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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Jmak, Community Member, asks

Q: Does apple cider vinegar really help acid reflux?

People are saying apple cider vinegar helps their acid reflux problem. Is this possible? It's a vinegar; is it supposed to trigger stomach acid? Shall we give it a try? If we do, how much per-day? How often? And when? What brand? (There are some in GNC.) If you've tried it, please share!

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Stephanie, Health Guide
1/19/11 9:14pm

I haven't tried it. Actually being an acid, it scares me. Everything else I eat that's acidic causes me issues. I've tried to find research that shows that it works. I can't find anything. Plus, the few websites where I've read about it says to mix it with baking soda which would fix the acidity, but too much baking soda is dangerous.


If you do decide to try it, the best way to see if it's working is to keep a log before you start trying it, then during as well. See how your symptoms change. It's hard to keep track if you don't write it down, and then it becomes a guessing game.


Best of luck - Stephanie

purrballs, Community Member
6/ 4/11 10:26pm

It works! I mix a teaspoon into about 4 ounces of water and swill it down.  Next I know I'm burping and feel so much better.  Actually indigestion isn't an overabundance of acid in the gut it is having not enough!  Do not mix with baking soda!  Baking soda is high sodium and we eat enough. 

dlm0823, Community Member
4/29/12 10:53pm

It is a miracle solution.  I have 5 personal friends who have used this.  Actually switched to apple cider capsules from health food store.  Take before spicy or big meal and take at night before you go to bed.  It truly does work.


Renee Culver, Editor
6/23/14 5:12pm

Though people swear by apple cider vinegar as a treatment for GERD, there's actually little hard evidence to explain how it does this.  There are some theories, though.  Some believe that the highly acidic vinegar aids digestion by helping the body break down fats. Others point to the fact that the type of acid in apple cider vinegar (called acetic acid) is not as strong as the hydrochloric acid in the stomach and thus helps to buffer the stomach from its natural stronger acid.  Still others suggest that the fact that apple cider vinegar is so acidic causes the body to balance its acid production when people consume it.

Remember that it's always best to consult a doctor before using anything as a treatment for GERD or any other medical condition, even if it's a natural product like this one.  Best of luck!


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By Jmak, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/06/14, First Published: 01/19/11