08 July, 2011
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Medical Benefits of Vinegar & Honey
Apple cider vinegar and honey offer health benefits individually, but they are even better when taken together. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has uses that range from reducing acne to preventing cancer. Honey is used as an antibacterial and antiseptic and to reduce inflammation in hospitals in the United Kingdom, according to the BBC News. Speak with your doctor before you treat any medical condition with vinegar and honey.
Lower Blood Pressure
Lower your blood pressure by taking 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. of honey in 8 oz. of filtered water before meals, once in the morning and once in the evening. ACV contains high levels of potassium, which aids in regulating blood pressure by balancing sodium levels, according to the American Heart Association. Magnesium is also found in apple cider vinegar, which relaxes the walls of your blood vessels, which decreases hypertension.
Relieve Muscle Cramps
Generally muscle cramps are a result of a lack of vitamin E, calcium and magnesium. Drink a regular elixir of 2 to 3 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. of honey in 8 oz. of warm water.
The natural sugars in honey and the potassium and enzymes in apple cider vinegar can provide you with more energy. Mix 1 to 2 tsp. of raw honey with 2 to 3 tsp. of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz. of warm water.
Dr. Deforrest Jarvis, author of the book “Folk Medicine,” writes that eating a syrup of honey and apple cider vinegar can help soothe you into sleep. Mix 1 tbsp. of ACV in 1 cup of honey, and eat 2 tsp. of the syrup before going to bed. That is usually enough to help you sleep that evening; however, if you need additional syrup, consume it an hour after the first 2 tsp.
Immune System Strengthener
If you are looking for a natural alternative to remedy or prevent other ailments, you could try a general concoction of honey, apple cider vinegar and garlic to combat health issues such as arthritis, asthma, hypertension, obesity and cancer. Simply put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 cup of raw honey and 8 cloves of garlic in a blender for 60 seconds. Store it in a glass container and refrigerate for up to five days. Drink 2 tsp. every morning before breakfast. The "Journal of Nutrition" reports that raw garlic is full of antioxidants that strengthen your immune system. Dr. Jarvis states that unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and raw honey build the immune system.
- BBC News: Honey Trialled on Cancer Patients
- American Heart Association: Potassium and High Blood Pressure
- “Folk Medicine”; Dr. Deforrest Jarvis; 1995
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