Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

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Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 02/21/2009

Health very bad: I have been taking ACV for 3 weeks now and all of a sudden I have ulcer like pains. Could the ACV be causing this? I have so may health isues right now and prayed ACV would help all of them. I pray its not causing it and its just that my body is under detoxing and making me sicker. Any comments would be appreciated and I need so many prayers please and thank you

Replied by Alex
(Los Angeles, CA)

If you have ulcer, you may try manuka honey. excellent for it.

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Posted by Nadeem (Lahore, Pakistan) on 02/06/2009

After reading details on the earlthclinic I recomend my mother to use ACV. She is dibatic with angina from the last 20 years. ACV worked ok in the start. She got good reilief from stomach disorder. She used 2 table spoon in a glass of water three times a day. Last week she got irritation in the upper part of stomch and stomach trach. One morning she got loose motion and had vomit which was with blood. We all worried and consulted with our family doctor. The doctor critisize us for using ACV and stopped immediately. He further told us to wait for another day or two to check if there is another such vomit. Thanks to ALLAH every thing is ok. I am afraid now, either ACV is of not good quality or the dosage is more than normal. I am confused. In Pakistan we have ACV of "American Garden" having 5% acidity. Can anybody guide who have similar experience guide me now...thank you in advance

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, TX)

i just read your post and i wanted to say that when i first tried ACV (also 5% acidity) _____s - 1 tablespoon in 8 oz of water - it gave me serious gas and bloating. i mean serious. i was scared to keep using it after that. now i take it VERY diluted - 1/2 teaspoon in a liter of water and i drink 2 liters of this - sometimes with a pinch of baking soda. as long as i take it like this i have no gas and bloating.

good luck with your mother. it could be that ACV doesn't agree with her. she might try the baking soda 1/4 teaspoon in a half a glass of water. that is what i ended up using when i felt sick from ACV the first time and it helped immediately.

TED - could it be that she doesn't have the bicarbonate available to help use the ACV?

someone else will know more.
peace and brightest blessings to you both

Replied by Dianna
(Austin, Tx)

i just re-read your post. 2 tablespoons 3 times a day is a LOT of ACV for anyone. for me that would probably kill me. i have extreme blood sugar lowering effects with 1 tablespoon once a day. i am SURE that the dose was too high. if you decide to try this again PLEASE start lower. try 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water maybe 2 times a day. if she can tolerate this dose then you can up it slowly.

Replied by Trish
(Spotsylvania, VA)

On the bottle of _____s ACV it state to use 1 or 2 TEASPOONS in 8 oz. of water 3 times a day. Not TABLESPOONS. Your mother was taking way too much!

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Posted by Deb (NI, NH USA) on 01/25/2009

I've had gerd for many years now, and am desperate to get off of the omeprazole meds. I tried acv this weekend with high hopes, sipping on 2 tblsp. acv mixed with 1 quart of water whenever I felt heartburn. The first day was okay I guess, but today I had terrible heartburn even with the acv and had to relent and take a pill. Is there a "best" way to begin acv therapy? How long does it take to cure the heartburn? What can I take besides the omeprazole to relieve the suffering until the acv does its work? Is it possible that I am not a candidate for this therapy for some reason? What is it exactly that makes the acv cure heartburn? thank you very much!

Replied by Rick
(Vancouver, WA)

Hi, Why did you use 1 quart of water instead of one cup of water. I just started using the ACV myself, but I drink 2 tbsp in 1 CUP of water, then drank it in a short time. (no sipping) then I gargled with baking soda to stop the acid from eating my teeth. I avoided drinking the baking soda because of all the side effects.

I think it is already helping, but this is only my second day. Last time I mixed the ACV with diet sprite. It went down good and seemed the easiest on my stomach. I hope this helps. Rick

EC: Warning! Read more about the side effects from artificial sweeteners found in diet colas here:

Replied by Candy
(Fort Madison, IA)

did you heat the water for the acv? i got heartburn also if i drank it in cold water. but if i heated the water, and added honey, it didn't give me heartburn. hope this helps you.

Replied by Rose
(Steedman, MO/USA)

Hi Deb from NI, NH USA: You said you are having trouble with the ACV remedy for GERD. Many people cannot tolerate the ACV by itself at first, so just do Ted's remedy instead, The usual dose is 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in about a 1/2 glass of water (allow yourself room for fizz when you combine the ACV and baking soda) taken on an empty stomach, and taken twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. Do this 5 days on, 2 days off.

I did read on a post here that it's good to let the ACV/BS/Water sit for a couple of minutes before you drink it to give it time to reach a higher alkalinity. Just 2 or 3 minutes is all I do. And then just make sure it's on an empty stomach (or 1/2-1 hour after a meal and about a 1/2 hour before a meal).

