What is in apple cider vinegar that relieves symptoms of arthritis? It contains many beneficial ingredients that aid the body. Magnesium helps the body absorb the calcium which strengthens bones. Antioxidants help decrease tissue damage. Acetic acid helps absorb toxins then flush them out. Because it is made from fermented apples, it also contains B vitamins, folic acid, niacin, and vitamin C.
Drinking apple cider vinegar is one way to use it. You can make hot peppermint tea and mix it with honey and cinnamon, mix it with cherry juice, another natural anti-inflammatory, or dilute it in a glass of water. Other ways to use it are soaking a washcloth in heated vinegar and water and using it as a compress, mixing it with cayenne pepper as a rub for aching hands, or pouring some into a hot bath to soak your entire body.
Does it work? Here is one woman’s success story: “I played tennis and softball, and injuries led to knee surgery. By the time I was 30, I could tell arthritis was setting in. In wet or cold weather, my knee ached tremendously. The last thing I wanted was more surgery. After trying a knee brace, hot/cold rubs, and joint supplements, which only helped a little, I took the advice of my father and tried a mixture of apple cider vinegar and honey. I took a couple of tablespoons a couple times a week. After the first week, I noticed less pain. I was shocked. I couldn’t believe something so simple was making such a difference. Needless to say, I still take it. It is so easy. I would recommend this for anyone with joint pain.”
Are you willing to try this simple solution for your arthritis pain? You really do not have anything to lose. One caution is not to use it in excess (eight ounces or more per day) as it could lead to lower potassium levels. Diabetics need to carefully monitor their blood sugar, as levels may drop. Otherwise, you can relieve the pain, swelling, and stiffness of arthritis with a simple, safe concoction you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet.