11 Side Effects Of Apple Cider Vinegar September 20, 2016

Till a couple of years back, apple cider vinegar (seb ka sirka) wasn’t very popular. However, of late, it is being recommended by dietitians and health conscious people who consider it as an all-in-one cure for a number of diseases ranging from diabetes and ulcers to weight loss. While its benefits are extensively known to a lot of people, only a handful of them are actually aware of its side effects, which can turn out to be gruesome.

In this article, we will talk about the various side effects of apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – A Brief

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We all know that apple cider vinegar is extracted from fermented apples. Apple cider vinegar literally means ‘sour wine of apple’ in Latin as well as in French. This sour juice is full of essential vitamins and minerals like pectin, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C, folic acid, biotin, pantothenic acid, niacin, sodium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and acetic acid.

Hence, it’s no wonder that apple cider vinegar is utilized to treat a plethora of ailments.

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

  1. Tissue Damage
  2. Low Potassium Levels
  3. Drug Reactions
  4. Gastrointestinal Problems
  5. Damaged Tooth Enamel
  6. Decreased Bone Density
  7. Sore Throat
  8. Low Blood Sugar Levels
  9. Acne And Itchy Skin
  10. Headaches And Nausea
  11. Decreased Mineral Levels

Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects

As the saying goes, anything in excess is fatal. The same can be applied for apple cider vinegar as it can actually cause serious issues if its consumption exceeds the prescribed amount.

Let’s take a look at the side effects caused by the overuse of apple cider vinegar.

1. Tissue Damage

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Whether you consume ACV in the tablet form or the liquid form, its overuse can damage or corrode the esophagus, tooth enamel, and stomach lining due to the high level of citric acidic content in it (1). Moreover, direct application of apple cider vinegar on the skin can cause irritation, rashes, and a burning sensation.

Prevention Method

To prevent the side effects of apple cider vinegar on the skin, blend it with water, honey, juice or a pinch of baking soda, especially when you have sensitive skin.

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2. Low Potassium Levels

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According to a Natural Standard review, the high acetic acid content of ACV causes low potassium levels in your blood (2). This condition is called hypokalemia. This situation may cause many associated symptoms and ailments including weakness, nausea, cramps, frequent urination, low blood pressure, changes in heart rhythm, and paralysis.

Prevention Method

Make sure you consult your doctor before you start taking apple cider vinegar orally. The topical application doesn’t pose as much threat as ingestion.

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3. Drug Reactions

Since it is acidic in nature, ACV can easily react with some drugs like laxatives, diuretics, and insulin (3). Since ACV has a direct effect on the insulin levels and blood sugar, it may prove to be highly hazardous when taken with blood pressure and diabetes medications.

Prevention Method

If you’re suffering from any health disorder and want to avoid any drastic reaction, consult your doctor before consuming ACV.

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4. Gastrointestinal Problems

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Other side effects that are caused due to the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar include serious diarrhea, indigestion, and heartburn (4). If you are using ACV for detoxification, these side effects are very common.

Prevention Method

According to experts, consuming unrefined ACV with a pH level of 5-7 prevents these side effects to a large extent. If the side effects do not seem to abate over time, discontinue or lower your dosage.

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5. Damaged Tooth Enamel

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The high acidic level of undiluted ACV can destroy your tooth enamel if it is consumed orally (5). Besides giving a yellowish tinge to your teeth, it increases your dental sensitivity as well.

Prevention Method

In order to avoid direct contact with your teeth, consume liquid ACV using a straw. Mix the ACV with juice or water before you consume it. This will lower the possible side effects of vinegar consumption. To reduce the potential damage to your tooth enamel, brush your teeth immediately after vinegar intake.

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6. Decreased Bone Density

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The excessive use of apple cider vinegar also reduces the bone mineral density, making our bones weak and brittle (6). Hence, people suffering from osteoporosis should never go overboard with this ingredient.

Prevention Method

Take necessary precautions and consult a physician before consuming ACV. However, topical application isn’t that harmful.

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7. Sore Throat

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Many studies have concluded that the oral overuse of apple cider vinegar can eventually lead to throat irritation (7). This is caused mainly due to the presence of acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.

Prevention Method

Generously dilute apple cider vinegar in water, if you want to use it for a prolonged period. It helps prevent the plausible damage to our esophageal wall.

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8. Low Blood Sugar Levels

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The excessive use of apple cider vinegar can lower the blood sugar levels in the body due to its antiglycemic effect on blood (8). In some cases, it may cause diabetic hypoglycemia, cutting off glucose supply to the brain, and resulting in unconsciousness and even coma. However, this activity of apple cider vinegar comes as a blessing to people suffering from type II diabetes and insulin resistance.

Prevention Method

As this situation can be fatal, talking to your doctor before consuming it is the best advice.

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9. Acne And Itchy Skin

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One of the many purposes of apple cider vinegar is to flush out toxins from our system. However, it can lead to acne production since our body tends to expel toxins via our skin (9).

