High Blood Pressure
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Apple Cider Vinegar for High Blood Pressure

| Modified on Jul 16, 2024

Apple Cider Vinegar is Earth Clinic's most popular natural remedy for high blood pressure. Well over one hundred readers have reported that they were able to lower their blood pressure with apple cider vinegar!

How Much Apple Cider Vinegar Should I take for High Blood Pressure?

As with most remedies, there is no "one size fits all" dose. The amount of apple cider vinegar needed to reduce blood pressure varies among our readers greatly. Some report success with just a couple of teaspoons a day. Others have taken up to 3 Tablespoons twice a day to reduce blood pressure.

The key is to start with a lower dose and increase it slowly. This way you can monitor your own body's reaction to apple cider vinegar and make sure you are not experiencing side effects.

You might try to start out with 1 teaspoon in a glass of water 1-3 times a day. If this helps, great. Continue with this dose. If you are not seeing results, increase to two teaspoons in a glass of water a couple of times a day. If apple cider vinegar agrees with you but your blood pressure is not decreasing, try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water twice a day.

What if I Don't Like the Taste of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Many of our readers add some raw honey to their vinegar tonic. This improves the taste a lot and honey has nutritional benefit as well.

Apple cider vinegar can be added to juice. It is barely noticeable in apple juice, cranberry juice or grape juice.

Apple cider vinegar is available in capsules. These have been helpful to many consumers and would be worth a try if regular vinegar does not suit you. They do smell very strongly of vinegar though and ought to be taken with water.

What Kind of Vinegar Should I Use for High Blood Pressure?

For medicinal use it is generally best to use raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. This has the "mother" in it. This has more nutrients in it than regular grocery store vinegar. However, some of our readers have had success with regular grocery store vinegar. And some even find that grocery store vinegar has worked better for them than raw apple cider vinegar.

Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar for High Blood Pressure

While apple cider vinegar is a very popular remedy, it does not work for everyone and causes side effects for some. Because apple cider vinegar lowers blood sugar, some experience symptoms of low blood sugar, including dizziness. Others find that apple cider vinegar causes heartburn. To reduce the risk of heartburn, do take vinegar in water. Avoid taking it in acidic juice like orange or tomato juice. Apple cider vinegar can also cause your body to detox. You may experience detox symptoms like digestive distress, headache, and lethargy. Starting with a lower dose and increasing slowly will help to reduce your risk of side effects.

Have you tried apple cider vinegar for high blood pressure? Please share your story with us! And continue reading to see what our readers say about this popular remedy.

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Posted by Winnie (Mission Viejo ) on 09/30/2023

I have a sensitive esophagus so I tried the ACV Gummies I try to buy ones without oil, you can find them at grocery store/Amazon.Anyway, my diastolic blood pressure was in the 90's for months. So I started exercising on a stationery bike 5 days a week, drinking hibiscus tea and taking a teaspoon of flaxseed daily. I took my blood pressure it was 117/82!!!! I could not believe it. I do have to continue the things listed above or my bp increases. The ACV gummies help my arthritis too.

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Posted by Cynthia (Madison, WI) on 07/23/2023

Having a family history of early death from heart disease and stroke, I was concerned when I began to develop high blood pressure. Just two nights ago, my concern turned to alarm when my systolic blood pressure readings were anywhere from 164 to 192! I came to this site and began reading. I've never liked the taste of apple cider vinegar, but I took 2 tablespoons that night. Later I took my BP and the reading was still the same.

The next morning, I started again with 2 TBS and about 1/4 tsp of baking soda to help neutralize the taste. Later that afternoon, another 2 TBS. That evening I took my blood pressure and it was down to 122/83. This morning, the third day, I measured again, and it's now down to 117/82!

To say I'm grateful would be an understatement. I'm going to continue this treatment every day from here on out.

My diet has been relatively healthy, and I'm thin for my age, but I'm going to work on eating more vegetables and fruit, and exercise more. But the ACV has been the real game changer. Give it a "shot" -- a shot of apple cider vinegar!

