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Apple Cider Vinegar and COPD

1 Mar 2016
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Apple Cider Vinegar and COPD

There’s been a growing trend in people seeking natural remedies to relieve illness symptoms over the last few years. For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), any natural remedy that can help manage COPD symptoms or flare-ups sounds appealing. One of the more talked about items is apple cider vinegar. So what is the connection between Apple Cider Vinegar and COPD?

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

The name says it all. Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apples. Apple cider vinegar as been linked to having many health benefits ranging from curing bad breath to aiding in stomach digestion. Many home remedies involving apple cider vinegar involve organic or unpasteurized versions of the product, ones still containing the mother of vinegar.

Antioxidant Properties

Apple cider vinegar contains many compounds with antioxidant properties, the most potent of which is acetic acid. Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals that cause damage to cell DNA. According to Livestrong, in a 2010 study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers found compounds with antioxidant activity of the enzyme superoxide dismutase in apple cider vinegar–meaning, the compounds in apple cider vinegar convert superoxide and other harmful free radicals into less harmful oxygen and hydrogen peroxide.

How to Take It

WebMD recommends not drinking apple cider vinegar straight. Due to its acidic qualities, it can be harmful to tooth enamel and the lining of the esophagus.

Other Remedies

According to Readers Digest, there are several other home remedies using apple cider vinegar, which may help some side symptoms of COPD.

  • Controls Blood Sugar Levels – One study found that people with type 2 diabetes not taking insulin found that taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. An Arizona State University study found that people who drank an apple cider vinegar and water mixture before eating high carbohydrate meals had lower blood sugar after eating.
  • Clears Stuffy Noses – Apple cider vinegar contains potassium that thins mucus. Also, the acidic PH prevents bacteria growth. Directions: Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink.
  • Creates an Energy Boost – The potassium and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help relieve that tired feeling. Directions: Add one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of cold water.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about cell therapy treatment options, contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065.

45 Comments

  1. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Carmen,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing this with us. We’re glad that you have found some relief. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. carmen spence

    2 months ago

    I have COPD and I have found difficulty in even getting dress, however after taking Cider Vinegar and now I have had amazing relief, and I can now breathe.

  3. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Barmare,

    Thanks for your comment. Apple cider vinegar is not a cure for lung diseases, lung infections or infections in general. Apple cider vinegar is meant to be used as a complementary therapy, which is a therapy meant to aid your current treatment plan. It’s important to discuss using apple cider vinegar, any symptoms you’re experiencing and possible treatment plans with your doctor before changing your current treatment plan. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to guide you.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Barmare Shakeel

    6 months ago

    i did my medical test for gulf and i was unfit in X-ray report due to the infection on the left side of my lungs at the lower part, can you guide me how far this apple cider venigar can cure my infected lungs, So next time i do medical test for chest it should be clear, please guide

  5. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Betty,

    Thanks for your comment. You could use either regular or organic apple cider vinegar. You could also discuss which one your doctor recommends for you. We hope the apple cider vinegar helps you.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Clayton,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re not familiar with mixing apple cider vinegar with water to be used in a nebulizer, so we recommend discussing that with your doctor before you try it. While there are many benefits to apple cider vinegar, we recommend discussing any changes to your treatment plan or additions to your treatment plan with your doctor because your doctor knows you and your health the best.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Betty

    8 months ago

    Which apple cider vinegar is used, regular or organic? In stage 4 copd and I want to try it. ty

  8. clayton

    8 months ago

    could you mix acv & distilled water to use in nebulizer

  9. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Christine,

    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, speaking with one of our patient coordinators is the best way to answer your question. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, cost and financial information, and they would be happy to answer your questions one-on-one. Give us a call today at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. CHRISTINE

    8 months ago

    DOES PATIENTS HAVE TO PAY ALL UP FRONT OR CAN A PAYMENT PLAN BE SET UP

  11. PB

    10 months ago

    Hi Alicia,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. Because different lung diseases affects people differently, it’s important to talk with your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have. Your doctor would know what medications or vitamins could work best for you, so talking with him or her about that is also important. You can also check out our vitamins and COPD blog article. If you would like more information about other treatment options, such as stem cell therapy, feel free to contact one of our patient coordinators today by calling (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Alicia Tiongco

    10 months ago

    I have asthma , one time i had my xray my doctor found out that on my left lung is almost 1/4 damaged. According to her i dont have tuberculosis. But i often cough especially early morning and have phlegm . Is that sign i am already a copd? Are there any medicines or vitaminds to make my lungs healthy?

