Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother

Benefits of Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with mother)

Apple cider vinegar is actually made from apple cider that has been fermented by yeast and bacteria, which turns the sugars into alcohol. It then undergoes a second fermentation process in which the alcohol is converted into acetic acid.

This fermentation process accounts for the many health benefits and the reason why it’s able to lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable. Apple cider, on the other hand, may taste great but doesn’t provide the same wealth of benefits.

The primary benefits of consuming unfiltered apple cider vinegar (mixed with water) include a controlled appetite (less cravings for sugar and refined carbs), helping to maintain better cholesterol levels, and probiotic properties supporting the growth of positive bacteria in your intestines – aiding in reestablishing a healthy gut balance.

1 Gallon Bragg-Raw-U (with Mother)

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Shake bottle before using to incorporate ‘The Mother’
  2. Mix 1-2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar plus 8 ounces water
  3. Sip

Tip: Consider using a straw if you’re concerned about acid on your teeth

What are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

– Lowers ‘Bad’ LDL cholesterol
– Increases beneficial ‘Good’ HDL cholesterol
– Helps liver function
– Medically proven to lower blood sugar levels
– Treatment of diabetes
– Increase your energy levels
– Increases your metabolism
– Supports weight loss
– Lowers blood pressure
– Fights acid reflux, GERD
– Boosts Gut Health
– Balances your pH


Terms like “organic” and “raw” are tossed around loosely these days, making it hard to decipher what you’re actually getting when you grab a bottle from the store.

To maximize the apple cider vinegar benefits, you should pick organic, raw and unfiltered whenever possible. It should also be murky with a web-like appearance and the mother still intact to get the most nutritional bang for your buck.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

If your apple cider vinegar is labeled as certified organic, it means that it’s free of genetically modified organisms and synthetic additives that can actually do more harm than good in terms of your health.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar is unheated and unprocessed. This means that it still has the “mother” intact, which is a cluster of proteins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria often removed during processing.

Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

For most apple cider vinegar uses, you’ll also want to go for unfiltered apple cider vinegar. When apple cider vinegar is filtered, it removes the mother as well as any sediment, leaving behind a clear, amber vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar Precautions

Although apple cider vinegar is healthy and safe for most people, consuming large amounts can lead to some negative effects on health. Side effects may include erosion of tooth enamel, burning of the throat or skin and decreased levels of potassium.

Be sure to always dilute in water instead of drinking it straight.

If you’re taking blood sugar medications, talk to your doctor before using apple cider vinegar.

While there are a wide range of uses, it should not be viewed as a quick fix or cure when it comes to your health. Instead, it should be paired with a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle to really see results.

The information above was sourced from a variety of sources including:
– Bragg Organic Vinegar
– Dr. Josh Axe (who was linked on the Bragg website)

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  1. Use it for everything else too. Insect bites like skeeters noseeums, and fire ants just rub some on for relief. Also a good repellent. Soak my chicken and pork for a few ours with fresh herbs, onion and garlic from the garden and then bbq. Use clear for cleaning product 1/2 n 1/2 with H2O.
    You can use it to clean out your still new or old. Get rid of the flux if you run a batch of vinegar through it.

  2. My paternal grandmother used to take this daily. My paternal grandfather was a pharmacist, so she could’ve had Rx if she had wanted them. She was on the thin side and in really good health almost her entire life. But this was her daily Rx routine. She lived to be 96….got old-timers, but hey — she lived a very long life!!
    Maybe I’ll give it a try….I could use more energy these days. Garden work is wearing me out.

  3. I have been on the Vinegar kick for quite some time, doing 2 T per day in a bottle of water, I just sip on it through the day.

    Also use the Unfiltered Raw Organic. And actually it’s too bad of taste.

    Personally I a HUGE fan of Fermented foods and Drink, things like Homemade Sauerkraut (not the Store Bought stuff), Kimchee, Nam (basically fermented raw pork), and homemade Beer/Wine/Mead, it’s the Fermented “stuff” that’s the good-for-ya. AND yes I like” Muddy” Home-Brew/Beer, the Yeast and other Trub is the good stuff with the Flavor yummmmmmm.

    These foods/Drinks are full of “good for the gut” stuff.