Replied by Doreen

I have read where baking soda will increase BP, as it is a salt. You are not having that problem?

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Posted by Cathryn (Pennsylvania) on 06/11/2023

I started taking ACV 2 tbsp in the mid morning, after I eat. I mix it with a bit of water. I like vinegar, so it isn't too bad for me to get it down.

My blood pressure readings have gone down approx 10-15 points systolic and about 10-12 points diastolic, doing absolutely nothing but drinking my ACV. I plan to reduce my medication at my next doc visit. ACV and this website are MIRACLES!

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Posted by Malati Mukherjee (Coonoor, India) on 12/18/2021

My friend had been on blood pressure medicines and was unsure of what to do when her doctor went out of town and she couldn't consult him for continuation of the dosage.

I suggested that she take a tablespoon of ACV in water or fruit juice once a day till the doc was back and she could consult him again.

2 weeks later, the doc was back and after testing her told her she needn't go back to the medication again:)

When the mother of a 20-year old told me he's been having IBS ever since he was a child and that they've tried everything including holistic treatments, we decided to try the ACV. Same dosage of 1 tablespoon with water or fruit juice once a day. By the end of the first bottle his IBS was gone. It hasn't come back in the 5 years since then:)

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Posted by Dee (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/09/2018

There was a time when my blood pressure was up, all I had to do was take a small amount of apple cider vinegar and my pressure would be OK in a short period of time. Now when I take the so called apple cider vinegar all I get is what else do you have! What have they done to the real Apple Cider Vinegar? I am not the only one asking this question.

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Posted by Deb (Raleigh Nc) on 06/24/2017

Apple cidar vinegar is a miracle worker for me...since I have been using it for about 3-4 months now alot of things have drastically changed.

Let me remind you all that I have had severe high blood pressure since the age of 18 and today at 49 my pressure is normal and for 4 months I am meds free! Although my doc cant figure out how my pressure is normal and I havent filled my prescription in months.

Secondly, I deal with fibroids which makes my stomach bulge but the apple cider v has decreased the blood flow tremendously during periods. Although I am finding ways to shrink fibroids the ACV is shrinking my body weight like crazy! I took birthday pics and when I looked at myself I was greakin shocked! I looked damn goood and like 10 pounds lighter w no photo editing. Every morning I use 1 tablespoon a squeeze of lemon in 8oz of water. Then before dinner same routine. This works for me...

But I warn you DO NOT self medicate with just ACV if you have serious health issues.

For me I wanted another alternative to wean me off bp medication and for me it worked. 4 months later and bp is still normal as I take it every morn. ACV is my miracle worker and I will use it til im old & gray.

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Posted by Dawn (Glenn Heights Tx) on 06/18/2017

You may not see immediate results. I have been taking ACV for about two months and recently my doctor decreased my blood pressure medication by 1/2. My blood pressure has been too low! I suggest you give it a try! I mix raw unfiltered honey and cayenne pepper.

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Posted by Stuman (Oceanside, Ca) on 01/13/2017

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) mixed in a 12 oz glass of water reduces my blood pressure (BP) in about 30-40 minutes. I have a home BP monitor, ACV consistently reduces my systolic by 10-20 points and diastolic 10-15 points.

Replied by Anthony
(Brooklyn, Ny)

Do you take the Apple Cider Vinegar at night or in the morning?

Replied by Stuman
(Oceanside, Ca)

I would take it on an empty stomach. I checked my BP before I drank the ACV and then again after.


Thank you for sharing and happy it has helped you get off BP meds. Do you take the ACV before or after taking BP meds or at the same time? Someone else asked above but I don't see an answer whether it should be taken in the morning or evening.

I appreciate everyone's testimony and suggestions.

