I’ve heard from several men who have used apple cider vinegar for erections. Some have had wild success…but others, not so much.
After a bit of digging around and some self-testing, I’m pretty sure I know why this all-around health tonic works for some men and not for others: It all depends on your baseline health to begin with!
In other words, if you have metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels or you’re overweight, ACV may help your ED situation.
But if you’re already in supreme metabolic shape and don’t have a string of health problems, the impact may be minimal.
So let’s take a deeper look into apple cider vinegar for erections and see if it can be of any benefit to you.
High blood sugar linked with diabetes is known to damage blood vessels, and the fragile blood vessels of the penis can be particularly susceptible.
Apple cider vinegar — which is cheaper than any diabetic drug and has fewer side effects — has been shown in human and animal studies to reduce blood sugar. One study showed that it reduced HbA1c in rats significantly.
It also reduced low density lipoprotein-cholesterol and triglyceride levels (source).
And that’s just one of many studies that link apple cider vinegar to better blood glucose management. Another showed that taking apple cider before bed reduces fasting glucose levels the next morning (source).
A study touted by the American Diabetes Association out of Arizona State University found that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar significantly improves insulin sensitivity after meals in those who have insulin resistance and may work similar to the diabetes drugs acarbose and metformin (source).
By blunting the impact of an insulin spike after meals, apple cider vinegar seems to be able to help prevent the artery damage caused by elevated insulin.
And remember….artery damage leads to a decreased ability to get an erection and declining health overall, meaning it has implications that go far beyond ED.
This study and others like it are great news for diabetics, but many people have insulin resistance and occasional higher-than-normal insulin spikes who aren’t diabetic, and these findings show promise for these people as well.
High blood pressure is an important and sometimes overlooked cause of erectile dysfunction. Another benefit of taking apple cider vinegar for erections is that it shows promise as a blood pressure regulator.
While more study is needed to be certain, there is evidence on the side of ACV for blood pressure management.
A study with rats revealed that the acetic acid in vinegar can reduce blood pressure and regulate the activity of renin, an enzyme produced in the kidneys that pushes blood pressure up (source).
And it makes sense on another level. Holistic experts and medical doctors alike recognize that ACV can help balance body pH, break down mucus and fat deposits and aid blood circulation.
And since high blood pressure damages arteries just as elevated glucose and insulin do, it’s essential to keep it down if you want to get “it” up.
The same rat study mentioned at the beginning of this article also indicates that apple cider vinegar can help improve lipid levels.
ACV also contains the antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which has been shown in research to keep bad cholesterol particles from oxidizing, which can lead to heart disease (source).
And of course, any kind of vascular / heart disease is bad for erectile health.
Also, when you keep blood lipid levels in check, you keep your blood flowing smoothly and freely, which has a major impact on your ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
Here’s something else to consider: people have been using apple cider vinegar to promote weight loss for years — centuries actually. A small amount taken every day is believed by many to be an appetite suppressant.
Plus, it’s insulin-regulating and glucose-regulating properties help keep body mass in check.
Also, your body fat contains an enzyme that converts your testosterone into estrogen, so a reduction in body weight will move your hormones into a more masculine direction.
Apple cider vinegar is also believed by some to speed up metabolism, and that also explains why it can help you maintain a healthy body weight.
When you consider the other potential health benefits, it just makes sense to include apple cider vinegar in your diet — especially if you have elevated glucose levels, high blood pressure or are overweight.
Taking apple cider vinegar couldn’t be easier: simply put a tablespoon of this mildly bitter liquid in a small glass of water and drink it. Be sure you rinse your mouth afterwards to prevent the ACV from damaging your teeth.
Or if you prefer, add a small salad to your lunch that includes a tablespoon of ACV and some olive oil as the dressing. The oil is good for you too.
Some people swear they get better results by taking two or more tablespoons a day, perhaps mixed with apple juice.
Others find that they get burning in the mouth, throat or stomach from even the smallest amount and simply can’t tolerate it at all.
My suggestion is to try one tablespoon at first, then work your way up from there if you’d like to test out higher dosages.
Whole books have been written about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar for everything from poor digestion to erectile health.
As you can see from the evidence and opinions here, there are clear links between apple cider vinegar and erections.
So if you want to improve your overall health — including your sexual function — consider adding apple cider vinegar to your diet, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or are overweight.
It’s cheap, easy to take for most people and has so many potential health benefits that it’s worth giving it a try.
Just don’t expect miracles if you don’t have any of the medical conditions mentioned above.