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Apple Cider Vinegar  
325 User Reviews | 127 YEA | 18 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS | 7 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 2 SIDE EFFECTS    Treatment

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

Posted by Robert (North Richland Hills, Texas, Usa) on 01/21/2010

[YEA]  Just yesterday (1/19/10) I discovered your site. I have been experiencing high blood pressure in recent weeks. I read about the organic apple cider vinegar with mother being able to control HBP. I have some that was in the cabinet for salad dressing use. I took 2 TBSP at about 3 PM and by 4 PM I checked my pressure and it was 123/71!!! I was elated. I checked again after dinner and it was 121/73. I took 2 more TBSP just before bedtime and slept better than I have in months. When I woke I took the BP and it was 119/70!! I'm a true believer and am on the ACV program for good. BP has been in the 120s/70s all day today too. Thank You Earth Clinic for all the valuable info.

Replied by Teresa
Galax, Va
Please tell me what "mother" stand for in your post. I saw it in another post from someone else also. I am confused on that part : ) Thanks! I sure hope this works for m : )

EC: Best description about the "mother" is from the Bragg web site:

"Natural ACV should be rich, brownish color and if held to the light you might see a tiny formation of "cobweb-like" substances that we call the "mother." Usually some "mother" will show in the bottom of the ACV bottle the more it ages. It never needs refrigeration. You can also save some "mother" and transfer it to work in other natural vinegars. When you smell natural ACV, there's a pungent odor and sometimes it's so ripened it puckers your mouth and smarts your eyes.

Replied by Teresa
Galax, Va
[YEA]   Hi! Thanks for your responses to my question, I went to a Whole Foods market yesterday and bought a bottle of ACV with Mothers and WOW! That is a pungent smell, bout knocked me on the ground!!! lol

I took 1 TB straight and chased it with OJ and then water. Boy that stuff is STRONG. I took my BP 2 hours later and was soooo happy, it was 123/75, I was elated! It is usually in the 140/85 range. I eat very healthy and workout every week so I have been so bumfuzzled as to why it stays in the 140 range. Anyway I am so thankful I found this website!!! Thanks!!

Replied by Dolly J
Chicago, Il
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I am a 67 years old female. I am on three bp medication a day. I take my blood pressure everyday and it averages between 127-145/77-82. I consider this high and try to monitor by taking Apple Cider Vinegar with honey.

It does help to lower it. When you are adding baking soda to it, I would say be careful. I have acid reflux and have to be careful about the intake of acidity. Never go off or change your medication because you feel better. There could be other underlining issues.

If you are on blood pressure medications, follow your doctor instructions and don't assume that ACV will do the trick. Be careful with self diagnosis.

Posted by Barry (Shawnigan Lake Bc, Canada) on 01/08/2010

[YEA]  Dear Earth Clinic, thank you so much for posting so many positive comments regarding Apple Cider Vinegar! I recently had my first bout with Gout, and ACV scored an impressive knockout! I had been taking a diuretic for high blood pressure and in my initial research I learned that my medication could be contributing to my gout. It was new years eve and I couldn't get out to see my doctor until the following monday (4 days later) I found your website and learned about ACV. I knew we had some as my wife had asked me to purchase some for home made salad dressings. It wasn't organic with "mother" but rather a typical commercial brand "pure" ACV. Beggars can't be choosers and with nothing to lose, I decided to give it a try. I followed the instructions on your website and began to take 2 tbsp with water, tomato juice, etc. Within 12 hours the swelling crested and within 36 hours I was about 80% better. I was completely cured within 5 days. My Doctor confirmed that my medication could contribute to gout and was very impressed with ACV as a remedy. I decided to read up a little more about the benefits of ACV for my high blood pressure. Well, it's been 9 days now and with my doctors blessing, I've weaned myself off my medication. I've purchased an organic brand with the "mother" (available at most specialty grocery and health food stores) and I'm happy to report that my blood pressure is steady in the 122/80 range and is lower now that when I was on the medication (135/88). Thanks again! Like the oldtimers, I've started to take it straight up (with an apple juice chaser) I have more energy and am continuing my daily routine of 1/2 shot glass 2-3 times a day as I attempt to shed 40 lbs over the next 6 months. It's the miracle I've been looking for and I'm telling the world! Cheers!

