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Will Apple Cider Vinegar Heal Arthritis?

Many people believe that apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties, and some sources say that it can relieve the symptoms of arthritis.

Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints, which can restrict mobility and damage the joints.

Arthritis medications are usually effective, though some people also look to alternative treatments to relieve their symptoms, including apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is a traditional home remedy that some people use to treat a variety of conditions from nausea to skin conditions. But does it work for arthritis, and is it safe?

Can apple cider vinegar help with arthritis?

Some people find that drinking a small amount of diluted apple cider vinegar can help with their arthritis symptoms.

However, there is not enough evidence to suggest that it works, and the Arthritis Foundation have included apple cider on their list of food myths about arthritis.

Despite the lack of scientific evidence, we take a look at some ways that apple cider vinegar might work for arthritis symptoms.


Inflammation in the joints is the primary cause of pain, swelling, and sometimes, permanent joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Other forms of arthritis involve much lower levels of inflammation, including osteoarthritis (OA).

Many people use standard anti-inflammatory medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), to control inflammation. Some people also include specific anti-inflammatory foods in their diet to manage their symptoms.

However, supporters of apple cider vinegar believe that it contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help with arthritis symptoms, including pain and swelling, in the same way that medication does.

However, there is no scientific evidence that apple cider vinegar is an effective anti-inflammatory agent in humans, or that it can help treat arthritis symptoms. This means it is difficult to know what effects it has.


Apple cider vinegar also contains pectin. Some people think that pectin can absorb specific toxins that have built up and contributed to their symptoms.

However, according to the Arthritis Foundation, there is no research that shows whether or not pectin can help with arthritis pain.

Apple cider vinegar and weight loss

People with arthritis may find relief in their symptoms by maintaining a healthy weight, as this reduces the pressure on their joints.

Apple cider vinegar may help people with arthritis to lose weight.

Some research has suggested that vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, can help to control blood sugar levels and contribute to weight loss. However, the study showed mixed results, and further research is needed.