One of my favourite heartburn remedies is taking a teaspoonful of vinegar. Does it work? Definitely – try it out and you will not be disappointed.

The real question is.. why does it work and what kind of vinegar works best? Read on to find out the answer to that question!

Vinegar Heartburn Relief – Path of Action

While the apple cider vinegar heartburn remedy has traditionally been an ‘old-fashioned’ but unproven method for reducing heartburn, it turns out that there is actually some recent research to support this remedy.

It turns out that the sensation of acetic acid (the active ingredient in vinegar) at the top of the throat (stimulated by drinking) causes a flurry of activity in the salivary glands (1). Saliva aids digestion and helps reduce heartburn and many home heartburn remedies are based on how effectively they generate saliva.

It is possible that perhaps vinegar has another path of action which can help reduce heartburn as well. This is the only research I have been able to find confirming suggesting a logical path of action for why vinegar could reduce heartburn. I have not found any research suggesting that vinegar is ineffective for reducing heartburn.

Apple Cider Vinegar or Regular Vinegar?

While there have been a lot of interesting benefits related to apple cider vinegar, there is no difference between apple cider vinegar and regular vinegar for heartburn relief. This is because acetic acid is the active ingredient in vinegar which can help reduce heartburn.

Any sort of antioxidant power of apple cider vinegar is not relevant to the immediate heartburn relief reported by those taking vinegar. Perhaps it is possible that if apple cider vinegar does have anti-inflammatory properties that it could attenuate some of the damage caused by acid reflux, but I have not come across any research to support this view.

As a result, there is no need to overspend on apple cider vinegar when cheap vinegar will do the trick. However, if you take apple cider vinegar before eating for the other health benefits, you may reduce

Some Health Considerations of The Vinegar Heartburn Remedy

There are two things to consider when using vinegar as a home heartburn remedy. First off, if you are experiencing heartburn regularly two times a week or more, you will want to see a doctor as you may need a better management plan to reduce heartburn rather than relying on heartburn remedies.

Additionally, regularly drinking vinegar can erode the teeth (2). If you have heartburn at night, you do not want to take a teaspoon of vinegar and then fall back asleep before rinsing out your mouth. You will want to brush your teeth after drinking even just a teaspoon of vinegar due to the potential for tooth erosion.


1. Dutta SK, Agrawal K, Mahmoud MA. Modulation of salivation and heartburn in response to the site of acid infusion in the human oesophagus. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2010 Sep;32(6):795-800.

2. Hefferren, J.J. Why is there and should there be more attention paid to dental erosion? Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2004 Sep;25(9 Suppl 1):4-8.