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 model of ulcerative colitis (dextran suflate sodium [DSS]-induced colitis model). Researchers found that adding either vinegar or acetic acid in small portions to the animals' drinking water was enough to see significant results and reduced symptoms of their condition, such as reduced disease activity index, histopathological scores, less body weight l
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