had my first bub’s (first 5months preg I had servere morning sickness) perhaps this is a contributing factor.. As soon as I read symptoms of potassium deficiency ALL the symptoms listed I have been experiencing for Months!

    I bought the raw mother apple cider vinegar the next day, having such a deficiency would you suggest I increase the 2tbsp dosage amount to support the lack of potassium ?
    I am feeling a really good boost since starting green smoothies every day too :) Thankyou for the inspiration, information and support towards each ones unique journey to whole ness & harmony Jennifer!

  11. Sylvie
    Sylvie says:

    yes this is very true, 3 yrs ago, after being on every pill on the market for acid reflux for over 6yrs, i started drinking 3 Tbs of ACV with 1 Tbs of raw honey 3 times a day in a cup of hot water, then after a wk twice a day, then after 3 wks, drank it once a day for 2-3 wks and was totally cured, never taken another prolosec or nexium since. to this day i have not had any problems. I did lose wt easier after that as well, my stomach flattened out. I sometimes also squeeze fresh lemon into my ACV/Honey . It does take a little time acquiring to the taste, I love it now and drink it occasionally, like my body knows when it needs it, i always have ACV and raw honey in my cubboards.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer says:

      Have a look at my teeth…I have never had braces or whitening and my teeth and enamel are healthy and strong thanks to a clean, raw food diet! One thing that will destroy your enamel is the fluoride in drinking water. In fact, some countries are starting to lower the fluoride dose in their water because so many parents complained of their children’s teeth being destroyed! Clearly, apple cider vinegar is not the enemy!

  12. Sorrysob
    Sorrysob says:

    This will cure acid reflux. Acid reflux is a joke. Take a spoonfull of Braggs raw apple cider with Mothers before each meal and you can toss your Dr. meds. away . Trust me. I dont even have to take the apple cider anymore.

  13. NealnNYC
    NealnNYC says:

    ACV has relieved me of recurrent gout, something that multiple medications could not do. I am gout free and take 1 tablespoon of ACV daily instead of 2 perscriptions.


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