How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) For Weight Loss

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) For Weight Loss
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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a cherished natural remedy, used by many as a preventative and curative measure. It also holds an important place in the dieting world – scientific studies, as well as practical experiences, show that apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help you lose weight.

Vinegar is one of those substances that target the problem holistically, and it provides you with long-term solutions. This article will help you understand how ACV works and how to use ACV as part of your daily diet to lose weight and to improve your health.

The most interesting study on how apple cider vinegar helps with weight loss was published in 2009. The Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry journal published a study finding that drinking 2 tbsp. vinegar for just three months caused significant decrease in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides.

What Does ACV Do To Make You Lose Weight?

Apple cider vinegar is made from crushed apples, then distilled and fermented. The result is a liquid that is high in acetic acid. ACV taps into several physiological mechanisms that support healthy weight loss:

1. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) acts as an appetite suppressor

Apple cider vinegar makes you eat less by producing a feeling of satiety sooner. One research that proved that empirically was a 2005 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Subjects who ate bread with vinegar felt significantly fuller than their counterparts who were fed only bread. The more acetic acid (the primary constituent of vinegar) the participants ingested, the fuller they were.

2. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) controls blood sugar levels

Apple cider vinegar prevents uncontrollable sugar spikes and crashes that make you want to nibble between meals. When your blood sugar is stable, it’s much easier to stick to your diet and eat only when your body needs it.

The previously mentioned study also measured blood sugar levels in the vinegar-fed and control group. Participants who were given ACV had significantly lower post-meal blood glucose levels (there was no spike that usually follows a meal high in carbohydrates). Furthermore, those who consumed a higher dose of vinegar, benefited from the effect even 90 minutes after eating. For more information, please read my article on how to use apple cider vinegar for diabetes.

You can get more information on how to naturally control blood sugar in my articles about the best foods to control diabetes, and 7 effective steps to prevent diabetes.

3. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) prevents fat accumulation

Apple cider vinegar stimulates your metabolism and makes you burn fat faster. It contains a lot of organic acids and enzymes that speed up your metabolism and increase the rate at which body fat is burnt.

There aren’t many human studies that would support this explanation. A Japanese study published in 2009 was observing the effects of acetic acid on rats that were fed a diet high in fats. The scientist concluded that the consumption of acetic acid (which is found in ACV) suppressed fat accumulation. ACV can also help you to reduce cholesterol.

4. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has an impact on insulin secretion

Insulin affects fat storage. This hormone is closely linked to blood sugar levels and its secretion is disturbed in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Scientists suggested that ACV might work in a similar way to some diabetic drugs and could have a potential in controlling diabetes. If you suffer from type 2 diabetes, make sure to consume these foods and these spices.

5. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) detoxifies the body

When our body gets rid of toxins, all the processes (including digestion and metabolism) become more efficient. ACV flushes the body and helps it use the nutrients from food in the best way possible. It is high in insoluble fiber that absorb toxins and improve bowel movement. You can find extremely detailed information on how to detox your body with ACV in my post on how to make ACV detox drinks.

What Type of ACV Should You Use for Weight Loss?

When using apple cider vinegar for weight loss, and to get the most health benefits, it’s important to get ACV that hasn’t been processed and is still in its “raw” form.

Use raw unprocessed ACV

Raw unprocessed apple cider vinegar still contains the “mother” which is the cloudy bits that should be floating around the liquid, and retains many of the health benefits of ACV.

Use organic ACV

Since apples are heavily sprayed with pesticides (apples were at the top of the list of the fruits and veggies with the most pesticides) you need to buy raw, unprocessed, unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar to enjoy the full health benefits. You can also easily make your own ACV at home.

You can buy any brand of ACV

Any brand of ACV that is unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic can be used for weight loss. One of the most well-known organic ACV brands is Bragg which can be purchased online, in many supermarkets and health food stores. You don’t need to worry that the ACV is not pasteurized since the high acidity level is high enough to kill bacteria such as E.coli. But just remember that many doctors recommend pregnant women to avoid consuming any unpasteurized foods to reduce the risk of foodborne illness that could potentially harm the baby.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) For Weight Loss

If you are not used to the taste and effects of apple cider vinegar, you might want to include it into your diet gradually.

  • Start by adding 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it once a day. Then, increase the amount of vinegar per serving, and the frequency of drinking.
  • According to research on ACV and weight loss, you should consume a daily amount of 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with a cup of water.

Apple cider vinegar is very acidic, so you need to dilute it to protect your teeth, throat and the lining of your stomach. Don’t drink undiluted ACV as it can do more harm than good. You can also drink the diluted apple cider vinegar with a straw to protect your tooth enamel.

Do You Need to Add Honey to the ACV Weight Loss Drink?

Some find the taste of vinegar difficult to stomach. To improve the flavor of the ACV weight loss drink, you can add a bit of honey to your vinegar serving. The combination of honey and ACV has many health benefits which you can read about in my article about the 16 health benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey, or you can drink it with your tea. Wait for the tea to cool a bit before adding the ACV and honey and drink. You can also have vinegar with your meal.

How to Incorporate ACV into Your Diet?

Apple cider vinegar goes very well with some soups, especially in long-simmered bean soups or rich meat-based soups. Just remember to add the ACV to the soup once it has cooled down to prevent nutrient loss due to high heat.

