Fire cider is a popular yet controversial beverage. Fans of this drink claim it can help you in numerous ways. For example, it is said to allow your blood to circulate more efficiently.
However, it is perhaps most popular as a potential cold preventative or remedy.
The question is, does it really work? To answer that yourself, continue reading the sections below to find out more about it.
What is Fire Cider?
Fire cider is an herbal remedy that has been popularized recently on social media.
The formulas used to make fire cider vary, but it is believed the original formula that kicked off the trend consisted of seven simple ingredients:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cayenne pepper
Fire Cider Variations
There is very little evidence supporting the true usefulness of fire cider as a cold remedy. Part of that may stem from the simple reason that fire cider is no longer just one beverage.
Many different formulas have been developed since the original was popularized.
Some fire cider users do not even drink it as a beverage anymore. Instead, it is often used as everything from a standalone soup to a meat marinade.
Common fire cider ingredient substitutions or additions include:
- Lemon juice or zest
- Orange juice or zest
- Jalapeno peppers
Do Fire Cider Ingredients Have Health Benefits?
Generally speaking, most fire cider ingredients can be beneficial to your health, or at least do not carry harmful side effects. However, their exact health benefits are not what you might expect.
In some cases, they also are not proven. For example, apple cider vinegar can kill some bacteria, but there are no solid study results showing it kills bacteria that cause illnesses like colds.
Another example is honey. It is a common form of soothing relief when you have a cold already. It may also help you keep from coughing as hard as you otherwise might.
However, drinking the honey in some versions of fire cider cannot stop you from ever getting sick, nor is it proven to make your cold go away quickly.
The health benefits of garlic are also up for debate. Some studies have shown eating garlic can make cold symptoms less severe. However, no studies have proven it prevents colds from occurring or cures them quickly.
Also, many of the studies done on the effects of garlic on subjects with colds are not valid.
The individual test subjects must generally rate their own symptoms during the studies. Therefore, results are somewhat matters of personal opinions.
Yet, there is no reason not to consume garlic or other common fire cider ingredients. They may offer some health benefits and cannot typically do any harm.