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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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12:12PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

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2:52AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Vinegar is also good for getting rid of kalk in coffee machine or animal water bowls is less harmfull as the chemi products it takes longer but when have time try it

12:29PM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

ty

4:34AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

A little vinegar mixed into soup really lifts the flavor.

10:57AM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

thanks for good info

11:44AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

I eat pickles for the same effect...after all they are made with vinegar...and help to balance the electrolites...

9:56AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Thanks

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.

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