19 Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar + How To Drink It

Lately, everybody seems to be saying apple cider vinegar is amazing and it has so many health benefits.  Wanna know why and what those benefits are, specifically? Here are all the reasons why everyone is drinking apple cider vinegar plus helpful tips for how to incorporate apple cider vinegar to your diet.

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Apple cider vinegar is everywhere. Everybody talks about it and everybody seems to love it. Is this just a new hype or is apple cider vinegar actually amazing? Are there actual health benefits of apple cider vinegar?

First of all, there’s nothing new here. Apple cider vinegar was used as a natural remedy for health problems for a very long period of time. In fact, it’s an ancient remedy. It seems that we’re becoming more aware of those benefits these days, but they were always there. It’s a re-discovery, if you will.

More people are trying to improve their life by making healthier and more natural choices these days and that’s why you’ll see apple cider vinegar pretty much anywhere there’s a conversation about health, food, and natural remedies.

So I’ll get my POV right out here: I think Apple Cider Vinegar (aka ACV) is amazing. Seriously, AH-MAZING.

And most of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are endorsed by science — so nope, not just a hype.

However, despite being so amazing, apple cider vinegar won’t work miracles. And it won’t replace a balanced diet and exercise. It promotes health and it helps you maintain it, but drinking apple cider vinegar won’t have a major impact unless you’re making other steps towards your health. No remedy can do that. Moderation is always key.

A bottle of organic apple cider vinegar.

WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apples. Duh, right?  More specifically, it’s fermented apple juice.

To make apple cider vinegar, apples are crushed and exposed to yeast. By doing this, the natural sugar from the apple is fermented over time and turned into alcohol (like you would do with wine). Sounds like making apple cider, right? Yeah, because the process is similar. The difference is the apple cider vinegar is fermented twice –once to make alcoholic cider and a second time to make it vinegar.

WHY DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?

As crazy as it may sound at first, drinking apple cider vinegar will bring you many health benefits which will be discussed in detail in just a sec. Aside from health benefits, apple cider vinegar also reduces cravings by inducing satiety which means apple cider vinegar is great for weight loss or for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Not only that, but apple cider vinegar is filled with beneficial nutrients.

basically, apple cider vinegar rocks!

Apple cider vinegar in a glass. In the background a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

So what about those health benefits of apple cider vinegar?  This almost-magical vinegar can do many things for your health.  Let’s start with a list and then get into more details with the ones that will help you to live a healthier life, ok?

Apple cider vinegar…

  • is a natural laxative and it can improve digestion;
  • lowers blood sugar levels;
  • improves insulin sensitivity;
  • increases satiety and helps people to lose weight;
  • reduces belly fat;
  • lowers cholesterol;
  • lowers blood pressure and improves heart health;
  • prevents and decreases the risk of getting cancer and slows down the growth of cancer cells.

A glass filled with apple cider vinegar next to the bottle of organic apple cider vinegar surrounded by apples.

HELPFUL NUTRIENTS IN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Impressive, right? But wait… there’s more. Apple cider vinegar is also a nutritional powerhouse. That would explain some of the health benefits! Let’s take a closer look at apple cider vinegar’s nutritional composition to see what makes it so special.

Apple cider vinegar contains:

  • magnesium;
  • iron;
  • phosphorus;
  • manganese;
  • amino acids;
  • antioxidants;
  • only 3 calories per tablespoon.

Top view of a hand holding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar over a bowl filled with apple cider vinegar.

DRINKING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Most people use apple cider vinegar for weight loss, but they don’t know the rest of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. That’s because apple cider vinegar was used as an aid in weight loss for ages.

There are several studies that have concluded using apple cider vinegar for weight loss actually works. They also found it works even without dietary changes. However, when drinking apple cider combined with a healthy lifestyle, the results are truly impressive.

So…how does this happen?  Most people overeat because they don’t feel full. Apple cider vinegar increases satiety (your feeling of fullness) and that’s very helpful for staying on track with your healthy diet. Especially at the beginning of your weight loss journey when you need a little bit of help to start and to stay on track.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND DIABETES

When it comes to apple cider vinegar and diabetes, there are a few things you should know.  Apple cider vinegar is great in diabetes prevention. So, if you have a family history of diabetes, you should consider drinking apple cider vinegar to decrease the risk.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels when one is fasting (not eating), which is incredibly beneficial for people who have difficulty regulating their own blood sugar levels, like those who have diabetes.  However, this won’t replace medication. A healthy diet and exercise are always recommended for people with diabetes. If you have diabetes and take insulin or prescription drugs, you should talk to your doctor before drinking apple cider vinegar because your potassium levels can drop too much.

Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar from a bowl filled with apple cider vinegar. In the background can be seen the apple cider vinegar bottle and some apples.

