Arthritis Home Remedy:
Apple Cider Vinegar

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What is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is an arthritis home remedy that is made by allowing apple cider to naturally ferment. During the fermentation process, bacteria break down the sugar in the cider first into alcohol and then into vinegar. The final product contains ascetic acid, and also lactic, malic and citric acids. Apple cider vinegar is a popular staple grocery item, and is often used in cooking to make salad dressings, pickles, and pickled vegetables.

Scientific evidence

Scientific evidence for using apple cider vinegar as an arthritis remedy is sparse, but it has been shown to be effective in regulating blood sugar, lowering blood pressure, and losing weight. All of these beneficial effects, especially the weight loss benefit, are worthwhile for arthritis patients, who frequently have mobility problems that are helped by maintaining a health weight and general good health.

Some nutritionists believe that, although apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, it actually works on the human body by making it more alkaline. Recent claims about alkaline diets promoting better immune system functioning and greater overall health are still being studied, but it is possible that taking apple cider vinegar as an arthritis home remedy may work by simply making the body as a whole more resistant to disease.

Whatever the scientific evidence or lack of evidence, apple cider vinegar has indeed been used as a very common arthritis home remedy for generations. Most people tolerate a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar a day (the amount in a dose of salad dressing), so giving it a try is usually quite safe.

How it's used?

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Apple cider vinegar is available in supplement form as an arthritis home remedy. Supplements vary widely both in quality and strength, so talking with a physician is important before choosing one.

Another good way to take apple cider vinegar is to drink two teaspoons each day in a glass of water or juice combined with two teaspoons honey.

Side effects and interactions

Apple cider vinegar should not be taken by anyone with an allergy to apples. Some apple cider vinegar tablets can have a corrosive effect on the esophagus. Drinking overly-strong solutions of apple cider vinegar as an arthritis home remedy can erode tooth enamel when taken over long periods of time. While most people can tolerate diluted small amounts of apple cider vinegar, some people may experience stomach upset and digestive problems.

Apple cider vinegar can affect blood glucose levels, and it also can lower blood pressure. Anyone taking medications for diabetes, blood pressure, or heart problems should discuss apple cider vinegar with their physician before starting a daily regimen, since taking it as a supplement may interact with these drugs and boost their effects.

Apple cider vinegar can also lower potassium levels in the body. Over time, taking apple cider vinegar daily could therefore increase the potential toxicity of certain cardiac drugs, insulin, laxatives, and diuretics.

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