Replied by Barry
Shawnigan Lake Bc, Canada
Hello Phoenix, I've been using the organic ACV with mother for the last week now. Prior to that I was using store brand pure apple cider vinegar, and not distilled pure vinegar. My first 2 gout treatments were 2tbsp store brand acv, 1 tbsp honey and 1 cup warm water. Then I moved on to canned vegetable cocktail (I referred to this as tomato juice) 8oz with 2 tbsp heinz acv. I used this combination for approx 4 treatments. Feeling much better and with improved mobility, I went out on Jan 2 and purchased organic acv with mother. At this point I moved onto approx 1/2 shot glass (2 tbsp) acv with 2 oz apple juice chaser and have continued this treatment 2-3 times daily for maintaining my newly lower BP. I am approx 40 lbs overweight with most of the weight around my belly. I find the acv helps with my digestion and curbs my appetite. I'm excited about this new discovery and all the side benefits. I don't have sweet cravings, I've just been a little undisciplined about serving sizes and the weight has slowly built up over the last 10-15 years. My wife is a gourmet cook and she's vowed to cut back on the salt in preparing our meals and I've vowed to reduce my portions and eliminate fast food, soda and prepared desserts.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Replied by Amc
From what I have read, some of the bp meds have beta blockers in it, meaning it blocks calcium. Calcium blocks magnesium. The Apple Cider Vinegar works with magnesium in your body, and doesn't work so good without the magnesium. Also I read something about the need for potassium in your body, and if you don't have it or it's low, your bp starts to go up. So for the people who the Apple Cider Vinegar did work but not anymore or never worked, I would say look into your amounts of magnesium and your amounts of potassium your body is getting. Cut out salty foods and get your cholesterol checked as it can also be a contributing factor. My hubbys bp was 187/126 then I started my research. It's been a day with bp meds. acv, magnesium, and bananas. It is down to 146/104. Love my hubby and I want him around for a long time. Hope this helps others.

Posted by Ken (Jerusalem, Israel) on 12/30/2009

[NAY]  I had been borderline high B.P. (145/85)for a number of years. Recently my B.P. really shot up (170/95) -could be because I haven't been feeling well for the last few weeks. Based on what I read on this website, 10 days ago, I started taking 2tbs of ACV 3 times a day. I've been taking organic, unpasteurized, naturally filtered ACV (it doesn't say "with mother" on the bottle but its got that cloudy look with the stuff floating in it). I've been taking it with 8oz of lemonade because I can't stand the taste.(Is it OK to mix ACV with lemonade?) Unfortunately, I haven't seen any improvement. I was wondering if I should give up or give it more time. Other people seem to get immediate results. I was also wondering if it's ok to take it with lemonade. Lastly, I want to know if it makes a difference if you take the ACV after you eat or is it better to take b4 a meal/on an empty stomach. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Dee
Oakvile, Ontario, Canada
[NAY]   Did you continue with the acv? Has your bp come down and how did you do it? I'm desperate for a way to reduce my bp naturally. Have been taking 2tbsp 3x/day for one week now with no result. Does it take time in some cases?
Replied by Rose
Psl, Fl
[NAY]   I too like randso(at)hotmail(dot)com have not had any good results with ACV and BS. I just started leaving the BS out because I felt the sodium was making it worse. So far I have taken 1 1/2gal of ACV & BS over approx 6 mos 1-2TBS with 1/2 tsp BS... To my dismay BP 157/91 I was taking this home remedy for fibroids, but I also knew I had HBP. To my understanding there can be other deficiencies that cause this. I also have hyperthyroidism (not on meds) The HR was working great for the cysts/fibroid pain. Now I'm not sure what to do because of HB.

Posted by Matte (Kalamazoo, Mi) on 12/29/2009

I have recently started drinking the organic apple cider vinegar w/mother and have started to see results within a few weeks (numbers changing from 140/104 to 134/97) better, but not as good as others have seen (I am a vegetarian who eats pretty healthy and exercise regularly). My question is as to whether or not the ACV supplements works as well as the liquid, as I really do not enjoy the taste of the ACV, even with organic honey and juices for flavor. Is one better than the other or would a combination be best (alternating between the liquid and the supplements)?