You can also use ACV as a refreshing salad dressing with olive oil.

You can also use ACV for pickling vegetables, or you can simply mix it with water or herbal tea and drink it.

You can get more ideas for ACV drinks in my article on how to make apple cider vinegar detox drinks.

When and How Often Do You Need to Drink ACV for Weight Loss?

To kick start the metabolism and influence the feeling of fullness, some believe that it’s best to drink ACV water about an hour before your meal to improve digestion and lose weight. Some also suggest drinking it first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. However some people don’t like drinking ACV on an empty stomach, and others prefer to drink it after eating.

Whatever is suitable for you, you can consume it 2 – 3 times a day but don’t exceed the recommended amount of about 2 tablespoons per day. If you feel any burning sensation in your stomach or nausea, you can reduce the amount of ACV or try not to drink it on an empty stomach.

Some people also recommend taking a break every now and then from consuming ACV to give your body a break so they take a week or two off after every few months.

Does ACV Consumption Has Side Effects?

Apple cider vinegar is generally safe to consume. However, as with all natural remedies and traditional treatments, there are some precautions you should take.

Too much ACV can cause low potassium levels and may lead to osteoporosis. However, this was reported in a woman who was drinking around 8 oz. apple cider vinegar a day for several years. The amounts that are recommended in this article (1-3 tablespoons a day diluted in water) are safe for general consumption.

As mentioned previously, acidic foods such as ACV can weaken tooth enamel. To prevent this happening, rinse your mouth with a glass of water after drinking a glass of diluted ACV or drink it with a straw. It’s also a good idea to avoid brushing your teeth immediately after you drink ACV.

ACV can interact with other medications like diuretics, laxatives, heart, and diabetes medication. If you regularly take medication, consult with your doctor before drinking ACV on a regular basis.

Why ACV Is the Best Type of Vinegar for Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar is seen as a superior choice due to its all-encompassing health benefits. It cleanses the body and it also has anti-microbial properties. Not only does ACV help with weight loss, it also has a positive effect on some other conditions.

ACV can help with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart health, high cholesterol, free radical damage, digestion, acid reflux, and it’s even useful for treating kidney stones.

You can find more detailed information on how to improve your health with ACV in my articles about the 11 ways ACV can revolutionize your health and in my popular article on how to use ACV for great health.

What To Expect When Taking ACV For Weight Loss?

Apple cider vinegar will not provide you with a quick weight loss. The changes will be gradual, but permanent. Don’t be impatient and allow it some time. Sometimes losing just one pound a month and not re-gaining it afterwards, can be the real success.

How fast you’ll lose weight depends on other factors as well, such as your exercise, nutrition, stress and genetic factors. For best and fastest effects, you need to combine this natural product with other techniques for losing weight, so the function of vinegar gets supported with lifestyle changes.

Here a few more articles that you may want to read to learn about effective weight loss techniques:

How To Speed Up Your Weight Loss

There are ways to make your ACV regimen work faster.

First, avoid unhealthy fats, processed foods, and don’t indulge in fast food. You should also avoid these 10 fake foods and also make sure that your food doesn’t contain these ingredients.

One more thing that you can do is add coconut oil to your diet – I’ve already mentioned in another article how to use coconut oil to lose weight.

The following things will help you lose weight faster:

  • Get moving! If you do some moderate exercise, five times a week, you’ll be helping your metabolism and increase your metabolic rate. If you don’t have time for anything else, at least walk for 20 to 40 minutes every day. For more information read my article on how much walking you need to lose weight.
  • Eat foods rich in potassium. This mineral reduces your stress levels and lowers blood pressure. Good sources are bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados and spinach.
  • Reduce your sugar intake, especially refined sugars.

I wrote other related articles about the health benefits of ACV and on how to lose weight:
1. How to Make ACV Detox Drinks
2. 16 Amazing Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
3. Weight Loss Study: Triple Fat Loss With One Teaspoon of this Spice

Using apple cider vinegar is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health.

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267 Responses to How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) For Weight Loss

  1. shyma says:

    Where I get this ACV

    • Jenny says:

      Raw unfiltered ACV can be purchased in some supermarkets, health food stores or online stores, for example Amazon.

      • Vicki Weston says:

        Wal-Mart carries it

      • Mareldia says:

        Hi Jenny. We sell Safari ACV Naturally Fermented in South Africa. Ur has z Preservative Sulphur Dioxide and it says 5% acidity. Is this okay.

      • lavette bell says:

        They also have raw Apple cider vinegar at pick n save, I’m down the street from the store just started using it about a month ago, I know it’s a process but I’m very anxious to see the results besides that my boyfriend said I was picking up weight basically called me fat I’m 5’7″ so it bothered me a great deal so I got the vinegar and made some detox water out of it and added that to my exercises I do two to three times a week

        • Marius Van der Walt says:

          Hi what is your weight loss so far,
          Loose weight for yourself to feel better and not to please anybody besides your self im using this acv Apple cider vinegar diet it works I add cinnamon and honey and water Ive lost 15kg in 5 months now its 3 kg a month

          • Nav says:

            Hi i just wanna ask,i guess bought the wrong one,it’s still apple cider vinegar but it’s not organic it’s a natural written here,can i still use this without that kind of organic??or else this one will be waste.

