Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help with CIDP Inflammation?
Apple cider vinegar can help with their autoimmune inflammation and there is some science to back this up which is good news for CIDP patients.
By Shiraz Abbas
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been touted as cure for almost everything from curing AIDs to cancer. Whenever such grandiose claims come up, it’s always important to look at them with suspicion. So you are right to be skeptical about ACV.
But this does not mean that ACV is a scam and has no benefits. One of the established benefits of ACV is that it is a potent anti-inflammatory. Taming inflammation in the body is important because it is at the root of so many of our problems, including autoimmune diseases like arthritis and CIDP type neuropathy as well as cancer (yes, the base of cancer cells stem from inflammation in the body).
So how does ACV help with inflammation?
A lot of the benefits claims made about ACV do not have studies to back them up. The benefits are largely anecdotal. However, lack of scientific evidence does not mean that the benefits aren’t there. People consumed green tea for thousands of years and claimed its benefits and it is only in recent decades that scientific studies have backed these claims up.
But to help our readers, I will use scientific studies where I can.
ACV and Bad Gut Bacteria
Our guts are one of the central mechanisms through which our immune and inflammatory systems are controlled. At the core of this process is our gut flora. The beneficial bacteria are behind the proper regulation of our immune system and even metabolism. Having too much “bad” bacteria can lead to chronic pain and inflammation. We previously wrote on how bad gut bacteria can onset CIDP and GBS types of neuropathy.
A 2005 study looked at the effects of vinegar and lemon water on Salmonella (really bad bacteria) in arugula. The study showed that when vinegar and lemon water were mixed together, Salmonella was reduced to such a point that it became undetectable.
This finding is consistent with anecdotal claims that ACV and even lemon water alter gut bacteria in favor of the good ones, thereby further boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation causing bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar contains a variety of nutrients that help in its ability to do many things in the body that reduce inflammation fairly quickly. It has an alkaline pH, so it keeps our blood from becoming too acidic, which is what ultimately makes us feel so poorly. ACV can also reduce insulin in the body to balance blood sugar levels, it helps the body produce enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) needed for optimal digestion and assimilation of nutrients, it contains a large amount of potassium which reduces pain, it assists with natural cleansing and elimination, can relieve a minor headache and joint pain, flushes the cells of wastes, and promotes a healthy heart and blood pressure levels. Finally, it contains vitamin C that reduces inflammation, stress, and contributes to a healthy immune system to keep the body strong.
Remember that ACV is fermented with beneficial bacteria. This means that organic unpasteurized, unfiltered ACV contains these bacteria which makes the drink a probiotic.
ACV is highly acidic, so you should not drink more than 1-2 tablespoons a day. It is preferable that you mix it with a glass of water to dilute it and drink it through a straw as it may erode your teeth.
Once you drink it, you should rinse your mouth out with water to prevent further erosion. Brush your teeth one hour later as early brushing after ACV is bad for your teeth.
Shiraz Abbas is the founder and manager of the CIDP Neuropathy Support Group. He is also one of the main community educators of IVIG therapy. He resides in Fresno, California. Shiraz can be contacted through our free CIDP advice service at 1-855-782-0574.