Both apple cider vinegar and honey have their own special health-benefiting qualities, and combining the two can offer a double dose of protection. Studies indicate these ingredients can help reduce inflammation, combat infection, ease digestive woes and ward off acid reflux. Combining them also moderates the sharp taste of vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Apples offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Apple cider vinegar -- particularly raw and unfiltered -- can ease digestion and protect colon health, according to a 2008 study in "Nutrition." The Reflux MD website says while there's no published medical research to support it, apple cider may also relieve acid reflux by breaking down fats or buffering stronger stomach acid. Dr. Frank Lipman says apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins, speeding up their removal from the body.
According to a 2013 report in the "Indian Journal of Medical Research," honey's anti-inflammatory activity can help heal wounds. The authors also note honey has been used throughout history for sinusitis and oral problems, and its antioxidant properties defend against illness. The same report indicates honey can be an effective acid reflux treatment because of its ability to coat the esophagus.
Put Them Together
Mixing apple cider vinegar and honey can increase the number of potential health benefits. A mixture of the two might be particularly useful for people with acid reflux, since both ingredients appear to help in that regard. Digestive issues are related to acid reflux, so people with general indigestion may like to sip on a vinegar and honey mixture. Another practical benefit of mixing the two is taste -- the sweet honey takes the edge off the sharp vinegar taste.
Tips and Recommendations
Mix 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of water. Consume this 30 minutes before eating to prevent reflux. Due to pesticides, choose organic apple cider vinegar, and look for "the mother" on the label. This enzyme- and nutrient-rich pulp forms during fermentation and is visible on the bottom of the bottle. Beekeeper Claire Stewart says local honey is preferable since mass-produced honey is developed for a predictable taste and the source of the honey is not always clear.