My wife started an intense internet search for natural remedy of gout. She found this site that talk about Gout Remedies. 59 out of 68 people who drink ACV were relieved from gout pain within a few days. “Two days of ACV was all it took for gout pain relief!” said a few testimonies.
I thought, two days was a short time, and it was worth a try. So, I took it in the morning before I went to work, and twice at night after dinner. On the next day, the pain has gone down to half. Maybe this would work! I continued taking it 3 times a day, and on the third day, my pain was 95% gone!
1 tablespoon of raw unfiltered ACV
1 or 2 tablespoon of honey (to taste, organic preferably)
1 big cup of water (warm or cold does not matter)
Method : Mix and stir, and it’s ready to drink. Drink a glass 3 times a day.
After consumption, please drink another half cup of water to rinse the throat and oesophagus.
It doesn’t cost much. It is so easy to make. Most importantly, it is effective, like a miracle, a great home remedy for gout since our great grandmother’s time.
How did it help?
ACV is made from fermented apples. It contains the naturally occurring form of L-malic acid and acetic acid that aid in relieves painful joints. Malic acid is a type of dicarboxylic acid, an organic compound with the formula HO2CCH2CHOHCO2H, an active ingredient presence in many sour or tart foods. This L-Malic acid dissolves deposits of Uric Acid which causes gout. Potassium and amino acids in ACV helps to purge this toxic waste out of the body
ACV has been known to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties, mainly due to the presence of the malic acid and acetic acid in the vinegar. Acting as a buffer in the body, the acetic acid reacts with base or acid compounds to form acetate, hence rendering them chemically bio-available for the body’s utilization. Furthermore, ACV can reduce the toxicity of certain compounds present in the body by converting the toxin into an acetate compound, which is less toxic, and remove it from the body.
As a gout sufferer, when I took ACV, I find that my inflammation was reduced, pain was relieved and swelling was gone, and hence more mobility for me! It’s an indescribable good feeling.
Background information of ACV
Ninety different substances in ACV have been reportedly measured by Scientist. ACV contains thirteen types of carbolic acids, four aldehydes, twenty ketones, eighteen types of alcohols, eight ethyl acetates and so on. It also contains acetic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid, enzymes, amino acids and roughage in the form of potash and apple pectin. Minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulphur, copper, iron, silicon, fluorine also exists in ACV. Its vitamin content includes Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Provitamin beta-carotene, and Vitamin P (bioflavonoids).
Is ACV acidic or alkaline ?
Some people thought that ACV is acidic and will worsen the gout. This is not the case. ACV is alkaline-forming food. Foods are categorized as acid-forming or alkalizing depending on the effect they have on the body. An acid-forming food contributes hydrogen ions to the body, making it more acidic. An alkalizing food removes hydrogen ions from the body, making it more alkaline. This classification is based on the intrinsic acidity or alkalinity of the food and how it affects the body after digestion, not on their taste. A common misconception is that ACV tastes acidic, hence it was thought as having acid-forming effect on the body. This is not true. AVC is alkalizing because the minerals they leave behind after digestion help remove hydrogen ions, hence decreasing the acidity of the body. Some people use the term “residue” or “ash” to explain the effect of a food on the body. A food with an acid ash after digestion contributes hydrogen ions, making the body more acidic; a food with an alkaline ash after digestion removes hydrogen ions, making the body more alkaline.) ACV is alkaline because of its “ash” content. This means, if we check the pH of the burned ACV by dissolving it in water, we will get alkaline results.
While ACV is considered alkaline, chemically pure vinegar (acetic acid) is neither acid nor alkaline forming as it leaves no ash when burned. Instead, it evaporates entirely.
How to choose Apple Cider Vinegar ?
The raw, un-distilled, unfiltered, or un-pasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar that comes with the “mother” should be chosen. Raw ACV is, by its very nature, cloudy due to the amazing Mother of Vinegar – the naturally occurring strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules. This “Mother of vinegar” is believed to have an antibacterial and antifungal property that provides healing effect to the body.
I personally consume, hence recommend, the Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar which is made from organically grown apples. Bragg’s ACV is processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines and is Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth; and is Kosher Certified.
The liquid-clear apple cider vinegar available in the supermarket has been processed to look good for large consumption. It is in fact of less superior quality since the “Mother” has been removed.
After the Pain Relief
When the pain is gone, will it come back? The answer lies in healthier lifestyle – diet control, weight watch, and physical exercise, family history of gout or arthritis, and possibly underlying medical conditions. Frequent occurring gout attacks post high risk of permanently damaged joints and possible kidney damage.
A whole range of natural home remedies for gout are available, and here are some good articles about it :
Side Effects and Precautions
Some of the side effects that users of ACVhave reported:
Corrode Teeth Enamel: ACV poses maximum threat to the enamel when it is taken undiluted. Hence, always take the ACV with plenty of water. To protect the enamel, rinse the mouth with cold water immediately after consuming ACV
Lowering of Potassium Levels: ACV consumption has also been reported to lower the potassium level in one’s body. Since potassium deficient affects bone density, people prone to weak bones or osteoporosis must avoid consuming ACV altogether.
Effect on Skin: Taking high concentration of undiluted, tablet or pill ACV has been reported to burn the oesophagus. Hence, we should always dilute it with water if taking it directly for its health benefits.
Interaction with Drugs: Some drugs like bumetanide, furosemide, chlorothiazide, chlorthakidone, metolazine and ethracrynic acid can form harmful combination with ACV. Hence, if you are on any medication, please consult with your doctor before taking ACV.