The Dangers of Apple Cider Vinegar and High Blood Pressure
By Sadie Bell
, last updated March 19, 2012
High blood pressure is a serious condition that places you at an increased risk for developing heart disease, having a stroke or developing kidney disease. Traditional medications like beta blockers and diuretics are prescribed to treat this ailment. Apple cider vinegar is a folk remedy for high blood pressure, but it could actually cause more harm than good.
Understanding Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a liquid concoction made from crushed apples. After fermenting into alcohol, the liquid develops bacteria and becomes acetic acid, according to The Vinegar Institute. There is very little evidence to show vinegar as having an effect on treating health problems but it is still touted as a home remedy cure-all.
About High Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the amount of force behind the blood as it's pumped through your blood vessels. When there is too much force propelling the blood, you have high blood pressure, which can damage the blood vessels and put you at risk for greater illness, according to the American Heart Association.
Limited research shows apple cider vinegar to have a slight effect on high blood pressure. According to a study published in the "Journal of Nutrition" in 2007, the antioxidant present in apple cider vinegar called quercetin was given to participants in the study for a month. Over the course of the study, the participants experienced a reduction in blood pressure readings.
The biggest danger of drinking apple cider vinegar when you have high blood pressure is the potential for drug interactions. According to MayoClinic.com, vinegar has shown to interact with diuretics, a drug commonly prescribed to those with high blood pressure. This interaction may result in a dramatic drop in potassium levels in the blood.
Apple cider vinegar carries other dangers as well that can affect you regardless of whether or not you're being treated for high blood pressure. According to "eMedTV," drinking vinegar regularly could burn your throat, cause heartburn and stomach upset, or introduce bacteria into your system if you drink unpasteurized formulas. These potential hazards only apply if you drink vinegar as a supplement. Using it on your salad shouldn't be a problem.