          • Jenny says:

            If it’s said that it is unprocessed, unfiltered and with the “mother” you can still use it, but off course organic is the best because apples are one of the 14 most pesticide ridden fruits & vegetables of 2015.

          • Ling says:

            Hi, can you advise me please… is it ok to mix Manuka honey with 15ml ACV and 450ml warm water and drink it over 3 hours? or do i have to drink the mixture at one shot? I can only mix it and bring to work with me.

            impressed by the weight you lost over short period, can share how you obtain that? proportion of ACV to water?

          • Ariza says:

            Hi marius… Would you like to guide me properly on how to use this acv to lose weight…. I’m really worried about my weight and want nothing more than to throw these extra kgs somewhere…
            If u could be of any help…

    • Erika says:

      Whole foods store

    • Nicole says:

      Target has it.

    • steph says:

      You can get it from target. “BRAGGS” is highly recommended because it has “The mother” inside.

    • nadeem says:

      i am supplier of ACV
      u r free to contact

    • Yani says:

      At your local food market in the same row as the white vinegar. Get the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Must say Braggs

    • Kandace says:

      You can get it at walmart

    • wendy says:

      Hello, i am in California and we have a Store that is Called TRADER Joe’s this ACV is the Best i think becasue it actually tastes like Sour Apples instead of just Vinegar. It is Organic and you can find it online if there re no Trader Joes stores where you live. i am too lazy to shop sometimes, so i get it on my mom used to go on and on about it and i teased her, but it really is the Best i have had.

    • Nessa says:

      Sprouts, health food market..

    • Jodie says:

      The big Zehrs stores in Canada carry Bragg

    • Raj says:

      Hi dear what is this from where I can get this i wanna maintain my figure

    • Scott Faust says:

      Wal-Mart, or just about any grocery store

    • Mary says:

      I got mine at Walmart, they have the Bragg’s which is the best

  2. sarah says:

    can i use acv -heinz?

    • Jenny says:

      You can use any brand that has raw and unfiltered ACV.

      • sarah says:

        how about the not raw and not unfiltered?

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Sarah, one of the main concerns surrounding non-organic, non-raw and filtered ACV is that the heating of the pasteurization destroys the health-enhancing properties of the vinegar. Because of this, the vinegar is said to no longer contain intact enzymes and is not as easy to tolerate by the body. On the other hand, raw unprocessed ACV contains many nutrients. There is no point using processed ACV for health benefits.

    • Mary says:

      Does it have the mother in it ? It should be on the label if it does

  3. Ali mehdi says:

    I am pleased to see all this information .Actually we are suffering from diabetic

  4. Erica says:

    Do you get the same benefits if you add it to a cup of tea that you do with plain water? What about adding a tablespoon of local organic honey to it as well?

  5. Christine Colonia says:

    hello, where can i buy ACV? because i want to take it now. thanks

  6. Thanks for the additional knowledge and information of your article.

  7. nitu kaur says:

    Frm wer can I buy ds vinegar

  8. Chris says:

    Hi I’m happy to read your article. May I know how to check whether the ACV is processed or not ?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Chris, you need to check the product label. It should be mentioned that it is raw organic unfiltered and unprocessed, and you should also notice the cloudy “mother” in the liquid. A popular brand is Braggs (see in Amazon here).

  9. raza ali says:

    Hi where I get it I am in Abu Dhabi u a e

    • Jenny says:

      Generally speaking, you can buy raw unfiltered ACV in some supermarkets, health food stores or online (from places like Amazon).

  10. Jacqui says:

    Hey! I also use ACV to lessen excessive wetness on armpits..

  11. Mario O. Debad says:

    I know the benefits of taking Bragg Apple Cider but we always ran out of stocks here in the Philippines.

  12. Khalid says:

    Natural Apple cinder Vinegar for weight loss available at Necos’s Nature Store and Cafe DHA KARACHI

  13. Elizabeth says:

    If I use the store bought vinegar does it work

    • Jenny says:

      The ACV needs to be raw unfiltered and unprocessed. It sometimes difficult to find it in supermarkets, so try health food stores or online. The processed one doesn’t contain all the nutrients and enzymes hence is not good.

      • Stephanie says:

        How much of the ACV and honey do you use to lose weight?

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Stephanie, see the instruction under the title “How To Use ACV For Weight Loss” in the middle of the article. As for the honey, it should be consumed in moderation – 1 tsp. per cup.

    • kavita says:

      i ve bought one named American Garden natural ACV .Do you have any idea bout it ??

      • Jenny says:

        When buying ACV, you should look for unpasteurized, unfiltered, organic and with the “mother” on the label. If all these are not there on the label, it’s not what you are looking for.

  14. I bought my ACV at Mercury Drug Store @ P165 per bottle of 473ml.Zamboanga Philippines.

  15. habiba says:

    I breastfeed my baby can I drink acv??

    • Jenny says:

      According to webMD website, not enough is known about the safety of using ACV during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so they recommend to stay on the safe side, and not use it. I would consult with your doctor or a lactation consultant first before consuming ACV.

      • Nalexy says:

        Ok I bought an acv and its written naturally fermented, is it ok?

        • Jenny says:

          You need to see that there is the “mother” floating in the bottle (which means that it is unprocessed and unfiltered).