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Posted by Prosperous1 (Va) on 12/10/2016

I have High Blood Pressure and was taking Atenolol/Chlorthalidone (100-25mg Tab) for some time now. What got me started on ACV was that my doctor told me that my cholesterol numbers were high and that medication would be the key. I refused because I did not need another drug in my system. I got down to the last of the HBP pills and had to wait for more funds at that time to get more. I panicked but prayed about my situation. I had pounding headaches from no longer being on the meds. ACV (with the 'Mother') was put in my path because of the cholesterol issue so I began taking 2 tbsps with a full glass of water twice a day (began 12-09-16 day one). I then noticed that the headaches subsided over night. I was led to go on the web to research about HBP and found Earth Clinic. I found it positive and uplifting and there were people like myself who wanted to 'heal thyself'. I am now on day two of the regimen taking ACV 2tbsp with a full glass of water (I use a straw and it tastes ok) 3x per day (upon rising after prayer, midday and before I go to sleep). I meditate and walk around 1 hour per day; then I do light yoga daily. Everything positive and healing I focus on and do. My doctor's appointment is in January and I will see what happens. In the meantime, I will continue the regimen, find a reliable BP machine to keep up my readings and pray as well. I am also keeping a tally of my regimen to share in the future with all here.

I read one of the reader's posts (thank the reader) and it talked about beta blockers. The meds I was taking has a beta blocker in it and it blocks calcium from being absorbed in the body ( we need calcium! ). The Chlorthalidone makes you potty and you flush out Potassium (we need that too! ). These drugs are like 2 edge swords sort to speak; they are supposed to help you but hinder you down the road. I am so glad I have the gumption to do research and not buy into the pharmaceutical companies hype. One billion dollars is earned in that industry and people are getting sicker than ever. Enough of the soapbox for now. I will keep the community updated and thank you all. Be Blessed!

Replied by Penny

How long had you been on ateñolol / with Chloe? I have been on it for 8 years and would love to quit it. My calcium is so low . Did you have chest pains quitting atenolol?


I was on Atenolol for less than 3 months..My hands and feet were freezing..My PCP told me to go off it as my dose was low at 25 mgs...My heart would beat a bit erratically but I'd be Ok..I went off and my heart went haywire 160 beats per minute. Ventricular tachycardia...

I had to be wheelchaired into a hospital in Boston for a 2 1/2 hour cardiac ablation with ZERO pain medication..

Things worked out but my feet and hands took 10 years to clear up/BTW the reason I was on Atenolol was because a doctor talked me into going on it because MY FATHER had heart issues at my age..I never once registered High Blood Pressure..Nice huh?? How dumb was I???

Replied by Prosperous1

Hi, Penny!

I have been on BP medicine for about 5 years having switched from Lisinopril. I did not have chest pains, yet I do have headaches from letting it go. I have changed my diet and eating foods rich in potassium (google "potassium rich foods"), cutting down sodium by using less salt and reading labels when I shop.

Just do the ACV with the mother, 2 tbsp in 8 oz glass of water 1 time a day and see how it goes. Do not get off the drugs as of yet, just monitor your pressure. Take a calcium and magnesium combo. I may have to take the BP meds a bit longer until I bring my weight down and the headaches subside (I will see). I still do the ACV with the mother 3 times per day with water and add a tsp of Agave (a natural sweetener, google "agave"). I also do yoga and meditation as well as exercise.

Be sure to eat better and even if you walk daily for 30 minutes that will get you started. Let me know how you do and thanks for writing to me. :)

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Posted by Dan (A, Pa) on 04/11/2016

Shortly after starting my days off with 1tbs of ACV mixed with 4 oz water, I started to get light headed and nagging little headaches. I am currently taking meds for high bp (lisinopril-hctz 20-12.5 m), stopped taking ACV and everything cleared up. Once I am sure that was the cause of the issue I may start up again but starting out with lower amount of ACV and building up.

Replied by Meadow

Seems like you might want to reverse that--see if you can continue the ACV and reduce or eliminate the lisinopril. ACV is certainly cheaper, less likely to cause serious long-term side effects, and has other nutritional benefits.

