Apple Cider Vinegar Tablets/Capsules/Liquid: In Which Form Should you Take ACV ?

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Apple cider vinegar simply known as ACV is the most popular vinegar in the health community. You may already know some of its health benefits which include treating high blood pressure and lowering blood sugar, among others. Despite this knowledge, you probably have some questions. Some of the common questions include: In which form is it most effective – apple cider vinegar tablets, pills, capsules or in liquid? When should I take it? How frequently should I take it? Does ACV have any side effects? What are they? Well, this article will answer these questions to guide you in your intake of apple cider vinegar.

What are the Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

Studies show that apple cider vinegar helps with digestion, pH balance, acid reflux, weight loss, herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, yeast infection, acne as well as eczema (source).

It can also relieve itching, such as itchy insect bites.

ACV has these benefits because of its acetic acid component and other nutrients/minerals, which include copper, calcium, potassium and pectin, a fruit fiber.

Which is Best: Liquid or Pills?

ACV is effective whether it is in its liquid or tablet/capsule form. The liquid and pills have the same components that make ACV effective. However, there are a few differences that make people choose one form over the other. For instance, some people dislike the taste of ACV in its liquid form. Personally, I like it! People who cannot stand this taste prefer taking Apple Cider Vinegar capsules.

There are pros and cons to each form. These include ease of swallowing, bioavailability, taste, shelf life, price and quality. For example, pills are generally difficult for the body to completely absorb while liquid will absorb quite readily. On the other hand, ACV in its liquid form may cause damage to your tooth enamel. 

I prefer using unpasteurized ACV in its liquid form. Here’s how I take it in the morning for those who are interested! I mix about 1 cup of warm water, 2 tablespoon of organic ACV and 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey. Sometimes I add a little bit of cinnamon to it.

However, for those who want to take larger quantities or can’t stand the taste, taking apple cider pills may be a better option.

Apple Cider Vinegar Tablets vs. Capsules

ACV is effective in whichever form taken – tablets or capsules. However, you may still get some kind of vinegar taste with the tablets.

The main difference is in the company making the pills. Some companies produce ACV in tablet forms while others in pills or capsules form. It is good to note that some companies are not credible as their ACV tablets do not contain much ACV or the other relevant components as claimed. This is because FDA does not control supplements such as ACV. You should, therefore, ensure that you are buying your pills from a credible company. 

Some products, such as Herbal Secrets ACV, are manufactured in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), among the highest standards in the world. This is a guarantee of quality.

When should You Take ACV?

You can take your ACV tablet/pill/capsule after meals to reduce the increase of glucose levels. Taking it after a meal also prevents you from having more food cravings. Some people prefer taking it before meals to maximize its effect, especially if one is taking it for weight loss. However, it may cause a nauseous feeling when taken on an empty stomach. If you have this feeling, start taking it after meals, and you will still achieve the same results.

Side Effects

Apple cider vinegar seems to be safe. There are no side effects noted with normal consumption.

However as mentioned earlier, it has acetic acid, which may cause heartburn, stomach upsets, throat irritations or other issues caused by acids. The University of Arkansas has also produced a study indicating that ACV tablets can cause esophageal injury. But esophageal injury by vinegar is likely very rare (source).

In addition, it may cause low potassium levels in the body when consumed in larges doses. A potassium deficiency can cause fatigue, abnormal heart rhythm, constipation, muscle weakness, and hypokalemia (source).

The supplement may also cause adverse effects on you if you are taking it with another form of medication that contrasts its functions. This is why it is relevant to seek a physician’s advice before taking the ACV tablets or pills.

If you choose to take ACV in its liquid form on a regular basis, it’s advised to drink it with a straw and rinse your mouth afterward.

Where Do You Buy the Capsules or Tablets?

If you want to buy ACV in its tablet or capsule form, I recommend one of these brands (available on Amazon):

Nutricost (Apple Cider Vinegar capsules)

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Puritan’s Pride (Apple Cider Vinegar tablets)

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The effectiveness of ACV is not really affected by the form in which it is in. Taking Apple Cider Vinegar pills vs. liquid is more a matter of taste. If you just can not stand the taste of vinegar, a pill or a tablet might be a better choice. As with any dietary supplement, you should only buy from a reputable manufacturer, such as Nutricost or Puritan’s Pride.

Also, ensure that you consult a physician before taking the supplement with other medications. 

Do you prefer drinking apple cider vinegar or taking apple cider vinegar pills? Feel free to leave a comment below to share your experience!

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Joséphine Beck, Natural Health Coach & Nutritional Counsellor
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