Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits For Women’s Weight Loss & Wellness

Reviewed by Dr. Maya Frankfurt, PhD

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ACV is known to offer some amazing benefits. Photo: Shutterstock

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has gained popularity among women due to its potential health benefits. Although scientific evidence is limited, many women have incorporated apple cider vinegar into their daily routines.

One of the frequently cited advantages of apple cider vinegar is its potential for weight loss.[1] One study[2] suggests ACV may reduce body fat, boost metabolism, and suppress appetite. Additionally, ACV is believed to help regulate blood sugar levels, which can benefit women with conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or insulin resistance.

Research[3] suggests that ACV also supports healthy digestion by aiding in food breakdown and improving gut health, potentially reducing symptoms of bloating, indigestion, and acid reflux. In addition to its internal uses, ACV is often used as a natural skincare treatment. The antimicrobial properties of ACV may help in treating acne and promote clearer skin. ACV can also be used as a hair rinse to enhance shine and remove product buildup.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Women’s Health?

ACV is made by fermenting crushed apples. It contains acetic acid, enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants. The acetic acid, enzymes and beneficial bacteria benefit women’s health.[4] ACV can help lower blood sugar level, aid weight loss, support digestive-, gut-, urinary tract-, skin-. and hair health.

7 Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits For Women

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Women can enjoy many benefits from ACV. Photo: Shutterstock

Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Taking ACV has the potential to help women maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Studies[5] suggest that consuming ACV before meals can enhance insulin sensitivity and regulate glucose metabolism. This benefit is especially important for women with polycystic ovary syndrome  or insulin resistance, because lowering blood sugar levels improves both.

Apple Cider Vinegar May Aid Weight Loss 

Incorporating ACV into a balanced diet and exercise routine may support weight management in women. ACV has been linked to increased feelings of fullness, reduced calorie intake, improved metabolism, and helps manage blood pressure. Hence, ACV can be a valuable addition to a weight loss plan.

Digestive Health & Gut Support

ACV has also been associated[6] with digestive health benefits for women. The acetic acid in ACV may aid in food digestion, reducing bloating, indigestion, and acid reflux. ACV’s potential to enhance gut health lies in its probiotic content. Beneficial bacteria in ACV can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome, promoting overall digestive wellbeing.

Impact On Hormonal Balance In Women

ACV[7] has several potential health benefits for women, including its ability to help balance hormones. Some studies[8] suggest ACV’s nutrients and enzymes support the body’s natural hormone regulation processes. For example, ACV may help regulate insulin levels and may improve thyroid function, which plays a key role in regulating other hormones.

Impact On Urinary Tract Health In Women

ACV’s antimicrobial properties[9] may help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) or alleviate symptoms. The acetic acid in ACV can help kill harmful bacteria that cause UTIs. In addition, ACV may help to balance the pH levels in the urinary tract, creating an environment that is less hospitable to harmful bacteria.

However, it is important to note that there is limited scientific research on the effectiveness of ACV for UTIs. While some women may find relief from using ACV as a natural remedy, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider for the proper diagnosis and treatment of UTIs.

Skincare Benefits For Women

ACV has been used as a skincare treatment by some women. Its antimicrobial properties can help combat acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. ACV can be diluted and used as a toner or added to facial masks. Note that ACV should be used cautiously and in appropriate concentrations, as it can irritate the skin if not properly diluted.

Boosts Hair Health & Shine

ACV can be used as a natural hair rinse to improve the overall condition of the hair and promote a glossy appearance. Its acidic properties help to remove build up from styling products, excess oil, and residue from hard water, leaving the hair clean and revitalized. Additionally, ACV’s pH-balancing properties can help restore the natural pH level of the scalp, which can contribute to healthier hair growth.

Can You Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day?

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ACV is generally safe when consumed in moderation. Photo: Shutterstock

While ACV offers various health benefits, it is important to consume it in moderation. Drinking excessive amounts of ACV can adversely affect health. Too much may cause tooth enamel erosion or digestive discomfort. It is recommended that ACV be diluted with water and consumed in small quantities.

How much apple cider vinegar in a day? ACV is generally safe when consumed in moderation, with a recommended daily intake ranging from 1 to 2 tablespoons. However, if you have low potassium levels, osteoporosis, digestive disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before adding ACV to your daily routine.

To reap the potential benefits of apple cider vinegar, it is best to incorporate it into a balanced and healthy diet alongside regular exercise. It is important to remember that apple cider vinegar should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment or prescribed medications.

The Best Time To Take Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV has been touted as a natural remedy for various health conditions, including weight loss, diabetes, and high cholesterol. While no scientific evidence supports the idea that drinking it at a particular time of day is better than any other, some believe timing can maximize its benefits.

According to some experts, drinking ACV before bedtime can lower blood sugar levels and might even be easier to digest. This can benefit individuals looking to control their blood sugar levels. However, drinking ACV right after a meal can delay digestion, so it is best to have it before a meal or on an empty stomach to maximize its health benefits.

Drinking apple cider vinegar in the morning could promote faster weight loss and accelerate fat burning while drinking it before meals to achieve satiety. Adding honey, ginger, or lemon to the diluted ACV can also benefit weight loss. Some people also add small amounts of apple cider vinegar in apple juice and consume it.


In conclusion, ACV offers women some exciting potential health benefits, from balancing hormones to supporting urinary tract health. It is important to consume ACV in moderation, dilute it with water, and seek professional advice before you incorporate ACV into your routine. With proper guidance and moderation, incorporating ACV into your routine may be a great way to support your overall health and well-being.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the metabolic benefits of apple cider vinegar for women?

Apple cider vinegar is thought to promote weight loss, boost metabolism, balance blood sugars, and decrease insulin resistance.

What are the benefits of apple cider vinegar for women besides those on metabolism?

Apple cider vinegar also aids in gastrointestinal health because it helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome. It helps prevent the incidence of urinary tract infections and it has antimicrobial effects that benefit the skin.

How often can I take apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar can be consumed daily but in moderation. Too much ACV may cause intestinal distress. A daily intake of 1 to 2 tablespoons is fine unless you suffer from certain conditions and it is a good idea to dilute it with water. If you have concerns regarding the use of apple cider vinegar,ask a healthcare professional for advice.

Does it matter what time of day I take the apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar can be consumed at any time of the day. However, it may be easier to digest if taken at bedtime. If not at bedtime, it is best to use it before a meal because this increases its benefits.

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Dr. Maya Frankfurt received her Ph.D. in neuroscience and has been teaching and doing research for over 30 years. She has taught neuroscience and physiology to medical students and allied health students. Her research interests are primarily related to understanding how the brain responds to alterations in hormones, drugs, and aging. Of particular importance is the understanding of the mechanisms involved in short- and long-term memory. Although these studies are done in animals the goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying learning and memory in humans and to provide potential directions for therapy in patients with dementia. Related to this, is the attempt to understand potential sex differences and the effects of estrogen in learning and memory because women have a greater incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease than do men. The initial hormone studies led to an interest on the effects of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in plastics that has been shown to disrupt endocrine function, on both memory and brain structure. This research has been published in over 80 papers in peer referred journals.

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