Apple Cider Vinegar and Diabetes
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Do you have type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, or some other issue with blood sugar levels? Then you may want to try a simple, easy, and effective remedy. Read on to learn all about the connection between apple cider vinegar and diabetes, and how to use this simple remedy to improve your blood sugar levels.
In this article, I will cover:
- What is this type of vinegar?
- Why is it so good for diabetes?
- What does the research say?
- How to use it and helpful tips.
- Other health benefits of this great vinegar.
What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is just what it sounds like, vinegar made from apple cider.
To make it, you take apple juice and ferment it into alcohol (apple cider). And then you use specific bacteria to take the fermentation process one step further. This creates an end product of vinegar, which contains acetic acid. Acetic acid is what gives apple cider vinegar so many of its health benefits.
This vinegar is easy to find in most grocery stores. It has a pungent, sour flavor. It is often used in things like salad dressings, but it can also be consumed mixed in water, or else in tablet form as a supplement.
Apple cider vinegar has a long list of positive health effects. One of which is being very helpful for people with blood sugar issues. This vinegar is a great remedy for people with prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or any sort of insulin problems.
Why is apple cider vinegar so good for diabetes?
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent choice for diabetics. Or for anyone with blood sugar issues of any kind.
People who have diabetes, or people who are pre-diabetic and have insulin resistance, have a hard time controlling their blood glucose levels. At the root of this is a problem with insulin functioning.
For type 1 diabetes, you don't have enough insulin. And you can't control blood glucose levels correctly without it.
For type 2 diabetes, you end up with very high blood glucose because your insulin isn't working properly. People with type 2 diabetes produce a lot of insulin, but it is ineffective. This is what is referred to as insulin resistance.
Apple cider vinegar can help with both cases because it contains acetic acid. And acetic acid helps improve insulin resistance. It makes insulin more sensitive, so that it works better. And as a result, the pancreas doesn't have to make so much of it.
Whether you have insulin resistance or diabetes, taking this vinegar can help. It can greatly improve your blood sugar levels.
What does the research say?
There is a lot of scientific research showing the positive benefits of apple cider vinegar for diabetes and blood sugar problems. I've shared the links to several studies in the references section below.
In one of the studies, people who took 2 tablespoons of this vinegar in water before each meal found significant improvement in their blood sugar levels. And this was true whether they had type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or were just healthy, normal people.
How to use apple cider vinegar for diabetes
I recommend the following to support and improve your diabetes:
Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in at least 8 oz. of water before bed and at meals.
That dose is also what has been found to be effective in research studies.
Taking the vinegar before meals is helpful because it helps your body and pancreas manage the blood sugar spikes from your food properly.
And why would you want to drink it before bed? A lot of times, people wake up with high blood sugar levels in the morning. Whether you are just insulin resistant or you have diabetes, taking apple cider vinegar before bed with some water can help. You will find that when you wake up, your blood sugars will be much better.
And one thing to keep in mind is that you will want to work with your doctor to shift your meds as needed. The vinegar will help to bring your blood sugar levels down, so you may find that you need to adjust your meds in response.
When using this vinegar as a supplement, there are a few things you can do to make it easier, tastier, and more effective. Here are some tips:
- Drink out of a straw. You don't want the acetic acid on your teeth, because it can hurt your dental health. Straws can help prevent that.
- Choose raw, unfiltered, organic. Compared to conventional vinegar, this kind has a lot more microbes in it. So why not give yourself the extra digestive benefit?
- Add lemon or ginger to improve the flavor. I like adding a few teaspoons of lemon juice or some ginger to my vinegar drink. This spices it up and makes it taste good.
- Try pills if you don't want to drink it. You can find it in tablet form, which you can just swallow down if you don't want to drink the liquid form. This can be a convenient alternative.
Other health benefits of apple cider vinegar
Why is it so good for you? It comes down to the acetic acid content. That is why apple cider vinegar really works and ends up being so good for your body in so many ways.
Some of the top apple cider vinegar benefits include:
- Aiding indigestion.
- Controlling pathogens.
- Helping absorb minerals.
- Decreasing gas and bloating.
- Decreasing acid reflux.
- Helping release bile.
- Breaking down protein.
- Improving the immune system function.
- Aiding metabolism.
It is really useful to drink, for a variety of different reasons. I personally drink it every morning with water, some lemon, and even a little bit of sea salt. It is part of my daily routine because it helps me feel so much better.
I think people with diabetes (or anyone with blood sugar issues) should always use apple cider vinegar. It is such an easy, simple remedy that can really provide some positive benefit.
Whether you have insulin resistance, diabetes (type 1 or type 2 diabetes), or have blood sugar problems of any kind, it can be very helpful.
If you want to help out your insulin function and improve insulin sensitivity, then give it a try. I recommend 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a large glass of water before bed and at mealtimes. You will likely see a big improvement after trying this out.
And it is good for more than just diabetes too. Maybe you want to support your weight loss efforts or want better digestion. If so, then give this healthy vinegar a try.
What are your thoughts? Have you ever tried it? Give it a go and share your results in the comments section below.
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***Always consult a professional before making any significant changes to your health.