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Which Brand of Apple Cider Vinegar to Buy

Updated on April 9, 2017
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Magical Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I have personally been drinking apple cider vinegar for a while now, and feel more energetic and healthy. For me, one of the major benefits is that I am able to digest my food better and as a result I feel lighter in the stomach. I have also made conscious choices to eat healthy food and exercise regularly. More than a million people have read my articles about cider vinegar, and many of them have shared their positive experiences with me.

For centuries now, apple cider vinegar has been used as a miracle tonic. Proponents say it can cure many health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, skin ailments, heart ailments, and high cholesterol, as well as problems with the digestive and immune systems. It may also be effective for weight loss, hair loss, and for getting youthful and glowing skin. Research has shown that drinking it every day may help in lowering blood sugar levels and as such can be very useful for people with a high risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

However, to get the best results, you must choose the right brand.

Purported Benefits

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol and helps weight loss
  • Improves digestion
  • Treats varicose veins
  • Prevents osteoporosis
  • Cures psoriasis
  • Soothes tired muscles, removes stiffness of muscles
  • Strengthens bones and teeth
  • Builds strong immune system
  • Works are anti-aging for skin
  • Gives shine to hair, removes dandruff and promotes hair growth
  • Provides nourishment to plants

Which to Buy

Apple cider vinegar is not to be confused with the regular, white vinegar found in most kitchens. White vinegar is used in cooking, as well as an effective cleaner in kitchen, bathroom, and for washing. White vinegar, however, is refined and does not have the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apple must. You get apple must when you crush whole apples, including the skin, stem, and seeds. This apple must is then taken through the process of fermentation and oxygenation. This process converts the sugar in apples to alcohol. With oxygenation, this alcohol gets converted to acetic acid, which gives us all the value we need for a better and more complete health and wellbeing.

Now, this value is retained in cider vinegar only if it is made by following the right process, and is marketed along with the "mother" of vinegar.

So what should you look for while buying the right type? There are three boxes to tick:

  1. Unpasteurized. Your apple cider vinegar should be unpasteurized. Pasteurization is heating used to kill harmful bacteria. Unfortunately, the heating process will kill good bacteria as well. Which is why we need unpasteurized.
  2. Unfiltered. Unfiltered cider vinegar ensures that it contains the "mother" of vinegar. The mother is the grainy, muddy, strain-like substance you will see settled at the bottom of the bottle. If you shake the bottle, it will float. This is the essence of cider vinegar. This is where the enzymes are stored, which give us the health value.
  3. Organic. While this is not a must, it is good to know that we are buying vinegar made from certified organic apples, so that they are pesticide free and contain natural sugar. Also, the companies that use organic apples are also likely to follow the right process for making it.

Now that we know that we are looking for organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to buy, let's see which are some of the good brands to choose from. While choosing a brand of apple cider vinegar, remember that more expensive brands are not necessarily the best brands. In fact, cheaper brands offer value for money.

Let's look at the top brands which are both reliable, and easy on your wallet.

Bragg

As one of the oldest brands of apple cider vinegar in the market, Bragg is also one of the most trusted brands to buy. Based on my survey (see the survey at the end of this article), most of my readers have voted for Bragg.

The California-based company says that 100% of its apples are sourced from within the United States. Because of this, they have better control of their quality. They use organic apples only, and claim that they're free from arsenic and pesticides. They also claim to use wooden barrels, which "boosts its natural fermentation qualities."

Founded by Paul C. Bragg, who was an advisor to many Olympians, the brand is now supported by Paul's daughter and nutritionist Dr. Patricia Bragg.

Vitacost

While Bragg is specifically known for its apple cider vinegar range, Vitacost is a widely known company for health products in general. Apple cider vinegar is just one of the products they sell.

In fact, Vitacost is also a retailer of other brands of vinegar that include Bragg and Dynamic Health.

Vitacost claims that their apple cider vinegar is the fermented juice of fresh-pressed 100% organic apples. It is unpasteurized, and contains the "mother," the "nutrient-rich sediment responsible for the amber/brown color and cloudy, string-like appearance of natural apple cider vinegar." There's no added sugar, artificial flavors and colors. Also, it is kosher and suitable for vegetarians.

If you are looking for cheaper but quality brand, then Vitacost is an option to consider.

Fleischmann's

You can also consider buying Fleischmann's apple cider vinegar. California-based Fleischmann began making vinegar in the 1920s when they decided to use the alcohol produced by the bakers' yeast growth. With advances in technology, the production of bakers' yeast reduced the production of alcohol. They then entered the specialty vinegar business.

Dynamic Health

Founded in 1994, Dynamic Health provides a range of health supplements and products which are kosher, halal-certified, organic, and are available in liquid as well as capsule form.

