16 Hidden Facts of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
I always wondered about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and honey but also wondered if how much of what you’re reading and watching are factual and researched based.
I’ve heard many positive things about using ACV and Honey as a mix and own their own.
There's no much information our there, it's hard to know which is true. With so many different sources of information and opinions, the information can be overwhelming and difficult to process even if it’s something as simple as reading up on your favorite drink.
Even though ACV and honey are two very different liquids containing different compounds, we asked ourselves
- “Does it make a difference if you add them together?”
- “Does heat change the compounds (e.g. hot water)?”
By asking those couple of questions, we spiraled deeper into the rabbit hole of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey.
“Apple cider vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. Like apple juice, it probably contains some pectin; vitamins B1, B2, and B6; biotin; folic acid; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of the minerals sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Apple cider vinegar can also contain significant quantities of acetic acid and citric acid. It is used to make medicine.”
- source WebMD
"Honey is a sweet syrup made by bees using nectar from flowers. It contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. It also vitamins including vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. The darker and less processed the honey, the more nutrient-dense."
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar on its own is quite powerful. Because of the acidic properties, ACV can be used as for medicinal purposes and an antibacterial agent to fight off many strains of bacteria.
According to many different well known published papers, the acetic acid can be used as an antiseptic, used to fight off chronic infections, prevent skin infections and speed up would healing.
Since ACV is a naturally occurring substance from crushes apples, it can help boost your immune system
Health Benefits of Honey
Raw honey has been a well-known home remedy for hundreds of years.
During the past, nobody understood the why or how honey was so beneficial, they just took it for granted.
Recent research suggests honey contains powerful antioxidants like phenolic compounds which keep you looking young and prevents several types of diseases.
With more in-depth research from the University of Waikato, it’s been proven raw honey contains anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to treat swelling and other inflammatory conditions.
The researchers tested the anti-inflammatory properties on a range of raw honey and found some, especially in Manuka honey, can be effective as most prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs.
The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Combined
We know that using raw honey and ACV separately has unexpected benefits to our health such as battling infections, reducing inflammation, improves the immune system and a range of other positive aspects but does having it together have extra benefits?
Apparently, it does. Using both ACV and honey together can help improve the quality of life.
1. Helps with Heartburn and Acid Reflux Relief
Consuming ACV and honey together will ease your stomach acid because of the combined balance from both substances which in turn helps with acid reflux.
If you ever had that burning sensation after eating lunch, ACV and honey can help relieve that fee
Because of the similar results between antacids and ACV, Professionals say ACV can alleviate heartburn and can be used as a substitute for people who don’t respond well to heartburn-antacid treatment.
The texture of raw honey has a soothing effect on the throat and the esophagus to reduce irritation along with being an anti-inflammatory.
2. Improves your digestive health
When it comes to our digestive systems, ACV and honey work together.
ACV activates and stimulates the enzymes required for a healthy digestive system while honey soothes different gastrointestinal problems.
Raw honey contains over 180 different beneficial substances that work in your gut to ease your delicate insides.
3. Helps you lose weight
Studies in Japan found drinking a small dose of vinegar mixed with water can assist with fat mass in your body as well as reduce waistlines in overweight people.
Further studies also found that adding small doses of vinegar to your meals can cause a “full” feeling making you eat less.
ACV on its own can help control blood sugar levels and stop fat from being stored in your body.
By drinking both ACV and honey at the same time, it increases the taste as helps your body pass built-up toxins as shown in the detoxification studies at The University of Illinois.
4. Lowers cholesterol
It’s been proven that the acetic acid in ACV helps your liver process different types of fatty acids and increase your bile production.
While regular honey consumption lowers the bad cholesterol (“LDL”) and increases the body’s production of good (“HDL”) cholesterol.
Combined, honey and ACV helps keep your blood healthy by helping it improve blood flow and assists your liver by processing the many types of chemicals.
5. Could help prevent different types of cancers
Clinical trials have suggested Manuka honey has anticancer effects. Manuka honey inhibits the growth of certain cancer cells and can positively affect conventional cancer treatment.
Regular vinegar has shown signs of also inhibiting cancer cells, especially in the exophages.
While there’s no conclusive research showing signs of ACV and honey killing cancer cells, studies have shown there are more benefits when ACV and honey are added to your diet.
6. Perfect for your hair
A regular intake in ACV and honey helps your hair have a better shine.
As we said before, ACV contains properties that help balance the pH levels on your skin, if you have dandruff or an itchy scalp, it could mean your body’s pH level is increased.
ACV also has antiseptic properties that kill off bacterial and fungal infections which could cause flaky scalp.
Further studies show honey also help in fighting scalp fungal infections and could reduce hair loss, itching and scaling.
7. Stop yucky bad breath
Do you know how bad breath occurs? It’s because of the build-up of bacteria in the mouth and throat.
