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What is a Safe Daily Dosage of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)?

By Allen Dunn / September 21, 2018
Apple cider vinegar in jar, glass and fresh apple, healthy drink

Apple cider vinegar is a pretty amazing substance that can do a lot in and around your home and is great for your health. The most popular health benefit is no doubt how it aids fat loss in the body. You may be contemplating adding apple cider vinegar to your diet to achieve these health benefits, but you may not be sure how to go about doing it.

One of the questions you may be asking yourself is "how much apple cider vinegar should I drink?" That’s a really good question because you don’t want to take more than you need. Too much may lead to issues with your blood sugar, potassium levels, and can break down your tooth enamel, so as with anything moderation is key.

How Much Apple Cider Vinegar to Drink

There’s no set amount of apple cider vinegar dosage that you should be drinking for the health benefits that you’re looking to get.

That's partially because ACV has many benefits and not everyone is seeking the same ones. From weight loss to detoxification, removing skin tags to yeast infections, and even external uses like foot soaks, ACV is truly versatile.

It's also partially because apple cider vinegar is a food, not a medicine. Since there’s no hard and fast rule, most reputable sources recommend drinking about a teaspoon to a tablespoon three times per day. This dosage is derived from studies on weight loss, which is one of the most common uses of ACV. 

How Much ACV Should I Drink?

  • Most reputable sources recommend 1-3 teaspoons three times per day
  • The apple cider vinegar should be diluted in a glass of water
  • Just as important as how much to drink is WHEN to drink the ACV

When to Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar

In research studies conducted on the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar, the participants received a 20 gram dose of ACV which translates to 1.33 tablespoons. Just as important, the doses weren't just given at some standard interval, they were given with meals.

So while many people take ACV first thing in the morning or at other intervals, it may be important to take it with your meals as that's how the researchers administered the ACV to the study participants.

Which Apple Cider Vinegar to Choose

There are many brands of apple cider vinegar to choose from on the market today. It can be hard to decide which one is right for your health regimen.

You’ll want to choose a brand of apple cider vinegar that is: 

  • Raw 
  • Organic 
  • Contains "the mother"

"With the mother" is a term that may be unfamiliar to many people, but it’s the substance that can make vinegar look cloudy. It’s the acetic acid bacteria and the cellulose that makes vinegar, and has a lot of health benefits all on its own. This may throw you off if you’re not familiar with it as it can make the vinegar look almost lumpy, but it ups the healthy factor.

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the more popular brands you can find in retail stores and online that fits all of these criteria. However, our number one choice is this one:

How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

If you think that you should just open the bottle of apple cider vinegar and take a swig to get the recommended amount, you may be in for a rude awakening. It’s always best to dilute your apple cider vinegar to make it more palatable. You’ll want to add about one teaspoon to a tablespoon to a cup of water.

You may find that the taste is still not to your liking, so you may want to add some raw honey to it as a sweetener. You may think that you’re making something healthy unhealthy, but you’re not. Raw honey offers its own health benefits, so you're adding to your health rather than detracting from it with something sweet.

You may find that the honey just isn’t enough to make this something that you’ll enjoy drinking, and over time, you may find that you start skipping it because of the taste.

There are other recipes out there that can help make this drink taste better if you worry that you won’t be able to successfully add it to your diet. A very common method is to add it to salad dressings. Find a recipe that helps to make this taste good, and you’ll be a champ at keeping it in your diet. Another trick is simply to drink it through a straw as some people find that helps. If all that fails, you can also take apple cider vinegar pills.

Laura Myers

Laura Myers, RDN

The Nutritionist says...

"A great way to get your daily apple cider vinegar is to add it to your favorite salad dressing and eat it with a meal."

Side Effects and Interactions

There can be some side effects to taking ACV. You may note that the way that you’re drinking apple cider vinegar that it’s too strong even with the alternative recipes you’ve tried. You may notice that your mouth and throat are sore or irritated after drinking it.

This may mean that you need to dial back the amount of apple cider vinegar that’s in your recipe. Some even recommend starting at a smaller amount like one teaspoon before moving up to one or two tablespoons at a time.

As noted previously, apple cider vinegar may lower potassium levels and blood glucose levels in your system if you take too much. You should also keep in mind that apple cider vinegar can have some prescription medication interactions. It can interact with digoxin, insulin, and over the counter water pills.

