Possible Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis: Common Vinegar

Possible Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis: Common Vinegar
New research has investigated the therapeutic power of vinegar – a common ingredient in the Mediterranean diet – in the fight against ulcerative colitis (UC), an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that researchers think is connected to the gut microbiome. The research team behind the study, which was published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that vinegar suppressed proteins that induce inflammation while improving the gut’s bacterial makeup in mice models. UC is a chronic illness, not fully understood by the scientific community. Previous studies suggested that bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract play a pivotal role, as people who suffer from the condition report frequent inflammation of the large intestine’s lining – causing abdominal pain, diarrhea, and ulcers, among others. Authors Lu Yu, Bo Liu and colleagues found that vinegar has been known for centuries in traditional medicine for its healing powers, and one recent study suggested a benefit in ulcerative colitis. According to a press release, this hypothesis encouraged the team to investigate further the potential clinical benefits of vinegar in ulcerative colitis. The team's study is titled “Vinegar Treatment Prevents the Development of Murine Experimental Colitis via Inhibition of Inflammation and Apoptosis.” The team tested vinegar (5% v/v) and its active main component, acetic acid (0.3% w/v), in a mouse m
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8 comments

  1. yvonne says:

    I have been instructed to consume Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother” on the label. It has along with other dietary guidlines have helped me with my gut flora from toxicity from antibiotics that led me to get Candida (been treating naturaly for 2.5yrs)

  2. Jessica says:

    Drinking DILUTED ACV, rather than ‘neat’, makes a huge difference. The same applies for using it topically for e.g., vulvodynia / candida infection. I am Histamine Intolerant and react badly to ACV taken ‘neat (as in severe asthmatic wheezing symptoms. When I take it diluted, however, it has the opposite effect and significantly calms mast cell activity, reducing histamine release and the inflammation, pain, and ‘burning sensation’ that this otherwise causes. This would at least in part explain why – used judiciously – ACV can be so effective in reducing symptoms of Colitis, which so often involves excess mast cell degranulation.

    I keep a glass jar of dilute ACV (roughly 1 part ACV to 6 parts water) in the bathroom for topical use as needed, and another in the kitchen for taking small sips throughout the day as I remember, for digestive health. I notice the difference on the days I forget to keep those two jars topped up.

    Sometimes “less” is more. : )

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