"Apple cider vinegar is a great NATURAL remedy
for acid reflux!"
When you swallow, a circular band of muscle around the
bottom part of the esophagus relaxes to allow food and liquid to enter into your stomach.
Normally this muscle valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), is closed and keeps the digestive acid and food inside the stomach where it belongs.
However if the LES valve opens when it shouldn't, hydrochloric acid from the stomach can reflux back and touch the lining of the esophagus.
This can cause a burning sensation in the chest or throat known as acid reflux or heartburn.
Most people experience the occasional episode of heartburn and although unpleasant, it is generally nothing to worry about. Frequent or constant heartburn however can be a serious problem and is the most common symptom of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Ref: Mayo Clinic Staff, Oct 18, 2005. ( Web Link )
Two approaches commonly advocated for the treatment of heartburn or acid reflux include:
Reference: JAMA. 2006; 296:2947-2953. (
A third approach (a popular natural home remedy) to help reduce or eliminate acid reflux is to take the following apple cider vinegar tonic:
before meals or whenever heartburn is experienced.
Another theory contends that the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a pH sensitive valve.
When there is food in the stomach with insufficient acid present, the LES valve can periodically flop open, causing acid reflux.
Too little acid in the stomach may be caused by different factors, but one of the most common one is that, as we grow older, our body does not produce as much stomach acid.
As a result the LES valve, sensing less acid, periodically flops open causing acid reflux.
Drinking apple cider vinegar supplies the LES valve with the acidity it needs to function properly.
Ref: https://issuu.com/thebestoftimes/docs/december2008/34 (
As far as scientific studies on apple cider vinegar and acid reflux, I know of only one, a related thesis report published in 2015 by a graduate student at Arizona State University.
The purpose of this experiment was to test the efficacy of organic apple cider vinegar on the reduction of heartburn symptoms related to GERD.
For her Masters of Science degree, Zoe Yeh conducted a small randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, cross-over research study that had 7 people either eat a meal with chili (and nothing else - the control), take an antacid after a chili meal, eat chili that had organic apple cider vinegar added to it, or drink diluted ACV after eating the chili.
The results showed that taking organic apple cider vinegar 15 minutes after a meal helped reduce heartburn symptoms for some of the test participants but not for all of them.
It was also found that the participants who benefited the most from the vinegar drink were those who did not respond to the antacid.
Although this was a very small study, it did show scientifically that drinking organic apple cider vinegar can reduce heartburn intensity for some people but not for everyone.
Name: P Mac
Location: Mississippi, United States
Date: February 09, 2019
This is an old thread but I just had to give my two cents worth! IT WORKS!
I was suffering for 2 days and a hades of a night. Prescription med proton inhibitor nor rantidine was touching it.
I took a ACV with water and honey. Immediately relieved reflux 75 %.
I waited a few hours and took the same dose. Reflux was completely gone before I went to bed. All smiles :)
I only eat two meals per day & I will take the ACV before meals about 1-2 hours before.
By the way I don't work for ACV, just wanted to add this because of the naysayers.
Name: Connie Flores
Location: Arizona, United States
Date: August 06, 2015
I am amazed by all the testimonials, I am afraid of this acid reflux condition and uncertain of many things, recently have had to deal with this.
Can someone please tell me if I can take the apple cider vinegar at anytime even on an empty stomach, since I have not been able to eat much last few days, please help me & God bless you all for your encouragement & hope.
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