Apple Cider Vinegar Dosage And Safety Information
First... A Few Vinegar Adverse Effects
Since apple cider vinegar isn't regulated by the FDA, there are no standards set by which to use it. However, since vinegar's use spans thousands of years with only rare instances of adverse effects, I think it can be labeled safe by default. Below are a few cases to note, but after extensive research, these are the only ones I could find(there could be more but I didn't find them). Anyway, keep these in mind as you decide whether or not apple cider vinegar is right for you:
- Vinegar is a popular Chinese folk remedy. In one instance, a 39-year-old woman drank 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar in the belief it would dislodge a piece of crab shell from her throat. It resulted in inflammation of the back of her throat and a second-degree burn injury of her esophagus. Her symptoms resolved themselves unassisted after several days.
Considering this incident, I wouldn't recommend using any type of vinegar on an open, internal wound.
- Unintentionally breathing vinegar was associated with vocal chord spasms and subsequently feeling faint. The fainting phenomena can occur when your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. The condition resolved itself.
Apple cider vinegar smells to me like stinky feet and I've inhaled it with no adverse effects. But, considering this case, I'd say you should avoid breathing it if possible.
- Hypokalemia(serum potassium level of less than 3) was observed in a 28-year-old woman who had reportedly consumed approximately 250 mL(8.45 ounces) of apple cider vinegar daily for 6 years. The hypokalemia was thought to have been caused by elevated potassium levels related to the body processing the excessive amount of acetic acid.
I've consumed around 1/4 cup per day, more or less depending on the circumstances, and never had a negative reaction. From this instance I'd say 8 ounces per day is excessive. I'll stick to my 1/4 cup or less.
With the ever increasing instances of negative side effects and serious injury related to the use of approved drugs, all natural apple cider vinegar still seems to me like a far safer choice.
*Disclaimer - PLEASE consult your health care provider before consuming apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar may interact with certain supplements or drugs, including diuretics and insulin.
Which Variety Of Apple Cider Vinegar Is Best?
There is no shortage of advice about apple cider vinegar and its uses out there, and it can be overwhelming trying to sort fact from fiction. Luckily, apple cider vinegar is extremely safe and you can hardly use too much of it or use it incorrectly(although you should check with your doctor first before you take it internally if you take medications)
That said, as with any food, it's best to get raw and organic, and apple cider vinegar with "the mother" is best. When ACV is processed and/or filtered, the natural enzymes, minerals, and nutrients in the apple cider vinegar are removed. Natural raw apple cider vinegar should be pungent, with a rich, light brown color and a visible "mother."
Natural, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains more than thirty important nutrients, a dozen minerals, over half a dozen vitamins and essential amino acids, and several enzymes.
ACV Dosage Guidelines
From apple cider vinegar's extensive history, today we have a good idea how to administer apple cider vinegar safely and effectively. Below are some practical apple cider vinegar applications.
Outer Ear Infections - "Acetic acid is antibacterial and antifungal and is effective against microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) that infect the ears of patients with acute diffuse external otitis." This excerpt is from Bausch and Lomb's "Acetic Acid 2% in Aqueous Aluminum Acetate Otic Solution" page. This product is used to treat superficial infections of the external auditory canal caused by organisms susceptible to the action of the antimicrobial or "Swimmer's Ear"(outer ear infection).
Heartburn - Sip 1/3 tsp. of apple cider vinegar before meals to activate the digestive juices(it smells like feet but it helps!).
Tooth Whitening - Rubbing apple cider vinegar on teeth, followed by a water rinse can help remove the surface stains on teeth.
Sunburn - Ease the burn of sunburn with apple cider vinegar. Dab ACV directly on the sunburn using a cotton ball, or draw a lukewarm to room temperature bath and add a cup of vinegar, then soak for 10 minutes.
Jellyfish Stings - Carry apple cider vinegar with you in the car when you go to the beach. Immediately apply vinegar at the site of jellyfish stings to deactivate the nematocysts.
Insect Stings And Bites - As with the jellyfish stings, apply apple cider vinegar to bee stings to relieve pain and swelling.
Warts - In an article written by a nurse on the University of Pittsburgh's website, she reports that soaking her feet in apple cider vinegar removed the warts on her feet!
Wound care - Apply a cloth with ACV to the affected area for 20 minutes each, 4 to 8 times per day. Can be used for contaminated wounds that cannot be closed primarily with surgical means.
Leg Cramps - Try rubbing apple cider vinegar directly on legs when leg cramps strike! Also, drink 2 tsps. of apple cider vinegar and 2 tsps of raw honey in a glass of distilled water three times a day to keep them away.
Antioxidant/Potassium Daily Boost - Add 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar to 6 ounces of fresh fruit or vegetable juice and drink between meals daily.
Burns - Splash some raw, organic apple cider vinegar on burns to relieve the pain and redness
Corns and Calluses - Soak feet in warm water 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar added to it. After the soak, rub the calluses and corns with a pumice stone. Apply a gauze bandage soaked in full strength apple cider vinegar to the callous and leave on overnight. A freshly made acv soaked bandage can be applied for the day.
Poison Oak or Ivy - Mix equal parts distilled water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray affected area. Refrigerate the bottle to add a cooling sensation.
Fever, Cough, Expectorant - Oxymel is an ancient Greek medicine, usually composed of 4 parts (organic)honey to one part apple cider vinegar(or a variation of this recipe). Once prepared it was kept on hand for medicinal needs. Used full strength or in a less diluted form, Oxymel greatly aids in the expectoration of excess phlegm from the lungs and respiratory tract, opens the airways, and makes breathing easier. It can be mixed into hot expectorant herb teas to enhance their effects.
Combat Fatigue And Exercise Exhaustion - Lactic acid buildup in the body causes fatigue. The amino acids in ACV act as an antidote. Add 2 tsps organic, raw honey and 2 tsps organic, raw apple cider vinegar with the mother to a glass of water.
Headaches - Try relieving your headache by boiling 2 Tbsps apple cider vinegar in a pot with 2 cups of distilled water. Once it steams, turn off the heat and set your pot on a trivet at your kitchen table. Lean over the steam, place a towel over your head and take 5 long, slow deep breaths of steam. You can also apply a warm or cool wet wash cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to your neck and forehead.
Sore Throat and Laryngitis - Add 1 tsp apple cider vinegar to 4 ounces of water. Gargle a mouthful 3 times hourly.
Credit For Content:
National Library Of Medicine - National Institutes For Health
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System
University of Pittsburgh
Oregon State University - The Linus Pauling Institute