          • Imran says:

            When you say the mother has to be floating in the vinegar what should we expect? Like huge amounts of apple bits or just the sand like little grains we see inside the vinegar when it is shaken??

          • Jenny says:

            Hi Imran, the “mother” contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give ACV a murky, cloudy and cobweb-like appearance.

    • Amanda says:

      You can always check with a lactation consultant – however, my lactation consultant and my doctor both said it was okay (going by Dr. Hale’s extensive research on various medications and supplements).
      My Dr actually said “if it wasn’t safe, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers wouldn’t be allowed to safely eat many homemade/organic salad dressings or “raw” (cucumbers cut and soaked in a vinegar solution) pickles.”. I personally had no side effects that were negative, nor did my baby. I did ask the professionals about me and my babies (I had 2 more children after).
      I’m merely sharing what *I* was personally told. ***NOTE: I am not a certified lactation consultant, nor am I a doctor.***
      I was using it to just improve my health and avoid having to take an expensive medication to increase the health of my digestive system & also help with my skin/hair.
      If you’re interested in using it to lose weight…definitely speak with your *doctor* first, as moms that are pregnant or breastfeeding are generally advised against dieting while breastfeeding!

  16. key jolayemi says:

    Hi Jenny, I really enjoyed yourinformation about weight loss. Can I get ACV here in Kuwait?

    • Jenny says:

      Generally speaking, raw organic unprocessed ACV can be bought from some supermarkets, health food stores or online (like Amazon, but you need to check if they ship to Kuwait).

      • Jenise says:

        Isn’t unpasteurized dangerous to consume? Every autumn you hear of people getting sick and hospitalized for drinking unpasteurized apple cider and apple juice.

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Jenise, I’ve read in Bragg’s website that the acidity in the ACV is effective in killing E.Coli bacteria. Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before consuming it.

  17. Can it be used even if we are of age 16??

  18. Themilia says:

    I use ACV but can a child of twelve years old use it.

  19. Debbie says:

    This works. Braggs is easy to find at any grocery store. Walmart always has it. To boost this drink I use 8oz. Water 2Tbsp ACV 1Tbsp Lemon juice 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1tsp of red pepper flakes or Cheyenne pepper. Some people add stevia or something to sweeten it, but let’s get real – it tastes horrible anyway. Just suck it up and chug it in the am first thing and pm before dinner. You’ll see results straight away.

  20. romamohsin says:

    I have bought america garden’s acv it doesn’t have that cloudy thing” mother”what should I do now?I’m sad

    • Jenny says:

      The label needs to clearly mention that the ACV is raw, organic, unprocessed and unfiltered. The one you’ve bought is the processed one which is not suitable as it doesn’t have all the nutrients raw ACV has. You can still consume it for salad dressing for example or use it as a cleaner. You can get more ideas in my article “10 Surprising Household Uses for Vinegar“, and while it talks about white vinegar, you can use refined ACV as well.

  21. Mansur says:

    Is ACV the same as Apple Vinegar? The one in my local shop is just marked Apple Vinegar instead of Apple Cider Vinegar. Is that the same?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mansur, I believe it should be the same, although I personally only saw labels with “Apple Cider Vinegar” and not just “Apple Vinegar”, so I suggest that your read carefully the label on the product to see what it says and if it’s raw, unprocessed and unfiltered with the “mother”. If the liquid is clear without the cloudy “mother” – don’t buy it and seek another brand. Bragg ACV is a good brand but I don’t know if you can get it where you live (it is available in Amazon and in some health food stores).

      • Bala says:

        What do you mean by mother?

        • Jenny says:

          When you buy unfiltered vinegar, you may have noticed a cloudy substance in the vinegar. This substance is known as “mother of vinegar” and is the result of bacteria fermentation. While not appetizing in appearance, it has a lot of nutritional value.

  22. justin althea says:

    hi can I put a table spoon of AVC to a 1 glass of water right? is it ok if I put more than that? and is there any specific label / brand do I need to look up when I buy a ACV?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Justin, you can put 1-2 tablespoons in a glass. Don’t use excessive amounts of ACV. A good and recommended brand is Bragg which sells raw, organic and unfiltered ACV. You can buy it in some supermarkets, health food stores or online (like Amazon).

  23. Ruhul says:

    I have already consumed 3bottle of filtered ACV and lose 8kgs wait. Now I stopped consuming of ACV. So I’ll get any trouble in future.

    • Jenny says:

      If you continue to maintain a healthy and balanced nutrition combined with a healthy lifestyle and moderate exercise, I don’t believe you will have any trouble in the future.

    • harmandeep says:

      Hi ruhul i just want to know that did you drink acv directly or with water and how long it takes you to lose 8 kg .

  24. charito edwards says:

    I use acv every morning, it is ok I use a warm water

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you can use ACV every morning, though some claim it’s a good idea to give your body a break for a few days in between periods of consuming ACV. You can use it with warm water, but not too hot as not to destroy the nutrients and enzymes in the ACV.

      • sanjay bahirani says:

        Hi jenny I want know the code effect of ACV and how long can we use?

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Sanjay, I don’t understand what you mean in your first question re “code effect”. As for your second question – There are no established or official rules as for how long to consume ACV. Some people consume 1 tablespoon with a glass of water every day for a long period of time without a break. Some people consume it several times a week but nor every day, and others take a short break between periods of consuming ACV (for example taking ACV for 2 weeks and then take a few days break).

