Apple cider vinegar (ACV) started to be used for the treatment of numerous health problems many years ago. Although it can provide a lot of health benefits, if it is combined with particular prescribed medications, it can cause severe side effects.
The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Usually, ACV is used for weight loss, because it empties the stomach and at the same time, it makes you feel satiated by reducing your appetite. In a study conducted in China, it was showed that ACV can lower the risk by 37% of oesophagal cancer. Due to its powerful antifungal and antibacterial features, ACV can treat athlete’s foot and yeast infections.
The ACV contains acetic acid which reduces the levels of the bad cholesterol. Its anti-glycemic features prevent the digestion of starches that provoke the rise of the levels of the sugar in the blood.
However, besides its health benefits, if it’s combined with certain medications, ACV can provoke side effects thus, causing serious problems, such as lowering the level of potassium in the organism.
If you take some of the following medications, don’t combine them with ACV:
Digoxin or Lanoxin (for heart diseases)
When combined with this medication, ACV obstructs the absorption of potassium which causes the following side effects: vomiting, mood swings, vision problems, diarrhoea, and dizziness.
Diuretics – Diuril, Microzidea, Thalitone, and Lasix (for treatment of bloated stomach)
Potassium maintains the level of water in the organism, and since the ACV lowers the potassium levels, this might result in dehydration.
Insulin (balance of sugar levels in the blood)
Although ACV controls the sugar levels in the blood, according to some studies, it should never be combined with insulin, since the combination of them both might lower significantly the potassium and sugar levels in the blood.
Pay special attention when consuming ACV, since its use in the long term, might cause low levels of potassium in the body, leading to other health issues. For example, if you consume 8 oz. of apple cider vinegar on a daily basis, in a few years it might cause osteoporosis!
Who Else Should Not Use ACV
Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women
Pregnant women should not take ACV because scientists cannot prove enough evidence on how much the ACV affects the fetus during pregnancy. Breastfeeding mothers are recommended to avoid ACV as well since it might have a negative impact over the newborns.
Postmenstrual women have more reduced density in their bones. As we mentioned before, ACV lowers the levels of potassium in the body, meaning that the high intake of ACV leads to osteoporosis.
People suffering from diabetes need to be careful when consuming ACV, since it lowers the sugar levels in the blood. Therefore, if you take medications, first you need to adjust them in case you want to include ACV.