Dynamic Health's apple cider vinegar is price competitive, but they give you a great value for the money.

Summary

All four brands mentioned here are good. They reportedly use freshly-pressed organic apples and sell raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. They all contain "mother," the live culture that transforms apple cider into vinegar.

None of these brands need to be stored in a refrigerator. Avoid direct sunlight, though. Also, you should preferably buy in glass bottles instead of plastic bottles.

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Liquid or Pills

This is a common question:Should you have apple cider vinegar in liquid or pill form?

Some brands like Vitacost, Aztec, and NOW Foods offer apple cider vinegar pills. However, it is difficult to know whether ACV pills contain the enzymes needed to give us those health benefits.

There's not much evidence to support the benefits of pills. In fact, one US study with people at risk of Type 2 Diabetes claimed that ACV consumed in liquid form was more effective than ACV pills.

I have been using ACV in liquid form, and I wouldn't want to switch over to pills.

Not Sure How to Use It?

Are you all excited about using apple cider vinegar for weight loss, silky hair and smooth skin? You are not alone. Millions around the world are doing the same to improve their overall health.

If you are unsure about how to use apple cider vinegar, just drop in a comment below and I will be happy to answer your questions. Also, if you have used any of these brands and have any feedback (good or bad), leave a comment for the benefit of all readers.

Would you like to recommend any brand that I haven't mentioned here? Let me know as well.

P.S. Did you know that when mixed with water and applied to hair as a conditioner, apple cider vinegar helps in stopping hair loss, removing harmful chemicals and dandruff from the scalp and giving us shiny hair? Try it out!

The right way to drink apple cider vinegar

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      Riddhi 3 weeks ago

      Can i use it for freckles on my skin and weight reduction ?if yes how to take it.plz suggest

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      Lois 4 weeks ago

      Clover vally ?

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      Alana Niall 4 weeks ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      HI Kayla, as mentioned in the article, drink it 3 times a day, ideally.

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      Kayla 5 weeks ago

      I recently bought the Vermont Village ACV turmeric and honey with the mother. How often should I drink it?

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      Crestlyn Unsay 2 months ago

      Can we buy that here in cagayan de oro city ?

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      Brittany 3 months ago

      Is using regular acv okay? Like without the mother? My mom got regular acv and I drank some this morning but I'm hoping to still see benefits even if it's not from the mother!

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      Huda Anum 3 months ago

      American garden is the only ACV available in my area. I have purchased it too. I want to know whether it is safe to use it for hair? If yes,then how??

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      Ishu 4 months ago

      Hi I have bought the Americans Garden ACV, which doesn't have unpasteurized and unfiltered print on it, is it okra to have it for constipation, and how to take it?

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      Simi Dey 4 months ago

      hi....

      I m having multiple warts on my leg on the knee area..so i wanted to know will American Garden brand help in getting rid of those warts???Please suggest asap coz i m going to get married very soon and i want to get rid of those warts before my wedding....

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      Kathy 5 months ago

      Is abound Organic apple cider vinegar a good choice?

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      Alana Niall 5 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Tee, yes, any unfiltered, unpasteurized ACV will do.

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      Clantha 6 months ago

      Can i drink the best choice applecider all purpse vinegar?is it gonna work ?

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      Tee 6 months ago

      Would Brad's Organic, Raw, Unfiltered & Unpasteried Apple Cider Vinegar ok as well?

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      Joan Patterson 7 months ago

      Why does my White House vinegar get a slimy film in the bottle and in a cruet. Second bottle of vinegar that has done this. Never had this problem before. Opened new bottle 2weeks ago and same thing has happened.

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      Steve 7 months ago

      Can i buy organic apple cider vinegar in store anywhere i live in Australia if so which store is best to buy from

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      Desiree Orona 8 months ago

      Hello I've heard soaking your feet in ACV and drinking it will help get rid of nail fungus naturally is this true? If it is how long do I need to do this before I start seeing results?

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      Julie 8 months ago

      I have Brand name is BestYet . Does it work for stomach problem.

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      Saveena 8 months ago

      My dad is taking medications and insulin for diabetes control. I want to know if ACV will work for him and is it ok to take it with the medications.

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      Bonnie Bassett 8 months ago

      I just bought a new bottle of Vinegar with the "mother" It is a different brand because it was made in Vermont (Local to my area and organic ) I wanted to try it it seems to have a much stronger odor then the last bottle I had it was not Braggs but i don't remember the brand name but it was organic also and had no GMO's . Is it normal for the different brands to smell differently ? Can Vinegar go "bad " ?

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      Alana Niall 10 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      No it doesn't have to be organic, but it should be unfiltered, unpasteurized, so that it contains the "mother" of vinegar.

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      sunil kumar 10 months ago

      plz tell me how to use apple cider vinegar for wieght loss.

