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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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6:50AM PDT on Mar 9, 2015

good stuff..

9:41AM PDT on Mar 8, 2015

I am sure that vinegar may be healthy, but I have no intention of drinking it. I will cook with it, I will use it in a salad as a salad dressing but drinking it? No way. Now if it were apple cider, hard cider, or beer I would drink it then, but vinegar... uh uh.

7:15AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

I use ACV as a hair conditioner.
i tried taking it as a supplement and had to stop as it irritated my stomach.

12:04PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Thank you

2:50PM PST on Feb 22, 2015

Yep, Thanks...

1:53PM PST on Feb 22, 2015

YUCK. I can't even stand to be around or smell any type of vinegar... it's the worst smell ever. Gag!!!! >.

9:00PM PST on Feb 21, 2015

Thank you. Thank you very much

11:06AM PST on Feb 20, 2015

apple cider vinegar always has to be organic to see the benefits!

7:18PM PST on Feb 19, 2015

Thank you.

7:43PM PST on Feb 18, 2015

thank you

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