Posted by Ben (Athens, Oh) on 12/20/2009

[YEA]  Hi Everyone,

I am 24 and was diagnosed with high blood pressure about a year ago. I haven't changed my diet but I did try meditation and breathing techniques which helped a little. My blood pressure was generally 135-155/90-70 with readings averaging to 145/85. I just drank 2 Tbs. of organic apple cider vinegar with 5% acidity straight. When I woke up this morning my blood pressure was 140/80, but 40 minutes after drinking the vinegar it was 116/70. I will have to check into the effects of ingesting so much acid if I am to do this regularly. I will also start diluting the vinegar so that it doesn't wear away at tooth enamel.

Posted by Tony (Monroe, Nj) on 11/15/2009

[NAY]  I read everyone's feedback on how ACV lowered their blood pressure and was so impressed I went out and bought 2 bottles. Took 2 tsp 3 times a day for 3 weeks and it did absolutely nothing to lower my blood pressure. My pressure is still approximately 150/95. I am so disappointed. I truely thought after reading everyone's comments that I finally found a natural remedy that would work. I would love to hear from others that also experinced the same as me and if there are any other natural remedies. Was it perhaps something I did wrong? Should I have given ACV more time to work?

Replied by Benjamin
Newberg, Or
The reason it didn't work is probably easily explainable. Did you buy Heinz "Distilled" Apple Cider Vinegar? If so, you bought the wrong product. The key to ACV working is a raw, undistilled product which contains a "mother". That is, a slurry of weird looking goo in the bottom of the bottle. It is a collection of long chain amino acids and other stuff which has all the healing effect. Think of it as bio-drugs.
Replied by Xddy4u
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
You can't take apple cider vinegar and expect it to do miracles. Stop eating all that high sodium foods, then take your ACV, and you will see a difference. You want something that will allow you to "pig out" on all foods, and lower your blood pressure, all at the same time, ACV is not for that.

Posted by Ned (Atlanta, Ga) on 10/22/2009

[YEA]  I read your comments this morning and decided to try ACV out. I have had HBP since my mid teens. Been on medications for 15 years now. My last medication wasn't working. I have been averaging 155/108. I took ACV today all three times and checked it this evening, 120/82. I am amazed! Talk about impressive results! Thank you all for your helpful posts!

Replied by Grace
Vancouver, Canada
Seeing so many positive response for ACV dealing with high blood pressure, I am telling my husband that he should really give it a try. We do have a question regarding when to take the 2T of ACV, 3x/day, is it before or after meal? Or does it matters at all? Can anyone doing the ACV kindly reply. Thanks!
Replied by Megan
Warner Robins, Ga
In response to Grace from Vancouver. On a routine basis you would use 2 teaspoons full up to 3 times a day. The 2 tablespoons would come in say if you were sick with the flu or trying to fight off something. As with any detox start out with low amounts and work up from there. Some people report taking it before a meal to aid in digestion/weight loss. I have read many times it is recommended in a 8oz glass of water that you sip through a straw throughout the day. I usually take 2 teaspoons in water and the last few days have started adding BSM in warm water with ACV once in the morning. Three weeks and I am starting to feel like a new woman! I have also had success with regular store brand ACV. Hope this helps.
Replied by Teresa
Galax, Va
Please tell me what "bsm" stands for : )

EC: Blackstrap Molasses

Posted by Lori (Laurel, Ms) on 10/22/2009

[YEA]  My blood pressure had gotten to be in the high 140/100 ...give or take a few fluctating points daily. I read your site because I didnt want to be put on medication. I wanted to try an alternative route to lower my blood pressure. I tried apple cider vinegar (regular type from grocery) and no change. I purchased a natural acv with the mother and my blood pressure was lower within days of using this. I drink 2tsp in a glass of water about 3x per day. It has also curbed my appetite for sweets and other junk foods. I have lost about 20 pounds in less than 3 months doing this. I have told everyone about the apple cider vinegar and encourage you to try it if you have high blood pressure. It tastes bad the first time or two but after you get used to the taste i actually like it.

