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Why You Should Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

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Why You Should Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

By Molly Mann, DiveinCaroline

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about apple cider vinegar (ACV)? It seems like every time I turn around, I’m reading something new about its miraculous healing benefits, and grocery stores now stock it in both the condiment and the vitamin aisles. Is ACV a modern-day snake oil, or is there something to all the hype?

A Long History of Healing
Though ACV has become big news only recently, its healing properties are nothing novel. In Apple Cider Vinegar: History and Folklore, Victoria Rose writes that people all over the world have used the liquid to treat various ailments for at least ten thousand years. The Babylonians used it as a condiment and a preservative. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and his fellow Greeks and Romans relied on its healing properties. ACV has also been found in Egyptian urns dating back to 3,000 BC.

More recently, medieval Parisians used ACV as a deodorant and healing tonic, believing it capable of preserving youth. Japanese samurai also drank it for vitality. Christopher Columbus carried the liquid in barrels aboard his ships because it helped to prevent scurvy—though vitamin C wasn’t actually discovered until much later, in 1933—and American Civil War doctors used it to clean wounds and sterilize instruments.

Americans started using ACV in the 1950s, after author D.C. Jarvis promoted it in his best-selling book, Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health, as a kitchen remedy for head lice and poor digestion, among other afflictions. Then its popularity took off as part of the alternative-medicine movement of recent years.

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10:06PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

i have taken the ACV pill - but drinking the liquid [1or 2 TB at a time] is more effective and definitely more friendly on my wallet :-p . I''ve notice it helps with weight, metabolism, and even arthritis. There's a difference when i miss a day or two ~ my body reminds me to take it!

12:16PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

they say it helps weight loss - has anyone actually had results with it ?

7:05AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Hmmm... Da..., maybe one can't paint in vinegar?

4:48PM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Thanks.

9:33AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

great stuff

10:07AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

Is there anything you can't do with vinegar?!

8:14AM PDT on Jun 10, 2014

What I like most about it is that when I put ACV in my water, the kids don't drink it. The looks on their faces with the first gulp is priceless. They now leave mom's water alone.

7:07AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Very interesting....also, I remember, as did "Helga G.", how my mother fixed sliced cucumbers the same way. At times, she would even add thinly sliced onion to the mix and was that ever good!!! WOW! I've tried several times to "imitate" the taste she got, but sadly, it was to no avail; I just can't seem to duplicate it....or is it that nothing really tastes quite as good as what our mothers made? I do believe that's the key right there...*sigh*...now that I'm almost in my 7th decade, it's a bit too late to actual SEE how she made it; but when God calls me Home and I get to see her again, I will definitely have to ask her! Have a great day, everyone and God bless!!

11:05AM PDT on May 31, 2014

A very useful liquid indeed! Good as a rinse aid in your washing machine, on salad, cleaning and countless other uses as the article explained very well. My Mum used to make a lovely dressing with boiled water, sugar, pepper and vinegar and that was so yummy to drink when all the salad had been consumed. So simple and tasty.
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4:57AM PDT on May 27, 2014

A kind of cleaning, healthy one

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