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 over the years 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 apple cider vinegar side effects 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.
One Earth Clinic reader reports worsening fatigue after drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for several years:
C. Jones from Cleveland Ohio writes, “I took apple cider vinegar (ACV) with lunch and dinner daily for about four years and developed ever-worsening fatigue. I never put the two together until I came across a book about copper toxicity and zinc deficiency. ACV is stored in copper vessels. Taking it daily can increase your copper levels and subsequently decrease your zinc levels. If your copper levels get high enough, you will develop thyroid and adrenal issues and be plagued with fatigue. Since cutting out the apple cider vinegar and taking a zinc capsule I cannot believe how much better I feel. I can exercise again and not be exhausted for days. I had tried EVERYTHING (dietary changes, medication, supplements) and nothing helped until I added zinc AND eliminated ACV (adding zinc only did not help).”
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:
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!
More Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar
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.