  25. sandy says:

    Hi can I just have 1 teaspoon without anything.Will that help to loss waight ?

    • Jenny says:

      It’s not good to take undiluted ACV as it eats away at tooth enamel and can cause burns to the sensitive tissues in your mouth and throat.

  26. Apurva Shah says:

    Is it safe to use 1 tablaspoon of ACV with a cup of warm water & 1 lemon’s juice everyday in the morning?

    • Jenny says:

      Some people consume it every morning, but some people advise to give some break of several days between periods of consuming it, for example: if you consume it for a week or two, give a break of a few days and then continue.

      • Apurva Shah says:

        Thanks for clarifying. But what about mixing ACV with lemon juice? Because lemon has citric acid & ACV is also acidic. Isn’t it harmful to the throat, oesophagus, intestines & digestive system? Also, adding the mixture in a cup of warm water; would that be benefucial?

        • Jenny says:

          You add the ACV and lemon juice in small quantities (you can adjust it and dilute with more water if you feel that it causes you any irritation). You can start with only 1 teaspoon of each in a glass of water and see how your body reacts. After a while you can increase to 1 tablespoon each or reduce the concentration by adding more water – you need to listen to your body. While both ACV and lemon juice are acidic outside the body, once ingested and metabolized in the body, they become alkaline. You can mix it with warm water or water at a room temperature. If the water is too hot, it may destroy some nutrients so don’t over-heat it.

  27. Apurva Shah says:

    Thanks a lot Jenny

  28. sandy says:

    How many teaspoon of ACV can I take in one day ?

    • Jenny says:

      Because ACV is an unproven treatment in conventional medicine, there are no official recommendations on how to use it. Generally speaking, many people consume 1-2 tablespoons a day diluted in water, but if you consume larger amounts of it, give your body a break of several days in between periods of taking ACV (don’t use larger doses on a long-term use to avoid reducing bone density).

  29. Nolly says:

    Is ACV safe to have at night in a glass of warm water with lemon and honey or must it be consumed in the morning?

    • Jenny says:

      You can drink it whenever you want. It is usually recommended to drink it in the morning to kick start the day with a good digestion, but it’s really up to you. Do what is suitable for you.

  30. Amanda says:

    Jenny, I was searching for a link to share with a diabetic friend regarding ACV & found you! Thank you for putting all of this information in such an organized manner with links to other pages you’ve written about the different benefits of ACV!
    I have been using ACV for years and it is such an amazing “tool” to help with so much! My skin, hair, and digestive system were all improved…plus it really is fantastic to clean with!

    So again…thank you!

    I’ve recently found Bragg’s at Winn Dixie here in west central Florida! I thought I’d post that for anyone in Florida reading through the comments and wondering where they could find it. 🙂

  31. pintu says:

    How to.made acv in home…

  32. Shami says:

    My Apple vinegar bottle states” natural apple vinegar diluted with 5% water” ?
    Is it ok to consume?

    • Jenny says:

      I had a look at my Bragg ACV and it’s said there “Certified Organic, Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Purified Water. Diluted to 5% Acidity”.

  33. vonny mccormick says:

    Do I drink 3 cups a day?

  34. Knock knock says:

    I’ve bought Heinz filtered ACV. Is that safe to consume ?

    • Jenny says:

      If it’s filtered without the “mother” then it has gone processing and is lacking the beneficial nutrients. The ACV should be raw, unprocessed and unfiltered in order to enjoy its benefits.

  35. Sangita says:

    Hi Jenny, I have purchased ACV organic with “mother” written on it and started using it once in early morning and once after dinner diluted with lukewarm water and honey. Just wanted to thank you and all of them who have shared their benefit in weight loss. As a first time user just would like to know how many months it require for substantial weight loss? I have hypothyroidism.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sangita, people who suffer from hypothyroidism often struggle to lose weight, so the process may take quite a while. I don’t know exact time because everyone is different, but I guess it’s a matter of several months. Don’t rely only on the ACV in the process as it is not a magic solution. It is an add-on to other means to reduce weight such as healthy nutrition, exercising and treating you hypothyroidism.

  36. Tashayna says:


    I’ve been using bragg’s for a couple days now. Is it safe take a teaspoon of Bragg’s at night before bed. Or should I put it in water.
    But I wanna make this clear I do drink some water after I do the teaspoon. Well is it the same thing ?

    • Jenny says:

      The best way to consume ACV is to mix it with water to prevent damage to the esphagus and other parts of the digestive tract and to reduce tooth erosion.

      • Tashayna says:

        Hi Jenny.

        You were very helpful. Im using the Bragg’s with water and do 1 teaspoon my water and hour before I breakfast an a hour before I eat dinner plus exercising and change what I eat.

  37. phillip says:

    have only used acv for two weeks now and already see a difference on my stomach. Will be adding more servings throughout the day.

  38. Joy says:

    Hi jenny i just bought eden brand and when i check the label its written “ACV is raw lightly filtered and unpasturized” “naturally fermented raw with mother”
    I can drink this acv?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Joy, I’m personally not familiar with this brand. I searched more about it I saw that indeed the label says “raw with mother”, so I’m not sure what it means “lightly filtered”. When I compare it to other famous brand, it is mentioned specifically on the label “unfiltered”. You can still use what you’ve bought, as it’s organic, raw, and probably have at least some of the mother.

