There are quite a lot natural treatments for multiple sclerosis, some working better than others. While others do good, some are just placebo. Apple cider vinegar, is it a viable multiple sclerosis natural treatment?
Let’s take a look at what’s behind the apple cider vinegar (ACV for short). ACV is produced out of apple juice. Apple juice is fermented first to alcohol, then to acetic acid (aka vinegar). Since, the time Babylonians converted wine into vinegar; vinegar became revered for its healing qualities. Today, this is still true. There are many who claim that ACV can lower blood pressure, cure arthritis, lower cholesterol, prevent cancer and help one digest better and manage his or her weight.
While the first medicinal use of ACV was documented by Hippocrates, until 1958 there wasn’t much attention paid to it. All changed with Dr Jarvis, who claimed that ACV can cure diabetes, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, arthritis, and other illnesses and diseases.
According to Dr Jarvis’ supporters, apple cider vinegar contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, minerals, chlorine, copper, iron, sulphur and lots of other healthy ingredients, including vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and beta-carotene. However, that’s not true. A simple analysis of a tablespoon of ACV shows that it contains just minuscule amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, 15 mg of potassium, and no vitamins or fibers.
There have also been studies that focused on the efficacy of apple cider vinegar as a healing agent. According to the results, ACV can play a role in limiting weight gain and regulating blood glucose levels.
However, there are people who say that apple cider vinegar helps them soothe some of the symptoms of their multiple sclerosis, like aching knees, sore back, cramps, etc. The best recipe is thought to be ¼ hone and the rest apple cider vinegar, drank in the morning. However, this doesn’t really have any logic, because, the chemical elements in apple cider vinegar don’t have anything to do with most multiple sclerosis symptoms, which makes it impossible to soothe them. Of course, one should never underestimate the power of placebo.
While it is true that if one is to take some apple cider with their medication this can speed up one’s digestive process and make the medication go faster into their bloodstream and hence make them feel better faster, this should be attributed to medication, not to apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can only help one digest faster, and that’s pretty much it for the moment.
At this point, no research showed that apple cider vinegar has medicinal qualities, and the therapeutic benefits are almost inexistent. This is why, until more conclusive evidence regarding its health benefits are made available, one should stick to proven treatment methods for MS.