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Apple Cider Vinegar   1  1   

Posted by Jae (Baltimore, Md) on 10/30/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I am so glad I found this website. I had read about the benefits of acv and used it about a yr ago but not consistently. I have been taking it for about 1 a wk and a half and I feel like it is working. My question is what are some of the side effects? I have had some loose stool, wierd stomach sensations, feeling mucous in my throat, headaches. Is this just a result of detoxing. I have been taking it 3x a day and my stomach is flatter. Thanks

Posted by Sharan (Banglaore, Karnataka, India) on 10/27/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Thanks for all the advice and recommendation on ACV. It is really useful.

Tried for the first time yesterday - 250 ml water 2 table spoon of ACV , Purified American Garden Brand.

Liked the taste , but 3 - 4 hrs later for all most 24 hrs ( even now ) feeling slight head ache and feeling little tired . Is that because of less bicarbonates in my body ? and ACV is producing this side effects ?

If neutralised with Baking soda, will there be any reduction in the efficacy of ACV for weight loss .

Pl. let me know


Posted by Annie (Los Angeles, Ca) on 10/22/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I drank apple cider vinegar straight (about a shot's glass worth), chased with water once a day. Pretty soon thereafter, my monthly cycle began getting heavier. I did not make the connection at first. Then eventually I noticed that my hair was shedding more than usual, and I even developed a nickel-sized bald spot near the front of my hairline. Also, my energy level was really getting low. I'm a runner, and I found that I could barely run three miles when in the past I could easily run 8 - 13 miles!!

At this point I was really trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I realized that the only thing I was doing differently was drinking the ACV. Well, I stopped drinking the ACV and my monthly cycle went back to normal flow. I put two and two together and realized that the ACV was causing me to bleed so much that I was becoming anemic with low iron, which in turn caused the fatigue and hair loss.

Anyway, I stopped the ACV and started taking some iron pills, and now I am totally back to my strong, normal self, and my hair has grown back.

ACV may help many people, but it definitely did not help me at all.

Replied by Healthylady
Washington, Dc
I think the reason for this side-effect was not diluting the ACV in water. Drinking ACV straight definitely will cause more harm than good.

However, im glad to hear you're doing better and have regrown your hair. :-)

Replied by Loretta
Columbia, Tennessee
Have you ever cleaned a glass coffee pot with straight ACV? It takes off the deposits in just seconds. It's Acetic acid dilute to 5%, and not recommended to drink straight. Also, I found that the larger, plastic container of a well-known brand did not contain apples, but grains, so make sure you are getting the real thing. Try soaking your feet in a container of warm-hot water with a cup of ACV for 15-20 minutes, using a brush to remove dead skin. Amazing!!!And you may have absorbed some of the vinegar through your skin. In the winter I like to add 1 TBSP of ACV in a cup of hot water and honey. Tastes like a spicy hot apple cider.
Replied by Ricki
Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Loretta from Columbia, Tennessee - please check your sources before commenting on "well-known brand did not contain apples, but grains".

Read this: "A vinegars "grain" is a number used to specify its acetic content. Grain is 10 times the percent of acetic acid present. For example, all ..... bottled vinegars are at least 50 grains, which means they contain at least 5 percent acetic acid and are called 5 percent vinegars. It's important that vinegars are 5 percent, because this amount of acetic acid is necessary for safe and efficient food preservation and household use.

Posted by Sdgaud95 (New Bedford, Ma) on 10/12/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello, I am 33 yr old female and have been suffering from Acid reflux for about three years now. Have been on omperazole, nexium and am currently on protonix. Everyone of these have helped for a couple of months then its back to the same tightness in throat constant nausea, upset stomach and regertation. My GI tells me I have a weakened valve in my esophagus.. I tried 2 tsps.of ACV with 8 ounces of water right before my meals three times a day for only four days and i did not feel any difference accept very jittery and sleepy and don't know if its because i'm anemic I weight about 105 lb. and am 5feet tall. I am constantly taking 40mg protonix in the evening but I wake up nauseated. Can I still stay on protonix and do the acv or do I have to quit the protonix and should I also limit the acv I take so I won't feel so jittery. also, how long does it take to see a differnce in the acid reflux if i continue to do the acv....please help desperate....

Replied by Rhonda
Phoenix, Az
A friend of mine had a weakened valve and had surgery for it. She has been symptom free ever since. Sometimes I wish that where my problem so I could just fix it and be done with this constant discomfort in my throat.

Posted by Fgbimom (Arcadia, Florida) on 09/29/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I just started using 1 tsp. of ACV with 1tsp. of honey mixed in with just a little water. I take this three times daily. After taking this for a day and a half, I have a severe ulcer in my mouth, which causes my ear to hurt and my jaw to swell. And my lips have broken out with cold sores. Can you tell me if this is because I am taking this, and what might be happening? Could it be that my body is trying to detox, or is it just too much acid for my system?? Any knowledgeable help would be appreciated.

