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Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Karenann (Houston, Tx, Usa) on 10/07/2011

[YEA]  I have only been taking ACV for a short time and my BP has already lowered. I dreaded having my BP taken in the Dr.s Office, because it was so high. Usually ran 150/98 or somewhere in that neighborhood.

I am on HBP meds and have been for years. Since taking two TBS in four OZ. of grape juice it is now 122/78. I found it taste really good in apple juice too. You can barely taste the ACV. I am using organic ACV. Thanks for this wonderful website.

Maggie from Houston, TX

Posted by Patti B (Jamison, Pa, Usa) on 08/04/2011

[NAY]  My husband tried the apple cider vinegar 2x daily to lower his blood pressure. After 12 days, his pressure was the same. It didn't work for him.

Replied by Ladyliza
Granada Hills, Ca, Usa
Were you using raw acv?

Posted by Dave (Dillsburg, Pennsylvania) on 08/02/2011

[YEA]  I've been taking Apple Cider Vinegar for a couple of months , my blood pressure use to be 130 /95 and with taking Apple Cider Vinegar my blood pressure is now 122/80, I was shocked how great my blood pressure is now by taking Apple Cider Vinegar thank you earth clinic for the knowledge you gave me on this awesome sight.

Posted by Atane (Charlotte, Nc) on 07/12/2011

[YEA]  I began taking ACV for blood pressure 1 month ago. I was on 3 pills with a normal day of 150/80. just came from the md my blood pressue is down to 130/80 in one month 2 Tbs w 8 oz water 2 x daily. I have been taken off all medication except one. This product is absolutely remakable. I dont go a day with out it... Be blessed

Posted by Captain Jack (Englewood, Florida) on 06/19/2011

[YEA]  Regarding ACV, I researched it and it is strange but in the bottle it is acid but when it goes into the body, it turns alkaline. I have an acid problem and HBP. After a week on ACV both problems have greatly improved.

Posted by Margaret (Knoxville, Tn) on 03/17/2011

[YEA]  I have been taking one to two tablespoons of organic ACV with one to two teaspoons of good local honey with a couple of ounces of warm water first thing in the morning for over two years. I take it for a number of reasons. I did not have true blood pressure issues prior to starting - usually running about 110/70 sometimes up to 120/70. However, after about six months on the ACV, it is consistently 100/60.

I actually started on the ACV for rheumatoid arthritis pain because I am not interested in prescription drugs. The ACV with honey and water controls the RA pain. You will have to keep taking the ACV to keep your blood pressure down. If you stop, it will begin to creep back up. However, the ACV has so many wonderful effects in the body, I can't see any reason to stop. I would say, however, that everyones should be sure to "swish and swallow" with clean water following the ACV because it can be really hard on the tooth enamel otherwise.

Posted by Bertha (Dallas, Tx) on 01/17/2011

[NAY]  Hi, I've been taking the organic ACV now for about a month. However, my blood pressure goes up and down. I'm taking Diovan, Bystolic & tekturma. Went to my dr today and it was 167/109. Now he's having a sonogram of my kidneys and referring me to a hypertenison specialist. I've changed my diet and riding my bike for 30-45 mins on some days and walking a mile on other days. What am I doing wrong here??? I'm really getting frustrated. I drink ACV 2-3 times a day without the honey. What else can I do???

Replied by Shary
Centennial, Co
High BP is a symptom that something is wrong in your body. Try Vitamin D3 supplements. Take 5,000 IU per day. Low Vitamin D affects almost every aspect of body functioning and can cause blood pressure to go up. Many doctors feel that a blood level of 30 ng/ml is sufficient, but newer research indicates that it should be above 50 ng/ml for optimal health. Make sure it's D3 (cholecalciferol), not D2.
Replied by Jennifer
Houston, Tx
Be sure to ask your Dr. about hyperaldosteronism as a reason for uncontrollable hypertension.

Posted by Debbie67 (Loachapoka, Alabama) on 11/29/2010

Does the Apple Cider Vinegar you use have to be organic or "mother" ? can Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar benefit you also? my blood pressure has been extremely high lately 200/100 and I have recently started taking vitamins as a means to eliminate some much medicine. And what benefit does it have with lemon juice, or should I use real lemons?

Replied by Phstmla
Edmond, Ok
I have 40 hrs to lower my bp 40 points both hi an low. Are there temp but immediate results if I take apple cider vinegar? How much do I take? Thanks

Posted by Hiroshi (Tokyo, Japan) on 10/02/2010

[YEA]  ACV has saved my life. It lowered my blood pressure significantly and helped reduce the amount of times I get sick annually. My coworker introduced it to me and I have drank it religiously ever since. Now, I only drink water, ACV, coffee and craft beer in that order. No more soda, juice from concentrate, sports drinks or any other sugary crap. I feel great now because of it, too! ACV 3Xs a day to keep the doctors away!!!

