Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects
Posted by Marilyn (Oswego, Il) on 10/02/2010
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I take 1 tab. Of Apple Cider Vinegar a day for about a year now. But am having bleeding problems. My blood is not clotting fast enough when cut or injury. Could this be from the ACV. PLEASE someone help and answer me, I am 61 and scared. Thank you for any help.


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Posted by Bg (Columbus, Oh) on 09/30/2010
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I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar drink; 2 teaspoons in grapefruit juice, 2 x a day.... It constipated me so badly I could not believe it... When I finally 'went' it was the bursting of the dam, so to speak.... I stayed off it for 2 weeks, then back on, again the same thing happened.... Again, off 2 weeks, then tried a THIRD time; same results... I have no idea why this is happening, but am afraid I'll never be able to use the ACV drink again.. Any thoughts? or similar experiences?? I am really shocked that this happened to me....

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Posted by Annie (Harrisburg, Pa) on 09/27/2010

This response is to Deirdre from Earth Clinic. I'm curious if the ACV is depleting your iodine? The symptoms you describe sound exactly like what I was experiencing until I figured out I was iodine deficient. Somewhere along the way, I've read that ACV depletes some of the body's iodine stores. Probably here on EC...

EC: Hi Annie,

Thanks for your response. Interesting! I had been taking Lugol's iodine (or potassium iodide) intermittently, so that never crossed my mind. So glad to hear you figured out what was causing your symptoms.

Best,
Deirdre

P.S. Haven't touched acv in months and I haven't had any more symptoms, thank goodness!


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Posted by Sara (Mumbai, India) on 09/25/2010
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Hi Ted I was drinking 2tbsp of ACV in 8 ounces of water 2 times a day. Now my both knees have started paining a lot- its too painful 2 walk pls rply as to why this problem has occured was I using the correct amt of water n ACV.

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Posted by Anne (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 09/25/2010
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My husband was experiencing extreme pain in his side and to his lower back together with nausea. We went for blood tests, X-ray and cat scan - nothing. I was so happy to find this site. We started 1TBSP ACV daily with teaspoon of honey. The attacks stopped for 2 1/2 weeks and on Thursday he had another one but this one did not stop: nothing I tried helped and eventually 4pm Friday he was admitted into hospital as we could not stop the nausea or the pain: he was dehydrated. They put a camera down into his stomach which they say is red and inflamed and that ACV is too acidic. I have since read that you recommend less and to put a little in your water all day. DO YOU THINK IT IS AT ALL POSSIBLE THAT IT COULD HAVE DONE THIS TO HIS STOMACH? We are still headed for an MRI, ultra sound and a bone scan. I am feeling really guilty if the ACV could have done this to his stomach. I will continue using the site for myself because I think it is amazing but not for my husband. I really would appreciate comments from Ted or anyone else who may be able to help. Thank you.

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Posted by Chandra (Raleigh, Nc) on 09/14/2010
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When I drank my ACV with water it made me feel lightheaded and my blood pressure got too low! Was I drinking too much? How much do you suggest I use. I used _____s.


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Posted by Shary (Centennial, Co) on 08/30/2010

Hi Sara. It seems to me that if you're having side effects with ACV, or anything else, for that matter, then the sensible thing is to quit taking it. What works for some doesn't work for everyone, so the best thing you can do is listen to your body.


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Posted by Evelyn (San Antonio, Tx, U.s.a.) on 08/29/2010
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Love to read your site, spend hours reading it. Have learned a lot. One question seems to bother me. I seem to notice that the ACV is getting me very constipated. I tried the BSM but I will stop it because of the sugar content. Has anyone had this problem? I haven't seen it posted. What do you all suggest that I do? Thanks for your feedback! I'm 80 yrs. old. Evelyn


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Posted by Leslie (New Castle, Pa) on 08/09/2010

Response to Patrice53.... Try drinking your ACV and water through a straw. ACV is very acidic and can irritate the teeth and gums. Good luck to you!


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Posted by Patrice53 (Modesto, Ca) on 08/09/2010
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Anyone have sore gums after using apple cider vinegar! Mine have been, and red, and you can see my teeth though my red gums! .. P

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Posted by Sara (Sacramento, Ca, Usa) on 08/06/2010
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I love taking Apple Cider Vinegar, but it gives me Acid Reflux. If I take it with Baking Soda then I get a Stomach ache. Please tell me how to take Apple Cider Vinegar. Thanks, Sara

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Posted by Cheska (Wayne, Mi, Usa) on 07/16/2010

Did you get your yeast infection after taking the antibiotics for your bladder infection? I have one now, after taking antibiotics for a bladder infection. Mine is under my breasts and where my thighs attach to my body. I just started rubbing iodine on the tender itchy spots. Our weather had been in the 90's for the last 2 weeks.


