Mixing apple cider vinegar and honey can treat a seasonal cold, yes, but did you know the drink also promotes weight loss, ease allergies, and improve heart health? Modern science has yet to really study the two ingredients working in tandem, but since the concoction has been passed down between many generations in many cultures over the years, it’s safe to say that something about them works.
Let’s take a look at the various health benefits of apple cider vinegar and raw honey.
If you’re looking to shed a few pounds without much effort, you may be in luck. A three month research study showed that obese adults who consumed a tablespoon of vinegar as part of a 500 ml beverage daily saw a decrease in body weight, body fat percentage, and triglyceride levels as compared to a placebo group. Researchers believe the polyphenols in the vinegar help regulate blood sugar, which can help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Mixing in a little honey into your diet should also help regulate blood sugar and satisfy cravings without relying on processed sugars or aspartames. (Check out our full breakdown of raw honey and its many health benefits HERE).
Where honey really shines, though, is in its antimicrobial role. The sweet treat has long been shown to reduce cough, congestion, and even some fevers. Mixed with lemon juice and served before bed, raw honey can help you sleep through the seasonal allergies or common cold.
Apple cider vinegar and honey can help you lose belly fat, fight minor illness, and fortify heart health
Apple cider vinegar has not been shown to help reduce colds or fevers, but it can help clean out your gut. The highly acidic cocktail has been used for centuries to alleviate upset stomachs and food poisoning. And since the gut houses a large portion of the immune system, there’s nothing wrong with gulping down a bit of ACV when sick.
Lastly, ACV can help significantly reduce some risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and atherosclerosis. It can help suppress obesity-induced oxidative stress due to its antioxidant properties, which will decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Even better, a rat study showed that the administration of ACV for nine weeks showed a marked decrease in triglyceride and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
Similarly, honey also is rich in natural phenolic compounds such as quercetin, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), and kaempferol, all of which have shown therapeutic potential in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Furthermore, CAPE, one of the main medicinal components of honeybee propolis, has reduced blood pressure in laboratory rats.
There you have it: ACV and honey can provide a litany of health benefits with nearly zero (if any) reportable side effects. While it’s great to add new tinctures and concoctions to your health regiment, don’t overdo it, and don’t expect any miracles. Use raw honey and apple cider vinegar as a helpful aid, not a crutch.