Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries for its incredible health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting crushed apples with yeast and bacteria. Acetic acid, the main component in apple cider vinegar , is responsible for its healing properties.
Did you know that consuming vinegar can help lower your blood sugar levels? Various studies have found that apple cider vinegar can improve insulin sensitivity and help regulate blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance.
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which slows down the digestion of carbohydrates and prevents glucose spikes after meals. Acetic acid can inhibit the enzymes responsible for digesting carbohydrates, therefore slowing down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. Acetic acid can also increase glucose uptake by the muscles, which, in turn, lowers blood sugar levels.
Several studies have analyzed the effects of raw ACV on blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, discovered that consuming 2 tablespoons of raw ACV before a meal significantly reduced postprandial glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes compared to a placebo group.
Another study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that raw ACV can improve glycemic control and insulin sensitivity by reducing postprandial glucose and insulin responses.
Here are some of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar:
#1 Improves Digestion: ACV can improve digestion by increasing the acidity in the stomach, which helps to break down food much better. This can help get rid of indigestion and bloating.
#2 Reduces blood sugar levels: Studies have found that taking apple cider vinegar before a meal can help regulate blood sugar levels.
#3 Helps with Weight Loss: ACV can help with weight loss by increasing feelings of fullness and improving metabolism.
#4 Boosts Immunity: Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties that fight off bacteria and viruses.
#5 Improves Heart Health: ACV has been shown to lower triglyceride levels, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
#6 Helps with Skin Health: ACV balances the skin’s pH levels and reducing the appearance of acne and blemishes.
For those that are struggling with diabetes or high blood sugar levels, I want to share some information that I’ve learned along the way… Every morning when I wake up, regardless of where I am, I drink a large cup of filtered water (not cold) with 1/4 cup raw organic apple cider vinegar. (here)