We are constantly reading about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and we are all aware of its healing properties, right? Well, the thing here is that we are not familiar with the fact that we should use ACV in moderation, because this natural tonic can cause side effects and lead to many health problems.
For that purpose, we will tell you more about the potential side effects of apple cider vinegar and give you some tips on how you can consume it safely.
What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?
A combination of apples and yeast, apple cider vinegar contains 5-6% of acetic acid. Although it is considered as a “weak acid”, Apple Cider Vinegar has potent acidic properties when it is concentrated. What is more, ACV contains water and trace amounts of minerals, vitamins, and other acids.
It is scientifically shown that ACV has the ability to reduce blood sugar levels, normalize cholesterol levels, promote weight loss, and increase insulin sensitivity. However, it is very important to consume ACV in moderation because it can cause some side effects as well.
The 7 Possible Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Delayed Stomach Emptying
ACV can reduce the rate at which food leaves the stomach and enter the lower digestive tract, thus preventing blood sugar spikes, which in turn can slow down its absorption into the bloodstream. So, ACV can worsen the symptoms of gastroparesis, a digestive disorder in people who have type1 diabetes. Some of the common symptoms of gastroparesis include heartburn, bloating, and nausea.
For people who suffer from this condition, timing insulin with meals can be very difficult since there is no way to know for how long food will be digested and absorbed. In other words, blood sugar control is more difficult for people who suffer from type1 diabetes. A recent study confirmed these proven facts. The study included 10 people with type1 diabetes and gastroparesis who drank 1 glass of water containing 2 tablespoons of ACV for 1 week before breakfast and the results showed that people have experienced delayed gastric emptying in comparison to the previous week.
- Digestive Side Effects
A number of studies proved that ACV and acetic acid can reduce appetite and increase the feeling of fullness, which in turn leads to a reduction of calorie intake. However, according to a recent study, the food intake and appetite can reduce as a result of indigestion. People who consumed a water containing 25 grams of ACV experienced reduction of appetite and nausea.
- Low Potassium Levels and Bone Loss
One recent study showed that the regular consumption of high doses of ACV during a longer period of time can cause low blood potassium and bone loss. A woman who consumed 250 ml of ACV mixed with water every day for 6 years was hospitalized because of the low levels of potassium and other blood abnormalities. Moreover, the lady was diagnosed with osteoporosis. The doctors claim that the high doses of ACV are responsible for this.
- Erosion of Tooth Enamel
It is scientifically shown that acetic acid found in vinegar can be very harmful for the tooth enamel. Enamel from wisdom teeth was immersed in different types of vinegar with pH from 2.7 to 3.95. According to the results, after a few hours, the teeth lost between 1-20% of their mineral content. A recent study also showed that by consuming of 237 ml of undiluted ACV a day, a 15-year-old experienced serious dental decay.
- Throat Burns
ACV can cause esophageal (throat) burns. It was found out that among the accidently swallowed harmful liquids by children, acid found in vinegar is the most common acid which can cause throat burns. A recent study showed that ACV tablet caused burns in a woman’s throat and the woman experienced pain and difficulties during swallowing for 6 months.
- Skin Burns
ACV has an acidic nature, so if you apply it directly to your skin, it can cause burns. A 14-year-old girl who has two moles applied a few drops of ACV then experienced erosions on her nose. There was another case when a 6-year-old body experienced leg burns after his mother used ACV to treat his leg infection.
- Drug Interactions
Some medications can interact with ACV:
Certain diuretic medications can cause your body to excrete potassium. To prevent potassium levels from dropping too low, make sure to avoid consuming vinegar during diuretic therapy.
Diabetes medication – People who use insulin or insulin-stimulating medications and vinegar have higher risk of experiencing low blood sugar or potassium levels.
Digoxin is a medication which can reduce potassium levels in your blood. Combined with ACV, it will lead to a significant reduction of your potassium levels.
How to Consume Apple Cider Vinegar Safely?
There are some tips that can help you to consume moderate amounts of ACV:
- Limit your intake:Begin with a smaller amount of ACV and slowly increase it to a maximum of 2 tablespoons (30 ml) on a daily basis.
- Minimize the exposure of your teeth to acetic acid:You should dilute Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water and drink it.
- Rinse your mouth:Make sure to rinse with water after drinking ACV. In order to prevent further enamel damage, wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
- Don’t consume ACV if you suffer from gastroparesis
- Be aware of allergies:If you notice an allergic reaction, stop consuming it immediately