Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Man Boobs?

Apple Cider Vinegar For Man Boobs

“It’s true!! I noticed my husbands chest getting smaller in about a month. His stomach is not changing much, but his man boobs are definitely getting smaller.”

Terry – California, USA

There’s no doubt about it..

Loads of people are raving online about how apple cider vinegar (ACV) has helped them lose WEIGHT.

But does it help you lose man boobs?

Well, I’ve tried it myself and I’ve started recommending it to my clients.

My initial impression is that ACV does seem to have a chest flattening effect.

The trouble with ACV is it isn’t as heavily backed by research as something like turmeric.

But just because the scientific research hasn’t been done on it yet, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

If you wait for the research to catch up, you could be waiting your whole life.

See, big clinical trials cost a lot of money, and with something natural like ACV, there’s no profit in it for big pharmaceutical companies, so the research will always be slow and small-scale and limited mostly to animal and in-vitro studies.

It could be they do a big human trial on ACV 50 years in the future and they find it does a great job at boosting testosterone, reducing estrogen, and reducing breast size in men.

But until they do that study, we have to rely on the small studies that already exist, fundamental science and physiology, and anecdotal evidence from others who have used ACV for fat loss and losing man boobs.

I believe there’s enough anecdotal evidence and indirect scientific evidence to warrant giving ACV a try.

Anecdotal Evidence That ACV Helps Reduce Man Boobs

The anecdotal evidence is definitely there. ACV is the most raved-about natural substance for weight loss there is. And anything that helps you lose weight in a metabolically healthy way, will also help you lose man boobs.

I previously told you how ACV is ranked the #1 natural weight loss substance on Earth Clinic.

ACV is also ranked on Earth Clinic as the best natural libido enhancer, followed by cayenne pepper. This could be due to a testosterone boosting effect, which could also help you lose man boobs. Here’s what one poster said in an online forum:

“Don't forget the almighty Apple Cider Vinegar. I've had raging hard-ons since I started using it …thanks to this forum.”

In a previous article, I showed you how medical student and bodybuilder, Mike Diamonds, reduced his man boobs with ACV.

And here’s what Terry said in the comments section of another article I wrote on ACV and man boobs:

“It’s true!! I noticed my husbands chest getting smaller in about a month. His stomach is not changing much, but his man boobs are definitely getting smaller.”

So since a lot of people are trying ACV and noticing a man boob shrinking effect, and also knowing that ACV is a whole food with no real side effects, it’s something I believe you should definitely try.

Scientific Studies That Indirectly Suggest ACV May Help Reduce Man Boobs

I’ve looked, and there are no studies directly testing the effects of ACV on man boobs.

But there are plenty of studies that show ACV makes changes in the body that can help reduce man boobs. You could call this indirect evidence that ACV helps get rid of man boobs.

ACV Helps You Lose Weight

In the following article, I detail a 12-week human study of 155 obese men, where the men taking ACV lost more weight than those not taking ACV:

What’s cool about this study, is that the subjects taking 2 tablespoons of ACV a day lost more weight than the subjects taking 1 tablespoon of ACV, and they started to see results sooner.

The 2 tablespoon ACV group lost an average of 4.2 lb, and all without diet or exercise.

But does losing weight help you lose man boobs?

Well that depends.

When you lose weight via a metabolically destructive way, as you do with long distance cardio and low calorie diets, where you lower testosterone levels, increase the stress hormone cortisol, and destroy muscle, weight loss is not likely to reduce your man boobs.

But when you lose weight via a metabolically healthy method like using ACV, where you boost your metabolism, don’t lower testosterone, don’t increase stress hormones, improve insulin sensitivity etc., then losing weight can go a long way in helping you to lose your man boobs.

In fact, in most cases, if you are overweight with man boobs, then it’s CRUCIAL to lose weight if you want to lose your man boobs.


Because high levels of body fat encourages the growth of man boobs. Fat cells both store estrogen, and they contain the enzyme aromatase, which convert testosterone to estrogen. And man boobs are caused by high levels of estrogen compared to testosterone.

If you are overweight with man boobs, then one of your most important goals should be to reduce that body fat using metabolically healthy ways like taking ACV.

Could ACV Boost Your Testosterone Levels?

In a 2018 study, researchers put 32 rats into 4 different groups and gave each group a different diet for 22 weeks:

  • Group A: normal diet
  • Group B: high-fat diet with bad fats that give you fatty liver disease (HFD)
  • Group C: apple vinegar 
  • Group D: HFD plus apple vinegar

By the end of the study, the apple vinegar groups were found to have significantly elevated levels of the male hormone testosterone.

High levels of testosterone not only increase your libido, but they’re key in helping you to lose your man boobs.

In the vinegar groups, the researchers also saw a significant reduction in cardiac risk, serum triglycerides, cholesterol, liver enzymes, insulin levels and glucose levels.

ACV May Improve Liver Function

As Dr Berg explains in the following video, man boobs are really a liver problem:

Gynecomastia (Man Boobs) and Your Liver

Here’s what Dr Berg says in the video:

“This issue [gynecomastia] is an estrogen problem, but it's really a liver problem. If the liver is working correctly, you should not have man boobs. But it's when the liver gets compromised, whether it's fatty liver, inflamed liver, hepatitis, or when the liver is filled with scar tissue – called cirrhosis. That's when you start losing the ability to detoxify estrogen. Estrogen builds up, and if you have breast tissue, you have excessive estrogen.”

Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is frightfully common. It compromises your liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen, and if Dr Berg is right, to lose man boobs, all you may need to do is reverse your fatty liver disease (if you have it) and improve your liver function.

Well, you may be happy to know that in the above study, the rats receiving apple vinegar, experienced a reversal in their fatty liver disease and their liver enzymes were lower. 

Multiple other studies have confirmed the same effect of ACV on fatty liver disease.

This suggests that ACV may improve liver function, and this alone can help you in your fight against man boobs.

ACV Improves Insulin Sensitivity

In a 2004 human study, 29 subjects were randomly assigned to two groups. One group received an ACV drink, and the other received a placebo drink. 2 minutes later, both groups were given the same high carbohydrate meal.

Blood samples were taken at 30 and 60 minutes after the meal, and revealed that the group taking ACV had lower levels of blood glucose, lower levels of insulin, and a score based on these levels indicated a higher level of insulin sensitivity than the placebo group.

I explain how improving insulin sensitivity can help you lose man boobs in the following article:

Studies show that testosterone has a positive correlation with insulin sensitivity, meaning the higher your insulin sensitivity, the higher your levels of testosterone.

So if you want to lose man boobs, then you should seek to become highly insulin sensitive, and know that ACV boosts insulin sensitivity.

With all the above properties, if ACV doesn’t get rid of your man boobs all by itself, at the very least it will make it EASIER for you to get rid of your man boobs.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Better Than Standard White/Malt Vinegar or Other Vinegars At Helping You Lose Man Boobs?

All vinegars contain acetic acid, which can help you lose weight and may even help you lose man boobs by imparting many of the health benefits I mentioned above.

But when you make a vinegar from a healthy starter food like apples, especially when it’s raw (unpasteurized) and with “the mother”, it also contains other bioactive substances, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols, that go beyond just what acetic acid will do for you.

Apple cider vinegar also contains pectin, which is naturally found in apples. Pectin is known to increase satiety, so it’s likely that ACV makes you feel more full after your meals than do other vinegars.

Pectin also acts as a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in your gut, and we know that a healthy gut microbiome can help you lose weight, and may even help you lose man boobs by helping to clear excess estrogens from your body.

What we don’t know, is whether ACV is better than other healthy vinegars, like pomegranate vinegar, pear vinegar, or nipa vinegar.

What I can say though, is apple cider vinegar is all the rage right now as a weight loss “miracle”. Demand creates supply, and the best forms of ACV are easy to find at great prices. Try finding a slow-fermented, raw pomegranate vinegar with “the mother”.

I’d say start with the same stuff everyone is raving about (i.e. ACV), then once you’ve got your results, you’ve lost your man boobs with it, or you find ACV doesn’t work for you, you can later experiment with pomegranate or other vinegars.

What’s The Best Way To Take Apple Cider Vinegar For Losing Man Boobs?

The human studies I’ve seen on ACV have given their subjects the equivalent of one tablespoon’s worth of ACV in a glass of water.

I would recommend taking this drink at least twice a day, around 20 minutes before breakfast and dinner. For better results, take it 3x per day before each meal.

Having it before each meal will help you reduce the amount you eat during that meal, and it will improve your insulin sensitivity, so your body releases less insulin in response to your meal.

Here’s my favorite brand of ACV that a lot of people are having success with:

The trouble with ACV however, is most people can’t stand the sour taste, it’s a lot of hassle mixing it up with water, and it’s a struggle to drink it down 2 or 3 times a day. 

Thankfully, there’s a much better way to take ACV.

Nowadays you can take ACV in capsule form, where you don’t have to waste time mixing ACV with water, and you don’t have to put up with the sour taste of ACV.

The all-natural capsule shell conveniently dissolves in your stomach, where the ACV is released and exerts its beneficial weight-loss and health promoting effects.

Before ACV capsules were available, I struggled to drink ACV with water for more than a few days. Nowadays with the capsules, I'm happily swallowing 2 to 6 capsules a day indefinitely.

Here’s a good ACV capsule that is working well for me and for my clients:

What I like about this capsule is it’s all-natural, there are no artificial additives, no additives at all actually, and most importantly, the ACV itself is the best form I could find, and it actually works.


There’s no direct scientific evidence that ACV can help get rid of your man boobs, but there’s enough indirect scientific evidence and enough anecdotal evidence for me to say that you must give ACV a try.

ACV may help you lose man boobs by helping you to lose weight, by boosting your testosterone levels, improving your liver function, and improving insulin sensitivity.

Though all vinegars contain health-promoting acetic acid, raw ACV with “the mother” contains extra beneficial components like polyphenols and pectin, which can further help in reducing your man boobs.

We don’t know if ACV is better than all other vinegars at helping you to lose man boobs, but it’s by far the most raved-about vinegar for weight loss and other health benefits, and if you’re gonna start with any one vinegar, it should be ACV.

You can either take liquid ACV with water, or you can take ACV capsules. 

Liquid ACV works out cheaper, but capsules are more convenient and with capsules you don’t have to put up with the awful sour taste of ACV.

Here’s my favorite liquid ACV:

Here’s my favorite ACV in capsule form:

I would recommend you get both the liquid AND the capsules. You can take 2 to 6 capsules a day without fail for convenience, and take the liquid as an additional dose whenever you feel like it.

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