Replied by Bunny
Santa Ana, Ca
It could be detox, or you might just be allergic to it. I don't know why you are taking it, but I'd back off of it and try something else. A good green powder will do wonders. Go to a healthfood store and ask the staff for a recommendation. They are expensive, but the good ones are worth their weight in gold.

Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 09/08/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Please could someone answer me this question? I have been having a terrible time with my skin itching and breaking out since taking ACV. Could I be allergic to it? What is the chance of this? I have a small scratch on my wrist and put diluted ACV on it and it started to itch and burn. I want to take this so bad but wonder if it could be causing all my skin problems. I need help ASAP . Thank you so very much

Replied by Marilyn
Oswego, Il
Please someone help me with this. Today I am breaking out more with the itchy spots. Dr. said its exzema or hives. I dont think it is. My skin is also very dry and flaky. I need answers please or suggestions. ted, comments from you would be so appreciated
Replied by Hope
Sacramento, Ca
Are you blood type A? If so, apple cider vinegar is not for you and should be avoided.
Replied by Crystal
Salyersville, Ky
I have been using ACV for maybe a week now and my blood type is A ..What is the reasoning behind someone with type A should not use ACV? Thanks
Replied by Suzi
Missoula, Montana
Hope, I AM type A blood, and ACV has only produced miracles in my life (see my previous posts and testimonials)..I'm sure you mean well, but I'm living healthy proof that blood type be darned, it works amazingly for myself and my son who is also blood type A. Just wanted the EC community to recognize another opinion. Thanks
Replied by Marilyn
Oswego, Il
Why cant type A blood type take acv??????
Replied by Paulo
Campinas, Brazil
I second that. I'm also type "A" and ACV is AMAZING. Been drinking it for 2 years now with excellent results (great immunity, great skin, less sweating and odor, good digestion, etc).

Give it a try (3 weeks at least) and have your own opinion. We are all different, it may or may not work.

Replied by Hope
Sacramento, Ca
I totally respect what you are saying and indeed, the blood type diet is not perfect. Some things apply to some people. I am an A and took ACV religiously for 4 weeks to lower my blood pressure and it did nothing but upset my stomach and my blood pressure remained the same. I then realized according to Dr D'Adamo, that vinegar is an avoid food for type A's.

I REALLY do wish I could take ACV and keep my body happy, but it is not possible in my case.

Thank you for your thoughts....

Replied by Kathy
Dubois, Pa
I personally think the whole "eating for blood type" thing is nonsense. I am type A, too, and if I ate the way they tell types A's to eat, I'd be a diabetic hypothyroid with heart failure and gas.

I eat some meat, lots of eggs, yogurt, cheese, some fish, but lots of nuts and seeds, and lots of veggies (but few legumes) plus a little fruit (including dried fruit). I use lots of raw homemade (grass-fed, from the farm) butter, plus some olive oil. I avoid sugar, starches (all flour products of any kind), coffee and tea, and I supplement with a complete round of supplements to make up for the nutritional deficiencies of our food supply (even organic food). And I eat alot of fermented foods because fermentation seems to enhance food's nuritional profile. As far as I can tell, my saliva has a pH of around 7.5 - 8.0. My diet seems to keep me slim, energetic and youthful looking. Long story short, I listen to my body and eat what makes me feel healthy and energetic and avoid anything that drains me of energy, no matter how healthy it makes someone else feel, or what any ideologies have to say about it. It really is a matter of biochemical individuality and getting to know yourself.

p.s. I have started to make my own cheese from raw milk.

Replied by Sara
The Beach, Canada
i really dont understand the blood type diet. my neighbor is running around telling everyone what they should and should not eat according to their blood type. but animals have blood types too and i dont see too many vegetarian or raw food animals out there. i think they would be surprised to learn they have been eating wrong all this time...
Replied by Pahlee
Phila., Pa
I read on this site that hydrogen peroxide soaked cottenballs and applied to the affected areas of the facial areas once or twice a day will eliminate the problem that you have, i believe that it said that you would see a difference over night, good luck in your endeavors

Posted by Granny Laura (Waco, Tx) on 08/30/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  My son takes apple cider vinegar for his digestion, my daughter will sometimes drink pickle juice for her GERD. So, I thought I would try some ACV myself. I swallowed about a tablespoon and chased it w/half a glass of water. Surprise!! My stomach immediaterly started burning below the ribs on the right side, a place bigger than a quarter.

I had been sick and passed out in the floor a couple of nights before. I'd had a huge pain that radiated to most of my body from my stomach or heart area. My nitro pill did nothing so it wasn't my heart. I would have called an ambulance but I couldn't get to a phone. When I got better I just went to bed. The doc did tests for h pylori and c difficile the next day, no results yet. But, I think I now have my own diagnosis after the ACV and looking up the kind of pain I had. It was a perforated ulcer.

Now, I said all that to say this: If you feel anything in your stomach when you take the ACV, see a doctor ASAP!!! I had been having that pain only not as bad (dull ache)and just ignored it.

I did a lookup on VCO for ulcers and am now taking that. I had some I had bought for cooking, But, the best use for it I had found was washing myself in the shower w/exfoliating gloves and putting VCO on head to toe after I turn the water off in the shower. Then I dry off w/an old towel. WOW! My skin looks and feels GREAT!

Replied by Loretta
Columbia, Tennessee
I have been taking ACV on and off for 30 years. I find that when I take it I am more alert, my appetite for sugar slows and I can loose weight easier. I have an under active thyroid, and have type "A" blood. Try soaking your feet in it. Amazing how much dead skin comes off. I have a book, The Amazing effects of ACV, and in it suggests that you try detoxing by drinking diluted ACV and water for 48 hours. Catch your urine in a clear container. See how many poisons the ACV washes from your system. I've never been able to do that. You can also make a vinegrette for your salad or soak cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes in ACV, you are still getting the benefits.

Posted by Karunadiva (San Rafael, Cailfornia, United States) on 08/22/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi, I tried the apple cider vinegar remedy because I ready so many posts that it helped with acid reflux. First I took 1 tablespoon with 16 ounces of water, I woke up in the night with right side kidney pain, the second time I took 1 tablespoon with 8 ounces of water and had both side kidney pain. So I get it that it was too strong, but I am afraid to try again because I am worried I have harmed my kidneys. So my questions are: Has anyone had kidney pain with ACV? Do you think it could have harmed my kidneys? Do you think by simply dillutting it more, it will help? Why DOES this hurt my kidneys? Basically any infor on ACV and its relationship to kidneys would be helpful. thanks

Replied by Josephine
Cos Cob, CT
What kind of apple cider vinegar were you drinking? Also, what exact points on your body were hurting? Lower back? Mid-thoracic?
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
To Karunadiva from San Rafael, Cailfornia:

First thing to come to mind when reading your post about kidney pain after taking ACV & wondering if you have damaged your kidneys is "probably not". Knowing that vinegar can dissolve calcifications, I wonder if you possibly had some early renal stone formations and the ACV started them moving. Vitamin C is also known to start kidney stones to moving and causing pain.

If your kidneys are still functioning normally and has the usual color, I wouldn't be concerned about it. A transient change in color can also occur with movement of stones.

Replied by Megan
Warner Robins, Ga
I believe I have experienced something similar to this. For the last two weeks I have taken 2T ACV 1-3x/day for health benefits. The last few months I had suspected a cyst on an ovary. Though I have not been to the dr. I have had enough, I know what it feels like and even for them to rupture. Last Thursday and for 2 days I was in pain. I knew that this one had ruptured. I continued taking the ACV. Was it the ACV? I don't know. But I do know that since I have started taking this stuff: My sinuses have cleared, I have lost a few pounds and overall I feel pretty darn good. Back pain requiring daily meds of IBP, muscle relaxer and pain reliever are pretty much gone and I only take a few pain reliers a week the last week or so. I think my skin is looking better and oh dog no longer has fleas. Depending on what your reaction is, it could just be your bodys way of removing toxins and cleaning up/repairing what is wrong. I too think it could possibly be kidney stones that are causing the pain. Get that one checked and and try the ACV at a later date or less dosage.

Posted by Alicia (Madrid, Spain) on 07/25/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello everyone and thanks Earth Clinic for your site.

I have started using ACV and all my joints hurt, knees the most, the ends of finger and toes and like the whole body aches, is anybody experiencing this delight, is it a side effect of detoxing or what can it be? I like the instant tonic of ACV with apple juice or pineapple juice but this feeling is scaring me a little. HELP HELP SOS!! Thank you people.

Posted by Kristin (Lincoln, Nebraska) on 07/24/2009

I see many side effects of ACV that mirror what happens to the body when it detoxes. Do an internet search on symptoms when detoxing. Aches, pains, breakouts, headaches, etc., are all symptoms of the body dumping toxins into the bloodstream to be expelled. Of course if any of these symptoms are life-threatening immediately seek medical attention. ACV sends the body into rapid cleansing/detoxing. I would recommend if the symptoms are too great/unbearable to cut back on the amount of ACV being taken. I've been drinking around 2 TBSP of ACV mixed in with home-brewed kombucha twice a day for around two months, and I'm still breaking out, but every day it's a little better. I just know it's from my body detoxing a lot of built-up garbage. I only get nauseous when taking my ACV/Kombucha blend if I don't have any food in my stomach.

Posted by Daniela (Chestnut Ridge, New York) on 07/21/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi everyone :)
I would like ask you for help. Does anyone of you had hard time at the bathroom after drinking acv with soda (by receipt) it is just second day what i am using it but after today's second drink i had to run to the bathroom. I almost put it to my pains. Than i had to go again maybe 3 times.
Oh i think i left there everything what i had in my body.
I drunk it 15 min before my lunch on empty stomach and than after maybe another 15 min had lunch.
I got lucky :) i was home lol
Thank you for answers have a nice day ;)

Posted by Shalini (Walnut Creek, CA, USA) on 07/13/2009

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been taking ACV for sometime after diluting 2 tsp in a glass of water, 2 times a day. I have found it highly beneficial for general health. However ever since I started taking it, all my joints click a lot! I was wondering if anyone has experienced this and/or has recommendations.


Posted by bang55 (Kuala Lumpur, WP) on 06/30/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  After reading so much about ACV, I tried it and have been on it for more then 1 month now. Initially I felt energized and great. Now I always end up with bloated tummy and recently for the past 10 days, my tongue is bitter. Temporarily I have stopped taking it. I started off with 1 tbls of ACV and 1 tbls of Blackstrap Molasses in 8 oz of purified water. I want to continue with ACV for at least 6 months, can anyone advice. Thanks

Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx
i had a similar problem when i was taking ACV in large doses (1 tablespoon in 8 ounces of water)

when i would take it like this every night i would have bloating and gas when i was trying to sleep - very uncomfortable.

i didn't want to entirely stop the ACV - so what i started doing was to put about 1/4 to a 1/2 a teaspoon into 32 ounces of water and drink it throughout the day.

this has worked great for me. i still get about a teaspoon of ACV per day and it doesn't give me gas or bloating.

also i had a very bad reaction to blackstrap molasses. i tried several times to take it starting with 1/8 teaspoon and every time i would become dizzy, have diahrreah, and just feel horrible. i stopped taking it and each time it would take a few days to feel normal again. this was organic no sulfur added blackstrap molasses.

from what i've read blackstrap molasses contains natural occuring sulfites (or is it sulfates?)and that would make sense because i have trouble with sulfites/sulfates (red wine gives me an instant headache, etc).

Replied by Serena
New York, New York
After reading this website, I am determined to try ACV, however in reading all of these "side effects" I am foced to ask the question, Do people actually know the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon? 1 teaspoon is 5 milliliters and 1 tablespoon is 15 milliliters (TRIPLE the dose!) Working at a pharmacy, I know the importance of starting a new medication at a small dose, and working your way up to the recommended dose. This way, it gives your body time to get used to the medication and also if side effects/allergies occur, they will occur with much less intensity at a lower dose, and if they continue at the same low dose for a full week, there probably is a problem and you should stop and consult your physician. The other important part of working your way up to the recommended dose is the recommended dose part, which I understand is 1 to 2 teaspoons (5-10 milliliters) diluted up to three times per day. Maximum daily dose of 6 teaspoons (or 30 milliliters) When starting anything new, you do not want to start at the maximum daily dose, overloading your system with anything new and different can cause extreme consequenses. I am excited to try this remedy for my fatigue, allergies, depression, IBS, acid reflux and insomnia, however I will probably start at 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) ONCE per day and increase as needed IF needed every few days or so. I'll write back in a few weeks and let you know how this works for me.
Replied by Lisa
Brandon, Florida
Hello, I have been reading the comments on the side effects and noticed that people would take a huge starting dose not knowing about their body's tolerance and then they would have a reaction. I would use a small dose and see the results. I have used the ACV and castor oil and gotten rid of moles. Awesome
Replied by Healthy248
Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
How exactly did you rid yourself of moles, what mixture did you use, I have recently developed many little moles or skin tabs and would love to get rid of them. Thanks

EC: Please see for more remedy information.

Posted by Mai-lee (Upstate, N.Y.) on 06/28/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hi . I stated on ACV about a week ago, I have been having very loose Bowel movement, Is this from the ACV???

Posted by Hazel (Canberra, Australia) on 06/24/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I tried taking half a tablespoon of ACV in the morning with the intention of building up to a full tablespoon or more, however every time I take it for more than a few days my hair dries out and becomes like straw. Has anyone else had a similar reaction to taking ACV?

Replied by Lisa
Brandon, Florida, Usa
Whenever you add something new to the system it should be in a very small dose to see the effects. Hitting your system with such a high dose so quickly can be a shock.

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