Homemade Fire Cider

This traditional remedy is known for the health benefits it confers, including strengthening the immune system.

| October/November 2020

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Several rigorous, reputable studies support the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Photo by Adobe Stock/Olga

Apple cider vinegar may be among the most ubiquitous health items in the world. Inexpensive, easy to store, and versatile, it’s liquid gold. Travel the four corners of the world, and, wherever apples grow, you’ll find all manner of cider vinegar recipes and remedies in use. Some apple cider vinegar recipes have been around for centuries.

Science has largely ignored simple home remedies, such as apple cider vinegar, despite years of use and countless testimonials about their effectiveness. The tide is slowly turning, though, and a growing body of reputable, rigorous studies support the health effects of apple cider vinegar. The most promising seem to be in the areas of diabetes care, treatment of infections, and weight loss.

Research into the Remedy

Several studies have found that apple cider vinegar helps the body balance blood sugar levels. One study of people with Type 2 diabetes who didn’t take insulin showed that if they consumed 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at night before going to sleep, they had lower blood glucose levels the following morning. Another study found that people diagnosed with insulin resistance who drank apple cider vinegar mixed with water before eating a high-carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar levels afterward, compared with those who didn’t drink the diluted vinegar.



Since 2004, Carol Johnston, a professor in the nutrition program at Arizona State University, has been studying the effects of acetic acid, a main component of vinegar, on blood glucose levels in diabetics. Her work indicates that vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, in those who are prediabetic (insulin-resistant), and even in healthy subjects. The American Diabetes Association reported in its peer-reviewed journal, Diabetes Care, that “vinegar can significantly improve postprandial [that is, after a meal] insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects,” and that “further investigations to examine the efficacy of vinegar as an antidiabetic therapy are warranted.”

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When crafting homemade fire cider, be sure to use vinegar made with quality ingredients. Photo by Adobe Stock/Menta



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