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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Get Rid of Headaches?

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author image J.M. Andrews
J.M. Andrews has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years. She specializes in health and medical content for consumers and health professionals. Andrews' background in medicine and science has earned her credits in a wide range of online and print publications, including "Young Physicians" magazine.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Get Rid of Headaches?
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You may have heard that apple cider vinegar has miraculous health effects, from getting rid of headaches or losing weight, clearing up acne and even normalizing blood pressure. There's no medical evidence that apple cider vinegar can do any of those things, including helping your headaches. If you have chronic headaches, its best to visit your physician, who can prescribe effective medications to keep them in check.

Background

Headache pain can stem from your head, but it also can radiate from your neck. Almost everyone gets headaches from time to time, but very few of them are serious. In most cases, they're caused by stress, which leads to tightened muscles in your head, jaw or shoulders. Some people also experience headaches due to certain food sensitivities, including chocolate or the additive monosodium glutamate. You may also have a migraine, which is a severe headache that's often accompanied by nausea and a sensitivity to light.

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Claims

Various "natural" health websites claim that apple cider vinegar -- especially organic apple cider vinegar -- has significant health benefits for your body and skin. Some even claim that apple cider vinegar, when taken on a daily basis, can prevent or cure headaches. Other heath websites claim that apple cider vinegar, when taken for other health reasons, actually can cause headaches.

Science

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as an antiseptic to disinfect wounds. In addition, it can help calm a sunburn, and there's some evidence that it may help digestion in people who lack proper stomach acid. It's possible that some of its benefits stem from its high mineral content; apple cider vinegar contains high levels of iron, calcium and potassium, especially when it's organic and hasn't been pasteurized. No evidence supports the claim that apple cider vinegar can either cause or cure headaches.

Remedy

If you have an occasional headache, you likely can treat it yourself with an over-the-counter pain killer such as ibuprofen. You may also be able to prevent future headaches by getting enough sleep and reducing stress. If you suffer from repeated, painful headaches, you should see your physician. It's possible that your headaches may be migraines. If that's the case, your physician can prescribe medications to prevent the headaches from starting and to stop them from developing if they do start.

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