How to Treat Ulcers with Apple Cider Vinegar

As the name suggests, apple cider vinegar is a specific type of vinegar made by distilling apples. While there are a number of health benefits associated with using apple cider vinegar, apple cider vinegar appears to be especially effective in treating certain forms of ulcers, including peptic ulcers, which is a condition that often occurs as a result of a large number of H. pylori bacteria in the stomach. Apple cider vinegar treats peptic ulcers by neutralizing stomach acid, report Nelms, Sucher and Long in "Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology."

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Step 1

Choose the right kind of apple cider vinegar. Disabled World encourages individuals who want to treat peptic ulcers with apple cider vinegar to purchase a cold-pressed product made from organic apples free from added preservatives. Make sure that the "Mother" -- a gelatinous, milky, stringy substance that's naturally produced during fermentation – has been retained in the specific bottle of apple cider vinegar. The "Mother" is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, healthy bacteria and important enzymes. Its presence ensures that the product has not been overly processed.

Step 2

Shake the bottle of apple cider vinegar to distribute the "mother." This ensures that you are getting an ample supply of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and bacteria with each serving. To ensure optimal results, make sure that the liquid has a hazy, cloudy appearance and that all residue from the bottom of the bottle of apple cider vinegar has been displaced.

Step 3

Choose the right amount of apple cider vinegar. Those who are just starting to use apple cider vinegar for treating stomach ulcers should start with two teaspoons of the product per day, mixed into a cup of steam-distilled water, reports Disabled World. As you become more familiar with the taste of apple cider vinegar, you may be able to increase your intake to as much as two tablespoons each day. You can add apple cider vinegar to hot tea, sprinkle it on salads and mix it with honey to incorporate it into your diet.

Step 4

Use apple cider vinegar consistently. Some individuals may achieve satisfactory results treating stomach ulcers with only one serving of apple cider vinegar. Those who consume this product on a daily basis, however, will likely notice a better outcome and may be able to prevent the return of painful stomach ulcers.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Teaspoon/tablespoon

  • Steam-distilled water

  • Cup

Warning

In some cases, apple cider vinegar may exacerbate -- or initiate – ulcer symptoms. Be sure to consult with a trained health care professional before you incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet to ensure that you are healthy enough to use it.

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