CHOLESTEROL, BLOOD PRESSURE, AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Other common uses for apple cider vinegar are to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels.  What’s the deal with apple cider vinegar cholesterol and apple cider vinegar blood pressure? Apple cider vinegar helps in controlling renin, a hormone produces by your kidneys that is responsible for constricting and dilating the blood vessels. When the blood vessels are constricting, the blood pressure rises. Apple cider vinegar keeps the vessels relax, and that means blood pressure won’t rise.

As for apple cider vinegar helping with cholesterol – drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal lowers cholesterol. Basically, studies have shown that apple cider vinegar reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol) due to its natural antioxidants.

HOW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HELPS WITH DIGESTION

As I already mentioned, apple cider vinegar improves digestion. Drinking apple cider vinegar for digestion can…

  • get rid of heartburn;
  • reduce bloating;
  • improve digestion overall.

Let me just say that discomfort and pain are not normal. When we experience pain and discomfort after a meal, we should listen to our bodies and realize that something is not exactly right. Maybe we ate too much or maybe our digestive system doesn’t work properly.

Proper digestion means proper acid levels in the stomach so the nutrients in our food can be absorbed. When there’s not enough acid, food is not properly broken down and the nutrients are not assimilated which can lead to digestive issues like the ones I mentioned. Or more serious ones.

Drinking apple cider vinegar for digestion means increasing acid production. And that leads to proper digestion. Simple, right?

Apples in focus with a glass and a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar in the background.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR KILLS BACTERIA

Did you know apple cider vinegar kills bacteria? In fact, apple cider vinegar was used for disinfecting wounds and treating fungus back in the day.

It was – and still is – a great way to treat and prevent infection because apple cider vinegar can kill bacteria easily. It also inhibits bacteria, like E-coli, from spoiling food so that’s why it’s so often used as a food preservative. It’s also natural and better than artificial preservatives.  So awesome!

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND CANCER

When it comes to apple cider vinegar and cancer, it has been shown that apple cider vinegar can help in cancer prevention because it promotes health. There are many factors and causes for cancer and we still have a long way to go in terms of prevention and treatment but, what we do know is apple cider vinegar can reduce the risk of cancer and can slow down the cancer cell (tumor) growth.

That being said, apple cider vinegar shouldn’t replace treatment for someone diagnosed with cancer or a healthy lifestyle for those who want to reduce the risk of developing different types of cancer.

Top view of a glass of apple cider vinegar surrounded by whole apples and an apple cut in 2.

USING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR SKIN AND HAIR

Aside from the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, using apple cider vinegar can also improve skin appearance and hair health. Woot!  See? Apple cider vinegar is indeed amazing. Told ya!

Why apple cider vinegar is great for skin and hair:

  • treats and reduces the prevalence of acne;
  • treats and soothes sunburn;
  • has anti-aging properties;
  • improves hair health;
  • combats hair tangles;
  • reduces hair frizz;
  • seals the hair cuticles and help the hair to retain moisture;
  • treats dandruff.

Seriously, is there anything apple cider vinegar cannot do? I don’t think so! However, it’s important to note it is not recommended to apply apple cider vinegar to the skin without diluting it in water first.

POPULAR WAYS TO DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Since there are so many health benefits apple of cider vinegar, you’re probably considering drinking apple cider vinegar right out of the bottle to benefit from its amazing properties. But… let’s first discuss how to drink apple cider vinegar.

First off, look for the unfiltered and organic type cuz’ that’s the best type.  The Bragg’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar I have pictured in this post is my fave, but there are many other options as well.

How to drink apple cider vinegar

Well, you don’t really have to drink it. Especially if you don’t like the taste. There are other ways to consume apple cider vinegar.  You can incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet by…

  • using it in various recipes including salad dressing recipes and marinade recipes.
  • making an apple cider vinegar tonic by mixing apple cider vinegar with lemon juice – 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar added to a glass of fruit juice. Drinking apple cider vinegar is easier this way. You won’t notice the taste as much but you’ll get all the health benefits of apple cider. Plus the benefits of fruit juice. Make your own fruit juice at home for a fresh and yummy tonic.  You can spice it up with a little ground cinnamon or cayenne pepper or sweeten it with a little raw honey.  Good stuff.

If you don’t mind the taste of apple cider vinegar, you can add it to a glass of water and drink it. It’s as simple as that.

Apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup. In the background can be seen the bottle of organic apple cider vinegar.

HOW MUCH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SHOULD I DRINK DAILY?

This is important. Because you don’t want to overdo it. That’s never a good idea. So how much apple cider vinegar daily? And how much is too much?

Common dosage per day is 15-30 ml. Basically, 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar – mixed with water or made into a tonic or added to a salad dressing.

My advice is to start with a tablespoon and then increase to 2 tablespoons if you don’t notice any side effects.  It can be quite strong at first, so you’ll want to get used to it.