  13. PB

    10 months ago

    Hi Fay,

    Thanks for sharing your recipe for apple cider vinaigrette, and thanks for sharing your experience. We’re glad to hear that you’re feeling better and that your breathing has improved.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Fay

    10 months ago

    Recipe for Apple cider vinegarette.can be used over sliced cucumbers or lettuce salads…1/2 cup of apple cider.1 teaspoon of salt .pinch of black pepper 2 cups water..Add sugar to suit taste.1/4 cup heavy cream.whip with wire whip .refrigerate.Use as needed… I have had stem cell and feel great..I am 77 yes old .and my.breathing has improved

  15. PB

    12 months ago

    Hi Linda,

    Your coleslaw recipe with apple cider vinegar sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us. We’re glad that you enjoy our articles. We enjoy writing them and look forward to writing more soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Linda McManus

    12 months ago

    I use apple cider vinegar and a small amount of veg oil to make Cole slaw, it has other ingredients in it as well, was my mother’s recipe.
    It’s tart and delicous.
    I have COPD and emphysema. Glad to know my salad slaw is even better.
    Thank you, I try to read all your articles.

  17. Cameron Kennerly

    12 months ago

    Hello Joseph,

    Although stem cell therapy is not currently covered by insurance companies, we encourage you to reach out to one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 for more information on treatment and costs. Their wealth of knowledge on the subject should be helpful in answering any and all questions.

    Happy Holidays Joseph and we look forward to hearing from you,

    The Lung Institute

  18. Joseph Sarfatti

    12 months ago

    Is this treatment covered by medicare?

  19. PB

    1 year ago

    Hello Maria,

    Thank you for your question. Because everyone is different and every disease is different, the possible treatment options and costs are also different. To be sure you’re getting the right treatment for you, it’s important to speak with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. Our patient coordinators can provide you with detailed information on the procedure, its costs, and the general process. Their wealth of knowledge on the subject should be helpful to you and your journey for better health. For more information, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. Maria

    1 year ago

    What is the cost of stem cell therapy for copd thanks

  21. PB

    1 year ago

    Hello, Nancy,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story. For more information about stem cell therapy and possible treatment options, please feel free to contact one of our patient coordinators at 1-855-313-1149.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  22. nancy

    1 year ago

    my husand has c.o.p.d. and he also has a hard time breathing his lungs are not good at all. can you help us.

  23. PB

    1 year ago

    Hi, Pamela,

    Thanks for your comment. Here are a couple of blog articles to check out: Holiday COPD Recipes and Quick COPD Recipes. Remember that it’s important to talk with your doctor about any food or diet changes, so try discussing your questions with your doctor as well.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  24. Pamela

    1 year ago

    What is good things to eat if u have copd,& pulmonary fibrosis?

  25. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear Elizabeth,

    We are so sorry to hear about the difficulties you are having. Perhaps you could consider crowdfunding. GoFundMe is a great way to crowdfund; we recently wrote a blog with a few unconventional fundraising ideas. You can read it here: http://lunginstitute.com/blog/fundraising-ideas/. If you would like to find out more about our available treatment options, and perhaps discuss funding treatment, please contact one of our patient care coordinators at (855) 313-1149 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t give up, and best regards.

