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The Turmeric Apple Cider Vinegar Shot You'll Want To Do Every Morning In 2018

Liz Moody
Updated on January 3, 2019
Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
By Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor
Liz Moody is a food editor, recipe developer and green smoothie enthusiast. She received her creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody is the author of two cookbooks: Healthier Together and Glow Pops and the host of the Healthier Together podcast.
Last updated on January 3, 2019

Lina Aurell and Mia Clase are the Scandinavian founders of Food Pharmacy, a hugely successful wellness blog, and they're authors of Food Pharmacy: A Guide to Gut Bacteria, Anti-Inflammatory Foods, and Eating for Health, which distills that wellness wisdom into an easy guide. One of their go-to's? This turmeric apple cider vinegar shot, developed with professor Stig Bengmark1, a former chief surgeon and stomach bacteria research scientist.

"Turmeric is one of the most anti-inflammatory herbs in existence. One of the most inflammation-causing genes is COX-2, and scientists have worked for decades to discover a drug that can inhibit it. It’s not been easy, but believe it or not, turmeric has proved to be a strong and nontoxic COX-2 inhibitor. We love turmeric," they explain.

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"The bright yellow pigment and active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, and it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Our dear friend professor Stig Bengmark thinks of turmeric as containing a small, complete soccer team of strong anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Stig compares curcumin to the superstar forward, Maradona. However, curcumin is also a team player, and in order for it to be absorbed by your body, it needs some help. But don’t worry, there are several tricks available to enhance turmeric absorption and boost its benefits."

The ingredients are designed to work synergistically together. "First of all, freshly ground black pepper will increase the bioavailability of curcumin, which basically means that it makes it possible for the body to absorb the curcumin. Piperine is the key active ingredient in black pepper, and according to various studies, it’s said to help make curcumin more bioavailable. Our second trick is to add some fat to the recipe. Turmeric is fat-soluble, which means it dissolves in fat, and some studies2 suggest that curcumin in turmeric is more easily absorbed when taken with fat."

All of those incredible turmeric powers coupled with our old friend ACV makes this drink a no-brainer for jumpstarting your day.

Turmeric Apple Cider Vinegar Shot Recipe


  • 100 mL (2/5 cup) juice of your choice (if you’re hard-core, go for plain water)
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice


Stir together all ingredients, then shoot! Follow with a big glass of water. Take 1 to 2 times a day, in the morning or evening.

Ever wondered why turmeric is so dang good for you? Here are its 10 main health benefits (as proved by science).

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Liz Moody
Liz Moody
Contributing Food Editor

Liz Moody is an author, blogger and recipe developer living in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated with a creative writing and psychology degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Moody has written two cookbooks: Healthier Together: Recipes for Two—Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Relationships and Glow Pops: Super-Easy Superfood Recipes to Help You Look and Feel Your Best. She also hosts the Healthier Together Podcast, where she chats with notable chefs, nutritionists, and best-selling authors about their paths to success. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, Food & Wine & Women’s Health.