Arthritis is a chronic condition that involves inflammation in the joints. Arthritis forms because the cartilage between joints wears down, leaving bones to rub against other bones, causing inflammation and pain. Apple cider vinegar is a traditional folk remedy for arthritis; however, there is no scientific research in support of this. Always consult your physician before trying any alternative remedy.
Arthritis is the most common disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, affecting nearly 21 million Americans. There are over 100 different types of arthritis that vary in severity, but osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type. No cure has been found for arthritis but treatment for the painful condition helps relieve symptoms. Pain medication, physical therapy and surgery are some options for people with arthritis.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Apple cider vinegar has been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years. Hippocrates is believed to have used vinegar to treat his patients in 400 B.C. Apple cider vinegar, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, may have antimicrobial properties making it a natural germ killer and potentially useful for treating food poisoning. Apple cider vinegar is also purported to promote weight loss, lower cholesterol and improve skin; however, no research has backed these claims, according to eMedTV.com.
Vinegar and Arthritis
Alternative health practitioners recommend drinking apple cider vinegar to help treat the symptoms of arthritis. Vinegar is believed to relieve pain associated with arthritis and slow the progression of the disease. The University of Florida recommends mixing 2 tsp.of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water. Drink the mixture before each meal to relieve arthritis pain. Although there may be stories of people claiming to feel real benefits of apple cider vinegar in relation to arthritis, no research has validated these claims.
Before trying any alternative treatment, it is critical that you discuss this with your medical provider. Apple cider vinegar can interact with certain medications. Its side effects include severe throat pain and low potassium in the blood. The high acidity in vinegar can exacerbate stomach pain, heartburn and nausea. Some people have experienced allergic reactions to vinegar including a rash, hives, itching and swelling. Because apple cider vinegar has not been studied, other side effects are not known.
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- eMedTV; Apple Cider Vinegar; Kristi Monson; July 2008
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- University of Maryland Medical Center; Food Poisoning; Steven D. Ehrlich; August 2010
- University of Florida: Hurricane Recovery
- eMedTV; Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects; Kristi Monson; July 2008