Side view of a glass filled with apple cider vinegar with the bottle of organic apple cider vinegar behind the glass.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF DRINKING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider is rather harmless, but too much of anything can cause problems. Also, there are certain instances when apple cider vinegar is not at all recommended. For example, if you have stomach ulcer or kidney problems.

As a reminder, drinking apple cider vinegar without diluting it is not at all recommended because apple cider vinegar is acidic and it can cause:

  • tooth decay and weaken tooth enamel;
  • low potassium levels – when drinking more apple cider vinegar than recommended or when you already have low potassium levels;
  • indigestion – too much apple cider vinegar can cause indigestion;
  • digestive problems – this may sound counterintuitive since apple cider vinegar can improve digestion but for someone who has ulcers or acid reflux, apple cider vinegar will only worsen the symptoms.
  • skin burns – another counterintuitive one since apple cider vinegar can soothe sunburn but if you apply it to the skin undiluted it can burn your skin. For treating acne, make sure you add only a little bit of apple cider vinegar in water before applying it to the skin. For sunburn – use 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your bath water.

A little really goes a long way.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy apple cider vinegar?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

90 thoughts on “19 Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar + How To Drink It

  1. I’ve been drinking this for over 10 years now. I also drink Bragg. I add a tablespoon to a glass of water and drink with my supplements. I do it every morning. I’m 55 and people think I’m in my 30s. I had a kid in a bar one time make me walk around to his friends so they could try to guess my age. I had to prove my age with my driver’s license. lol

  2. I make a large cup of regular breakfast tea, 1 tablespoon agave, 2 tablespoons acv. Am diabetic, and have slowly been able to reduce med intake since using this delicious morning beverage! My numbers have remained steady and good! Not quite ready to ditch my meds altogether, but am well on my way!!!

  3. Apple cider vinegar works..i bought a pair of jeans and the first time I wore it jeeeeez it was a struggle then continued with my ACV. Three weeks later, I wore the same jean. I felt so good about myself. I’m still at it…what I do is I drink 2tablespoons every morning before I eat anything then drink water and ohh yes it’ll make you feel full for longer.

  4. Awesome post, the length of the article was fine and the knowledge was too good. Just waiting for another article.

  5. Dear ,

    I am having acid reflux and sore throat, so kindly advice how can I drink apple cider vinegar. Very nice article and I can easy understand of usage and health benefit to drink apple cider vinegar. But I am thinking reflux and sore throat. please help me.

  6. Is there a possibility of drinking apple cider vinegar without losing weight? I want to drink it for all those other benefits except losing weight.

    1. is there possiblity of drinking apple cider vinegar without losing weight. I want to drink it for other health benefits except losing weight.

    2. Losing weight is more about calorie intake than anything else. While ACV helps with feeling satiated, if you’re still eating a steady amount of calories per day you won’t lose weight. Consider tracking your calories to make sure you’re intaking the right amount of calories for your body to maintain weight. That way, you can drink the ACV and get all of those benefits you want while maintaining your weight!

  7. I was thinking of taking apple cider to cure my stomach ulcer, because I saw a video about home remedies on how to heal stomach ulcer on YouTube and apple cider was mentioned so I’m confuse now. What do you think? should I take apple cider to heal my stomach ulcer or not?

  8. Informative and well researched, but it is a long-winded article – takes too long to scroll, read info or find a key fact or recipe – the text is pale and small. Please consider more legible pages over this thin and skinny style.

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  9. Vinegar worsening acid reflux symptoms is not true though. For me I have the 2nd worst version of the disease and nothing works to keep it in check. I tried taking it many times and it gave immediate relief for a short time. By itself or diluted gave the same results and as I theorized how it works with acid reflux is it counteracts the bad acid in your system thus balancing the acidic levels despite vinegar having high acidity and my specialist confirmed that was exactly the case and why it gave me relief. Had a few others try it and they said they got the same results. So do not hesitate consumption if ya have acid reflux as it does not worsen it though results may vary from person to person and symptoms.

    1. I also would get phlegm from acid reflux. Sore throat and hoarse voice. I started with about one tbls in small glass of water drink through straw to prevent contact with teeth. I feel so much better. It worked for me

    1. As per many accounts, 1 teaspoon before each meal. Diluted with water, honey, lemon, cayenne, or any other blend of (healthy) ingredients

  10. I take only a capful and dilute with a cup of water every morning first thing.. i always use a straw to drink as i dont want that to touch my teeth at all.. then have my usual cup of tea….

  11. I take 20ml straight out of a child size medicine cup. Then I quickly rinse my mouth with water while getting my toothbrush ready. Then brush my teeth. I do this right before bed.

    1. This is not a good idea. ACV will cause problems later on as it happened to a friend of mine. Please dilute before drinking.

