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How Does the Acid Cure so Many Ailments?

Posted by Paddy (Salem, OR) on 10/31/2006

I have question for Ted from Thailand, who seems to know a lot about nutrition and health...Why is something acidic, like apple cider vinegar, which turns the ph of urine a bit more acidic, apparently curing so many ailments? Isn't it supposed to be healthier to create more of an alkaline environment in the body? What's going on with the apple cider vinegar?

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

The malic acid content in the apple cider vinegar is one of those nutrients that gives the body energy necessary to fight off disease. The mitochondria needs this as a fuel as part of the Krebs cycle and malic is one of the most important ones at least for people low on energy.
'However malic acid can come in many forms, in alkaline forms such as malate, or in acid forms such as malic. Most bacteria and viruses are acid resistant, but very very few are some that are alkaline resistant. However, if you give the body enough fuel, such as malic acid, the body will have enough energy to fight off many disease. Most people do have sufficient bicarbonate reserves necessary to neutralize them in one way or another but some people do have problems due to different acid/alkaline diets. However, an alkaline form of malic acid works better, which is the malate form, so the body need not bother neutralizing them. That means for 2 tablespoon you add just 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Ideally this is a better one, but traditionally the old ACV is good, however there are better ways to make it. Generally ACV is good, but with baking soda it is better.