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      Jennifer 10 months ago

      I bought apple cider vinegar but I didn't buy the organic does it still work the same or does it have to be Braggs?

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      Samantha 11 months ago

      Hi ,

      i have got Cherry Angioma in my thigh and stomach parts, how does ACV cure in it, and too i do have kidney stones, will ACV cure.Thanks

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      ldd 12 months ago

      o one site says good for osteoperosis and arthritis...another says dont take if you hhave those conditions....whats up?

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      Noreen 12 months ago

      Hi in our area no other brand of ACV is available other than American gardens .is it ok?

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      Kaycee 12 months ago

      Hi! I have two questions. :)

      First, is it okay if I drink it without taking my dinner meal?

      Second, I'm 65kg in weight. For you how long it takes to see the result?

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      Sila sapkota 13 months ago

      I want to use ACV for deep pigmentation on my face , plz tell me the correct method and I also want to know that is any adverse effect of ACV ?????

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      Hong 13 months ago

      Good morning, can I add apple cider vinegar with lemon and water to drink?

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      Tim Kinnon 13 months ago

      Hello,

      Do you know of any adverse reactions of ACV to Diabetes medication?

      I am currently taking, Levimer, Victosa and Metformin.

      thank you.

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      Lyn 14 months ago

      Hi, im from aklan, where can i get apple cider vinegar?

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      Janie 14 months ago

      Not Sure How to Use It?

      How much do I use the apple cider vinegar each day?

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      kel 14 months ago

      Am using American kitchen acv but mu question is I have alopecia hairloss bald patches en thin hair at the front,any advice.thnx

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      olinda 14 months ago

      I have sandhivat also known as arthiritis so can I take ACV with honey and warm water on empty stomach.

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      Nan Ramdutt 15 months ago

      Hi, I suffer from Arthritis. Is it okay for me to take Apple Cidar Vinegar

      as I was told that it is acidic.

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      sri94 15 months ago

      which apple cider vinegar to choose for hair - with mother or refined one.

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      sri 15 months ago

      which apple cider vinegar to choose for hair with mother or refined one.

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      Prakash 15 months ago

      Will ACV help regulte Diabetes..for high sugar cases

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      Andy 16 months ago

      How can we use apple cider vinegar for skin treatment

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      Louise 16 months ago

      hello, am in Uganda kampala. where can i get this Apple cider Vinegar from? and how much is it?

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      p. latha 16 months ago

      Hi, I have stones in my kidneys, will apple cider vineger help in removal of my kidney stones.

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      Myk 16 months ago

      Hi, is Freshly (brand) natural Apple Cider Vinegar good to use? I'm currently here at KSA.

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      which of the French brand has the mother 17 months ago

      l am in Cameroon which good brand is available here

      Therese

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      Tanya martinez 17 months ago

      I wanna Know how to include AVC in my diet. How many glasses in a day?nis ut only AVC or i need to add something?

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      Pooja Gandhi 17 months ago

      Hi, thanks for the above article..I was thinking to iae ACV to treat my hairs. I have dry,little frizzy hairs. Also I am having hairfall problems for more than a year now. How should i use ACV to treat my problem ? Should i add some herbs also that will be beneficial ?

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      Alana Niall 17 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Sam, because you should rinse your mouth with fresh water aftter drinking ACV, it is not advisable to keep sipping on ACV throughout the day. It could harm your teeth.

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      diana 17 months ago

      Hi I'm Diana I may ask if the brand Dynamic Health organic raw apple cider vinegar with the mother can use for facial toner to treat pimples and darkspot ?

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      Sam 17 months ago

      HI, If you mix 1 tsp of ACV in a 20 oz. bottle of water and sip on it thru out the day will it harm your teeth.

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      Alana Niall 18 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Angel, I prefer BRAGGS. But any unfiltered, organic, unpasteurized brand should be good.

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      ciara 18 months ago

      Hi umm is heinz a good brand of ACV? And how do you use acv for skin care?

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      Angel 19 months ago

      Which is best brand for acv Heinz or American garden?

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      Richard Lindsay 19 months ago from California

      Great post, it gives lots of good information on vinegar types. I wasn't aware there were more brands then Bragg's. So thanks for all the info.

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      Alana Niall 24 months ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Sudha.S, please read my other article about how to use ACV for hair loss: https://hubpages.com/style/Does-apple-cider-vinega...

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      Sudha.S 24 months ago

      please tell me ACV is heplful for remove dandruff & hair loss problem. how many times should i use in a week . how much quantity should i use to rinse my hair. it will hepl full to grow the hair please tell me answer for this

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      sharon 2 years ago

      s&w brand of apple cider vinigar is organic?

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Lakotason, you could rinse your hair with water after leaving ACV in hair for 20 minutes. That way it would not smell of vinegar. Additionally you could apply some hair gel.

