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applesApple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a folk remedy to treat everything from warts and the common cold to acid reflux and arthritis. There has been renewed interest in this mysterious amber liquid and it seems that every time I turn around a friend is talking about it, or yet another Dr. Axe article about ACV shows up in my Facebook feed. I use it regularly and sometimes wonder if the scientific findings show that it’s actually making a difference, or if I’m just benefiting from the placebo effect. What exactly is ACV and which claims hold up under scrutiny?

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Anne Slater 4First, you should know that I am not what one would call a “weekend warrior.” It’s true that I have not been in my true peak physical condition since my days participating in high school sports. That said, I stay pretty active playing team sports in adult rec leagues; I play volleyball every chance I can get, I am always willing to jump into a pick-up game of ultimate Frisbee, or join a game of Spikeball at the beach.  I’m in what I call “volleyball shape.” I rarely run voluntarily. When I was asked to sub for a soccer league by a coworker, I was not trying to relive the glory days; I thought, here’s an opportunity to get some cardio and have fun at the same time.

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