While there are benefits of apple cider vinegar for gout, they don't come in the form that most think. Ther is a reason it works to reduce pain and swelling for people who suffer from gout and it's demonic levels of pain.
Ready to dig into this new view on ACV and gout?
Let's get started.
As someone who's suffered from gout in the past, this topic is near and dear to my heart, as well as my pain receptors.
From my personal experience, taking a couple of tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water lowers pain substantially in an hour or so. It was consistent, the relief was quick and effective every time.
The real question is, why does it work so well.
There's no science with ACV and gout specifically, but if you look at gout as a whole and start asking the right questions, you get the answers you need.
So how does ACV work? By lowering insulin.
Yes, that's right. I fully believe that gout is related to insulin resistance. Now, before you start casting stone, hear me out.
Taking just two tablespoons of ACV before or after a meal improves your insulin sensitivity by 19 to 34%. That's incredible.
You can eat 50 grams of bread, which would normally spike insulin levels, but were reduced by 34% in a half hour.
Wow! That even more impressive.
So why do I think it's insulin resistance?
Because of the processes jump-started in the human body every time you put something in your mouth and swallow, other than water, unsweetened coffee or tea.
Your body has two separate energy systems. One based on stored fat and one based on saving fat for a rainy day. Throughout history, humanity has never had an excess of food to eat until recently.
Gout was known as "Kings Disease" until about 150 years ago. With systems of yesterday, there were kings and a few rich, and most were very poor paupers. Throughout history, we know of many famines from as far back as the earliest recorded history.
This means only kings and the rich were prone to what is now known as gout. They could afford and have all of the food they wanted. There are many stories in the history of Kings and their families gorging on food and drink to the point of regurgitation, then they would fill up again. Plain gluttony at it's worst. But there was a price to pay for their actions.
The American Journal of Medicine published a study in 2010 that covered thousands and thousands of adults and their kids. They found a strong correlation factor that tied high uric acid levels to type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance. That's a no brainer… right?
The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases published a study in 2014 that suggests women are diagnosed with gout have a 71% increase in changes they also develop type 2 diabetes.
Sugar and diabetes are not in debate. Once diagnosed as a diabetic, your diet is reduced to very few carbs and sugars, or they give you drugs to give you more insulin. The latter is devastating since it does not address the problem. It compounds it. It's akin to giving an alcoholic a case of Jack Daniels.
So how does the body process sugars?
Most common sugars are made up of two different subsets of sugars. Sucrose and Fructose. Common table sugar is 50% sucrose and 50% Fructose.
Sucrose is processed by insulin. When insulin resistance is high, insulin can't do its job effectively and it stops the process of fat cells being used for energy. This process causes purines. Massive amounts of purines, which turns to uric acid in the blood.
Then we have fructose, which is processed in the liver. For the liver to process fructose, it has to create ATP… a lot of it. ATP turns into guess what? You got it, purines, which turns to uric acid in the blood.
Some blame food, or the number of purines in food. The problem with their theory is it's already discredited since scientist has openly stated they can't measure purine content of any given food.
Well, it gets worse. Guess what else science has already settled?
Main Stream Medical can't seem to keep a coherent narrative.
If the diet can't directly affect no more than 1mg/dl, then what's causing the overload of purines?
Remember I said it's the Kings' Disease? The same kings who gorged themselves into gout? Now for your dose of reality.
Gout is associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, insulin resistance, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and a host of other "auto-immune diseases".
Remember we talked about the starving paupers? They had meals twice a day on average throughout history. Not 3 meals with 3 to 6 snacks and a soft drink or two a day.
Diet is very important and ACV can help reduce pain and swelling due to its insulin sensitivity properties. There's a great post on a blog called Exit Confessions about gout and ACV with a strong argument that supports my view here. In fact, the entire blog is excellent for people who suffer from gout.
6 Tips to prevent gout attacks!
1. Stop snacking all day. D
2. Stop consuming sweet drinks and foods.
3. Eat a diabetic diet.
4. Limit yourself to 2 to 3 meals a day, low carb if possible.
5. Try intermittent fasting.
6. No drinking. It's processed in the liver with the same processes described here.
If you break this list down, it's dealing with two basic issues. One is limiting how many times a day you spike your insulin levels. Number two is what are you spiking it with.
Carbs, and especially high glycemic carbs and sugars are of the devil.
So, you don't believe me and have gout?
Take this cheap test. Buy a small bag of starlight mints and keep one in your mouth for a couple of days.
Keep one in your mouth as much as possible and you will likely have a gout attack over a few days' time. This is more pronounced if you've had a recent attack where your serum urate has not had a chance to lower thoroughly.
You'll be sorry for it, but at least you will learn a valuable lesson.