Popular in social media, is this mixture of garlic, apple cider vinegar, and honey. Many claim that this mixture is capable of treating a number of illnesses!
Here’s the recipe.
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup honey, raw and organic
10 garlic cloves
he preparation of this natural remedy you need a blender. Blend all the ingredients at high speed until you get a homogeneous mixture.
Transfer the mixture into a jar and store in the refrigerator.
It is recommended to be used for 5 days because then it begins to lose part of the features.
For best results take 2 tablespoons in the morning on an empty stomach. If you do not like the taste, you can mix it with juice or water. But, make sure you take it in the morning, before you do anything else.
You do not need much time to prepare the drug and the ingredients are readily available.
This remedy is a real bomb that protects you against certain health issues and maintains your overall health.
It gets more popular every day, so we guess there is no reason for to try it. But it is important to confirm if evidence supports this hype! So, what does science say?
What Science Says
Now let us turn to science and see what science got to say about this health regimen.
By looking at the properties of each ingredient — garlic, apple cider vinegar, and honey — let’s see if there is truth to the claims that this supplement can treat a number of illnesses.
The Health Benefits of Garlic
How many times have you ever heard how good this food is for your health? Fresh garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activities, ie. It works against bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Benefit No. 1: Fights Common Cold
Garlic does more than just invigorate your palate and ward off vampires; it’s also a smelly superfood health aid.
Garlic’s allicin can serve as a health aid during times of illness. Rene Ficek, a registered dietician and a lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating says: “Garlic cloves contain a healthy dose of allicin, but you may still need a few cloves per day to feel the effects.” However, garlic supplementation can also be used to ward off viruses.
A 2001 study published in the journal Advances In Therapy found a daily garlic supplement can reduce the number of colds by 63 percent compared to not taking supplements. Moreover, the average length of cold symptoms was also reduced to 70 percent, from five days in the control group to 1.5 days in garlic supplement group. These findings suggest the allicin-containing supplement has a protective effect against the common cold.
Benefit No. 2: Garlic lowers blood pressure
A garlic supplement a day may help keep your blood pressure at bay. Its active compounds can significantly reduce blood pressure comparable to the effects of prescribed drugs. Aged garlic extract between 600 to 1,500 milligrams (mg) was found to be just as effective as the drug Atenolol prescribed for hypertension in a 24-week period, according to a 2013 study published in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Garlic is believed to activate the production of the endothelium-derived relaxation factor, according to Ficek, due to the herb’s high amount of polysulfides — sulfur — containing molecules. This leads to smooth muscle relaxation and vasodilation (widening of blood vessels), following the relaxation of the smooth muscle in the vessel wall. Garlic supplements can achieve these effects efficiently without the bad breath compared to raw garlic.
Benefit No. 3: Lowers Heart Disease Risk
Garlic can help lower the risk of heart disease by lowering total LDL cholesterol. A 2000 study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found the effect of garlic on total cholesterol level in people with elevated levels moderately reduced cholesterol levels.Vandana Sheth, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that this is achieved by “diminishing the activity of main cholesterol-producing enzyme in the liver.” Garlic supplements can enhance the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots that would otherwise increase the risk of heart attacks by closing the arteries.
Benefit No. 4: Enhances Physical Performance
Garlic can help increase exercise capacity and reduce exercise-induced fatigue. “Garlic has a long history of being used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of laborers,” Ficek said. Garlic oil has been shown to improve the exercise capacity of people with heart disease. A 2005 study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found participants with heart disease who took garlic oil for six weeks saw a reduction in peak heart rate by 12 percent. This was accompanied by an improvement in their physical endurance during a treadmill exercise.
Benefit No. 5: Improves Bone Health
Garlic is filled with bone-healthy nutrients such as zinc, manganese, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Manganese contain enzymes and antioxidants that facilitates bone formation and connective tissues formation. These enzymes and antioxidants assist bone metabolism and calcium absorption, too.
Garlic may help reduce bone loss through the increase of estrogen in females. A 2007 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found garlic oil was able to preserve the skeletal health of rodents when under a hypogonadal situation. In other words, garlic contains nutrients that act as building blocks for healthy, strong bones.
The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apparently, this raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (or ‘ACV’ for short) is one of the oldest and most useful remedies on Earth. It contains a wealth of raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which are responsible for the majority of it’s health benefits (and there are many!)
Benefit No. 1: Regulates Blood Pressure
There is also scientific evidence that ACV may help lower blood pressure, which in turn, lessens the risk of heart disease. ACV contains potassium, which is known to help balance the body’s sodium levels and maintain optimal blood pressure. It also contains magnesium, which helps to relax blood vessels walls, and ultimately lower blood pressure
Benefit No. 2: Regulates The Body’s Alkaline Level (pH Level)
While you might think that raw organic ACV is acidic, when consumed, it actually becomes alkaline. Acid forming foods include things like processed foods, alcohol, sugar and other simple carbohydrates. Keeping your body more alkaline will naturally help keep your energy levels up and better able it to fight off illness and disease.
Benefit No. 3: Regulates Blood Sugar
A study conducted out of Arizona State University by professor and director of the Nutrition Department Dr. Carol Johnston supports the therapeutic effects of drinking apple cider vinegar, particularly those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. The authors of the study, which was presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, noted that ingesting ACV at meal time increased satiety and reduced postprandial glycemia, both metabolic effects that may benefit those who struggle with prediabetes as well as diabetes.
The researchers found that taking two tablespoons of ACV in water just before bed lowered blood sugar levels an average of 4 to 6 percent by morning.
It seems that there is truth to this hype. Combining the power of honey, garlic, and apple cider vinegar seems like a potent supplement which can be truly beneficial for your health.
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