    Store bought Wine/Beer/Mead is nasty, they filter and pasteurize a lot of it, plus companies like Coors/Bud use up to 80% rice….. Just all out NASTY!!!!! Why do you think it’s so clear?????

    I would greatly suggest a book called Brain Maker, it’s amazing the connection the “Gut” has on the entire body, unhappy Gut, unhappy Body.

    Brain Maker

    Ken is pretty much right on with this article, Get the GOOD stuff and give it a try….. After all what the heck could it hurt, get a $8 bottle and see.

  4. My mother died a quarter century ago, but during her 40’s she had a bladder infection that was resistant to every antibiotic in use at that time.

    Someone suggested she try apple cider vinegar daily. Because the acid would ruin her teeth, she sipped it through a straw.

    Her bladder infection cleared up and never returned.

  5. My Dad, born 1909, had this recipe for strains and swelling. In a one quart jar mix half apple cider vinegar and half turpentine. Add an egg (shell on). Let it sit for about two weeks and shake. The egg shell will have dissolved by this time.
    When you have a strain or swelling, before bed wrap it in a soaked cloth. Cover with a plastic bag because it stinks. In the morning you will probably be back to normal. This was a standard procedure in our family.

    When my grandson was visiting he sprained a toe and was limping. I wrapped it up and he was fine the next day. Dd and Sil are both doctors and were quite skeptical. Weren’t they surprised!

  6. 2 Tablespoons in a 8oz glass of water daily after dinner. It’s the only thing I have found that lets me wake up in the morning with no hand numbness and pain after a day of painting, pottery, sewing, gardening or anything that uses my hands. I use to think my mom was crazy for drinking this stuff. I wish I had listened to her sooner.

  7. It is also good for a cramp in you leg in the middle of the night. Just take a swig and it releases instantly.

    1. AVC works for muscle cramps… when the deficiency is potassium, If it does not work and Keep cramps return or do not go away… add 10-15 cc of Milk of Mag.. It also works quickly when the issue is magnesium…add to regimine for a few days.. If this works Mag citrate is easiest to absorb, comes in capsules for less gastric side effects.
      Latest research shows K2 balances calcium, magneisum in the body removing them from the arteries and re depositing them in the bones…for clearer arteries and stronger bones. recommended dose is 1oo mcg. Taking K2 may rebalance what you have without need for supplementation.
      Each person who would use ACV for potassium boost should know the only symptom of potassium overload. It is the puckering of the lip, feels like they are drawing. No other symptoms. Hgh potassium and high sodium can have really bad effects on heartbeat…so they should be re balanced as soon as possible. Should you have this symptom it can be re balanced with SALT. I use 1/2 tsp of pink salt in hand and eat it…. and drink about a cup of water behind it. if symptoms persist, and no other symptoms…12 hours later,… I repeat one half of the dose. Potassium and sodium levels are ALWAYS inverse in the human body. If potassium level is too high, the sodium is too low and vice versa. They can be rebalanced by knowing what to do to re balance.

      1. Just Sayin’,
        Ok, now I’m confused. You’re saying that ACV boosts potassium? Ken’s post and other research I’ve done indicate the opposite. I was going to start the ACV regimen in part because I have high levels of potassium in my blood tests (just a little above high normal, but enough to concern my doctor). The correct info is important before I start. Do you have a source?

        1. Dennis.. ACV is HIgh in potassium… here is the quote… put in search bar…acv, potassium source..lited in apple cider vinegar benefits. Definitely high in potassium. My info is good. When going thru lab training while training for nursing… My cousin was super over the lab/still is…. and one of the things she taught us all is that potassium and sodium are always combined readings of one value… I think it was 5,(or similar, will use that number for this illustration) …and that if potassium is high, sodium will be inverse by same amount for the combined values to still equal 5.. so if potassium is 3, sodium will be 2. The inverse is also true… if sodium is 2.1 then potassium will be 2.9

          SINCE they are always inverse of each other a high potassium level can be brought to normal by adding more salt to diet and drinking water…of course you could eliminate some high potassium foods, but if you like to eat those foods is equally as easy to add a little salt and water.. to your diet and your body will balance it out.
          if sodium is high, can eat high potassium foods and drinks.. dill pickle juice, acv, mustard will all stop cramping sometimes…

          Cramps are just one symptom and can have many causes. ie.. heavy exercise, extreme changes in activity, rapid fluid depletion as people experience with virus and bacterial infections of intestinal varieties… If you know what works for you do not hesitate to use as you know you need.

