Have You Tried the “Mother” Elixir?

So, apparently I have high cholesterol.

Most likely this is due to my sweet tooth. I’m trying to address this by eating fewer sweets–which, to be clear, I don’t think I eat an absurd amount of; usually it’s a small treat after lunch, a few pieces of dark chocolate in the afternoon, and ice cream after dinner–and I’m having some success.

But a friend mentioned an additional possibility. Her mother was diagnoses with a fatty liver a few years ago, and the doctor advised her to start consuming a tablespoon of a specific kind of apple cider vinegar (see photo) once a day.

She returned to the doctor 6 months later, and her cholesterol was way down. Maybe it was the placebo effect, but I’m totally fine with the placebo effect. If it works, it works.

So I gave it a try. And I instantly realized that apple cider vinegar tastes awful. 

Fortunately, I happened to pass by a certain aisle in the grocery store, and I realized there might be a solution. I bought a jug of low-sodium V8, mixed in a tablespoon of the “mother”…and viola, it tastes great! And I’m pretty sure it’s healthy, even if the vinegar isn’t doing anything.

I don’t know if this will have a positive impact, but I figure I’ll go through a bottle of the apple cider vinegar via daily lunch doses of V8, and then I’ll get a blood test to see what happens.

Have you ever tried a homespun remedy like this? What’s your prediction?