Posted by Lourdes (Covina, California) on 09/26/2009

[YEA]  I started taking an 8oz cup of hot water with 1 tbs of acv before breakfast for three days and my blood pressure went down from 138/89 to 111/66, that is amazing, I have been taking medicine for the last 8 years and never experienced any thing like that, except with my green juice that I drink every day; consisting of spinach, celery,cucumber and banana. I started drinking this because I heard it was good to lose weight but I never though it was good for high blood pressure. I just happened to be inquiring about the benefits of ACV when I found you site and I think is fantastic. Thanks very much for all the information. Sincerely, Lourdes

Posted by Pretzle (Greenville, Sc) on 09/23/2009

[YEA]  I'm 39 a smoker and recently discovered that my blood pressure was 166/105. I had taken a reading a couple months ago and it was 143/95. I started taking ACV with Mother in it just last Thursday. By Saturday I was getting readings back around 140/90. By Monday I had readings of 125/83 and 130/84. I was taking it at different times throughout the day with a cuff a friend loaned me. I'm really glad I found this site as I was able to pass a physical I had to take in order to renew my license. I'm of course continuing to take ACV at 2 tbs 3x a day. I'm not exactly sure why it works but have heard that ACV was good for detoxifying your body anyway so I figure it can't hurt.

Replied by Hpagan
Hoboken, New Jersey
I keep reading all the benefits regarding ACV with mother? Which ACV is best? And what is Mother? I keep reading drink ACV with Mother in it??? Please help?
Replied by Karin
Escondido, Ca
the brand of the acv you want you will find at whole food stores. We cannot post the actual name but the name has a mother in it.
Replied by Babs
Altoona, Pa
"the mother" is the natural slimy stuff in the vinegar that gets filtered out in most apple cider vinegar sold in grocery stores. What you want is organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar as it has most of the natural properties. You can find it in health food stores and sometimes the organic sections of grocery stores. It is much more cloudy than the filtered kind, and there is stuff floating in it when you shake it up.

Posted by Rin (London, Uk) on 08/12/2009

[YEA]  ACV and BP: Started taking ACV about 9 months ago. I had my BP checked yesterday and Im thrilled that my BP has gone down from 140/82 to 122/64 since it was last checked just prior to starting ACV. Thank you Earth Clinic

Posted by Suzi (Missoula, Montana) on 08/08/2009

[YEA]  Good Morning, I posted awhile back about ACV and the awesome tutoring school year I had with elementary kids and NO COLDS, RUNNY NOSE, SORE THROAT, COUGH for me! Well now I must spread the word about what it has done to my blood pressure. Had a mandatory limited physical last week and I gritted my teeth as the cuff went around my arm but lo and behold my BP was down 20 points!! I told the doc I was on ACV for over a year and and she said she had heard about it's benefits and even read a book about it. to say I am a very happy camper!

Posted by Susan (Santa Clarita, CA) on 07/22/2009

[YEA]  A few months ago I went to the doctor for my annual physical. I was shocked to find out my blood pressure was 146/90. I am not overweight and eat a vegetarian diet. My doctor immediately wanted me to start me taking BP medication, which I refused to do. I found this site and started on the organic ACV; 2 tbs in water 3x day. By the next day my bp was 120/80. I went back for a follow up visit to my doctor a few months later and my BP was still 120/80. When I told the doctor why it was normal, she totally dismissed the idea, and said it "must have been some diet change", which it wasn't. I don't really care what she or the medical establishment think, I know it works. I now only take 2 tbs in water once a day and been able to maintain a normal BP. Thank you Earth Clinic!

Replied by Rose
Psl, Fl
Forgot to say one thing whenever my BP is high my right eye is blood-shot very bad. The Dr first said it was high cholesterol causing it when it didn't go away he said it was my BP and gave me BP meds... I have tried every natural remedy I can find and still have the problem. Really thought alkalizing my system would fix all the problems. Only thing I can say is I lost a lot of weight. No health insurance... Just want to be well.