  39. Maria says:

    As far as using it for weight loss- Does it give you diarrhea?

  40. darleen young says:

    so regular apple cider vinager that you buy at grocery store doesn’t work?

    • Jenny says:

      The refined ACV you usually find in grocery stores lacks the enzymes, nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and the health benefits associated with raw organic unprocessed unfiltered ACV, hence is not suitable for this purpose (read more about it here).

  41. ash says:

    i ve bought 5% acidity apple cider having mother is unavailable here… can it help me in weight loss .. plz do reply .. how shall i take it?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Ash, you should check carefully the label on the ACV bottle you’ve bought and see what it says. The label should mention if the ACV it raw, organic, unprocessed, unfiltered. If it doesn’t say any of these, then it’s probably refined stuff which you usually find in the grocery stores. This type lacks the nutrients and enzymes and is not suitable for weight loss purposes. As per how to use it for weight loss – please refer to the instructions under the headline “How To Use ACV For Weight Loss” in the article.

  42. Melissa says:

    I have hypothyroidism. I have to take that medication first thing in the morning with a full cup of water on an empty stomach. Is it safe to also have the ACV mixture at that time? My fear is that it would break down my medication faster than it should be. Typically I wait 45 minutes to an hour after I take my med to eat. If I wait till then to have the mixture, I would then need to wait another hour to eat. I really want to incorporate this to my routine, but need advice as how to do it, I guess. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Melissa, it’s best to consult with your doctor to be on the safe sides of things, as there are several medications that can interact with ACV (for example these ones).

  43. vishal says:

    Hi Jenny, ACv With mother is not available at my place. I have buy American garden product. 5 % acidic.
    473ml. Is it ok to take.
    pls suggest before use.
    many thanks in advance! !

    • Jenny says:

      I’m personally not familiar with this brand, but you need to read the label and check if it mentions specifically that it is organic, unprocessed and unfiltered. If it doesn’t says that, than it’s probably the refined stuff that doesn’t contain all the beneficial nutrients that you need.

    • Ana says:

      It s available in

  44. Pankaj Kumar says:

    I want to weight loss so please suggest me what type of ACV is better for me..

    • Jenny says:

      The ACV should be raw, organic, unprocessed and with the “mother”. This type of ACV contains all the nutrients and is not like the refined stuff that most supermarkets sell. Try to find it in health food stores or online (like Amazon).

  45. madhu says:

    Hi today i hv jst bought american garden natural vinegar apple cider
    Is it gud plz reply me

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not familiar specifically with this brand, but any ACV that you buy should mention specifically on the label that it is organic, unprocessed and with the mother, otherwise it’s probably the refined stuff that you find in most supermarkets.

  46. Aderemi says:

    Very good, I use it for cleansing nd its good, can I use d capsule instead of d liquid for health benefits/weight loss. Tnx

  47. Lesa Thomas says:


    Yes, Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for health. Apple cider vinegar containing acetic acid and nutrients vitamins B & C. It is useful for weight loss, any infections, lower blood sugar levels in diabetes or as skin toner.

  48. Shweta says:

    My ACV says filtered, unpasteurized, not heated. So it is filtered though not heated or pasteurized. There is no mother, it’s clear liquid.
    I’m using it for weight loss. Drinking it diluted with water twice a day. Will it at least provide some benefits? I’m going to find Bragg’s but, first, I was hoping to finish the huge bottle of this which I already have!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Shweta, I guess it still has some benefits as it’s not pasteurized and still had gone through a certain fermentation (although once it’s filtered it prevents further fermentation) whereas other inexpensive ACVs are usually both pasteurized and filtered, but next time opt for the unfiltered and unpasteurized type like Bragg.

  49. Donna says:

    I have tried consuming the vinegar with water so many time in the past and I just can’t seem to get past how awful it tastes! Help! I want to use it for the health benefits but is there a way to mix it with other things so it is more palatable?

  50. parekh says:

    hi Jenny..hv high blood presure problem. i am taking 2 tablespoon row apple cider vinegar with room temparture water in the morning. is it ok ? N also ACV vl help to reduce my blood pressure ? pls advice.

    • Jenny says:

      There are references that claim that ACV can help lower blood pressure in some people, so it worth adding it to your healthy diet and see what it can do for you. However ACV is not a magic solution and it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle in addition to relying on ACV for help in lowering blood pressure. The way you take ACV is the right way to take ACV. You can also refer to my article How to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally.

  51. Kulsum Ahmedmia says:

    Hi, can I take acv if I m breast feeding?

  52. mercy says:

    the ingredients used to produce dis cider vinegar i have is cider vinegar and potassium metabisulfite. Could this also have good health benefits.

  53. Tracy says:

    I just bought mine yesterday. I am going to start today for weight loss. Has anyone been doing this for awhile now and what are some of your success stories?

  54. Donetta says:

    I just purchased mines today from Walmart for $5.83 and there was only 3bottles left🙀Can’t wait to start this regimen!!!

  55. Bubbles says:

    I found research stating that if you take 1\4 of ACV followed by 8oz of apple juice it can help with gallbladder attacks. Which is true as I had one this morning and it went away with me only drinking 1\2 of ACV within 5-10 minutes. Now I am seeing that it is not good to consume ACV straight. Since I immediately follow it with apple juice is that considered diluted? My stomach feels funny and I have been using the restroom frequently so I am just wondering.

