Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Sep 21, 2017

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

While apple cider vinegar is perhaps the most popular natural remedy in modern times, ACV can also cause severe side effects like anxiety, heart rhythm abnormalities, dizziness, panic attacks and more.

Thousands of our readers have found relief from using apple cider vinegar for conditions such as GERD, arthritis, weight problems, high blood pressure, heartburn, PMS, acne, diarrhea, vomiting. At the same time, every person is different. Earth Clinic readers have reported side effects including an increase in acne, decrease in libido, nausea, dizziness, increase in blood pressure, flu-like symptoms, constipation, diarrhea, sleepiness, and swelling.

To avoid side effects from apple cider vinegar, start with less and increase the dose. It is also best to add only one change at a time to your health regiment so that you can monitor its effect on your body. Everyone is different.

Learn important information about Apple Cider Vinegar in Earth Clinic's new video.

Why Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cause Side Effects In Some People and Not In Others?

Because apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying remedy, side effects from ACV can occur if the body goes into a weakened state when it is leached of important minerals like magnesium and potassium during the detoxification period. Loss of vital magnesium can lead to ailments such as heart palpitations, arrhythmia and atrial fib. Loss of potassium can lead to blood pressure issues.

Could I Be Allergic to Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is high in histamines, a chemical that is released by cells in response to injury and in allergic and inflammatory reactions. For histamine-sensitive people, this can be very problematic. Research suggests that high levels histamines are associated with anxiety or panic attacks.

High histamine symptoms include:

Anxiety
Dizziness
Nausea
Vomiting
Headaches
Hypertension
Arrhythmia

How Can I Cure Side Effects From Apple Cider Vinegar?

If you are experiencing side effects from drinking apple cider vinegar, stop drinking any and all vinegar immediately. Symptoms should begin to abate in 24 hours. Drink plenty of water during this time. Make sure you do not accidentally consume any additional vinegar in your diet, like salad dressing, for example. Also, soy sauce should be avoided as it can also cause a high histamine response and trigger additional heart rhythm issues.

One of the best supplements you can take to cure side effects from ACV is Magnesium.  Magnesium L-Threonate is an excellent form of magnesium and easy on the stomach. Powdered magnesium like Calm is also helpful, just don't take too much at one time or you will get diarrhea!

Continue reading to learn all the reported side effects from our readers. You might find one post in particular that exactly matches your symptoms, solving the mystery of why you feel so badly.



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Posted by Lou (Nsw) on 09/21/2017
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After using ACV for six weeks, twice a day I mixed a teaspoon with soda water and really enjoyed it. I lost weight as I was not as hungry but I did develop itchy rash on my torso and worse, bleeding from the bowel and increased vaginal bleeds. I'm hoping now I've stopped the ACV, the bleeding will also stop as my HB levels are now quite low and doctors are concerned. Scopes to follow.


Posted by Marcia (Dublin) on 08/24/2017
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Apple Cider Vinegar

I have been taking about 1 tablespoonful with lemon and (occasionally honey), warm water and a little grape juice in the morning. Always feel well with it. However recently I got overly keen and applied it straight to my hair/scalp, no water, and left on for hours. Not a good idea I think.

I have begun losing hair each time I brush/comb and never used to do so. After 6 weeks hair feels quite thin and very itchy on the scalp at the back. This might be a detox reaction so not too worried about that.

I am going to stop for a month to gauge reactions and if I continue to consume I shall take much smaller amounts. Otherwise generally healthy for my age. Did anybody else notice any hair loss directly attributable to ACV?


Posted by Gypsylady (Blue Ridge, Ga) on 08/16/2017
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I love Apple Cider Vinegar but it doesn't love me. Every time I try it, I get a yeast infection. I read in one of my health books that some people with Candida can NEVER use ACV. Is there any way to overcome this?? I feel better when I drink it and need it for digestion.

Thank you!! Love earth clinic!!!!

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
08/18/2017

Gypsylady, might lemon juice do?

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Usa
08/18/2017

When you use it it starts to fight the yeast in your body, so it causes outbreaks. I get yeast infections when I detox or eat too much kefir or any other good thing. Yeast is a large battle to fight. I am not fighting mine anymore. I am just slowly bringing my health back and good microbes and Ph balance. Keep on the healthy track but go slow and low dose.

Replied by Mwangi
Nyeri, Kenya
08/27/2017

It's possible that ACV is only bringing out the yeast that is already in your system---healing crisis---that manifests itself as an infection.


Posted by Karne (London) on 07/17/2017
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Hi I have just started yesterday taking ACV 1 teaspoon in 8oz water (using lemon squash to hide the taste) drank 3 times before each meal and noticed a very full feeling and did not want to eat between meals immediately.... today had first thing ate small banana and 2 hrs later had 0% fat greek yog with some granola but could not finish it felt stuffed.... but then also started to notice taste in my saliva? is 3 times a day 1 teaspoon too much? Has anyone had same effect?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
07/18/2017

Karne, start low and slow! 1 teaspoon daily is enough of a start.


Replied by Charles Seaton
New Rochelle, Ny
09/05/2015

I have found ACV to be useful in helping with blood pressure and overall health, particuarly during winter months. Two tablespoons in glass of water.


Posted by Sid (Dallas) on 06/08/2017
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Hi Earth clinic,

I wanted to check with you about my intake of ACV which has been going for last 6 months, but I have lately got the pityriasis rosea rashes on my torso/stomach/ribs/back area.