Also, if you find you're still belching/burping quite a bit after you drink the solution, it means you need a little more baking soda... so up it to 1/2 tsp. (Ted says to start on the low side then "increase slowly as needed. For tougher cases like Acid Reflux, you can go up to 2 tablespoons but you must start slowly or you will upset your stomach. Most people will not need this much baking soda." The amount of belching seems to be the gauge, lol. Sure hope this helps!

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Posted by Sangeetha (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) on 01/23/2009

I have been using Heinz brand ACV for about 3-4 weeks now. I have kept it in my office and drink it there. Couple days ago when a colleague saw me drinking it, she said it thins the blood, so be careful. Is that true? If it does thin the blood, what then are its effects (good or bad) on our bodies? Thanks.

Replied by Sumantha
(Durban, South Africa)

does acv darken skin colour?

Replied by Juan

Don't use Heinz brand!!! The only brands you should ingest are the natural brands with the MOTHER in it. That is the stuff in the bottom of the jar. This is the stuff that helps the most. Make sure it is shaken well.

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Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 01/19/2009

I was on Klonopin for 14 years and am off for 4 years now. Having anxiety attacks, panic attacks, balance problems are horrible. I took ACV and it made me feel good for a couple of days but now I have a possible UTI, shakes, dizziness, I am wondering could this be the detoxing of my body? please email any responses.

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Posted by Rainbow (San Carlos, CA, USA) on 01/05/2009

Six months ago, I started to drink ACV twice a day for weight loss but stopped in about two weeks cos' the ACV has made me hyper and couldn't sleep through the night. I retried drinking it again a week ago to cure my hair loss and the same happen to me. Now I'm drinking one cup per day (2 tbs of ACV) in the morning to keep my energy high during the day and skip the evening cup. Does anyone has the same experience?

Replied by Dan
(Cedar city, UT)

I have been taking _____s ACV off and on for 3 years and discovered not to take it too late in the day. I was having night sweats and insomnia. ACV acts as a cleanser/detoxifier. I find it best to take 1 tbsp. per 16oz. water water with a meal.

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Posted by Sangeetha (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) on 12/27/2008

I ws using Heinz brand ACV for 5 days before I realised I have to use the organic one as remedy for my food allergies. I was totally fine with using 2 tbsp Heinz brand (diluted in 16 z water with a dash of lemon juice, salt and pepper, so I bought 2 big bottle of Eden brand organic ACV when I found it. I mixed it the same way as Heinz (the ACV might have been just a tsp or so more than 2 tbsp as I accidently dropped more in the glass)and drank some of it before lunch and continued drinking after lunch. To my surprise, shortly after lunch my head started to hurt. I never get headaches, so I was surprised. I hoped it would get better shortly, but instead it went on increasing and the whole left side of my head was so terribly paining I had to take a pain killer. I was feeling so weak with the pain I actually didn't even have the energy to go and get the pill...I really had to force myself to do it as I couldn't bear the headache. To add to this, I had been feeling nauseatic sometime around when the headache started and then I vommitted a whole lunch was thrown out. I suffered from headache, nausea (followed by vommitting)and weakness and my body felt cold for nearly 5 hours and even then it was the painkiller that helped get rid of the these problems.

I do not like and can't eat apples but because I was perfectly fine with Heinz brand I didn't suspect anything will go wrong with the organic brand. I don't think I am ever going to take it again.

But I would like to know why all this happened to me. What is it in the organic ACV that caused me to have a severe headache? Why did I throw up all my lunch (which is again a very rare thing for me to do). I have read some other readers also complaining of such side effects - why does this happen to some of us? What is wrong with us?

Will the commercial brand give the same results as opposed to the organic one, as I seemed fine with the Heinz brand?

EC: Quite a few readers over the years have reported great results using a brand like Heinz. Ted thinks it works just fine too!

Replied by Tess
(Palm Beach, FL)

Hi Sangeetha. You are describing a migraine headache -- ouch! Poor thing. The only time I get migraine headaches is sometimes after flying (sinus pressure) or if I get too much sun, so I can't say much about that. But I think you might try another brand of apple cider vinegar cautiously once you have fully recovered.I bought a brand of organic acv (gold cover on it, can't remember the name) and got really sick from it. It was too acidic, caused terrible heartburn that lasted for hours. So a different brand might make a difference.

Replied by Sangeetha
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)

Hi Tess, Thanks for your response. I never get migraine headaches and hardly any headaches. I do get a slight headache if I am out in the sun for too long, but that is totally bearable and I don't need to take any pain killer. As for the brand, I doubt if I can find any other brand of organic ACV in Cayman Islands.