          “. Unrefined apple cider vinegar is a good source of potassium, which can be increased even more by mixing in fresh, potassium rich berries or apricots to form a fruit vinegar.

        2. Just Sayin’–Thanks for the info. It seems that the warnings about ACV lowering the potassium levels come from problems with the fad diets using it in excess along with large increases of water intake.

      2. I just had the book “The Salt Fix” and the potassium/salt relationship is covered in detail. From personal experience I have found that salt robs potassium and that sufficient potassium digests salt. I’m not a scientist so bear with me. If I do not have enough salt I sweat a lot, I’m weak, I can’t sleep sound, cramps and muscle fatigue are there. So I consume high-potassium foods and my salt intake increases and all is well.

        1. Old Chevy,…Potassium and Sodium are both elemental salts. Our bodies require them in balance for nerve function and for the heart to beat.

          Exactly! consuming both will allow your body to balance them out. That’s what you are doing… listening to your body.! I also have trouble with potassium levels dropping when sweat a lot or when i change activity levels rapidly. In summer I used to drink 1/3 strength gatorade, now I just add sugar and potassium salt, AND regular salt to either a cup of coffee in the morning or a cu of hot tea in eve.. Just use the same portions you would use in a rehdration formula.

  8. I tried. I just couldn’t. But maybe if I mix it with something! I know its good fer me. Maybe a quick shot and then down something right after….You would think someone who loves pickle juice would like it, but the smell and taste didn’t agree with me.

    1. Texasgirl,
      I smiled when you said you loved pickle juice. I do too, but I can top that, I love drinking the juice jalapeno peppers are packed in. Of course, I eat jalapenos like candy.

      1. I did a post on vinegar craving several years ago. It’s the one post I consistently get 200+ hits on every week. A LOT of people crave vinegar. I know I do. I’ll drink pickle juice, or sometimes straight vinegar. Usually dilute it, but sometimes I just need that straight shot. :)

  9. I had not ever thought of using molasses to mix it with. I love molasses and I need it to help with my iron issues will have to try it. Thanks Ken.

  10. Mr. drinks it everyday. Acid does not sit well with my stomach though.

  11. Are you all using the “raw”/”Unfiltered” Apple Cider Vinegar? I have tried it, and hubby too, but it seems to upset our stomachs. Anyone have this trouble and find a solution?

    1. My mom mixes hers with cranberry juice. You can’t taste the ACV

  12. Someone posted it is good for muscle cramps. Apparently plain old yellow mustard (as you put on your hot dog) is also good for muscle cramps. I don’t get muscle cramps, but have often read this recommendation. A tsp of yellow mustard a day. Also, if you wake up with a muscle cramp, a tsp of yellow mustard followed by a drink, apparently does wonders. Have read that runners sometimes keep packets of this (from fast food places) in pocket to use in case of cramps on runs.

      1. Old Chevy…maybe so, or maybe just part of it. Mustard itself has “natural” steroids, in particular which affect muscles. ———–“Lift weights, eat mustard, build muscles? —-New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that rats fed homobrassinolide, found in the mustard plant, produced an anabolic effect, and increased appetite and muscle mass, as well as the number and size of muscle fibers.” ——-

      2. Old Chevy…Also, mustard apparently has more effects…”
        Mustard For years coaches have given mustard to their athletes with leg cramps. Cramps are sometimes caused by a deficiency in acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that stimulates your muscles to work. … Pickle juice has acetic acid, which helps the body make more acetylcholine.”

        1. I had cramps and twitchy eyelids. Had awful cravings for mustard. I could eat it by tablespoons. Turned out I was magnesium deficient, and actually mustard is a nice source of magnesium.

  13. Have been using this for a while, it refreshes you, gives you a feeling of nirvana when you first drink it down, then it helps cleanse away impurities in your system. BPAR. KYPD.

  14. Foooo-EEEE! They left sorghum molasses out of their list of sweeteners. An omission like that just destroys my trust. Blackstrap molasses is a by-product wrought up while they get something else; sorghum molasses is the end product. I’ll be darned if’n I’ll pay good money fer sumpthin’ thet shudda been throwed away.

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