Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for Low Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apple cider vinegar is bad for low blood pressure. Because it has acetic acid and histamine and they can lower your blood pressure and worsen your symptoms.

Low blood pressure (hypotension) is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In low blood pressure, your body does not have enough pressure to push blood through your arteries and veins.

This can lead to various health problems, such as dizziness, fainting, shock, and organ damage.

One of the key factors in managing low blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood volume, which can impact your low blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage low blood pressure, you should consume sodium-rich foods like salt, cheese, and canned foods and avoid potassium-rich foods like bananas, potatoes, and tomatoes.

Sodium helps retain water in your body and increase your blood volume, while potassium can lower your blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels.

Now, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a type of vinegar made from fermented apple juice.

People usually drink it diluted with water or use it as a dressing for salads and other dishes.

Apple cider vinegar is bad for low blood pressure because it contains acetic acid.

Acetic acid can lower your blood pressure by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme that constricts your blood vessels.

This can worsen your low blood pressure symptoms and increase your risk of complications.

One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar can give you about 11 mg of potassium (0.2% of your daily needs) and 1 mg of sodium (0.04% of your daily needs).

Potassium can negatively affect low blood pressure, while sodium can positively affect it.

However, the amount of sodium in ACV is too low to make a significant difference.

Acetic acid can negatively affect low blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels and reducing your blood pressure.

It can also interfere with some medications that are used to treat low blood pressure, such as diuretics and vasodilators.

Furthermore, apple cider vinegar is a fermented food and fermented foods are bad for low blood pressure.

Because, fermented foods can contain histamine, a chemical that can lower your blood pressure by dilating your blood vessels and increasing your heart rate.

That’s why I suggest you limit your apple cider vinegar intake to avoid worsening your low blood pressure.

Stick to no more than one tablespoon per day to minimize the side effects.

You should also consult your doctor before using apple cider vinegar if you have low blood pressure or take any medications for it.

Also, you shouldn’t drink apple cider vinegar if you have ulcers, gastritis, or acid reflux to prevent irritation and inflammation of your stomach lining.

Because, apple cider vinegar is acidic and can aggravate these conditions.

You can buy apple cider vinegar in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar that contains the mother, a cloudy substance that has some beneficial enzymes and bacteria.

Because, these may have some health benefits, such as improving your digestion and immunity.

You can store apple cider vinegar in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to two years.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing low blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my low blood pressure patients to follow a low blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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