Has anyone had problems with Eden brand organic ACV? Which is the brand most acceptable by others?

EC: Bragg is the most popular by far.

Replied by Sangeetha
(Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands)

Thanks for confirming commercial brand ACV also gives results. What I would like to know is what is the main difference between the oganic and the non organic brands? Does it take longer time to get the results with the non organic brand? Thanks.

Replied by Trevor
(Tucson, AZ)

I also have had severe headaches after taking ACV. I took 1 tablespoon in 8oz of water, and ive had a killer headache for the past 12 hours. I wish someone here would explain why it gives headaches as a side effect. I cannot find information for this anywhere.

Replied by Jan
(Spfd, MA)

I experienced ACV migraine side effects also. I used 2 tbsp in water with a dash of honey for two days. Migraines both days, with nausea and light-headedness. Is this detox, or something else? If it's detox, I really can't start the ACV until I'm on vacation from work, because I felt so horrible today that I called out sick.

Replied by Kaffee
(Oxford, Oxon, Uk)

In reply to Trevor and Jan: it does sound like your headaches are due to detoxing though it is difficult to be sure. Are you drinking enough water each day to flush this out? Coffee enemas work wonders for relief of this, causing the gall bladder to empty out accumulated toxins into the gut for discharge, which in turn allows the liver to further process the toxic build-up in the blood which causes the headaches. Effective in minutes but you must be well hydrated every day to use them. Google 'coffee enema detox' for more info.

Replied by Megan
(Warner Robins, Georgia)

Msg for Trevor Jan and Sangeetha. I agree with Kaffee. The headaches might be due to the body detoxifying itself. It also sounds like you are taking too much ACV. It should be 2 teaspoons instead of tablespoons. Also organic ACV might have something to do with it and how your body reacts. I have not gone the organic route yet. So far the the regular store brand is doing wonders for me. I figured I would use up what I had on hand first. If both work the same, I will continue to use the store brand for economic reasons. Suggestion would be to reduce the dose per day or try an every other day regimine with 2teaspoons every other day. The 3x per day is generally recommended for when your body is fighting off a cold. For routine maintenance daily your body should not need so much. Just increase if you get sick then decrease dose when you are healthy again.

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Posted by James (Cambridge, Ohio) on 12/02/2008

I have heard bad things about taking the ACV in pill form. There have been reports where it has caused burns to the esophogus <--(spelling?) and that's not something that i would play with... scarred throat tissue is no fun.

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Posted by Sana (Islamabad, Pakistan) on 11/21/2008

hi i have recently visited ur website and find many remedies by using apple cider vinegar...but when i gave it to my father for the problem of father also had ulcer from 20 years..and by taking ACV he noticed that it had disturbed their ulcer disease and pain occurs...i have given 2 tspn in a glass of water mixed wid honey...please can any one tell me any solution or alternative that my father can take ACV by not hurting their ulcer..ive tried to give them in between their meals but it didnt worked please help me bcz i found ACV as a miracle for arthritis but my father cannot take it bcz of their ulcer disease...plz plz plz help me

Replied by Deborah
(Denison, Texas)

I too had ulcers for years and yes the ACV bothered my stomach for awhile but it eventually healed my ulcers. i was taking daily stool samples to the doctor because of bleeding ulcers and after a few weeks on _____s ACV my ulcers were healed. I have numerous tests and I no longer have ulcers. I do believe in _____s ACV because it is smoother and has a lot of valuable nutrients. I drink 3 tsp. in a cup pf water with just a touch of baking soda to cut the tartness at least twice a day.

Replied by Pamela
(Houston, Texas)

You might try the acv with 1/4 tsp of baking soda. I tried acv with honey and it caused all kinds of stomach problems. I figured out it was the honey. Now I use 1/4 tsp of baking soda in it (which I learned from this website),and for me it works like a charm. Be sure to use raw organic acv as grocery store avc I've read has toxins and other issues that can cause problems.

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Posted by Malathi (Hyderabad, India) on 11/20/2008

Hey I took ACV pills for 4 weeks and today I switched to ACV liquid. I took 1 tbsp in 16OZ water and was sipping it through out the day and I feel a heart burn...should I stop taking it?

Replied by Albert
(Brooklyn, NY)

I've been taking ACV (_____) for almost a year with 1-2 tbsp. and was used for getting rid of seasonal allergies and escezma; now that it's gone I continue to use it generally for detoxing. I find it's best to slow down the intake of ACV by having a meal/snack before a dose or sips. It will give your digestive system time for it to get accustomed to ACV by slowing it with food. From experience and what I've read, some people have a harder time dealing with high acidity of certain brands of ACV. Different brands vary, but it's best to use the organic ones for it being more potent and less diluted or stripped off it's minerals, amino acids, etc. And as for your concerns of heartburn, it usually means that your body is slowly moving the toxins out of your body. It will wear off in a couple of days or 1 or 2 weeks depending on your health condition; just remember to take it slooow. A slight pain, discomfort, unusual boost in energy or better mental focus is the norm.

