I promised I’d report back regarding the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar on heartburn… I hate to break it to you, but I would not recommend this treatment.
A few nights ago, after dinner, I decided I needed to finally give this a try. With awful heartburn in check I downed one tablespoon of straight apple cider vinegar and proceeded to chase it with a full glass of water. First, the taste was AWFUL but would be tolerable if the cure was effective. I waited a full 30 minutes with nothing more to eat or drink and remained upright, as I was watching TV on the couch. I honestly felt no relief. I wouldn’t say it made me feel worse, but it definitely didn’t make my heartburn better. Before I went to bed I chugged a few mouthfuls of Maalox along with a handful of Tums and finally felt some relief shortly there after.
I realize that heartburn, along with all pain, is subjective and therefore impossible to compare or measure, but based on this experiment, I won’t be relying on apple cider vinegar to cure my heartburn.