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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 07/13/2010

I started taking 1 tbspoon of ACV in water every day after visiting this site for the first time and also reading a book on the subject. After a few days, like you, I had a yeast infection. As soon as I stopped it went away. Now I only use it in salads and if I think that I need to take it like a few days ago because I was starting to have a bladder infection I only take 1 tspoon also because I tend to loose weight fast. It didn't help with my bladder infection though so I am taking the usual penicillin for three days. Too bad...


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Posted by Pb (Cape Breton, Ns) on 07/10/2010
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Hi folks - I'd love your thoughts on this one! I recently began taking 2 tbsp organic ACV daily, I'd "shoot" it then chase it with water. Last weekend I got the first yeast infection in YEARS (i'm not on the pill, eat fairly well, not on probiotics though). I wondered, as ACV has an alkalizing effect when taken internally, could it have changed my ph to the extent that a yeast infection was able to start (bc yeast do better in a more alkaline environment)?? I've been infection free for so long and this was the only thing I'd done differently lately that I could think of that might have caused it.

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Posted by Carolina (Nyc, Ny) on 07/06/2010
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I have had an awful acid reflux condition along with irritable bowel syndrome for the past 4 years non-stop. I lived my life with 24 hours nausea, diarrhea (4 times a day or sometimes more) pain, unsuferable pain. In short, I was going mad. I started 5 days ago to take 2 TBS of ACV 3 times a day as suggested here after reading pretty much all your site, which is fabulous and informative! Thanks so much! The first night in 4 years that I don't wake up in the middle of the night in pain and about to puke. I could not believe my eyes and bow down to the bottle of ACV. My only problem and here lies my question, is that in day number 3, I started to experience super uncomfortable bloating (but no gas) that turned into pain afterwards. Now my back hurts and sitting down feels unconfortable, and yesterday and today I experienced nausea again. Less nausea, I must say, but I started to freak out. Am I doing something wrong? How long should I consume the 2TBS conconction in order to totally heal my "problems"? I also started, at the same time, to take probiotics pills once a day. Please help! I am at a loss here :(

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Posted by Dorothy (Emerald City, Oz) on 06/20/2010

I've read, not sure where, perhaps on Earth Clinic, too much vinegar depletes iodine. So glad that you are okay!

Wishing you and Earth Clinic well every day!

EC: Thank you so much for your kind thoughts, Dorothy!


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Posted by Pat (Athens, Al, Usa) on 06/20/2010

I use aloe capsules, wouldn't that be the same thing? I use B----'s Amino's when i make stir fries and stuff. How would I take it on a regular basis? Sounds yucky straight, but I'm open to ideas and how long would it take to see some benefit? Also if the aloe capsules aren't good enough, where would I find regular aloe juice in Alabama? Thanks.


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Posted by Pee (Florida, Usa) on 06/20/2010

Try Aloe juice now! Still contains most of minerals and nutrients ACV has! Also try the B---g's Amino acids!


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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 06/20/2010
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In addition to the side effects I reported recently re Hyaluronic Acid, a new sensitivity to apple cider vinegar has developed after many, many years of drinking it on and off. I am becoming quite sensitive as I age, I guess.

I recently had to stop taking my favorite remedy on Earth Clinic due to multiple and at times severe side effects: heart palpitations, dizziness, vertigo, light headedness, anxiety, and panic attacks in the car (due to feeling dizzy). Hard to believe these side effects were caused by a benign home remedy such as vinegar, but it's true. I know other people on the site have reported similar symptoms over the years and I am wondering if they were also drinking apple cider vinegar!

It took me many months to figure out that apple cider vinegar (acv) was the cause of these symptoms because I only took it intermittantly. As soon as I'd start having symptoms, I'd stop drinking acv, caffeine and any food or drink that I thought might be causing the issues. What threw me for a loop however, was that a few of my symptoms (light headedness, dizziness) would continue for another 7-10 days. That's how long it took to leave my system! I knew it had to be something I was eating, drinking or taking (supplements, home remedies, etc), but the exact trigger eluded me.

My doctor finally had me wear a heart monitor for 2 days to figure out what was going on. I was told to try and trigger the palpitations. That was very easy... all I did was drink 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in water and the palpitations (pre-atrial contractions to be exact) began 20 minutes later. Once the palpitations started after drinking the acv, I exacerbated my symptoms with cardio exercise, caffeine, and an acupuncture session where needles were placed in the heart meridian. All confirmed with my heart monitor test. Alone, neither caffeine nor acupuncture nor exercise caused any symptoms. However, in conjunction with acv, big problem.