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Posted by Hemlata (Bangalore, India) on 11/16/2008

I have been taking ACV (Heinz) as the organic one is not available for my Hypertension which is 130/90 with medication. I took ACY 2tsf in 200ml of water plus 1tbsf of Honey twicw a day before breakfast and before lunch. I tried once to have before dinner but I could not sleep that night (?excess energy). I have noticed my BP shot up to 180/100 in the mornings.Got worried so I thought I would ask if there are any chances of ACV raising the BP?

Replied by Stphnprvnzn
(Clearwater, Fl)

I know these posts about side effects have gone on for a while now. I can't even read them all. I would just like to put a theory out there, it's a theory because not everyone will believe this.

Sometimes when there is an infected part/organ/area of the body, things that cleanse and disinfect may cause pain. Like Rubbing Alcohol to a cut, or salt to a burn, or lemon juice etc. Perhaps these pains, being internal or external could be the pain of healing?

I do know that everyone's bodies are different, and require different amounts of ACV, or anything at that.

Allergic reactions to ACV, the best way in my opinion on this is to perhaps, eat an apple, drink a beer, drink some regular apple cider. Anything happen? If you dont have an allergic reaction to these things, then perhaps it could be healing pains. I know, too simple, but a good way to narrow it down.

Try taking very very small amounts of ACV at first, let your body get use to it. I have a crazy approach to allergies, I believe when we're allergic to something, we don't take it in enough. The human body is extremely good at adapting. I know when I first took Niacin, a very good source of detoxifying the body, my ears and skin itched and burned, everything almost itched and burned, but as i kept taking it, that burning went away, i think once it went away, it meant it no longer had something useful to fight off.

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Posted by Ishika (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 11/09/2008

Hi, I have been taking ACV in water,3x a day for last 2 and half weeks.I have noticed that I am passing lot of gas,which was never a case with me earlier. Could ACV be the reason? What should I add to the ACV solution to avoid gas?? Please help, as I don't want to stop taking ACV as I want to lose weight. Thanks!!

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Posted by Samantha (Sydney, NSW) on 11/05/2008

I have been taking ACV for just over a week, it has cleared up my uti but I am incredibly tired and have felt depressed since I started taking it, I was hoping this was a sign of detoxing but I don't seem to be getting any better. I also have muscle ache especially in my legs, I usually go the gym 3 times a week but since taking the ACV I have been too tired to do anything.

Does anyone know what has caused this? I would like to keep taking the ACV but not sure if it is right for my body, should I take the symptoms as a good sign that I'm detoxing or that it's not right for my body??

Thanks for your advice, any help is much appreciated!

Replied by Carrie
(Staten Island, NY)

I've experienced the same symptoms as Samantha. i take one with each meal, sometimes 2 along with digestive enzymes

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Posted by Tamara (Memphis, TN) on 10/15/2008

I tried taking the ACV for a number of different reasons.I started drinking it on a Thursday last week and by Saturday I had a horrible yeast infection. Any reason why? I did 2 tablespoons 2x day with 16 oz water each. Any one explained what happened?

Replied by Kim
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Tamara, My bottle suggests that one takes only 2 teaspoons for each doseage. are you taking too much by taking 2 tablespoons instead of 2 teaspoons?

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Posted by Roz (Calgary, Canada) on 10/13/2008

My grandfather is 93 and has used Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with raw honey and aloe vera everyday for 30 years. He has survived Colon Cancer and Throat cancer. Until the past 2 years he has been healthy as an ox. Warning: A recent side effect has been stomach bleeding which his doctors attribute to ACV.

Replied by Mae
(Dorset, England)

well i think that would probably be to much acid intake counter-acting the bodys balance of acid already-it may have taken a while for this to happen, but that is usually the case when stomach bleeding occurs. xx

Replied by M
(San Diego, Ca)

Dear Roz,

Your Grandfather is 93 and still tickin after colon and throat cancer. If he has been taking ACV religiously for 30 years and is just now having problems it could just mean that his body is breaking down as everybody elses does when they are almost a century old. There's no amount of meds, remedies, healthy diet that will keep us alive forever. All we can do is try our best to live as healthy as we can and it looks like your Grandfather did just that. Kudos to your Grandpa for keeping himself healthy, naturally.

Replied by Leo
(Pittsburg, CA)

Cayenne pepper for bleeding.