Although there’s no set dosage amount for apple cider vinegar, it’s still a good idea to speak with your doctor about adding it to your diet if you happen to take any of these medications. You’ll want to make sure that it’s safe for your consumption beforehand as a risk to your health would detract from any health benefits you’d receive from drinking it.


The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are a great reason to start adding it to your day. Finding an apple cider vinegar that’s right for you like Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is the first step to making this healthy change. Be sure that you don’t overdo it, and that you find a recipe that you enjoy drinking as this will make it easier to implement this to your schedule without problems.

Comment below and let us know how you’ve added apple cider vinegar to your life? Do you have a favorite recipe that makes drinking apple cider vinegar fun?

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About the author

Allen Dunn

Allen Dunn is a self-described health nut that enjoys researching different ways to improve daily life naturally. He is particularly interested in natural remedies and has written extensively on apple cider vinegar. His writing reflects this and can be found throughout the Organic Daily Post website.

Brittany - August 18, 2017

I drink this daily my favorite brand is Braggs. I mix it with 1 tablespoon raw honey, 2 tablespoon dill pickle juice, 3 tablespoons ACV, and a teaspoon of spices (cinnamon, ginger, pepper, turmeric, garlic.) and water into a 16 jar and drink it throughout the day! I I’ve grown to love my drink! Tons of health benefits to it!

    Sabrina Wilson - August 19, 2017

    I drink a couple teaspoons of ACV in water first thing in the morning and you do get used to the flavor in diluted form like that, even with no sweeteners. That sounds like a tastier recipe though!

      Linda Smialek - February 21, 2018

      I just Frank it with a quarter of a cup of steam distilled water. It just tasted like salad dressing to me.

        Jane - March 7, 2018

        I started using 1Tbls to 16oz of water, and 1Tbls of lemon. It left a thick coat on my teeth. And after 2wks of this, my stomach started to hurt real bad. I was taking about about 4 to 5 Tbls a day. So now I’m trying to heal from that.

        Andrew - March 12, 2018

        Does that work.

      Pat - March 27, 2018

      I do the exact same thing except I warm 8oz of water before I add 3tsp of ACV to it. I have to have a tongue chaser (a dab of anything, bbq sauce, ketchup, steak sauce, etc) because I’m still not used to the taste, don’t think I ever will be. I have lost 6lbs in 4 days. Wish I had measured before I started but I will asap

        Sylvia - March 29, 2018

        I drink 2 tbsp in a glass with pineapple juice, very delicious and tasty.

        Monae - May 3, 2018

        Did you actually lose weight drinking acv with 8oz water how many times a day do you drink it

    Ray Crawford - February 6, 2018

    what does the ACV stand for?

      Sabrina Wilson - February 6, 2018

      Apple Cider Vinegar

      JD - May 14, 2018

      ACV stands for what subject is being discussed. Apple Cider Vinegar my friend.

Laurie - October 3, 2017

I take approx. 1 cup or 2 of spring water, boil it…ad 1 tsp. Or tbsp. Vinegar, I use bragg’s for years. Add 1/4 tsp. ORGANIC keyanne pepper, 1 fresh lemon squeezed, either organic maple syrup or Raw Wildflower honey, dark or light, go by taste for amount…every morning, it is delicious, never sick either!

Davina - October 8, 2017

I used Apple Cider with honey. My throat is a bit sore but I slept very fine in a long time. Is it meant to do that? As in, does it help with insomia and stress or sinustis?

    Sabrina Wilson - October 9, 2017

    I haven’t noticed those effects to be honest, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work that way for you. Drink the ACV diluted in water, it can make you throat sore if you take it straight.

    Joy - August 16, 2019

    I have noticed that I sleep a lot better. I have been taking the ACV for 3 weeks. I take 1 Tablespoon 3 X a day. I mix it with water. Sometimes I drink it cold and sometimes I heat it up. I do add something sweet, honey or maple syrup, it really isn’t bad. I will be going on vacation and purchased ACV gummies so I don’t have worry about bringing my bottle of ACV with me.

