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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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1:08PM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:43AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

So many benefits claimed, yet it tastes horrible and the smell gets up my nose.

12:28AM PDT on Aug 29, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

2:51PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Moted

5:09AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

What about formic acid? :-)

4:36AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Sorry. The smell of cider vinegar makes me totally nauseous. As a child my Mother poured it on my head after hair wash to make my hair shine. I cannot even get near the stuff -- the smell gags me. As for weight loss" --- I have weighed the same for eons.
Under 100 pounds (98) or 100 even -- 5'2" Honestly, I am "too vain" to get FAT.

11:21PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you :)

6:15AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Thank you

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 ?

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