All About Apple Cider Vinegar Tea

If you ever tried drinking apple cider vinegar diluted in cold water, you may know how refreshing and tasty it can be. Hot Apple Cider Vinegar tea is just as tasty. But instead of refreshing, this tea is warming, potentially cleansing and – healthy.

Is apple cider vinegar good in tea?

Apple cider vinegar is a fermented drink that contains yeast and bacteria that both act as probiotic[1]. It’s usually not used for drinking alone, but rather for adding to salads or other dishes. Furthemore, apple vinegar contains B-vitamins, acetic acid and antioxidants[2].

Apple cider vinegar (acv) can be used for making tea too, specifically, a drink that many call a detox tea. Although delicious, if you are not used to the acidic flavor, adding a few spices may enhance the taste and add an extra few benefits. You may blend it with real green tea, or simply drink pure, with adding one or two teaspoons of honey only. It’s important to always dilute vinegar before drinking it. If you are making a tea, don’t drink more than 2-3 tablespoons per day, and even less if you are suffering from other medical problems. Always consult your doctor before trying any home remedy.

What is apple cider tea good for?

Apple cider vinegar has been one of the popular home remedies for decades. It’s a staple product in many households. It’s considered a detox tea, because it’s believed it can improve digestion, cleanse the body and boost immunity, However, even though it has many potential health benefits, apple cider vinegar tea has not yet been a subject of many studies. The proven top potential benefits include:

  1. Boosting immunity

Apple cider vinegar contains antioxidants and healthy bacteria that may help boost immune system. It may provide anti inflammatory benefits too[3].

  1. Weight loss

Apple cider vinegar may be a great way to boost weight loss. Combined with exercise and a reduced calorie intake, drinking only 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar may cause a significant difference in weight loss efforts. One study showed that those that were drinking apple cider vinegar had significant results in losing weight, lowering BMI and hip circumference.[4]

  1. Lowering blood sugar and cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar may help to lower blood sugar[5]. Studies showed that taking 20 grams after the meal significantly lowered sugar levels.

What are not the benefits of apple cider vinegar?

They are many potential benefits linked to drinking apple cider vinegar. However, not all are backed up by science. For example, this vinegar may do very little for sore throat[6], arthritis[7], reducing dandruff or dealing with lice[8].

Based on current scientific data, apple cider vinegar may not have a huge range of benefits, but those that are proven may be stronger than in some other drinks or food.

Apple Cider Vinegar Tea Recipe

Apple cider vinegar drink is very easy to make. Although the most common recipe includes cinnamon and lemon, you may change the ingredients to suit your taste. It goes well with a bit of rosemary leaves, or with lemon and honey. For ours, we used powdered cinnamon, honey and green tea, and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Choose organic apple cider vinegar of a higher quality. Different types have a different flavor, so choosing the right one is important for getting the tastiest cup. In other words, if you wouldn’t like to drink it just diluted in water, don’t use it for making tea either.

You will need:

  • About 200 ml of hot water (or a bit more)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea (Mao Jian)
  • A few drops of lemon juice from fresh lemon

Optional ingredients that blend well with apple cider vinegar

  • Black pepper corns
  • Lemon juice
  • Sage leaves
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Rosemarry

Why powdered cinnamon instead of a cinnamon stick? Because this tea is a sort of an instant tea and doesn’t require long steeping (or steeping at all), powdered ingredients may be better. However, both sage leaves, rosemary and black peppercorns are strong enough to give just the right amount of flavor in less than a minute or two. If you decide to use them, steep them first for 1-2 minutes in water, strain and then add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and honey.

Instructions:

Bring fresh spring water to a boil. Let it cool for about 5 minutes. Steep the tea leaves in 200 ml of water, strain and pour the tea into a cup. Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and honey. Stir and drink.

Dislaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.

References:

[1] https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/health-and-wellness-articles/debunking-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar

[2] https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/health-and-wellness-articles/debunking-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5532206/

[4] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1756464618300483

[5] https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/health-and-wellness-articles/debunking-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar

[6] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/sore-throat-remedies-that-actually-work/

[7] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271531784800494

[8] https://www.onhealth.com/content/1/remedies_facts_myths_apple_cider_vinegar_benefits

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