Are they both interlinked i.e., can taking ACV cause these rashes with PR, should I be worried off? also can I still continue taking the ACV and would this worsen the rashes count .

Thank you,

Sid


Posted by Susan (Citrus Heights, Ca) on 04/26/2017
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I tried Apple Cider Vinegar for the fungus in under my thumb nail and I started having cramps, stinky gas, and intolerance to ice cream and chocolate. Never had these problems before. Stopped drinking it and I'm back to my self again.


Posted by Nycdeanna (New York City) on 02/01/2017
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I would love to know, when taking Apple Cider Vinegar shots straight, could it cause a rash, of the toxins coming out of my body?


Posted by Leanne (Brisbane, Qld) on 11/16/2016
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Has anyone experienced prickling? For 6 weeks I took 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water in the morning to cure my acid reflux...which it did 100% and no reactions. Then suddenly after the 6 weeks I started getting itchy on my chest and a rash up my neck (like I do sometimes with certain wines) and now have pricking all over. I was feeling fabulous taking the ACV and so I tried only taking it every second day but with the same symptoms to then just a tsp in a glass of water but still no difference. I have stopped taking the ACV for the past 3 days and the prickling is almost gone....I really want to continue taking it but not sure if it's a good idea if it turns out I'm allergic to it?


Posted by Roxy (Castroville, Tx) on 11/04/2016
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I love how taking ACV makes me feel but ACV really makes my teeth sensitive. I tried 1 tsp a day through a straw and couldn't bare the sensitivity. How can I get it down without touching teeth?

Replied by May
Wisconsin
11/04/2016

Do you dilute the vinegar before drinking it through a straw? You could try apple cider vinegar capsules available online or in the healthfood store.

Replied by Timh
Ky
11/04/2016

Take the "tablet" form of ACV; is my preferred method.


Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 06/26/2016
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To Dear E.C.

I am feeling a little nauseous after upping my dosages of BSM, ACC, Bicarbonate of Soda and Coconut Oil (separately) for arthritis. I feel as if my kidneys are under pressure, though I have no history of kidney problems and my recent blood tests were fine. It could be an arthritis flare up or a "Healing Crisis" (I forget the term R_____(?)) I suppose but how would I tell the difference?

Not sure whether to back track or persevere! Thanks.

EC: We think you mean Herxheimer Die-Off Reaction

Replied by Michael, New Zealand
New Zealand
06/27/2016

Yes, that's it-Herxheimer Die-Off Reaction. or possibly "Healing Crisis".

Does that fit my situation and could you describe it for me please. Is there anything on your site that describes it?

I meant ACVinegar (not ACC) sorry about that typing slippage. Thanks


Posted by Bb (California) on 12/17/2015
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I read some information about ACV and it's positive effect on candida growth so I thought I would give it a try. After trying it twice a day (one tablespoon to 8 oz of water) for four days, I gave up. It was making me sick. I was having heartburn and feeling generally unwell and tired. I usually wake up in the morning with energy but instead I am dragging myself out of bed and struggling through the day. I just don't understand why it affects me this way but I am done!


Posted by Sky (Stone Mountain) on 11/04/2015
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I have been taking ACV and have been getting headaches. Is this normal or should I stop taking the ACV?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
11/05/2015

Sky, if you see it's helping you in other areas, why don't you reduce your dosage until you find a no-headache dose.


Posted by Chris (Santa Clara ) on 09/15/2015
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I am getting a headache taking acv. I hear so many good benefits. Does this happen to some people?


Posted by Leeanna (Florida) on 06/09/2015
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I started taking the ACV a few weeks now and I haven't seen my periods as yet for the month and the date is passed by 5 days now.


Posted by Squaregum (Geneva, Switzerland) on 03/24/2015
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I don't know if I am posting this in the correct forum.

After reading thouroughly about the benefits of drinking ACV I decided to try it. I went to my health store and purchase a bottle 5% acidic, unpasteurised, etc... Could not get my hands on Br...., cause I live in France, but let's say is 100% organic and the lot.

I had 2 tbs with water in the morning, ( I take usually lots of water during the day), and 15 minutes later I develop this headache... I came back here to read that my body is detoxifing itself so I think ok, I will keep going. Everyday a headache, depleated energy (and I am usually ready for the gym in the morning), for the 5 days I drank this I could not find the energy to do anything on top of the slight headache my body was depleated ans screaming for cookies (which I never eat, sugar cravings).

My last intake of ACV was yesterday before lunch. I had a major final exam today and I just couldn't study due to the lack of energy and the headache. During the night I thought no more, tomorrow is a big day and I cannot afford to feel like this anymore, lack of energy, not wanting to exercise (which I usually do very pleased).... No more ACV.

I had been reading also about coconut oil, so this morning I decided to have a tablespoon of it, and although my headache didn't go away immediately, it faded away gradually. By the time my exam started I was feeling more energised than the previous 5 days while drinking ACV. I am still using it topically on my face.

I want to say that the first time I opened the bottle of ACV I gagged, now I am kind of used to it and doesn't disgust me that bad. I would want to continue with it, but I need some input as to why I feel so bad while drinking it.

Any input/help, very much appreciated.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
03/25/2015

Squaregum, you obviously started out with too much.

Replied by Squaregum
Geneva, Switzerland
03/26/2015

Thank you for your suggestion. Any specific dosage? Should I do half of it or even more?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
03/26/2015

No, Squaregum, start with less than half. You can always add later. And start with only once a day.

Replied by Squaregum
Geneva, Switzerland
03/27/2015

Thank you. I had one teaspoon this morning and so far so good.



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