Posted by Scott H. (Pacific Grove, CA, USA) on 07/14/2010

[YEA]  I am a 36 year old male and I have been taking raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar for two years. I started taking it with distilled water and honey. But after a few of my ACV friends reported to me how they take it, I was converted.

Here is how I have been taking my daily dose of ACV.

  • I take a regular 2 ounce shotglass and I fill it to the brim with ACV.
  • I pour that into an empty 16 ounce drinking glass. Or use whatever size drinking glass you like.
  • Then, I take some apple juice and pour it in on top of the ACV and fill it to the brim.
  • Then I drink it over the course of about ten to thirty minutes.

I am 6'4" 300 pounds. I was 380 when I started drinking ACV and my blood pressure medication has been cut in half and still dropping.

For my wife and smaller friends I tell them a half of a shot glass. If I don't have apple juice, I use cranberry juice, grape juice or even coolaid. I do not use any acidic juices such as orange or lemonaid because it gives me heartburn when used with ACV. Hope this helps, I sure notice a big surge in power when I take this stuff this way, mentally and physically. Thanks for reading. Scott Harriger

Posted by John (Stellarton, Ns Canada) on 04/18/2010

What side effect comes with APPLE CIDER VINEGAR using on a daily basis? At present i am on medication for blood pressure, can i take Apple Cider Vinegar? How long does it take to see effects?


EC: Hi John,

Our apple cider vinegar side effects section is here:

Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama
After reading this information, I found a bottle of store-bought ACV. It is made by Whitehouse and says "natural" on the front. The bottom was full of a dark substance, and when I shook it, there were bits floating around in it, and it looked cloudy. Does this mean it's organic? It does not say "mother" or "organic" anywhere. Please let me know. Thanks a lot!
Replied by Deirdre
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
Hi Sazie,

I have seen the Whitehouse brand of apple cider vinegar sold at most grocery stores. It appears to be about the same as Heinz re quality. Quite inexpensive. If you try it, be sure to compare it with an organic brand that you'd find a health food store. Oh, and be careful to start slowly with acv as it can cause bad heartburn, depending on the brand you use.

Let us know how it works out!

Replied by Jenny
Ojai, Ca
It is best to use a organic apple cider vinegar to get all the natural benefits of the product. One made by conventional companies found in a regular grocery store will be filtered and processed and thus has all the good "stuff" removed from it. Go with one bought at a health food store. The reason it is cloudy and there is stuff at the bottom is because it has not been filtered or processed. Just make sure you shake the bottle first before using the vinegar. The results are amazing.
Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama, Usa
Thanks for your replies. Jenny, the thing is the Whitehouse IS cloudy and has stuff at the bottom. That's what I don't understand because that's the way you describe the organic!!
Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama, Usa
Hey, maybe the Whitehouse I had was old. I bought an organic "mother" acv, and it's just cloudy, no pieces in it, nothing but cloudy. Is this the way it should look?
Replied by Alfred
Bangkok, Thailand
Raw Organic ACV.. it depends what part of the barrel it comes out of.. Some of it is cloudy with nothing floating and others have a lot of crud in it. What the "Mother" is.. Is the crud that is left over after they make it. Someone gave it a fancy name, so the customer would not complain that there was dirt floating around in the ACV.. Its all good for you..


Replied by Sazie
Birmingham, Alabama, Usa
Thanks Alfred! I did notice, after it had been sitting awhile, that there was some residue on the bottom. It also said to refrigerate, and I haven't noticed that mentioned on here.
Replied by Elaine
Edmond, Ok
I was told an inexpensive way to make organic ACV is to buy a gallon of the super market distilled stuff and add a tablespoon of organic ACV and let it stand for two weeks. I did that and now the stuff floating in it is slimey. I know this sounds gross, but like a booger. Is that okay?
Replied by Barbara
Oxford, In
Regarding non organic ACV versus organic... I always assumed one of the main reasons organic is so important to use is the high levels of pesticides found in non organic apples, which I would expect translates to high levels in the vinegar as well.