Carolyn - November 10, 2017

Do you know how many capsules of 625 mg apple cider vinegar are equal to 1 teaspoon of the liquid Apple cider vinegar ?
Thank you

Vijaykumar Piyarilall - November 14, 2017

To kick start my day I do the following:
1 cup hot water, like taking tea with
1/2 t/spoon of turmeric
1/2 t/s cinnamon
1/2 t/s nutmeg
1/2 ts/ ginger
1 table spoon apple cider
2 t/s honey

    Carla - January 29, 2019

    In clean empty Kavita bottles I mix
    • juice of 1 organic lemon
    • 2 Tbl ACV
    • 1/4 tsp organic turmeric spice
    • 1/4 tsp organic ginger spice
    • 1 large Tbl organic honey
    I shake up and store the mixtures in the refrigerator (usually 3 at a time but you could do a week’s worth.) Each morning upon rising, I add alkaline water, shake, and drink it right down along with an organic cranberry tablet. It has become my delicious alternative to orange juice! I feel the cancer-fighting benefits as well as liver-cleansing works for me and my skin glows more and more each day????????

Ed - November 22, 2017

I tried diluting with a bunch of water, honey and even OJ but there is no way to improve the taste of this stuff by much. What works for me is a half shot glass full of apple cider vinegar and half water and down the hatch. Its like ripping off a band aid ! Actually, what I realized is that this method, in a narrow shot glass, bypasses most of the taste sensors on the tongue so that it’s in your throat before your mouth can protest…try it.

    Sparky - December 23, 2017

    That’s what I do, Ed – rip off that band aid! I throw it back in a shot glass (1 tbs), mostly bypassing the taste buds and teeth. I sure don’t want to wreck the enamel – but I can’t handle drinking a GLASS of vinegar mixed with water (or tea). Actually, it’s become an almost pleasant KICK to start and end the day with!

      Karina king - October 29, 2018

      I shoot apple cider vinegar like people do whiskey I take a full shot glass 2 times a day it is normally right before I eat or right after I eat I’m hoping that I’m not causing more damage than good?

        Sabrina Wilson - October 31, 2018

        At a minimum that’s bad for the enamel on your teeth. I would mix it in a glass of water.

Sheree - December 19, 2017

I make a cup of tea (no sugar), add honey and 2 spoonfuls of Braggs ACV at least twice everyday.

Patp - December 22, 2017

Has anyone experienced itching, especially the hands with ACV

    JimB - January 7, 2018

    I take a tablespoon of ACV in a
    Half shot glass of water. The
    Trick is don’t breath through your nose for 3 or four seconds after you take it.

Sharon - December 25, 2017

I add a TBLE Braggs ACV to a cup or so of V-8, I like the spicy hot V8 It’s so delicious I’ll have it 2 -3 a day if I have the V8 on hand. Just love it?

I love it hot too, around bedtime as I read.

Anne Marie - December 30, 2017

I drink ACV everyday in the morning to start my day , I use acv”,ceyanne pepper, lemon,and honey together and than at night I add a little more Cezanne and ginger sleep on it. It just makes me feel good like I’ve lost 10lbs. But with my work out I feel great.

Kerri Slayden - January 8, 2018

I love a drink I call my Whole Body Margarita..
mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with
1 Tablespoon of honey (mix this separately so honey dissolves)
pour over a large shaker cup of ice
squeeze juice of 1 lime over ice
add liquid stevia to taste
add water to almost full
shake and drink!
Keep adding water to it throughout the day.
So good you’ll crave it!

Nancy - January 14, 2018

Just started, 1 tblsp in water. I have noticed itchy hands like someone else
mentioned. Just the palm didnt think about the vinegar causing it! Weird

Patty - January 28, 2018

1/2 cup of Crangrape juice with about a tbs of ACV. Drink it cold. Tastes very good. Almost like a wine!!

    Roberta - April 9, 2018

    I tried ACV with apple juice but I don’t really like apple juice so I had to choke it down. Tonight I tried it with 100% Concord grape juice and a tiny squirt of stevia and it was actually delicious!

Len Mastaler - February 7, 2018

Ive been mixing it 1 cup of ACV to 3 Cups of water, I warm it on the stove and add honey to taste. Then I put this in the fridge, and take a shot of the mixture every morning. However im not sure if I should be mixing it stronger or weaker. Is there anyone who is mixing it in larger quantities and has a recipe to the proper amounts? Should I go to 4 cups of water? Im only taking it once a day so I thought perhaps a little stronger would be better?

Charles Warwick - February 8, 2018

My recipe contains these items 1. Dash of organic pink Himalayan Sea Salt
2. Dash of ground black pepper
3. One tsp. organic turmeric
4. One tsp. organic cinnamon
5. 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
6. 2 tbsp. Braggs Organic Unfiltered ACV
7. 1 tsp. Organic Raw Honey
8. 2 diced garlic cloves
9. 8oz. Hot Water
Mix all ingredients in a glass jar and enjoy! Stir before each sip, to get constant, even, mixture.
I have found this is healthy, reduces sweets cravings, and will help with weight loss.

