Apple cider has long been touted as a remedy for improving inflammation, lowering blood sugar, reducing the risk of chronic disease and just generally keeping you healthy.
Apple cider vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. Like apple juice, it likely contains some pectin; vitamins B1, B2, and B6; biotin; folic acid; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of the minerals sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium (5912).
Apple cider vinegar can also contain significant quantities of acetic acid and citric acid; however, the amount of each of these acids varies dramatically between samples of commercially available apple cider vinegar tablets. Frequently taking apple cider vinegar is typically safe if you’re healthy. You could experience some adverse reactions to it, however, including allergic reactions, medication problems, heartburn and dental damage.
Usually, wheat, soy, fish, nuts, eggs, shellfish, and dairy are at the top of the list when it comes to food allergens. You can be allergic to any type of food, however, if your body mistakenly thinks the food is going to cause a problem. If you’re allergic to apple cider vinegar, you could feel a tingling in your mouth and throat after ingesting it. Swelling may set in shortly after. In some cases, allergic reactions even cause bowel issues — bellyaches, diarrhea or vomiting. These adverse reactions require immediate medical attention before symptoms progress. If your allergy worsens, it can impact your breathing and pulse, potentially life-threatening situations.
As with any new supplement you start taking, you’ll want to check with your physician beforehand. Apple cider vinegar could potentially interact with other supplements or even your prescription medications. Holistic remedies, including apple cider vinegar, can minimize how efficiently certain drugs work or raise concentrations of some drugs in your blood to dangerous levels. Diuretics, diabetes medications, heart pills and laxatives are some of the medications that may interact poorly with apple cider vinegar. Let your doctor know about all types of supplements, over-the-counter pills and prescriptions you frequently take.
Some proponents of apple cider vinegar claim that the acidic liquid can cure acid reflux, although this claim needs more research. Apple cider vinegar probably won’t cause initial episodes of heartburn, but it could make it worse if you often have acid reflux. Typically, if you suffer from acid reflux, you’re supposed to avoid high-acid foods, such as tomatoes, citrus fruits, and even apple cider vinegar. If you find that the vinegar worsens your symptoms, stop taking it right away. Chronic acid reflux can permanently damage your esophagus and cause ulcers.
Regularly consuming acid-rich foods can damage the enamel on your teeth. This protective coating safeguards your teeth against dental caries and rot. Once it starts breaking down, though, you can’t fix it and it doesn’t grow back. So if you have a habit of swallowing a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar every day, over time, it could be damaging for your teeth and increase your likelihood of having cavities. Always dilute apple cider vinegar with water before taking it to help prevent enamel erosion from occurring.