    2. ACV is harsh on tooth enamel. Shouldn’t brush your teeth right after. I assume it does the same to enamel that lemons do. Shouldn’t brush your teeth an hour to two hours after to let the enamel to re-harden.

  12. I am quite excited about the benefits of apple cider vinegar.i am definitely gonna try it out especially for weight loss. I will share my findings. Thank you very much

    1. I don’t think it helps directly to lose weight. Not for me at least. But there are advantages. I haven’t met any one personally yet who has any experience about these wonderful benefits of ACV. It’ only on internet that we find such positive reviews. For underlying problems it’s best to get the doctor in the loop as you could cause unintentional harm to your body. I have used this several times (intervals of 4- 6 months) for 3 -4 years. Haven’t seen any notable change though.

  13. I can’t stand it mixed with anything sweet but I LOVE it with V8 juice which I add a splash of Worcestershire sauce and some lime juice…… I drink after dinner about an hour before bed!

  14. Here is an easy, quick and delicious way to drink it. Mix your apple cider vinegar with 8oz of apple cider, either regular or spiced. For taste and convenience, this is great. But be aware of the higher sugar and calories.

    1. I just took a glass of water mix with 1tsp and amazingly, my chest pain has vanished😊. Hope to have more testimonies to share onwards.

  15. I stumbled accros the perfect concoction, V-8 juice with 2 Tbls ACV, I have it every morning. I can’t taste the vinagre but it gives the v8 a splash of sing and I add seracha to it when I need a bit of spice in my life.

    1. I will try your way. sound to easy to drink. but I still afraid. this vinegar “Bragg” is my first time. Please God help me.

  16. I buy Vermont Village raw & unfiltered ACV with blueberries & honey. Tastes good and after two months of use every morning I do not have to suck it in to button my pants. I am losing my belly fat. Hooray!

  17. I find that 8oz of water with a tablespoon of ACV twice a day with meals is a refreshing drink. I bought a pump bottle to dispense the vinegar making it easier to measure.

  18. I used 2 tbsp acv a cup of water honey and ginger and it has a pleasant taste. This was my first time, I will incorporate this in my daily intake in the morning and before bedtime.

    1. I have been drinking this for about 4 years. This is what I put in it. 2 T. Of Braggs ACV, green tea, made from 2 teabags of brewed tea. 1 T of honey, a shake of cinnamon, lemon juice from one lemon. Put all of that in a quart jar, add about 1/4 cup of pure cranberry juice. Shake it up. Fill to the top with hot water, and drink from a straw. It has not helped with weight loss, but healthy otherwise – no colds or flu since I have been doing it.

  19. I steep two tea bags in a liter of boiled water then let it cool, add three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and stevia to taste then sip in throughout the day until it’s gone so I’m getting small doses of it all day. I alternate between various fruit and herbal teas so I don’t get bored of drinking the same thing every day. Currently it’s ginger citrus tea, yesterday was a turmeric, ginger peach. I started this because I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and it’s said to reduce inflammation and other symptoms as I seek alternatives to taking such a dangerous drug as Humira.

  20. I’m on my 3rd bottle I drink 3tbs every morning when I get up along with amino acid 2222 pill and clear muscle from GNC and i drink it straight with water as a chaser

    1. A work associate avoided surgery for bleeding ulcers by drinking aloe vera juice – daily. I was in touch with her for at least 8 years after and she never needed the surgery. I don’t remember how much she would drink each day, so research and/or check with your doctor.

    1. I need to ask, do you put it on straight undiluted, or do youmix it with water? I’ve been putting it on straight, and it seems ok and nice for my skin so far. Its not been too long though.

      1. Karen don’t use it undiluted on your face…use 1:3 ratio so get a container and make a toner with it eg. 1/2 acv to 1 1/2 water. You want the benefit without the burn

  21. I have created an ACV concoction that even my hubby will drink. 2 TBSP ACV, 10-12 oz. Water, 1/2 teasp. Cinnamon, sweetener to taste…I use liquid Stevia. Chill. Tastes like liquid apple pie! I take mine to work in a Mason jar.

    1. I’ve been taking “Spring Valley” ACV
      Pills, 1 pill twice a day, I poop 2-3 a day instead of once every 4-6 days.less headaches, I don’t struggle to tie my shoes, my pants/shorts don’t roll down my gut, just noticing how my clothes fit motivated me to do better, ya pills work. For me anyway. Good luck.

  22. I started day 1 yesterday. i could tell that i ate less and had less cravings for junk food. I took 1 tsp when i woke up, after lunch and b4 bed.

  23. I use it diluted (at least 50%) with water as a skin toner almost daily after washing my face. It really helps to give my skin a healthy glow and has helped to remove a few dark spots.
    I’ve also used it as a hair rinse 1 – 2 times a week and had good results there too!

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