Is Apple Cider Good for Arthritis? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apple cider is good for arthritis. Because it has antioxidants, polyphenols, and pectin, and they can reduce inflammation, modulate the immune system, and ease constipation.

Arthritis is a condition that affects your joints, which are the places where two bones meet in your body.

In arthritis, your body’s immune system attacks the lining of your joints, causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

This can lead to various health problems, such as joint damage, deformity, disability, and increased risk of heart disease.

One of the key factors in managing arthritis is diet.

What you consume can affect your inflammation levels, which can impact your arthritis symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage arthritis, you should consume anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and olive oil, and avoid pro-inflammatory foods like red meat, processed foods, sugar, and alcohol.

Now, apple cider is an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples.

People usually drink it cold or hot, sometimes with spices or honey.

Apple cider is good for arthritis because it contains antioxidants, polyphenols, and pectin.

Antioxidants can help fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress, which can worsen inflammation.

Polyphenols can help modulate the immune system and prevent excessive inflammation.

Pectin can help ease constipation and improve gut health, which can also affect inflammation.

One cup of apple cider can give you about 10% of your daily vitamin C, 7% of your daily potassium, and 2% of your daily calcium.

Vitamin C can help boost your immune system and collagen production, which can protect your joints.

Potassium can help balance your electrolytes and fluid levels, which can prevent swelling and dehydration.

Calcium can help maintain your bone health and prevent osteoporosis, which can complicate arthritis.

Furthermore, apple cider is a natural and unprocessed drink, and natural and unprocessed foods are good for arthritis.

Because, they contain fewer additives, preservatives, and chemicals that can trigger inflammation and allergies.

You can drink one to two cups of apple cider per day safely.

More than that can cause stomach upset, acid reflux, tooth erosion, and low blood sugar.

Also, you shouldn’t drink apple cider if you have diabetes, kidney disease, or stomach ulcers, to prevent worsening your condition.

Because, apple cider can lower your blood sugar, increase your potassium, and irritate your stomach lining.

You can buy fresh apple cider in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose organic, raw, and unpasteurized apple cider.

Because, it has more nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial bacteria than conventional, cooked, and filtered apple cider.

You can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care, is key to managing arthritis effectively.

I always recommend my arthritis patients to follow an arthritis-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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