Can Apple Cider Vinegar Pills Help You Lose Weight?

by Dr. Nick Zyrowski June 04, 2021

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known for its wide range of benefits. It can be useful in areas such as skin care, household cleaning, salad dressings, and even weight loss. As research increases in the area of apple cider vinegar and weight loss, many wonder how effective ACV can be to support this. As ACV becomes more popular, different brands and forms of ACV are being produced, such as apple cider vinegar pills and capsules. We are going to discuss the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar capsules, and how they support weight loss. First, let's dive into what apple cider vinegar is. 

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is produced from apples that have been crushed, distilled, and fermented. The properties of apple cider vinegar include antimicrobial effects and acetic acid. Beneficial probiotics and enzymes that are found in “the mother” work to assist with gastrointestinal illness, fungal infections, and support healthy digestion. The other property, acetic acid, holds abundance benefits towards nutrient absorption which will help improve overall health and wellness. It is also shown that apple cider vinegar supports weight loss by lowering blood sugar and increasing satiety which we will further discuss later. 

Correct and clinical dosing is important to yield these health benefits. The recommended dosing is about 1-2 tablespoons twice per day. You can consume this correct dosing drinking apple cider vinegar by itself, diluted in water, or capsule form. Let's now take a look at Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules and their effectiveness. 

Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules 

With the number of brands out there promoting apple cider vinegar capsules, it is important to decipher between which brands work, and which ones don't. Many brands of apple cider vinegar in pill form can be misleading as they contain the majority of acetic acid. As mentioned prior, acetic acid can provide benefits towards nutrient absorption, however, they lack the property known as “the mother” which is vital to supporting digestion, and ultimately weight loss. NuVision Health Centers Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules offers these properties. These organic apple cider vinegar capsules are produced from 10 real, wild-picked apples pressed and fermented into capsules form. Two capsules equal 1 ounce (or two tablespoons) of raw, unfiltered, non-GMO apple cider vinegar. These capsules help preserve the mother, which as mentioned before, is a vital part of apple cider vinegar that contains a colony of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that support healthy digestive health. The active ingredients of the apple cider vinegar capsules include fermented apples, bacteria, vegetarian capsules, and rice concentrate. Another benefit of these capsules is they help you avoid the strong taste of ACV, and protect tooth enamel that can become damaged from the acidic nature of this vinegar. These capsules not only hold all the ingredients to deliver the benefits, but they also follow clinical dosing. Let's look into how the apple cider vinegar capsules can help support healthy weight loss. 

Increases Satiety

One of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar capsules is that they can support weight loss by their ability to increase satiety and reduce daily calorie intake. One small study showed that those who took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily consumed 200-275 fewer calories, it also slowed down the rate at which food leaves your stomach. This delayed gastric emptying will make you feel fuller, for a longer duration of time ultimately leading to weight loss (4). Not only can ACV pills help you lose weight, but they can also help decrease body fat according to a study. This 12-week study compared a group of people who consumed 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, to another group that consumed 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Both groups saw decreased body weight and body fat percentage, however, the group consuming the recommended dosing of 2 tbsp a day had increased benefits. This group lost 3.7 pounds, saw a .7% decrease in body fat, .5 inches were lost in weight circumference and decreased triglycerides by 26%. This shows that taking apple cider vinegar can support overall weight loss and fat loss (5). 

Lowers Blood Sugar 

Studies are showing that apple cider vinegar can help with blood sugar levels especially with those with type 2 diabetes. Having unbalanced blood sugar and insulin levels can put a halt to losing weight, apple cider vinegar works to assist with these issues and amplify a successful weight loss, or weight management. An animal study was conducted to observe the levels of fasting blood glucose and HbA1c in rats that consumed apple cider vinegar. This study was done on both healthy and diabetic rats, in the diabetic group, it was shown that A1C levels drastically decreased after the use of ACV over four weeks (1). In the non-diabetic group, it did not have an impact on fasting blood glucose, but it was found that apple cider vinegar helped decrease LDL cholesterol levels and increased HDL cholesterol levels. Both groups showed improvement in the areas of overall health and A1C levels with the use of apple cider vinegar. In another small study, a group of people with elevated fasting blood glucose levels and insulin resistance were compared to a control group. It was found that the insulin-resistant group who consumed apple cider vinegar postmeal had increased insulin sensitivity and this correlated with lower blood sugar levels. The study concluded that those with type 2 diabetes may see significant improvements when taking apple cider vinegar after a meal, especially a high carbohydrate meal (2). Furthermore, apple cider vinegar can support weight loss by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels. 

To gain the best weight loss results and get rid of belly fat, apple cider vinegar works best in conjunction with a keto or low-carb lifestyle. Consuming an adequate calorie diet, with nutrients dense foods will help support not only weight loss, but heart disease 

Possible Side Effects:

Side effects of apple cider vinegar are uncommon and rare, but like any supplement, few may occur. The acidity of apple cider vinegar in liquid form may irritate your esophagus or acid reflux. If you are taking medication, you may want to seek medical advice from a healthcare professional before consuming ACV to ensure there are no drug interactions that may contribute to low potassium levels. 

Apple cider vinegar capsules can support the feeling of fullness, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower blood sugar levels. These health benefits can not only improve overall health but support weight loss and weight management. These capsules follow clinical dosing and incorporate the right ingredients that work. Hopefully, this article sheds some light on the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar capsules towards weight loss. 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19630216/
  2. https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/apple-cider-vinegar-weight-loss#TOC_TITLE_HDR_4
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9630389/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19661687/
Dr. Nick Zyrowski
Dr. Nick Zyrowski