    • Jenny says:

      It’s not a good idea to consume undiluted ACV even if you immediately follow it with another liquid. The safest option would be to dilute it straight away and consume the diluted ACV.

  56. Mickey A. says:

    ACV is great and effetive for weight loss and detox that flushes toxins as well, but you may want to sip through a straw as it’s highly acidic and may damage tooth enamel. If you choose to do shots of ACV, I recommend to drink water or rinse with water immediately after.

  57. Swati says:

    I want to lose my weight which ACV brand is better for me.

    • Jenny says:

      A good brand which many people use is Bragg, which you can also buy online. If you cannot get it in your country, buy any other brand which says on the product label that it is organic, raw, unfiltered and unprocessed.

  58. hanne matter says:

    can i use red wine vinegar instead

  59. Sarah says:

    First, I have to say that you are an extremely patient and kind woman. It is obvious you care about helping others as you reply in a timely manner to everyone who asks you questions (Even if you just answered the same question in a previous post!).
    Secondly, thank you for this information! I bought ACV for something else and now I am excited to use it to aid in my weight loss. Looks like I need to go and check to see if it’s “raw, organic, unfiltered, and unprocessed”. Thanks, again!

  60. Sharon says:

    i am going to start Acv in the morning when I get up and before I go to bed. I wii use 2 teaspoons with 4 to 8 oz of water with a straw and bought the brags organic. How many days can you take in a row before you take a break, and how many days should you break from taking? Thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sharon, there are no established rules for this. Some people take ACV regularly in the morning and don’t take a break at all. Some people take ACV several times a week but not every day, while others take if for a certain amount of time and then take a break, for example: taking it for 2 weeks and then taking a few days break.

  61. khadija says:

    american garden acv is good to use?
    does it cause any harm when we are trying to conceive??

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure specifically about this brand, but the ACV needs to be raw, unprocessed and unfiltered, and it should be mentioned on the product label. A good brand that is used by many people is Bragg. As for your second question, some medical websites like WebMD don’t recommend consuming ACV while pregnancy due to lack of information. Talk to your doctor about it.

  62. vinita agarwal says:

    howz its taste and every morning i used to take lemon with honey in warm water if i use this product then it will br to consume seperstely? and can i use health viva apple cider vineger

    • Jenny says:

      Warm honey lemon water is also great. You can however enjoy both worlds by adding ACV to the mix as per my suggestion in my article about ACV detox drinks (Lemon Water with ACV). The ACV should be raw, unprocessed and unfiltered. I’m personally not familiar with this brand, but looking in the web about the product details, I saw it’s unprocessed and contains the “mother” so it should be fine (buy the one without the honey as you can always add raw honey according to your taste so you have better control over how much honey you add).

  63. Carmen Driggs says:

    Can I drink it with cold water first thing in the morning? This way, I may be able to tolerate the taste…..yuk

    • Jenny says:

      The common recommendation is to drink it slightly warm or at a room temperature for better digestion, but not ice cold. If you keep it at a room temperature it will be fine. To improve the flavor, you can add a bit of honey.

  64. Ana says:

    I see a lot of people from India asking abt different brands.. Braggs organic ACV with mother is available in n I buy from this website.

  65. Josephine says:

    I bought Wescobee Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey with the mother, the taste was really good but I don’t know yet if it’s effective for weight lose, Just now I started to drink ACV.

    • kamal dev says:

      hi for weight loose try one lemon and a teaspoon honey with a glass of water before breakfast definitely works trust me.

  66. kamal dev says:

    how it works in venous insufficiency?

    • Jenny says:

      venous insufficiency is a condition in which the veins fail to adequately circulate the blood, especially from the lower extremities. ACV is believed to improve blood circulation and treat the inflammation of veins. While results may vary between different people and it takes time to see results, it worth giving it a try. You can consume it internally: Drink raw unprocessed ACV once or twice a day by taking 1 teaspoon ACV (if you can tolerate the taste, increase the dosage to up to 1 tablespoon). Mix it with a cup of warm water or water at a room temperature and a tsp. of organic honey and drink before meals. You can also use it topically to ease edema or varicose veins. Soak a piece of cloth in raw unprocessed ACV and wrap it around the affected area and gently massage the area. Leave it there for 15 to 20 minutes and then remove. Repeat twice a day.

  67. mary mcmomez says:

    Can you add the acv to a glass of orange juice or sunny delight instead of water? Or will that take something away from the benefits?

    • Jenny says:

      You can add it to natural juice or tea if you don’t like it with water. I’m not familiar with sunny delight, but from what I’ve seen in the web it is an artificial drink full of sugar and additives and should be avoided.

  68. James says:

    Hi! I just bought ACV earlier. Its brand is Wescobee. It is unfiltered, with the mother and all, although it also has honey in it so it’s not purely ACV. (Its label says ACV with Honey.) Will it be just as effective? How do you suggest I consume it? Can I use it as a regular, pure ACV?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi James, I personally prefer to use pure ACV product without added honey. With these kind of products you are not always sure how much honey was added (unless it is mentioned specifically on the product label). While honey has many health benefits, it should be consumed in moderation, and in these kind of products there might be a large amount of honey added to make the product tastes better. When you add honey yourself, you have a better control of the amount you put in when you add the ACV to a glass of water or tea.