I haven't touched acv other than topically in 6 weeks and guess what, absolutely no symptoms! What a relief to finally know the cause.

I love this remedy. In fact as you many of you know, it was the very first one on Earth Clinic. I am saddened to have to stop taking what I believe is one of the best home remedies on this site. However, I wanted people to be aware of potential side effects. Thankfully, I had a 20 year run of drinking apple cider vinegar regularly without any side effects!

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Posted by Tami (Beaverton, Or) on 06/18/2010
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I'm very interested in your post. I've been drinking 2tsp ACV in a tall glass of water for two 1/2 weeks. The execption being the weekends. Every day I drink it I get a headache...which is why I'm reading these posts, trying to get a handle on it. I'm also HypoThyroid & take dessicated thyroid (same main ingredients as Armour & Naturethroid). Do you think there is a connection between Thyroid, ACV and Headaches? In some ways I'm happy with the ACV but I can't deal with daily headaches. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on the situation.


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Posted by Lisa (Brandon, Florida, Usa) on 06/15/2010

Another good remedy for constipation is 1 tablespoon of oil (the good kind) on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and you will go.


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Posted by Lisa (Brandon, Florida, Usa) on 06/15/2010

I would reduce the dosage significantly. Whenever I try something new I go way below the suggested amount which is 2 teaspoons. I would start with 1/8th teaspoon just to see the effects to my body.


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Posted by Lisa (Brandon, Florida, Usa) on 06/15/2010

I cured restless leg syndrome. One thing I used was quinine which is in Canada Dry soda water.


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Posted by Lisa (Brandon, Florida, Usa) on 06/15/2010

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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Posted by Lisa (Brandon, Florida) on 06/15/2010

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


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Posted by Katherine (Kodiak, Alaska) on 05/24/2010
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Better But With Side Effects

I too, have experienced side effects from taking the ACV. The good side-effects were some weight loss and appetite suppression. I also overcame my sugar addiction, and nipped an oncoming UTI in the bud before it became a problem! (A couple of Tbs of Organic ACV in a pitcher of water with some raw honey, sipped several glasses of it and felt wonderful within an hour or so!) I was expecting to see the doctor in the morning, but was back up walking around before bedtime - I even proceeded to bake a loaf of bread that night!

However, the negative effects included raw looking gums that appeared to have receeded somewhat. They were already receeding somewhat to begin with, but after the first week or so I developed a very sensitive spot at the gumline. I immediately stopped my daily glass of 1 tsp-1 Tbs of organic ACV in a tall glass of water and filled my dental trays with organic virgin coconut oil and then oil pulled for the next few days which took away my sensitivity and appeared to repair my gums as well. I had also developed heartburn from the ACV which subsequently cleared up when I quit drinking the ACV tonic. It's been about a month since I quit, and my problems have disappeared, so I have begun, over the past few days reintroducing it with a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acid, which hasn't given me any of the same problems I had previously.

My question though, is: does neutralizing the acid reduce it's effectiveness for overall health benefits? I love ACV and all that it does for us, but am afraid of ruining my teeth! Heartburn is no fun either :(

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Posted by Mariya (Tabuk, North, Saudi Arabia) on 05/21/2010
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Would like to know your spin on this...i have tried two types of acv one of which is recommended on your site, and on both occassions became very light-headed and drowsy with diahorea. i took about 1tbsp in a large glass of water. i also had burning in my stomach with reflux. it took me about 2-3 days to feel normal again !

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Posted by Kyra (Cortlandt Manor, Ny) on 05/09/2010

You must also remember Heinz ACV is not the same as Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. It will not produce the same effects.


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Posted by Susan (Clifton, Nj) on 05/07/2010
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I threw off my body's ph by drinking 1-2 TBS ACV (Heinz brand) & 1-2 TBS regular honey mixed into a class of water 2-3X a day. I drank it because it was supposed to give you a feeling of well being, and I began to like it.

Only after a while of doing this, and never immediately after I drank it, my reaction began. My lips felt burned. Days later, they turned red and swollen. Then days later, got tiny blisters all over them that would heal surprisingly fast (within days) and new ones would appear, but the effect was my entire lips but not near the outer edges.

I freaked out, thinking I caught something. Doctors incorrectly said it was dermatitis or herpes (which I've never had and doesn't appear on a person's entire lips) and gave me medicine that didn't work. I suffered for 10 months, trying lactobacillus acidophilus pills that had to be refrigerated and were expensive. I tried OTC products. Evenutally, it diminshed on it's own (that must have been when I stopped the daily overdose ACV because I thought the benefits were non-existent). At the time, I incorrectly thought it was a food allergy, when I noticed that it got worse from eating salads, then I narrowed it down to just the tomatoes (wrong), it was the vinegar. I had stopped my daily drink for a long time, and now, every time I had vinegar, within an hour, my lips got that burn, and if I ate more, they went all the way to becoming red and swollen.

