Many people associate apple cider vinegar (ACV) with cooking. In fact, it is incredibly popular in the natural health community too since it has shown promise in helping a variety of health problems that include gout. So, does apple cider vinegar help cure gout? While some natural health gurus believe that it can help to treat gout symptoms, other health experts say that it has no realistic role in gout. To be sure, there’s never been much research to support the claim. Since this gout treatment is unproven, it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor before starting this home remedy.
As a kind of inflammatory arthritis, gout is caused by hyperuricemia, which refers to too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, specific chemical compounds found in certain foods like meat, poultry and seafood. The common triggers include being overweight, high purine diet, alcohol, medication, dehydration, medical stress, and so on. A buildup of needle-sharp uric-acid crystals can cause severe pain in the joints. Besides of joint pain, other symptoms of gout also include redness, heat, and swelling. The worst part of this condition is that the pain may keep coming back even though the symptoms have been relieved by the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The good news is that gout is a treatable, progressive disease. And some natural alternative treatments, including ACV, can be used to provide relief too.
As a fermented vinegar made from apples and apple cider, ACV is rich in acetic acid, B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium and other nutrients. It is worth mentioning that acetic acid is the key active ingredient that makes ACV have wide medicinal applications, such as lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes, reducing high blood pressure, reducing triglycerides and boosting in HDL (good cholesterol), cleansing liver, balancing the body’s pH, promoting weight loss, treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and so on. Thanks to the presence of acetic acid, ACV can help create a pH-balanced environment inside the body by reducing acidity within the body. As a result, it can put a stop to the excruciating pain of a gout attack. Of course, this is just the opinion of some experts and more research is needed to support such a claim.
An ideal pH of the body is slightly alkaline. As mentioned above, a high uric acid level in blood is the culprit of gout. So, maintaining a slightly alkaline pH means a lot to the prevention of many diseases that include gout. In theory, vinegar should make the body more acidic instead of alkaline. However, acetic acid has an alkaline effect inside the bodies when taken. This is the reason why it could play a large part in its amazing curative properties. However, it is important to note that an increase in symptoms of gout tend to be observed right after this home remedy has begun, but these symptoms should improve over time and subside over the next few weeks.
When it comes to the treatment of gout with apple cider vinegar, the easiest way to do this is to mix 2 tablespoons of it with 1 cup of water and use the mixture twice a day. Some experts recommend using it together with baking soda to get better therapeutic effect. Although ACV is often used as a home remedy for gout relief and sometimes has remarkable clinical curative effect, that’s the subject of ongoing research and yet to be proved. So, it is better to use it as natural alternative treatments instead of the regular treatments with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids, allopurinol, or other anti-gout medications.