Paula B - February 13, 2018

1-2 Packets of Stevia
20-22 OZ of cold water
1-2 TBS REAL fruit juice

Delish! I drink this all day long!

Kirsti - February 21, 2018

I just started drinking my drink in the morning two weeks ago and I already see such a different in my cravings and belly!

I do a glass of cold water with two tbls ACV, two tbls lemon juice, and 2 tsp agave. Tastes like a lemony kombucha!

Linda Dearman - March 5, 2018

How after can you drink this?cvc

Bettye - March 6, 2018

I have type II diabetes, Osteoarthritis, and obesity. I started usi ng ACV about
a month ago. The first thing I noticed, was the burning pain fron inflammation in
both knees was completely gone. I still have some pain as my arthritis is pretty
advanced. Hoping to see my sugar levels go down and weight loss. I am encouraged and very hopeful.

    Barbara Warnaca - January 20, 2019

    how much do you take a day. and how much. I am also diabetic, obesity, arthritis, I started taking asv. I just don’t know how much is safe a day to use

Niaz Hossain - March 12, 2018

Normally i take 1.5 tbs of acv with green tea. Mostly I prepare green tea with Lemon Grass.

Al Parmely - April 8, 2018

I use 2 tablespoons in approximately 8 oz of Cranberry- dark cheery juice ( takes away the acv taste) three times a day before I eat each meal, 1 tablespoon about 1 hour before I go to bed

Joe Keing - April 13, 2018

I mix 1 tbs of ACV with 10oz of water & kill it. Mix it up good & just chug. It doesn’t taste that bad to me, the smell is worse. I do this twice a day. 1hr before lunch & 1hr before dinner.

    Michaela nagal - April 26, 2018

    Is it ok for drinking acv with out honey ?

      Sabrina Wilson - April 26, 2018

      Sure, just doesn’t taste as good.

Paula Raught - April 17, 2018

I use the cap to measure the AVC and an espresso cup…..I add Raspberry Lemonade and take it like a shot…..fast…….I do this twice a day.

Shari - April 21, 2018

My father & I have done this for several years now. We’ve always diluted it in a glass of water. To ensure the acid doesn’t erode the enamel on your teeth, gargle & rinse well with water as soon as you’re done your drink. Do NOT brush your teeth afterwards.

Michaela nagal - April 26, 2018

Can i drink acv with water but without honey for diet?

cris - May 10, 2018

i have tried may ways one is
2 tlbs. ACV
2 tbls, lemon juice
and sweetner of choice
into 16oz. of water tastes like a very tart lemon aid

recently my in-laws gave me a shot glass of ACV that they pickled cucumbers in and i did not taste like ACV at all so i asked how they do it they said all you do is cut cucumbers in a mason jar fill with ACV and let it sit in your fridge for about a month i did mine a couple of days ago and i can already taste the difference from straight ACV im taking the longer it sits the better it tastes.

pollyanna stokes - May 11, 2018

I make salad dressing with mine and use it daily. I cannot drink it raw or diluted. BUT I use organic hemp oil and ACV along with raw honey and a selection of herbs garlic and a spot of mustard. It’s delicious and I definitely get my daily quota this way.

Joanna - May 13, 2018

I have been adding 2tbls ACV with 16 Oz water before each meal. So about 3 times a day. Is 6tbls of ACV to much?

Kathy - August 19, 2018

I mix it with v-8 juice. Goes down better. Can’t handle it with honey.

Kay - February 20, 2019

I mixed 1 T of cold ACV in 4 oz of cold 100% grape juice and it tasted pretty good, something like strong wine. Today was the first day I tried it. This is the way for me to go.

Linda McDaniel - April 14, 2019

I take a TBSP in a 8 oz glass of apple juice in the morning and again at supper time.Apple juice masks the taste and is easy to do.

dennis - April 29, 2019

I hate the taste of sauerkraut AND APPLE CIDER VINEGAR when eater separately but when I add them together (one large tablespoon of each) to the blender and add some stevia for sweeter, water, milk powder, and a banana THEY TASTE GREAT. It is so weird that those two distasteful items can become so lovely.

Viola E Eaton - September 14, 2019

I am taking Trulicity, will this be okay for me? Of course checking with my doctor, he will say no because Medicare pays for the shots. Since this is a natural healing process I am hoping this is okay. Please, I need advice and thank you in advance.

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