10 Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar When Consumed in Excess

Know Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects on our Health Before Consuming It

10 Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar When Consumed in Excess
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Apple cider vinegar offers numerous benefits for our health, skin and hair and it is used both topically on skin and taken internally to have its benefits. But as we know excess of anything is bad, taking apple cider vinegar in surfeit can also pose serious threat to your health. This article is enlightening you about 10 side effects of apple cider vinegar on our body when consumed in excess. You must read on to know.

Apple cider vinegar is very popular among health conscious people around the world for its magical properties from controlling your cholesterol level, aiding in weight loss to treating host of skin ailments. Extracted from the fermented apple, apple cider vinegar literally means sour wine of apple. It is enriched with minerals and vitamins like pectin, vitamin B1, B2, B3, folic acid, sulfur, iron, phosphorus, calcium and acetic acid. It is really nutritious which has been substantiated by many scientific researches. But taking apple cider vinegar in excess can have some dangerous side effects too. This article gives you a low down on side effects of apple cider vinegar. 

10 Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar

1) Taking apple cider can damage your tissues

When you take apple cider vinegar without diluting it, it may cause damage to esophagus, tooth enamel, and stomach lining because of high concentration of acetic acid present in it.

Application of apple cider vinegar is also not advised for those who has got sensitive skin as it may cause burning and irritation on skin and even sensitivity to ultra violet sun rays. To avoid this problem, you must dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amount of water before appying this on skin.

2) It may cause weakness becuase it results in low level of potassium

Another side effect of drinking apple cider vinegar is the reduced potassium level in body, therefore, it lowers your blood pressure. Low potassium level in body is called hypokalemia, which occurs due to acidic content of apple cider vinegar. High acetic acid content in apple cider vinegar may lead to weakness, numbness, frequent urination and change in heart beat and in extreme condition it may even lead to paralysis. So you must consult your doctor before taking apple cider vinegar orally.

3) Throat burn because of excessive intake of apple cider vinegar

It is considered that acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can cause throat burn if taken in excess or swallowed accidentally. A case is found when woman took apple cider vinegar tablet and that tablet triggered lodged in woman's throat. This woman reported pain and discomfort while swallowing for next six months following this incident.

4) It may react to some drugs

Actually apple cider vinegar is so acidic in nature which may tamper with some medications such as laxative, diuretic and insulin. Apple cider vinegar has direct impact on your blood sugar level and blood pressure so it may cause negative reactions in your body. So if you are taking any medicine of blood sugar and blood pressure then you must consult your doctor before taking apple cider vinegar.

5) It may cause your bones to become brittle

Excessive intake of apple cider vinegar can lead to reduction in bone density. So it is not advised to take apple cider vinegar in excess for people diagnosed with osteoporosis problem. So do not go overboard in taking apple cider vinegar if you are suffering from arthritis and low bone density.

6) Intestinal problems can occur because of excess intake of apple cider vinegar

Taking apple cider vinegar in surfeit can give some nasty side effects like diarrhea, heart burn and stomach disorder. Although it is recommended to drink apple cider vinegar with PH level of 5-7. But if these symptoms still persist, then it is best to skip usage of apple cider vinegar.

7)  It may make your immune system weak

It may sound strange to you because taking probiotic foods and healthy gut bacteria lead to strong immune system. Apple cider vinegar is also a fermented beverage so why it is not good or your immune system.? Because vinegar can not do all the work for increasing your immunity in body, in fact excessive consumption of apple cider vinegar can reduce the absorption of other nutrients in body, further decreasing your immunity.

8) You may regain the weight you lost because of apple cider vinegar diet

It is advised to take apple cider vinegar to shed extra weight from your body, But you primarily lose weight which is water weight which comes back on your body when you replace apple cider vinegar with water. In fact losing weight on ACV (apple cider vinegar) is equal to losing weight because of crash diet. Quick losing of weight may lead to slower metabolism and it may become harder for you to lose weight in the future. So do not go overboard.

9) Your appetite may increase because of overdose of apple cider vinegar

It is very low calorie beverage that is why apple cider vinegar is called the weight loss food but it may increase your appetite. Taking apple cider vinegar can make your stomach fuller for some time just after taking this but after some time you urinate and release apple cide vinegar. You can feel a sudden increase in appetite which may lead to sudden weight gain because of overeating at a time.

10) It can cause nausea and headache 

Taking apple cider vinegar can cause nauseated feeling that is accompanied by headache. It happens due to detoxification process where body can relax harmful toxins while flushing them out. Moreover detoxification process can lead to even good substance along with harmful toxins flushing out from your body leading to deficiency of certain nutrients in body. It can cause extreme weakness and headache due to mineral loss in body.


Although apple cider vinegar has umpteen benefits of health but taking this in surfeit can cause several health hazards as mentioned above. You should drink 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water only once or twice a day to keep its side effects at bay. Moreover, to avoid irritation and burning on skin, it is recommended to dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amount to water to prevent any damage to skin. Lactating mother and pregnant lady should not consume apple cider vinegar and patients under going chemotherapy should also stay away from this beverage. So be careful about pros and cons of ACV before consumption of apple cider vinegar on a daily basis.

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