Prevention Method

To avoid the untimely acne spurt, use diluted apple cider vinegar. You should see a doctor beforehand if you have a very sensitive skin.

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10. Headaches And Nausea

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The overuse of apple cider vinegar can eventually lead to painful headaches accompanied by a feeling of nausea. This occurs due to its detoxification property that makes our brain release harmful toxins.

Prevention Method

One should generally avoid consuming apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning as our body is just out of a deep slumber. Also, dilute this product before consuming it as far as possible.

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11. Decreased Mineral Levels

As much as detoxification is a must for our body, this process generally flushes out both good and bad substances from our body. It expels a few essential nutrients like minerals that are very important for our health.

Prevention Method

We can avoid a drastic drop in the mineral composition in the body by using multivitamins and supplements. Consuming bananas daily can also help.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How much apple cider vinegar we should consume?

The recommended dose of ACV varies depending on your individual needs. If you want to avail the actual health benefits of ACV, mix two tablespoons of ACV with a cup of water and consume it once a day. Before you apply ACV to your skin, dilute it with water so that it doesn’t cause any skin irritation. Many experts advise consuming ACV via a straw to avoid it coming in contact with your teeth.

What should we keep in mind before buying apple cider vinegar?

In order to avoid any drastic damage to your skin and health, consider going for organic ACV that contains living supplements and microorganisms. Also, go through the label of the bottles before you buy ACV. Any brand that has the right constituents is good. Go for Heinz and Bragg – these two brands are really popular and for the right reasons.

How to identify organic apple cider vinegar?

The organic and natural counterpart of apple cider vinegar is unpasteurized and crude. It is considered to be the best is due to the presence of actual microscopic organisms that cure a spectrum of ailments. So, if you are unable to identify the natural one, go for the unfiltered and unheated one that contains a strand-type sediment at the bottom of the jar. But, make sure you shake the bottle before using it. The non-organic one, however, is devoid of such a sediment and is unnaturally clear.

Can apple cider vinegar be consumed with beverages?

Caffeine may affect the absorption of apple cider vinegar, so if you really want to mix it with your beverage, use homegrown decaf tea. Also, mixing them both can increase the acidic level of the beverage since both caffeine and ACV are acidic in nature. This applies to all carbonated beverages.

However, if you want to consume it with beverages, take it with honeyed water.

What time of the day is best for consuming apple cider vinegar?

You can consume apple cider vinegar at any time of the day, except for the time after you wake up. Consuming ACV an hour before your meals can help in the proper functioning of your digestive system.

How often should apple cider vinegar be consumed on a daily basis?

This totally depends on what your doctor suggests. However, consuming it twice a day is safe.

Can ACV be taken in the form of pills?

Yes, you can consume apple cider vinegar in any form you like, but make it a point not to overdo it.

Who should avoid using apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is known to have a huge impact on a woman’s body. Pregnant ladies and lactating mothers are generally advised to avoid it. People who are on medication or going through chemotherapy should also avoid consuming apple cider vinegar.

Hope you are now aware of the apple cider vinegar side effects. Acetic acid is the basic component of ACV, and this causes certain health issues when consumed in the concentrated form. Using ACV in the right way and amount can help avoid its side effects.

We hope this article was useful. If you know any other side effects of ACV, please comment in the box below.

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  • nazeema

    Hi,
    Is it safe to take ACV by heart patients, please suggest.

  • Apeksha

    Informative and well-researched article. Enjoyed reading the post. It is always better to be aware of the side-effects and safe-guard ourselves, rather than regretting later. Please do share more write-ups, as it is a rarity to find such informative articles. Will definitely keep coming back for more :)

  • Sima

    Hi there, first of all, thanks for such an informative post. Not everything suits everybody, so it’s better to be careful before trying out any new product. I would be looking forward to more such well researched articles..

  • salyzsong

    I think I may have permanently bleached my skin, I was trying to lighten some age spots, and now have a big white blotch where I applied non-diluted ACV :(
    Such a dumb move!

  • Diane

    Used apple cider vinegar 3 timesa a day in water. After about 5 weeks lost huge amount of hair. In just a few weeks time major hair loss. Any idea as to why? Help.

  • Daniel Thomas

    The information appears so great…..thanks for the pieces of information.

  • Krishan Gopal Gupta

    thanks for this information. I was taking 2 spoon with 1 cup water and suffered shoulder pain. Stopping this for a week and I felt relief in pain.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Christine, if you are taking any kind of medication, then it would be wise to consult your doctor about any home remedy that you follow.

  • Nici Drummond

    I used it on my face, and now I have bright red patches?

  • Patrick

    I think that apple cider vinegar side effects are negligible.

  • DaManFitty

    Wait, is this article on Raw ACV from Braggs or is this just ACV? Not to mention is this just consuming the Raw ACV alone? If so….Don’t do that….That’s when you will have the extreme side effects…..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Mavic, if you experience any side-effects then you should discontinue to use further and check with your doctor too.