Apple cider vinegar is known to be one of the most potent superfood and all-purpose tonics around. It provides many health benefits, and various studies have found that it may help lower your blood sugar levels.
According to a research published in the Journal of Functional Foods, drinking apple cider vinegar may help lower your blood sugar. This could therefore help individuals with diabetes, according to a 2013 study by Arizona State University cited by Prevention magazine.
Researchers have concluded that taking water and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before your meal, can decreased your blood sugar levels by at least 6%, according to medical journal Diabetes Care. This is because apple cider vinegar was shown to balance blood sugar levels and reduce A1C levels, which is a positive thing for diabetics.
Also, this means that if your blood sugar is going to go up after eating meals, one of apple cider vinegar’s benefits is it can naturally increase your energy levels.
What to Use
In choosing an apple cider vinegar to use, select one that is unpasteurized and organic. This is because the pasteurization process can destroy many apple cider vinegar’s health benefits.
Unpasteurized and organic, apple cider vinegar may have a cobweb-looking solid floating inside, which is known as the mother of vinegar. This is a natural cellulose produced by the vinegar bacteria.
Mother of vinegar is harmless, but it lets you know that the vinegar is unpasteurized. Most vinegar manufacturers pasteurize the vinegar, to get rid of the mother of vinegar. This in turn makes the vinegar lose most of its nutrients.
Some medical experts warn against overestimating apple cider vinegar’s medicinal properties, or even underestimating its potential side effects.
Experts are concerned that drinking vinegar, even one that is diluted in water, increases acid in your system, which can put a a strain on your bones and kidneys.