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Posted by Yolanda (Bklyn, Ny ) on 05/23/2015

Well I have to say ACV is the way to go to lower your HBP...It's the best thing ever! I got diagnose with Bp it was up setting for me. I had went for my annual check up tho my blood results were excellent my Dr. didn't understand how I got Hbp my reading was 165/100 now its 110/73 by just drinking Acv it's AMAZING it really works.. I'm not on any medication I go natural it's the best way to go tho you have to get use to the taste. You have to be consistent with it this is my secret. I drink it every morning b4 anything with 2Tablespoon of Acv, half a lemon w/ a 8oz warm water. I don't eat or drink anything after drinking it, So it can hit the bloodstream after an half an hour I do... Listen this really works and it's the best thing...You have to be consistent with it in order to see results..Trust me it works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Replied by Nicole
(East Coast)

And for all of you wondering - here is the SCIENCE behind why vingear (acetic acid) works on lowering BP for SOME but not ALL people - published from John Hopkins 2015.

It's because... wait for it... we have cells that "smell" acetic acid and activate/deactivate receptors that influence blood pressure in the gut, kidney and heart. These special cells are actually also found in your nose!!

Here is the article.

This is fascinating science and it shows why folk cures like ACV work. And by the way, it doesn't HAVE to be Apple, any vinegar (acetic acid) works... through the smell sniffers in your GUT and the bacteria down there... so, moral of the story?

When a natural cure works, there's always a reason/science behind it - just not always understood by us. AND sometimes its just a better way to cure yourself because its free, and mostly side effect free...and that's why doctors and big pharma suppress this type of information. I bet you they will be trying to target a drug to do what vinegar does so well. And charging an arm n leg too.

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Posted by Mehnaaz (Nanded, India) on 10/05/2014

Dear Mama,

My father is 59 yrs old and he has high BP and cholesterol since many years and he is a doctor so he takes allopathic medicines daily for high BP, cholesterol, anxiety and sleeplessness etc(no use of any natural remedy till now). Although he maintains very good weight constantly since many years. (He has undergone a major surgery for haemorroids one year ago. )
I always tell him about lots of benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and now he is ready to take it. Can he take Apple Cider Vinegar with his regular medicines?   (Coz giving up medicines is difficult for him. )

As we know, hard taste of Apple Cider Vinegar becomes soft by adding baking soda also it is good combination for maintaining alkalinity of body. Can he take Apple Cider Vinegar + soda ?
Waiting for your generous support. May Lord bless you and your family. Thank you very much.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Mehnaaz,

Your father is blessed to have you researching and studying on his behalf!

I think your suggestion for him of Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda is a good one. This has helped people with cholesterol and with high blood pressure. I am not aware of this being contraindicated with any medications, but everyone is different so he ought to just watch how he feels. It might be best to start with less and then try more if less agrees with him. (Less being 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/8th teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in a glass of water. More being 2 Tablespoons of vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in a glass of water.)

Cayenne pepper is also helpful to many for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I have a friend who had high blood pressure for years. She did not do anything to treat it but did start to take cayenne pepper. Now her blood pressure is normal.

But again, everyone is different. Hopefully he will have success with what he tries first and that will encourage him to continue trying natural remedies.

Let us know how it goes for him!

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Chyde (Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria) on 12/17/2012

Hi Everyone, glad to be part of the community and the wonderful remedies I am now aware of. I am thankful to the creators of this site and all contributors.

Now to my enquiry, I have read of the benefits of ACV for HBP sufferers and decided to give it a try. I was unable to get the one with the mother in it but simply went ahead with the store option. Problem is that my bp went up to 170/120 from 150/100 which was already high. I had to check my BP when I noticed migranelike heacache of which I still have a little left. I am simply wondering if there was anything I did wrong.

I tried as well to add Sodium Bicarbonate and Cayene pepper most times when I take the ACV also. At other times, I will simply take the extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice combo for the pain I had on my right lower flank abdomen. None of the scans prior to the Lemon Juice/ EVCO did not show any kidney stones. However, pain was gone after I took the lemon juice and EVCO. I stopped when the pain stopped. When pain tried to surface again, I did same thing again and pain was gone. I simply keep lemon fruits and EVCO handy in case pain tries to surface again. And of course, I take a lot of water everyday. This is in addition to my family's weekly routine of frshly squeezed juice (orange, watermelon, pineapple, lemon etc) drink. I also add Moringa to my meals also as much whenever I eat those food that it is easy to combine with. Is there something I did not do right?

I saw my physician today and immediately went back to the medication (Novasc 10mg) that I use whenever my blood pressure goes up. Had to do that in the interim while I await feedback from members of the community. I generally do not take the medication all the time but as is required and this is usually when my pressure goes up. I indeed will love to control my blood pressure naturally.

Secondly, I recommended the lemon juice / EVOO cumbo for my father in-law. 3 tablespoon Lemon juice and 3 tablespoon EVOO. He has HBP, diabetes and was diagnosed in August with prostrate cancer. He complians about painful urination sort of. I recommended the cayenne pepper / warm water combination. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper / 8 oz glass of water 3x daily. I recommended they add Sodium Bicarbonate to the family's drinking water in other to help with the general alkalizing of their bodies. I also recommended that he takes the lemon juice / EVCO the way I combine in my own case above. I would equally love to know if my recommendations are ok and what else we could do. Would have loved to try the Sodium Bicarbonate / Mollases or maple syrup combination but worried about the sugar part as a result of his diabetes. Let me know if there is another way we could handle the High BP, diabetes and prostrate cancer all at the same time. I will very must appreciate all responses that will help us overcome this trying time in our lives. I am a firm believer in natural therapy and will love a situation where we go off these medications and their side effects. Thanks all and cheers!

Replied by Jill
(St. Louis, Mo)

Using raw apple cider vinegar instead of the kind from the store is essential! Order online if you don't have a health food store nearby.

Replied by Kelly
(Cambridge, Ma)

I respectfully disagree. Actually, I couldn't disagree more.

Years ago, when I read about using ACV for my high blood pressure, I had some 'regular old' ACV in my cupboard, so I used it and it worked well.

After reading many testimonials here on EC (similar to yours, stating that using organic ACV vs. non-organic was "essential"), I bought and used the organic variety and it 'essentially' did nothing. My blood pressure was back up, full throttle.

When I returned to the regular old ACV, my blood pressure went back down again, and I've stayed with it ever since.

Replied by Joe M

I agree with the idea of using raw, unfiltered vinegar. Anyone who believes that they can get good results with filtered, and bad results with unfiltered is either a liar or a rare exception.

I started out using the typical store vinegar in the jug. It constipated me so bad that I had blood in the stool. And I believe it is because that vinegar "cleans" your intestinal walls to the point of making it VERY difficult to pass anything through. This even sounds dangerous to me.

But since I began using the good stuff, I haven't had this problem. Now I will admit something that might get me flamed by certain vinegar advocates.

I was normally using the new Heinz raw vinegar that Walmart began carrying. And with good results. But I had heard of Braggs many times. I later realized that the Amish store down the road carries the Braggs. So I bought a bottle of that just to keep on hand. I decided to begin using that. And it seems like only a couple days after that I began feeling weird. Turns out my blood pressure was up. Now is this a coincidence? I have no idea. But I at least know the Heinz stuff works. And it even prevented an allergy infection my 6 yr old was trying to get.

Replied by Kelly
(Cambridge, Ma)

@Joe - I had the exact same experience.

Initially, I used regular old 'H' brand ACV with good results. After reading many posts here on EC, most of which scoffed at the notion of using H brand vs. B's (with the mother), I switched to the B's brand expecting greater efficacy.

It turned out that the opposite was true. When I switched to B's, my blood pressure shot back up. I returned to using the H brand and never looked back.

Replied by Cindy
(Illinois, Usa)
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I think it is entirely possible that plain old ACV would work quicker, in some cases. Organic ACV is whole food and when the body gets a hold of it, it's going to use it where it needs it most and that's not always going to coincide with what a person THINKS is needed most.

