I take apple cider vinegar in water daily and have done so for years. It supposedly helps digestion by increasing stomach acid. My understanding is many of us don't have enough stomach acid especially as we get older so we often have problems with good absorption. I couldn't sleep so got up early and just took my T3 and T4. Happened to have some leftover apple cider vinegar in water by my recliner and used it to take my meds. Then I googled the question"Can apple cider vinegar help thyroid meds be better absorbed?" I found some websites-one in particular <drstefanski.com>. I have no connection with him but I am going to continue taking my thyroid meds with the ACV and see what my labs look like next week. Just a thought and hope this might help my med absorption problems in general. Does anyone else do this.? Interested in your thoughts. I do use the organic vinegar (the cloudy one with the 'mother') not the processed clear version which I believe has had the nutrition processed out. Just my brain in high gear at 4:30 am. irina
Apple cider vinegar to help thyroid medication ... - Thyroid UK
Unfortunately I don't think apple cider vinegar can have much of a direct effect on stomach acid. We produce 1.5 litres of stomach acid per day. The level of acidity can vary from person to person. The usual level is a pH of 2. The pH scale goes up in tens. A pH of 1 is 10 times stronger in acidity than a pH of 2, and a pH of 3 is ten times weaker than a pH of 2. The pH of apple cider vinegar is 3 and above, up to 5 depending on the make. So if you had say weak acid in your stomach of pH 3-4, cider vinegar in whatever quantity couldn't get your pH down to 2. The vinegar can only lower your stomach acid if it is higher than 3, and can only get it down to the natural pH of the vinegar and not below, however much you take.
makes sense. Just a theory. How can I raise (or lower the pH I mean) my stomach acid without Pharma meds Thanks D. irina
I don't use it myself. However, there is a lot of evidence that Apple Cider Vinegar (with mother), does help alleviate arthritis symptoms. In fact, there is a clinic set up by a former nurse, that still promotes this. She is well remembered for helping people who believe they are no longer bed bound due to her ideas.