I did nothing except stay away from vinegar for a few months, and my body returned to normal, but this had been going on for 10 months!!

Now that my body is normal again, I can eat vinegar whenever I want with no adverse reaction, but I will never have the quantity (2-4 TBS a day) that caused this ph imbalance.

Please condense this and let your readers know that this is a possible effect of too much ACV per day. I had no idea that there could be negative reactions, and since a book recommended 1-2 TBS a day, I figured that if some is good, more is better (wrong).

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Posted by Sofia (Rochester, Ny) on 05/03/2010

Taking Calcium and/or iron supplements along with thyroid meds like Synthroid or Levoxyl will interfere with the absorption of the T4. Doctors recommend taking these two minerals separately, at least 4 or 5 hours between doses. Also, it is suggested taking calcium and iron separately.


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Posted by Pat (Belmar, N.j) on 05/03/2010

Lyn, is it o.k. to take the acv with taking thyroid meds, vit.d & calcium? I take these & I want to try this but don't know if I should. Thanks, Pat


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Posted by Cal (Jackson, Mi.) on 04/18/2010

I just started acv about 3 weeks ago and so far I have not had any bad side affects of any kind accept one! When I take a shot with anything accept water I seem to regret it and become very nauseus for about 5 minutes but that is all and I really think that is simply my stomach saying don't do that. Also I am doing it the hard way or as some people may think. I just use the get over it method and take a full one oz shot and follow it with a glass of water, my wife hates everything and she actually is taking it every day along with one other member of the family and if she is willing to take it then it has to be working for her too.

I have much more energy and my blood pressure has come down, also my blood sugars are down and much more stable.

My biggest concern is the affect it may have on my stomach but my regular doctor said go for it.

I also take the other things like fish oil and co q 10 since I have had heart bypass and just before I started using the acv I was told I had another blockage and they are not cutting me up again so I started the chealation therapy and strange enough I found out that Chealation therapy is ACV therapy (go read the ingredients) You will be shocked and by the way I feel great now and my regular doctor say's he doubts a blockage anymore and all my blood tests are better than ever expected...

I will keep using this I am sure and I will continue till something bad happens but I doubt it will.

Please excuse my bad spelling Thanks...


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Posted by Sumantha (Durban, South Africa) on 04/08/2010

does acv darken skin colour?


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Posted by Andy (St. Paul, Mn) on 04/01/2010

Thank you for your reply, Lyn. I have been on Armour for about 2.5 years and Cortef for 5 months. Per my doctor and pharmacist's recommendations, I take Armour first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I wait about an hour and then eat breakfast. During or after breakfast, I take the Cortef. The last time I tried ACV and had the severe headache, I sipped on the ACV/water mix throughout the day. I can't remember if I drank any before taking the meds. I am going to dilute it way down and try again and will avoid drinking it within a couple of hours of taking the meds. Thank you so much.


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Posted by Lyn (Worcester Area, Ma) on 04/01/2010

For Andy from St. Paul, Mn: Noticed you are on Armour Thyroid and Cortef. I was on Armour (since 2004) until they changed the formula, am now working well with Nature-throid. How long have you been on the Armour? I started on Cortef in 2004, am now on the generic for Cortef, Hydrocortisone for my adrenals. You're the first person I've come across also on Cortef. Re. thyroid medication and vinegar, I read it's recommended to give at least a 4-hour window between taking thyroid med and ACV. ACV seems to interfere with thyroid med absorption. This would also apply to iron supplements. I mention this info only because I don't know when you take your thyroid med, cortef and ACV, and wondering if your headaches are related. The Cortef works with the thyroid med according to my dr. I haven't started using the ACV to improve my health, am hesitant, but will start with a little in water 2/3 times daily and work up slowly as I study more info. I also read thyroid med shouldn't be taken with any calcium in supplement or food form; allowing a 2-hour window is sufficient per my dr. It feels like it's working. My only problem of concern to me is that I'm not absorbing Vitamin D though I take it with calcium. It hovered at 32, so I started using Dr. Mercola's liquid Vit. D, and it plummeted to 21, so I'm working to improve it considerably. Good luck, wish you well as with everyone here. All the info here is amazing and I am glad to be here. Lyn


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Posted by Sweyah (Richmond, Va) on 03/27/2010

I started taken ACV for my allergies & cough. Will this affect my weight? ...I don't want to lose any weight just started gaining my weight back...also, how do I check my RDA for energy sometimes I'm drained? ....thnxs.



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