Apple cider vinegar diet pills may help you lose weight in the same manor as drinking apple cider vinegar, only without the tart taste or overpowering smell of the vinegar. Unfortunately, these pills also lead to increased side effects due to their ease of consumption. Consult your physician prior to taking apple cider vinegar diet pills.
Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist for the Mayo Clinic, warns that the intake of apple cider vinegar may interact with certain prescription medications, especially insulin and diuretics, lowering your potassium levels. This effect may increase with apple cider vinegar pills, because their ease of use may cause you to consume more throughout the day. Low potassium levels may cause constipation, muscle weakness, fatigue, abnormal heart rhythms and paralysis.
A study published online in May of 2006 by the journal “Medscape General Medicine” showed that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has an antiglycemic effect, meaning it lowers glucose levels in the blood. If you have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, this effect may decrease your blood sugar levels to the point of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia can cause shakiness, dizziness, hunger, headache, pale skin, jerky movements, seizures and loss of consciousness.
The acidity level of apple cider vinegar may cause throat irritation, according to Zeratsky. Apple cider vinegar pills do not have the acidic taste of liquid vinegar, but they still have a high acid content. The use of apple cider vinegar pills may cause throat pain, difficulty swallowing or throat burns, according to a study published in the July 2005 issue of the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association.” Reduce these risks by taking apple cider vinegar pills with a full glass of water while in an upright position. Use extreme caution taking these pills if you have problems swallowing or have a narrow esophagus.
Salicylate or Sulfite Sensitivity:
Apple cider vinegar contains both salicylates and sulfites — natural compounds found in plants, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Pills made from apple cider vinegar or with apple cider vinegar may also contain these compounds. If you experience symptoms of an allergy after taking apple cider vinegar diet pills, discontinue their use. Signs of an allergic reaction may include difficulty breathing, watery eyes, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, runny nose and hives.
The FDA does not regulate the sale of dietary supplements and only intervenes when a supplement makes false claims or has shown dangerous effects after sale. Considerable variability exists between apple cider vinegar pill brands in pH levels, tablet size, acid content and label claims. The July 2005 study published in the “Journal of the American Dietetic Association” indicated that many apple cider vinegar tablets might not contain any apple cider vinegar at all.
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MedlinePlus; Hypokalemia; David C. Dugdale, III, M.D.; August 2009
Medscape General Medicine”; inegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect; Carol S. Johnston, PhD, RD, et al.; May 2006
“Journal of the American Dietetic Association”; Esophageal Injury By Apple Cider Vinegar Tablets and Subsequent Evaluation of Products; Laura L. Hill, et al.; July 2005
Cleveland Clinic: Specialty Diets for Food Allergies.