  69. Roxee says:

    Has anyone out there lost any weight doing this? if so, how much and in what length of time?

    • Jerry says:

      This is another bulls..t. There is no differance between any apple cider . They are all beneficial.Prices/even at Walmart/ are ridicules-$ 16.00 for little bottle? I’m buying any apple cider for my salad or any meals and it works just fine and it,s not overly priced.

  70. Wally says:

    Just buy Braggs, you can get it practically anywhere in the US and it’s not expensive. I regularly drink 2tsp with water in the morning, sometimes once or twice more during the day. The health benefits are endless, but one great benefit for me personally is that it eliminates my reflux. Much less expensive than Nexium, and better for you. It’s not going to taste good, so just get over it and drink it quickly.

  71. Shawn says:

    I drink green tea every morning. Is it okay to add 2 tablespoons ACV to a lukewarm cup of tea?

  72. Melinda says:

    What is the regiment for using ACV for weight loss and how soon does someone begin to notice anything?

  73. Prema says:

    Hi Jenny,

    i am 28 years old and 66 kgs, height 162 inch. I want to reduce some 5 to 7 kgs at least in a month. Most of the proposals are getting rejected as i am fat. psl help me. i have 2 questions also
    1. How to use this ACV “Mother” ?
    2. How many times per day?
    3. How many months it will take to reduce 5 to 7 kgs ?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Prema,
      1) The “mother” in organic unfiltered ACV contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the ACV a murky, cobweb-like appearance. The “mother” is not present in filtered processed ACV which lacks the good benefits. 2) As for directions and how to use, How many times per day, see in the article under the headline “How To Use ACV For Weight Loss”. 3) Everyone is different and results vary between different people. ACV on it’s own is not a miracle tool, and is an add-on to help reach your goal faster. To achieve faster results you need to combine it with a healthy and balanced nutrition and being physically active. If doing so, I believe you will start noticing a positive result within several weeks, which will give an incentive to continue and reach you goal.

  74. RUYA says:

    Is it ok make a shot of ACV then drink a glass of water?

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t recommend taking it that way. It’s still best to mix them rather than taking them separately as neat ACV is strong and can damage tooth enamel and the lining of the esophagus.

  75. Suresh says:

    Hello Sir,
    Is there any side effects will be attack by using Helathviva ACV? Can you please suggest me.

  76. William WIlliams says:

    it says to use on salads, I use it on my salad at home every day for lunch with extra virgin Olive oil, I pour a little of each on my big Cobb salad that has fresh grown greens, and everything from nuts to oranges in it.. Now you say not to use it straight? DO I have to dilute it? This stuff is really really good on my salad! BEtter than that Balsamic stuff!

    • Jenny says:

      It is not recommended to consume undiluted ACV as it can damage tooth enamel and can cause burns to the sensitive tissues in your mouth and throat. When you add it to salad dressing, you dilute it with other ingredients, such as olive oil, lemon juice etc, so you don’t consume it neat.

  77. Kerrie says:

    follow link. I found this on the Wal-Mart website. It appears to be everything described.

  78. Zodwa Ntuli says:

    What an excellent article thank you. I have been drinking raw unfiltered acv for almost 4 months now. I put a tablespoon in every 500ml bottled mineral water that I drink, so this will be throughout the day. Is this OK?

  79. Nico Van Der Westhuizen says:

    I suffer from Osteo Arthritis and also gout, will the use of ACV affect me negatively?

  80. Mercia says:

    Hi Jenny The ACV I buy in food stores tastes like vinegar, How do organic ACV taste like.

    • Jenny says:

      Organic ACV tastes like vinegar too, although taste slightly varies between different brands. Some have slightly “less vinegary” taste than others.

  81. Belinda says:

    Are there any places or suppliers in South Africa

  82. susan says:

    I bought mine at Vitamin shoppee

  83. yaf says:

    i was researching what foods have organic-acids and had heard that acv is one of those foods, as you had mentioned. but i was wondering what other natural foods/supplements have organic acids please if you can please share? THANK YOU! 🙂

  84. Mohan says:

    Hello Jenny,
    I got “american garden” Natural Vinegar Apple Cider, will it work for weight loss and other benefits.

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not familiar with this brand, but looking at Amazon I couldn’t see that the product label says that it’s raw, unprocessed and with the mother. If it’s the refined stuff that you commonly find in supermarkets, then it’s not what you are looking for.

  85. judith says:

    How come when i take vinegar i get dizzy

  86. Tariq Munawar says:

    How far sythetic ACV or without mother is useful?

  87. SANCHEZ says:


  88. ntebo says:

    Thank you the information, is Safari Apple Cider Vinegar naturally fermented, one of the best to be used? we don’t have Bragg here.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’ve seen that this brand is sold in South Africa. I’ve tried to find more details about the product label, but couldn’t find. Read the product label and see if it said that it contains the “mother”, and words like “raw” / “unprocessed” / “unpasteurized”.

  89. Tandiwe says:

    besides this apple cider vinegar is there any other type I can use because I hardly find it in zimbabwe

  90. Demise says:

    I have a cup of green tea every morning…Can I put the ACV in it?
    Great article… Very informative. Thank you.

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