That’s why people have extra bad breath in the mornings, accumulation of bacteria through mouth breathing.
Drinking a small cup of ACV and honey when you wake up is beneficial for your stomach and your foul breath.
The antibacterial properties can help combat stomach ulcers, and according to the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Manuka honey has a high chance of killing the strain of bacteria which causes gastric ulcers, Helicobacter Pylori strain.
8. Inflammation Reducer
Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Otto Warburg claim certain types of bacterial/virus illnesses are linked with high acidic levels in our body (pH levels below 7) causing inflammation processes be increased.
Your body needs a healthy alkaline level to prevent high inflammatory processes from getting out of hand.
Since Apple Cider Vinegar is naturally acidic, after your body processes the acidity, it turns to alkaline (pH levels above 7), making it the opposite to acids.
Mixed with honey, it can raise alkalinity in your body.
A reasonable way to process excessive acidity levels in your body.
Daily life stresses could also increase your pH levels due to unhealthy foods, drinks and lack of exercise. Research suggests healthy pH levels are approximate ~7.4, leaning to alkaline levels.
9. Improves your skin
The combination of ACV and honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which make it perfect to treat the different types of eczema, roscoe, psoriasis and other forms of inflammatory skin conditions.
The naturally occurring vitamins, proteins and amino acids in honey can help hydrate and keep your skin soft while ACV can prevent damaged skin from being infected.
ACV also balances the pH levels on your skin and can be used to unclog skin pores, improve skin tone and used as a natural exfoliator for dead skin cells.
10. Boosts your energy levels
It’s been shown honey was an equal energy source when compared to glucose. Honey, by itself, can be an adequate intake before exercise because it’s also counted as a form of carbohydrates.
Consuming ACV and honey as a drink in the morning or before exercising can be an alternative and more natural source of boosting your energy levels.
Although, there’s no direct scientific link between energy levels and ACV, consuming it with honey can be a natural way to help your liver healthy.
11. Relieves a sore throat and dry coughs
Honey has been a home remedy for generations, used for sore throats and coughs. Recent research has finally shown that honey can kill off the different germs that cause coughs and sore throats.
The natural soothing properties also help to decrease your coughing reflex.
A spoonful of honey can be as effective, if not better than pharmaceutical cough syrups, without the side effects of drowsiness, low energy levels and any other associations with syrups.
ACV has also been an ancient solution for coughs and colds. The philosopher, Hippocrates, prescribed honey with vinegar as a remedy for coughs and colds.
12. Reduces blood pressure
Because Apple Cider Vinegar and honey lowers anti-hypertension, it can also lower your blood pressure naturally.
With the lower hypertension, your risk of coronary heart disease is also decreased.
Since Japan is one of the places with the highest number of people over 100, a study found the acetic acid in vinegar is beneficial in reducing high blood pressure.
The regular intake of unprocessed honey can also reduce oxidative stress and helps to lower blood pressure.
13. Increased heart health
Drinking ACV and honey improves the general function of your heart and reduces the levels of cardiac-related problems.
Honey has been proven to contain medicinal properties which have high antioxidants which could assist in preventing cardiovascular problems like blood clots and reduces the “bad” cholesterol meaning lowering stroke risks and heart attacks.
ACV works well with honey by reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure.
14. Reduces blood sugar levels
According to a report published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), suggests vinegar has similar effects to acarbose or metformin (drugs for type 2 diabetes) and drinking a small dose mixed with water can have positive impacts on your glucose levels when you wake up.
Studies show since honey is a naturally occurring substance made by bees, it affects your blood’s fatty acid and blood plasma levels for people with diabetes.
15. Natural acne cleanser
Did you know ACV also works as an antimicrobial agent? It’s true.
You can use ACV to unclog pores in the skin to release the stored-up dirt and oil while honey speeds up the healing of wounds on damaged skin and kills off any infectious bacteria on inflamed pores.
Manuka honey has been a talked about alternative acne treatment by many Doctors.
16. Improves joint health
Because of the natural substances from both raw, unprocessed honey and ACV, it’s been a home remedy for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions for decades.
Recently published studies in 2004 suggested ACV had a “considerable effect on controlling chronic pain and inflammation” and a later study in 2011 found honey, because of the high inflammatory properties can treat arthritis pain as well as chronic inflammatory conditions.
Did we have our questions answered?
In summary, yes.
I learned a couple of things when I was researching the health benefits of this mixture, and it seems I’ll be using more.
All in all, the positive natural reinforcement your body and immune system will receive is highly beneficial especially if you have high blood pressure, acne, colds, bad breath or any of the other things mentioned above.
Not only does is it natural, but it’s also relatively easy to make and tastes good if you add the correct amount of ACV + honey (not too sweet).