A medicine cabinet isn’t complete without apple cider vinegar (ACV), honey, ginger, and turmeric. They’re the major rock stars of holistic health! You’ve probably tried each one separately, or different combinations. But have you ever taken them together? It’s an excellent way to get multiple benefits at once. Plus, the flavors really complement each other. Talk about a win. You can find ACV with these ingredients, but why not make it yourself? This way, you can control the flavors. In just one dose, you’ll soak up these seven health benefits.
1. Helps To Suppress Appetite
If you’re trying to lose weight, this combo will lend a hand. ACV promotes satiety,1 so you won’t feel ravenous throughout the day. Honey adds to this by regulating the “hunger hormone” ghrelin and the “satiety hormone” leptin. Peptide YY, another appetite-reducing hormone, is also increased by honey.2 All of these effects can aid weight loss and management
2. Helps Relieve Nausea
Feeling woozy? Ginger and turmeric are ancient remedies for nausea. In ginger, you can thank the gingerols. These pungent active compounds are known for easing nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness.3 They can even help pregnant mothers and chemotherapy patients.4 Sometimes, indigestion and digestive problems can cause nausea. The curcumin in turmeric, a relative of ginger, will take care of those issues.5
3. Helps Detoxify The Liver
Your liver works hard to keep you healthy. Why not give it a boost? ACV, ginger, and turmeric will do just that. When you take ACV, it cleanses your liver of toxins.6 Additionally, curcumin7 and gingerols8 offer protection from liver disorders. Additionally, according to an animal study in the Journal of Membrane Biology, ACV fights oxidative stress in the liver.9
4. Helps Enhance Gut Health
When your gut is healthy, so are you. ACV, honey, and turmeric all maintain that bacterial balance.
Apple Cider Vinegar10 and honey 11 are both prebiotics. This means that they work to encourage growth of “good” bacteria. It’s teamwork at its finest. Turmeric works by improving intestinal barrier function. This keeps gut bacteria safe and sound, helping them do their job well.12
5. Helps Ease Arthritis
Arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, is a leading cause of disability.13Thankfully, ginger and turmeric offer anti-inflammatory powers. According to a study in Arthritis & Rheumatology, ginger extract decreases knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.14 Turmeric has a similar effect. In fact, it works just as good as ibuprofen, doubling as natural remedy.15
6. Helps Fight Bacteria
From cavities to intestinal infections, anti-microbial remedies are so useful. And all four ingredients fit the bill. ACV has potent anti-microbial abilities.16 Honey has similar activity, making it great for the immune system and overall health.17 The two already make quite the match.
Gingerols18 and curcumin19 take it even further. Both are respected for their anti-microbial abilities, making them must-haves.
7. Helps Reduce The Risk For Diabetes
Every year, 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.20 To avoid being one of those people, lower your risk with this miraculous mixture. When taken before a meal, ACV can reduce postprandial glucose, even when the meal is high in carbohydrates.[ ref]Mitrou, Panayota, Athanasios E. Raptis, Vaia Lambadiari, Eleni Boutati, Eleni Petsiou, Filio Spanoudi, Emilia Papakonstantinou et al. “Vinegar decreases postprandial hyperglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes.” Diabetes Care 33, no. 2 (2010): e27-e27.[/ref] Honey helps by encouraging insulin secretion and increasing liver uptake of glucose. Together, these effects promote glycemic control.21
Like honey, ginger improves glucose intake into tissues. It also increases insulin sensitivity and protects pancreatic β-cells, which store and release insulin.22 Turmeric takes it even further by enhancing the function of said β-cells.23
How To Make Apple Cider Vinegar With Honey, Ginger, And Turmeric
ACV and ginger are strong. They can burn your throat, so be careful! Making these ingredients into a drink will be easier on the body.
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon ACV
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 small knob fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add the ginger. Continue to boil until it is as strong (or light) as you’d like.
- Add ACV, honey, and turmeric. Stir well.
- You might need time to get used to the flavor. If so, water it down or add lemon. To make a cold drink, let cool and add ice cubes
|↑1||Liatis, Stavros, Sofia Grammatikou, Kalliopi-Anna Poulia, Despoina Perrea, Konstantinos Makrilakis, Evanthia Diakoumopoulou, and Nicholas Katsilambros. “Vinegar reduces postprandial hyperglycaemia in patients with type II diabetes when added to a high, but not to a low, glycaemic index meal.” European journal of clinical nutrition 64, no. 7 (2010): 727-732.|
|↑2, ↑11||Erejuwa, Omotayo O., Siti A. Sulaiman, and Mohd S. Ab Wahab. “Honey-a novel antidiabetic agent.” International journal of biological sciences 8, no. 6 (2012): 913.|
|↑3, ↑8, ↑18||Semwal, Ruchi Badoni, Deepak Kumar Semwal, Sandra Combrinck, and Alvaro M. Viljoen. “Gingerols and shogaols: important nutraceutical principles from ginger.” Phytochemistry 117 (2015): 554-568.|
|↑4||Ginger. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑5||Turmeric. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑6, ↑10||What Does Apple Cider Vinegar NOT Do? Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.|
|↑7, ↑19||Yadav, Santosh Kumar, Ajit Kumar Sah, Rajesh Kumar Jha, Phoolgen Sah, and Dev Kumar Shah. “Turmeric (curcumin) remedies gastroprotective action.” Pharmacognosy reviews 7, no. 13 (2013): 42.|
|↑9||Nazıroğlu, Mustafa, Mustafa Güler, Cemil Özgül, Gündüzalp Saydam, Mustafa Küçükayaz, and Ercan Sözbir. “Apple cider vinegar modulates serum lipid profile, erythrocyte, kidney, and liver membrane oxidative stress in ovariectomized mice fed high cholesterol.” The Journal of membrane biology 247, no. 8 (2014): 667-673.|
|↑12||Wang, Jing, Siddhartha S. Ghosh, and Shobha Ghosh. “Curcumin improves intestinal barrier function: modulation of intracellular signaling, and organization of tight junctions.” American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology 312, no. 4 (2017): C438-C445.|
|↑13||Arthritis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.|
|↑14||Altman, R. D., and K. C. Marcussen. “Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis.” Arthritis & Rheumatology 44, no. 11 (2001): 2531-2538.|
|↑15||Turmeric. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.|
|↑16||Johnston, Carol S., and Cindy A. Gaas. “Vinegar: medicinal uses and antiglycemic effect.” Medscape General Medicine 8, no. 2 (2006): 61.|
|↑17||Benefits of honey. Michigan State University Extension.|
|↑20||Statistics about Diabetes. American Diabetes Association.|
|↑21||Erejuwa, Omotayo O., Siti A. Sulaiman, and Mohd S. Ab Wahab. “Honey-a novel antidiabetic agent.” International journal of biological sciences 8, no. 6 (2012): 913.|
|↑22||Akash, Muhammad Sajid Hamid, Kanwal Rehman, Muhammad Tariq, and Shuqing Chen. “Zingiber officinale and type 2 diabetes mellitus: Evidence from experimental studies.” Critical Reviews™ in Eukaryotic Gene Expression 25, no. 2 (2015).|
|↑23||Chuengsamarn, Somlak, Suthee Rattanamongkolgul, Rataya Luechapudiporn, Chada Phisalaphong, and Siwanon Jirawatnotai. “Curcumin extract for prevention of type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes care 35, no. 11 (2012): 2121-2127.|