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      Sumit Dhiman 2 years ago

      Hi.

      I wanna know how to include AVC in my daily diet. How many time i have to

      drink it in a day.

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      Lakotason 2 years ago

      Hi I know you've answered some questions already about acc and hair loss but I was wondering for the hair rinse is there anyway to do this but without your hair smelling like vinegar for a while? I've tried diluting it but family members still complain to me about it. Also how often should you do the rinse?

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Leena, yes, ACV helps in improving kidney function too.

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      leena 2 years ago

      How to consume ACV ? Is it good for kidney problems or its purification?

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      Karen 2 years ago

      Braggs is currently not available in my area problem with apples, according to supplier? I purchased Vermont Village...are you a fan of this brand?

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Sneha, people on thyroid medication must consult their doctor. The effectiveness of ACV in stopping hairfall depends on the person's disposition etc. Be patient.

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      Sneha 2 years ago

      Hello ma'am thankyou for this wonderful article... Can u advise in how many days does my hairfall will stop and my hair will be smooth and shiny.. I have thyroid so will it work for me? Will this help me to cure my thyroid as well?

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Gillian, order online from Amazon.

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      Gillian 2 years ago

      I would like to know where I can buy this product in Kampala.

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Bharat, you should always dilute ACV in water in the prescribed quantity - 2 to 3 tsp in a cup of water. Also, after drinking ACV, you should rinse your mouth and drink water. This will prevent ACV from damaging your teeth, and hopefully should not cause ulcers. However, if you have been doing all this, and yet suffer from mouth ulcers, discontinue ACV drink, and seek medical advice.

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      bharat 2 years ago

      I have been using Bragg ACV from the last 15 days now i am noticing several mouth ulcers.Is it safe to continue.Please advise

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      troya 2 years ago

      What about great value brand

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Geeta, please buy any brand that is unfiltered and unpasteurized.

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Maritea, please consult a doctor if you have ulcer.

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      maritea 2 years ago

      Hi I ask I have an ulcer can I use it

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi John, I haven't come across any research or anecdotal feedback about ACV being used for lipomas. Something to look into, for sure.

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      john 2 years ago

      Will acv help decrease or eliminate lipomas

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I Imelda, I am not sure about apple vinegar. I would recommend buying unpasteurized and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

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      imelda 2 years ago

      i buy apple vinegar without cider the color is light brown it still good or not good brand

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      HI Norms, I am not too sure whether it does, however, I have read positive stories about ACV's ability to get rid of dark spots.

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      Norms 2 years ago

      Does ACV help get rid of dark spots? Melisma

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Prabha, ACV may help indirectly cure sinus problem, since ACV strengthens immune system.

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      Prabha 2 years ago

      hi i starts to use acv for cold sneezing throat infections pls tel me it is useful for cure the sinus problem. Help me pls

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Jen, it is advisable to dilute ACV with water so that you don't cause any harm to your teeth or to the food pipe.

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      jen 2 years ago

      is it ok or safe to take 2teaspoons of acv directly without water?

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      Alana Niall 2 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Thanks Kristen.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on buying the right ACV brands. I never heard of apple must before. I learn something new every day, even here on Hub Pages! Thanks for the tips!

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Paul, try to have ACV on an empty stomach - which is first in the morning, and then an hour before lunch and dinner. Three times a day is ideal, but twice a day is also good. Put 2 - 3 teaspoons in a cup of water.

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      Paul Payne 3 years ago

      Hi, I am starting to take ACV for a back problem and not sure how much to drink ( doses ) each day, at the moment I drink it with made up cordial. That is the only way I can take it. someone told me 2 teaspoons once a day some said 2 teaspoons 3 times a day, PLEASE HELP. Cheers Paul.

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Tasneem, yes, 50:50 is a good ratio of ACV and water to make ACV toner. Once you get used to ACV, you can even try it undiluted for rinsing hair. First, wash your hair with normal shampoo. Then apply ACV hair rinse (50% water and 50% ACV) and leave it in hair for about 15 to 30 minutes and then wash it off. Regarding the American Garden brand of cider vinegar, I usually don't endorse individual brands since there's so much variation among these brands. As I said in the article, make sure the brand you have bought contains unpasteurized, unfiltererd cider vinegar. The packaging (label) should specify this. It should be preferably organic, but this is not necessary. Hope this heps.

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Hi Dana, I mix half measure water with half measure ACV. I then add 1 tsp of baking soda to it. Make sure it doesn't get into your eyes.

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      Dana Palleschi 3 years ago

      How much Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda due you use to wash hair.

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      Alana Niall 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Not too sure how to drink apple cider vinegar? Please read my other articles - I have included links at the end of my article above. Still have questions? Comment here, and I will be glad to clear any doubts.