Apple cider vinegar: a diabetic's best friend?

If the thought of ingesting a cup full of vinegar makes your stomach turn, you're not alone.

But if you're diabetic, you may be surprised to learn that the stuff you use to disinfect your counters or clean your coffee pot can also work wonders on your blood sugar, metabolism and overall health.

Diabetes

Pure, raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) — not white vinegar —has been shown by several studies to help lower glucose levels. One 2007 study found that diabetics who took two tablespoons of ACV before bed could lower glucose levels in the morning by 4-6 percent. The vinegar helps to manage insulin levels in those without diabetes, too.

Weight loss

Looking to lose weight? ACV has also been touted as an effective component to a healthy weight-loss program. Promoting feelings of fullness and curbing cravings, apple cider vinegar can prevent blood sugar crashes that lead to overeating. Even as an acidic substance, when ingested, ACV also promotes internal alkalinity — a key component of weight maintenance and overall health. As a weight loss aid, mix a tablespoon of ACV with 8-10 ounces of water and drink before meals.

Heart health

Apple cider vinegar may also help to improve cardiovascular health. A large observational study found that people who ate oil and vinegar salad dressing five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn't. ACV has been linked to improved blood pressure, which decreases risk for heart attack or stroke.

Recommendations

Buy only raw, organic apple cider vinegar to get the most health benefits. ACV may cause acid erosion to the teeth, so it's recommended to dilute the ACV with some water and baking soda before ingesting. If you are taking medications, speak to your doctor before adding ACV to your diet.

Source: Web MD

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