Posted by Diane (Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia) on 04/06/2010

Please help! I am reading all your great comments about ACV but I live in Africa (Namibia) and cannot get it here. Is there anything that can substitute for ACV? I have just been diagnosed (170/100) and am really shocked because although I am 62, I have been vegetarian for 45 years, don't use salt, exercise and am not overweight. Of course, the doctor wants to put me on meds ASAP, but there must be other treatments. Has anyone tried meditation? Any advice will be so welcome! Thanks, Diane

Replied by Debbie
Okanogan, Wa
Hey Diane, I had high blood pressure, and I use garlic, it raises low pressure and lowers high, you do start to smell, but who cares, also I eat alot of flax seed and oil. Hey if you have apples you can make your own ACV there''s websites on how to, also braggs ACV you can order on line, thats the best, it still has the mother in it, lots of Vitamins and minerals, very very good for you, ttul Debbie
Replied by Geoff
Dubai, Uae
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) should be readily available in Windhoek or get your local health shop to bring some in from South Africa where you can buy it in the local supermarkets, it is made in Cape Town.
Replied by Mmc
Emigrant, Mt, Usa
Approaching the HBP problem from a seemingly different angle, if you seaerch "Buteyko" you will find the work of a Russian who concluded that the issue is caused by excess oxygen taken in by excessive and erratic breathing, which oxygen then becomes free radicals, highly destructive.

The body creates HBP to stop it from burning up from excess oxygen. Compare it to a deep sea diver who has to carefully monitor his intake of CO2 and oxygen. Similarly do we. there is much reading and practices one can do to heal HBP thru correct breathing- not "deep breathing".

I understand that ACV works because the hydrogen protons in it [ pH is best understood as "hydrogen potential power for the number of protons available for dealign with oxygen] .

So increase your hydrogen to counter oxygen, and/or reduce your breathing to where it ought to be, and the need for the body to manifest HBP and many other conditions will vanish.

Manage your breathing and it will drop 40 points quickly.

Replied by Teresa
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
But how does this relate to people who used breathing machines for sleep apnea, (that can cause HBP), they are in a constant pressure of oxygen when in therapy through the night?

Posted by Dee (Oakvile, Ontario, Canada) on 03/15/2010

I have been drinking 2tbsp ACV/3x per day for 9 days now. Notice some change in my evening BP but my morning reads are scary. This morning it was 156/102 (upon wakening) in the evenings (after 6) I'm averaging 135/85. I know that BP upon wakening is usually the highest (most heart attacks happen in the mornings probably linked to this fact). I really don't want to go on meds. Note: I've been using honey, maple syrup or splenda brown sugar to sweeten the mix.

Any suggestions as to why I'm not seeing results? Does it take some time (i.e. 2 or more weeks) in some cases? Discouraged when I read some people seeing immediate results. Has anyone else experienced a longer response time? Appreciate any feedback. Thanks

Replied by Lynda
Brisbane, Australia
Have you tried the usual natural methods eg reduce salt in the diet and exercise daily, 1hr walks a day, yoga, listen to relaxation tapes. Look at family history, if there is a link I would suggest a full cardiologist check up. The risk of Tia's is increased with High BP. Frequent TIA's increase the risk of Vascular Dementia. Good Luck Lynda

EC: Tia = Transient ischemic attack or a mini-stroke

Replied by Diane
Windhoek, Namibia
Hi, thanks for the great post. What protocol are you following? How much, how many times a day, straight or diluted in water?
Replied by Pat
Hunlock Creek, Pa
To Dee- my husband has sleep apnea, but his bp was always higher in the morning, you might want to check that out I hope this helps
Replied by Sabita
Port Of Spain, Trinidad
hi i just read your post, my mom had the same experience, it was however a growth on her adrenal gland, diagnosis through a blood test, these tests are not routine, however my doctor was researching possible causes of high bp and decided to do the test ,it was positive...hope this helps ...god bless
Replied by Grayfox88
Colorado Springs, Colorado
WARNING! Stop using splenda! I believe Splenda is chlorinated sugar. Go read about it. If you don't want chlorine in your salt, you sure don't want it in your sugar.

Posted by Dennis (Port St. Lucie, Fl) on 03/13/2010

[NAY]  Blog Readers

I must say that I am very disappointed in saying "No" to the ACV treatment for high blood pressure. The information was first given to me by my son, who has has seen a dramatic reduction of his HBP with the ACV with mother treatment. I have studied all the N/Yay's blogs on the subject hoping that it can prove to be a success for me.

This is my giving conditions. HBP 140/90; before meds of 10mg amlodipine, 10 mg Bystolic. (note the current meds reduces HBP (130/80))

I started with the regular store bought vinegar which did no show any results. I then consulted with my son and began usint the ACV mother. It appeared that within the first two weeks of use after re-cleansing or detoxing from my meds that I was feeling fine. Thus my confidence level was rising. I continued using the ACV and then bought larger 32fl oz bottle.

I have learned over time experimenting with different meds, and having done two colonoscopies to determine my gastroencyphlytic(esophageal) spasms to modify and manage my food intake. I say this to give background knowledge on the significance of proper diet and my awareness of food intake, which aids any ailments of the body.
Knowing this I was able to regulate my diet very well with the ACV; however when I bought the second 32fl oz with mother I began experiencing headaches, which is also a symptom of rising blood pressure. The headaches had started to increase at higher frequencies and lasting much longer. It was becoming unbearable, I took my BP with my home equipment and my HBP 150/94. I started to panic and was getting anxiety attacks. Luckily my wife always store the whole cranberries in the freezer to boil and make cranberry tea to minimize and relax the anxiety attacks. I immediately started to retake my meds.

