A triple wellbeing booster

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Charlotte Haigh

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One of our new superstar products is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother, Manuka Honey and Cinnamon. So why have we combined these three into one bottle of goodness – and how should you use it?

You can already find Apple Cider Vinegar in our range, combined with all the benefits of Manuka honey – which also gives it a delicious flavour. We’ve rounded up some of the reasons fans love this combo – and why cinnamon’s our latest add-on...

Apple Cider Vinegar and Manuka may...

... help look after your immune system

More research is needed to investigate how ‘the mother’, the collection of yeasts and bacteria in unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, might help health. But its probiotic properties are often linked with wellness benefits1. And we know probiotics may be important for immune response, potentially helping you shake off colds2. Add in Manuka honey and you may be onto a bug-busting winner. In a recent review of researched published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, honey was shown to be more effective for upper respiratory tract infections than the usual treatments3. Manuka may be an especially beneficial type of honey – some preliminary research suggests it may have anti-viral properties as well as antimicrobial benefits3.

... support good gut health

It’s thought the levels of friendly bacteria in Apple Cider Vinegar may be helpful for a healthy gut. Some research has also suggested Manuka honey may function as a prebiotic4, a sort of ‘manure’ that can help feed good bacteria and encourage them to proliferate in the gut. And one study found Manuka may have added gut-healthy benefits, inhibiting the growth of the C difficile bacteria that’s often linked with food poisoning5.

... help balance blood sugar

Some research has revealed Apple Cider Vinegar may lower blood glucose after a meal in people with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes6. It seems to slow digestion and the absorption of starches, keeping you feeling fuller for longer7.

The cinnamon supercharge

This aromatic spice has some special benefits to power up our Apple Cider Vinegar with Manuka Honey, and some of them double up the work the Apple Cider Vinegar already does so well. Firstly, cinnamon may have an important role in helping to improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, whisking glucose out of the bloodstream to be used by the body’s cells, potentially helping prevent type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome (sometimes called pre-diabetes, in which blood glucose is consistently higher than normal but not yet at diabetes level)8. By balancing blood glucose, it has similar effects to Apple Cider Vinegar.

Cinnamon extract has also been found to help lower blood pressure in people with metabolic syndrome. And it has a role in improving body composition - which is the science way of saying it helps reduce body fat and improve levels of lean muscle tissue. That means it could have a role in helping to prevent metabolic syndrome tipping into full type 2 diabetes9.

The sweet spice may also help balance female hormones. In research on women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can make menstrual cycles irregular, those who took cinnamon extract experienced some regulation of their cycles10.

How to take it

There isn’t enough medical research to confirm exactly how to take Apple Cider Vinegar but most people take 2tbsp daily diluted in warm water (helping protect the tooth enamel that can be damaged by the acid). Our Apple Cider Vinegar with Manuka Honey and Cinnamon has a sweet, aromatic flavour most people enjoy. It should never be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and medical advice – but it can be a good way to give your wellness an extra boost.

Sources:
1. https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/health-and-wellness-articles/debunking-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar
2. Fang Y and Polk DB. Probiotics and immune health.https://journals.lww.com/co-gastroenterology/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2011&issue=11000&article=00003&type=abstract
3. Abuelgasim H et al. Effectiveness of honey for symptomatic relief in upper respiratory tract infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32817011/
4. Landry BKU et al. Honey, probiotics and prebiotics: review. Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences 7(5):2428 · September 2016
5. Mohan A et al. Effect of honey in improving the gut microbial balance. Food Quality and Safety, Volume 1, Issue 2, 1 May 2017
6. Johnston CS et al. Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity to a High-Carbohydrate Meal in Subjects With Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281.long
7. Khezri SS et al. Beneficial effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on weight management, Visceral Adiposity Index and lipid profile in overweight or obese subjects receiving restricted calorie diet: A randomized clinical trial. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464618300483
8. Kizilaslan N and Erdem NZ. The effects of different amounts of cinnamon consumption on blood glucose in healthy adult individuals. Found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6425402/
9. Ziegenfuss TN et al. Effects of a water-soluble cinnamon extract on body composition and features of the metabolic syndrome in pre-diabetic men and women. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2006 Dec 28;3(2):45-53
10. Kort DH and Lobo RA. Preliminary evidence that cinnamon improves menstrual cyclicity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Nov;211(5):487.e1-6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24813595/

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