Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural remedy for gout. It can be consumed or applied topically. Here, you’ll learn how it is made, what it’s benefits are, possible side effects, and, how to use it as a natural gout remedy.
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting crushed apples. Apples contains sugars which are broken down in this fermentation process by yeast and bacteria, first into alcohol and then, as further fermentation is allowed, into vinegar. Which is why, I guess, the word ‘vinegar’ is french for ‘sour wine’.
The result of this fermentation process is that such apple cider vinegar contains things like acetic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, citric acid, amino acids, mineral salts, enzymes, vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine, etc.
For health purposes, apple cider vinegar has to be the raw, un-distilled, unpasteurized variety you get from health food shops, online, some groceries, and some supermarkets. It’s recognized by being slightly cloudy, dark, and with a sediment on the bottom called ‘the mother’. Check the label and talk to the assistant to make sure you get the right stuff.
In terms of it’s benefits to gout sufferers, it is believed that it’s consumption helps to change your blood pH levels and so helps to alleviate high uric acid levels in your blood. It’s physical application to the area affected by gout helps to alleviate the pain and swelling of your gout attack.
As a natural gout remedy drink, mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a large (8oz) glass of water. You could add honey to help the acidic taste. Drink the mixture 3 times a day.
As a topical natural gout remedy, add half a cup of vinegar to 3 cups of hot water and soak the affected joint for 20 to 30 minutes. Reheat the water and repeat 2 or 3 times. Caution: make sure the water isn’t too hot by not boiling it. Then carefully test with a finger first.
Also, don’t ever take it neat. Consuming it neat — especially regularly — could cause the following; loss of tooth enamel, tooth discoloration, esophagus and digestive tract damage, low blood potassium levels, low bone mineral density.
Applied undiluted topically, it could damage the skin. And of course if you have an allergy to apples you should not use apple cider vinegar.