It appeared that the headaches were not going away so I had an emergency visit with my family care physician. MY blood pressure was high HBP 152/96.

I got back on my meds and in two months have a follow up visit.

Although the ACV did not work for me I, would suggest that the readers of this blog follow up and monitor their condition should they notice a change.

Secondly I hope my message will encourage new readers that would like to try ACV to take good notes, understand their symptoms of HBP realizing that ACV may not bring the positive results they are searching for.


Replied by Naturalone
Stillwater, Mn, Usa
Hi Dennis, I just wanted to comment on your post. You mentioned that at first, the ACV appeared to be helping, but then quickly took a turn for the worse. When you mentioned esophageal reflux and anxiety, I immediately thought Magnesium. In addition to the hypertension, both of these conditions can be directly related to low Mg. levels. Not to mention that your medications also contribute to Mg. wasting.

I'm not suggesting that you ditch your meds, but I would highly recommend that you consider adding Mg. into your daily routine.

With blessings of health & happpiness,

Posted by Marie (Mountain View, Ca) on 01/24/2010

[YEA]  Yesterday a friend of mine brought her bp kit to work -i took the test and hello...177/98~! last night started on the acv and took it three times today. went out and bought a bp kit and it is 133/83!!! YES!!!! Nobody can tell me any different - ACV WORKS!

Replied by Stephen
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
First I would like to say that I strongly believe in ACV as a home remedy for many ailments/ conditions including high blood pressure.

I am even building a website about it and am currently working on a page dealing with high blood pressure.

What I would like to add to this string is that 1 or 2 tests will not confirm or deny that it is working. Your BP will change up or down many times during the day. It is not a constant.

Apple Cider Vinegar will help high blood pressure but you need to take it daily for at least 3 weeks. Results over several tests should be done before you can confidently say that it has helped.

Also, and this may be the cause of many "nay" votes, vinegar WILL NOT AFFECT high blood pressure caused by heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or other complex diseases.

Most importantly, if you are currently on prescribed medication, do not stop or reduce your medication because you decide to try vinegar. See your doctor first. (S)he may decide to reduce your medication while you are taking ACV but that is a medical call and not one to be made without the proper knowledge.

Replied by Sunshine
Buffalo, Ny, Usa
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Can somebody help me? I have read many posts, blogs, articles about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. I have been taking braggs apple cider vinegar diluted in water, but have stopped because each time I ingest apple cider vinegar (any vinegar, actually), my pulse increases (can literally hear my heart in my ear, if I lie on the left side), I have some sort of digestive problem: difficult swallowing/burning sensation near stomach. My diet has not changed at all.

Are there people (or me) who have some sort of negative reaction to vinegar? Should I take with fatty food/food? (I have gone back and forth with food, same results). I seem to also have this problem with certain foods; cabbage (palpitations/swallowing difficulty-lesser degree), broccoli, caffeine (of course), and a few others.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Usa
Sunshine, it appears your gallbladder is very constipated w/ stones, and/or you have a liver prob. Do a 3 day gallbladder cleanse and you should get your digestion back AND feel much better afterwards. And if you've never done a colon cleanse, it is recommended to follow the gall cleanse w/ a colon cleanse as they each need the health of other.

My 2 cents, and good luck. Post your results.

Replied by Sherri
Houston, Tx
I also have a reaction to ACV. After a few days, I start to burn. It seems that it's my urine. I thought I was getting a yeast infection, but it wasn't. It always starts to burn when I take it. I'm going to try it again, but with a smaller amount and work up.
Replied by Sherri
Fargo, Nd
Make sure you are using apple cider vinegar with the mother - you can't use the other processed ones - they are not the same thing.
Replied by Joe
Sarasota, Florida
I am new to this site and am thankful that I found it. This is my second day of using av and will give it much hope for my hbp and cholesterol. I must tell everyone how thankful I am to have found this site. My hopes are that our world leaders see how easy it is to share with one another, like you all are, instead of taking for selfish gain.
Replied by Franko
Perth, Australia
High Blood Pressure/Aloe Vera- My blood pressure is around 150/100 for too many rears already. And I am refusing to take medications.

After reading some advice on your site, regarding the combination of Aloe Vera, lemon, honey helping to reduce high blood pressure, I used it as recommended for one month. (Every morning one or two sticks of Aloe, a hole lemon, honey on an empty stomach, I did add one banana every time). It made no diffrence in my blood pressure at all. It did no harm at all either. Franko