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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Clean your Kidney?

Apple Cider Vinegar is a popular homemade remedy that is used in treating different health conditions. It is made from fermenting apple juice. Apple cider vinegar can be used in salad dressings, for marinating, food preservation as well as in chutneys. The benefits of apple cider vinegar are varied and it helps in controlling high blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and weight management, along with having anti-carcinogenic properties. Apple cider vinegar is also known to be beneficial for the kidneys. In this regard, let us look into the fact as to whether apple cider vinegar helps to cleanse the kidney or not.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Clean your Kidney?

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Clean Your Kidney?

One of the major health purposes for which apple cider vinegar is used is for kidney stones. It has been seen that Apple Cider Vinegar can be very useful in dissolving and also preventing kidney stones. Most of the evidence that supports the use of apple cider vinegar for the treatment of kidney stones happens to be completely anecdotal.

However, there have been a few researches on rats and human that has proven the benefits of apple cider vinegar in dissolving and preventing kidney stones. It is believed that organic and raw organic apple cider vinegar happens to give the best results against kidney stones. It can thus be said that apple cider vinegar helps to cleanse the kidney.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Kidney Stone

Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in citric acid that is much favorable for breaking down and dissolving kidney stone. The citric acid forms a coating over the stones and keeps them soft that helps in breaking them down and dissolving them. The citric acid coating around the stones also prevents sticking of other substances to the stone and thus increasing their sizes.1 This is especially found for the calcium oxalate stones. Often if the kidney stones are reduced in their sizes, they can be easily passed through the urine. Intake of Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the blood and also the urine that is passed. It also helps to increase the acids secretion in the stomach. This helps digestion and also prevents the formation of new stones in the kidneys. Kidney stones often lead to inflammation in the kidneys and also a lot of pain while passing urine. This can be minimized with the help of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar also helps the body to get rid of all the excess minerals in the body and the other forms of toxin that can accumulate in the kidney to form the stones. Many research and medical investigations have also concluded that apple cider vinegar can cleanse both the kidneys and also the liver.

Advanced Researches on the Use of Apple Cider Vinegar for Kidney

Research from medical teams has concluded that apple cider vinegar contains amounts of potassium which can prevent the formation of the kidney stones. In 2016 it was found that a high intake of potassium content through regular diet can help in the prevention of kidney stones. A animal study in 2014 had concluded that apple cider vinegar can have a positive effect on the kidneys against the oxidative attacks and injuries on the kidneys. It helps in the increase of the level of the antioxidant enzymes in the kidneys.2

A research conducted in 2009 said apple cider vinegar can be helpful in reducing triglycerides (a fatty acid in the blood), LDL (bad cholesterol) and the total cholesterol in humans.3 Such conditions are yet again adverse for the kidneys and can foster the growth of kidney stones. Hence apple cider vinegar can effectively control this aspect as well.

Diabetes or blood sugar is one of the pertinent reasons that affect the kidneys in a rather adverse manner. Apple cider vinegar can also be used for the purpose of managing and controlling the blood sugar level. In case you are having a meal with a very high carbohydrate level, you can take an ounce of Apple cider vinegar with it. Research has shown that such a pattern of food consumption controls the release of blood sugar in the bloodstream for people who are having diabetes and also otherwise.4,5 Similar results have also been seen in people who have type 2 diabetes. It is believed that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar slower the rate of turning carbohydrate in the blood to sugar which proves to be beneficial in controlling blood sugar. This is why apple cider vinegar is yet again considered to be very beneficial for kidney ailments once again.


Hence, it can be said that apple cider vinegar has a really promising outcome in cleansing the kidneys off the calcium oxalate stones due to the higher content of acetic acid presence. Some of the evidence that suggests that apple cider vinegar is helpful and beneficial for the kidneys happens to be anecdotal; however, some are really in support of it. More aggressive scientific researchers are required in this domain so that we can conclude on the beneficial effects of apple cider vinegar on human kidneys.


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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:October 10, 2019

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