Is there any evidence to support the claims that cider vinegar helps with arthritis conditions?
Q) I'd be interested to know your opinion on the various claims made about the benefits of taking cider vinegar for the relief – and even prevention – of arthritic conditions.
J N, Bognor Regis (Spring 2006)
A) This is an interesting question. Some years ago I did a survey of all the books claiming dietary help for arthritis. I bought about 20 books and tried to find a common theme. Cider vinegar and honey was a central theme to Margaret Hills’s Curing Arthritis the Drug-Free Way and appeared in several other books. As far as I can see it was an old New England remedy, unusually adopted ‘in reverse’ by us. There are no controlled trials to support the use of cider vinegar and the reasons for recommending it aren't based on scientific grounds. It is, however, unlikely to do you any harm. By all means try the diet, but remember to maintain a sense of balance and don’t stop your arthritis drugs.
This answer was provided by Dr Philip Helliwell for the Spring 2006 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.
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