I would say that if organic ACV doesn't work for you, take the regular, by all means, but ALSO work in some doses of the organic every once in a while so the body can use it as IT chooses.

Natural medicine is a conversation with the body. Certainly, it is important to address the concerns of the individual to give them peace of mind, but the body doesn't speak your language. You have to be aware of what it is and is NOT doing with what you give it. If organic ACV doesn't lower your blood pressure then that's a sign that the body has more critical uses for it. You can't ignore the mind of the individual - you must provide it with some relief - but you also can't ignore what the body tells you.

Organic ACV is MUCH more than merely ACV. It's a conscious living organism that is going to have a conscious and intimate conversation with your body - a conversation to which you will not be a party.

This is good news because anyone who fails to get the result they want from organic ACV can use regular ACV to get the peace of mind they need because that peace of mind will go a LONG way to helping them get better.

One possibility as to why organic doesn't always work might be anxiety. If one is anxious ABOUT the discovery that one has high blood pressure, it's entirely possible that wrangling the adrenaline produced by the anxiety is of a higher priority and that the organic ACV has something the body can use to deal with that.

At any rate, there is ZERO need to fight about it. Use what gives you peace of mind. If it works one way for some and the other way for others, so what? Use what works. Use what makes you feel better. Personally, I just took a dose of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and feel MUCh better.

For those interested in that, I use 1 tsp of ascorbic acid and 1/4 tsp of backing soda in a green Perrier bottle with the cap from an organic ACV bottle (because the Perrier cap was metal). I then fill it with filtered water, shake it up, drink about half, put the cap on and set it by the sink. From that point, I take a couple swallows periodically throughout the day. I hadn't been doing that lately, which is why I wasn't feeling good. That mixture comes out to about 5 grams of vitamin C. You could do the same with your ACV mixtures.

And no, I don't drink Perrier water as a rule, I bought it for the bottle. I needed a glass bottle, Perrier is yummy, so I bought myself a little 4-pack and voilà! Some yummy water and four pretty glass bottles.

Replied by Jessica

Whatever works for you is best! We are all different and affected by different things. So if that works for you.....that's what works! :-)

Replied by Ella

Sodium bicarbonate is the opposite of apple cider vinegar.

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Posted by Connie Sue (Duncan, Ok, Usa) on 10/13/2012

I have had great success also---in only 3 days -- using apple cider vinegar for high blood pressure.

I had been feeling very tired , weak and had a headache for several days. Actually, months! I usually take my blood pressure often because my mother and sister had high blood pressure controlled very poorly by medicine. I've been borderline for years. I finally got up the nerve to take it and was shocked to see it was 196/115. I never go to the doctor, but could see this was serious. It was on Thursday. I decided to try acv.

I drank 1 tbls with the juice of a lime in about a half cup of water. I did this 2 times on Thursday, but pressure still stayed above 190/105. I took the vinegar once yeasterday morning , did not take my pressure but still felt bad. This morning I took a dose, and an hour later took my pressure. I noticed I felt better. Pressure is 145/90. I am so happy. I will take my pressure daily now and continue drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar daily. I hope to see these numbers continue to drop to normal.

Thanks Earth Clinic!

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Posted by Sukhdev (Kanata, On, Canada) on 08/18/2012

I would say "ACV" is amazing. I was always in this thought that I ve "White Coat Syndrum" but it was not the reality so I was dignose with HBP(reading 160/100) in May. I want to try some natural remedies instead going on medication as I am taking medication for high cholesterol. I found this wonderful site of natrual remedies. I started taking ACV on Aug. 14 (this day I had Cardiac stress test and my BP was 165/110) within 4 days my BP is down to 133/88. Really I am surprised to see the results THanks to "Earthclinic"

How I take ACV? After reading almost every page on this topic, I choose take it like this:

3 tbls(0. 8 oz) of ACV and 1 tbls of Honey mix in
8-10 oz of warm water. I take it in the morning and bed time.

That s IT