How Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Your Blood Pressure

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been linked to all different types of remedies throughout the ages. From teeth whitening to weight loss (per the Cleveland Clinic), apple cider vinegar is known as a real winner among health and wellness circles. According to Verywell Health, another major benefit of apple cider vinegar is that it just might help lower your blood pressure. Because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, apple cider vinegar has the power to relax and dilate blood vessels.

Studies are limited, but a 2019 study published in Clinical Nutrition ESPEN indicated that people with type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidemia who consumed 1 tablespoon of ACV every day for 8 weeks were able to reduce their blood sugar and oxidative stress levels. It should be noted that, though research may be promising, apple cider vinegar should not serve as a replacement for any medications prescribed to help you treat high blood pressure.

Natural ways to manage blood pressure

If you find that consuming apple cider vinegar isn't best for you, there are other ways to help manage your blood pressure. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the best things you can do is lose weight and watch your waistline. In fact, they say every 2.2 pounds lost results in 1 millimeter of mercury (mm Hg) of reduced blood pressure. This is particularly helpful for men with waist measurements over 40 inches and women with waist measurements over 35 inches.

Together, eating a healthy diet and exercising can contribute to weight loss, smaller waistlines, and lower blood pressure. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a good idea for people with high blood pressure. Also, cut back on caffeine, limit alcohol consumption, and try to keep your sodium intake lower than 1,500 mg, with 2,300 being the absolute max. For exercise, aim to get in 150 minutes a week or 30 minutes a day. Giving up smoking and reducing stress are also major contributing factors to lowering blood pressure.