    Steve

  26. sh

    1 year ago

    Dear Donna,

    I have forwarded your contact information to our patient coordinators. You should hear from them soon. If you’d like to speak with someone immediately to learn more about stem cell therapy, please call us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,
    Steve

  27. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, Beverly.
    We would be happy to have a Patient Coordinator give you a call to discuss your options. If you’d like to learn more about stem cell therapy, please call us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,
    Steve

  28. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Hello Donna,
    I have passed along your phone number to one of our patient coordinators. They will be in contact with you soon. Have a great day. – Matt

  29. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Hello Phillip,
    I’m glad to hear you’re finding success with honey and apple cider vinegar. A lot of people have found honey being a good way to combat the bitter ACV taste. – Matt

  30. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Hello Michelle,
    Due to the high acidity of apple cider vinegar, it’s recommended to mix it with water when taking it. Some people like to eat a teaspoon of honey afterward for the taste. I hope this helps. Have a great day.
    -Matt

  31. Beverly Correll

    1 year ago

    I have scars on my lungs

  32. Elizabeth Hall

    1 year ago

    I have been taking the apple cider vinegar with mother for almost 2 months now. I drink 2 big swallows non-diluted thru a straw to avoid my teeth. I chase it with a tablespoon of raw honey. I have more energy and my breathing has improved. I am able to do more of the things I didn’t think I would be able to do again. I have finally reached the point where I am now doing hydro-physical therapy. I can exercise on my own and now working on getting my strength back. I am stage 4 COPD with only 22% lung function. For all of you suffering with COPD, it’s worth a try.

  33. MICHELLE

    1 year ago

    FOR COPD USING APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WOULD WATER AND HONEY BE ONE WAY OF TAKING IT? NO WHERE DID I SEE A WAY OF TAKING IT…YOUR ADVICE WILL BE GRATEFULLY APPRECIATED..
    BEST REGARDS

  34. donna clark

    1 year ago

    I would like to speak to someone about myCOPD and how stem cell therapy can help me my phone # is (XXX) XXX-XXXX

  35. Phillip Steele

    1 year ago

    I found that Apple Cider Vinegar with unpasteurized Honey make it a lot easier to take. I mix a tablespoon of ACV or so (depending on your taste) with a dollop of honey in a small cup. Just make your mixture as you like . It is actually not bad. It is a great pick me up and with the health benefits of both these ingredients it is very good for anyone. Makes for a great healthy snack.

  36. I have COPD. I am a medicare/medicaid recipient. I am on oxygen. I have no funds, no credit & only hope that the stem cell treatment may work for me. How can I receive this treatment. Do you have any programs to help financially challenged people with no credit?

  37. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, Mr. Hutton.

    The treatment cost would depend on which of our treatments you may qualify for, based on your individual situation. We would be happy to have a Patient Coordinator give you a call to discuss your options. If you’d like to speak with someone immediately to learn more about stem cell therapy, please call us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,
    Steve

  38. David Hotton

    1 year ago

    In the UK i live in Glasgow Scotland UK NO TREATMENT is offered IN both private and NHS
    I am interested in your treatment can you email me the cost approx.and what is envolved .
    Thank you In adavance David A Hutton

  39. sh

    1 year ago

    Hello, N. Bhashyam.
    I don’t know another way to use apple cider vinegar other than drinking it dilluted in water. It isn’t recommended to take it full-strength, since the stuff is so acidic it could irritate your stomach and esophagus.

    Best Regards,
    Steve

  40. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Thanks, Art!
    We’re glad you find our information useful. Don’t be a stranger and let us know if you have any questions. Have a great day! – Matt

  41. N Bhashyam

    1 year ago

    If not drinking then how you recommend taking apple cider vinegar …your valued advice will be highly appreciated and gratefully acknowledged…

    N Bhashyam

  42. Art Schaumburg

    1 year ago

    I appreciate getting any and all info on copd. keep up the good work

  43. Matt Reinstetle

    1 year ago

    Hello Martyn,
    I will pass your number along to one of our patient coordinators and they can set you up with an appointment.

    -Matt

  44. Martyn Rivera

    1 year ago

    I would like to make an appointment. I live close to Orlando. My phone number is:
    xxx-xxx-xxxx.

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