Incorporating raw honey, apple cider vinegar and ginger in your daily meal may benefit your health in a number of ways. Raw honey contains natural enzymes, vitamins and powerful antioxidants which get destroyed when honey undergoes pasteurization. Apple cider vinegar contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium which are needed for optimal body performance. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, ginger may treat nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy, motion sickness and pregnancy.
Raw honey may speed up the healing of surgical wounds. According to a study published in the “Journal of Medicinal Food” in 2004, researchers found that natural honey is more effective in killing pathogens (disease-causing organisms) in wounds than heated honey. Application of raw honey on infected wounds of rats reduced pus discharge, swelling, redness and time needed for eradication of pathogens. Raw honey may also help you to calm your nerves, stabilize blood pressure, balance sugar levels and treat ulcers.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good source of iron. Iron aids in oxygen transportation around the body since it is used for production of hemoglobin -- a red substance that carries oxygen in blood. By consuming apple cider vinegar, you may also reduce your chances of suffering from anemia, a disease caused by deficiency of iron in the body. The mineral also assists in regulation of body temperature.
Ginger may relieve you from bodily pains caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It contains anti-inflammatory compounds known as gingerols which help in the process of pain reduction and molecules that improve joint circulation. Ginger assists in the breakdown of toxins in some body organs such as lungs and sinuses and as a result improve your body’s immunity. It also aids in cleansing of the lymphatic system, a body system that carries lymph -- a watery fluid that contains salts, glucose, urea, protein molecules and other substance -- all over the body.
According to Mayo Clinic, raw honey may stimulate allergic reactions in your body as it contains pollens and materials from the bodies of bees which may trigger the reactions. Katherine Zeratsky, a nutritionist with Mayo Clinic, warns that apple cider vinegar may cause throat irritations if consumed in large amounts because of its acidic nature. As for ginger, you should be cautious when using it along with medication. According to Medlineplus, some medicines may react with ginger and increase the possibilities of bleeding or give rise to other complications.
- Natural News: The Benefits of Raw Honey
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginger
- Journal of Medicinal Food: Investigating the Antimicrobial Activity of Natural Honey and its Effects on the Pathogenic Bacterial Infections of Surgical Wounds and Conjunctiva
- Mayoclinic: Honey
- Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Iron
- THE OZ BLOG: Herb of the Month: Ginger
- MedlinePlus: Ginger
- Mayoclinic: Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss Seems Far-Fetched. Does it Work?
Clark Alena has been a registered dietitian since 1998 and a Certified Lactation Counselor since 2000. Alena specializes in articles related to nutrition during pregnancy and infancy, breastfeeding, nutrition and child care. Alena holds a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO.