Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help With Gout?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes painful joint swelling from a buildup of uric acid in the body (via Livestrong). Those treating gout with medication may experience unpleasant side effects leading them to look for natural alternatives instead. One popular remedy suggests that consuming apple cider vinegar can cure and treat gout. But health experts warn against miracle cures circulating around the internet.

Because gout is a pro-inflammatory condition, it's easy to assume that it can be treated by anti-inflammatory foods, like apple cider vinegar (via Verywell Health). Apple cider vinegar is apple cider that's undergone the fermentation process and can be found in most grocery stores. While non-expert health enthusiasts anecdotally claim the vinegar's vast and positive health effects, there is a lack of scientific evidence to support its ability to treat gout (via Healthline). However, apple cider vinegar may help improve risk factors associated with the condition.

Apple cider vinegar may reduce risk factors for gout

Some preliminary research suggests that drinking apple cider vinegar may help reduce some common risk factors for gout, including diabetes (via Verywell Health). It's theorized that vinegar may reduce the glycemic response of certain foods, which can prevent blood sugar spikes. According to a 2006 study published in MedGenMed, healthy adults who used white vinegar in a salad dressing saw a 30% reduction in their blood sugar levels after eating a meal containing 50 grams of carbohydrates.  

Additionally, consuming apple cider vinegar may help reduce your cholesterol levels, another risk factor for gout. A 2018 study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that study participants who consumed apple cider vinegar had reduced triglyceride and total cholesterol levels and significantly increased high-density lipoprotein levels. While these findings seem promising for those with gout, always check with your doctor before implementing any new dietary protocol.