Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been a staple in households for years. It is used mostly for cooking and cleaning purposes. Recently, ACV has become a trendy product. Claims have emerged that ACV aids weight loss, lowers blood sugar levels, and relieves diabetes symptoms. It is important to assess these claims and see if they are correct.
Apple Cider vinegar and Type 2 Diabetes
- Diabetes is linked to high blood sugar levels.
- Insulin is a hormone in our body. Its job is to absorb sugar from our blood and bring it into our cells.
- Insulin does not work as well in type 2 diabetics.
- High blood sugar can cause issues such as:
- Headaches, liver disease, early ageing, eye problems, and digestion issues.
- It is usually treated with diet, exercise, and medicine.
- There is some evidence to show that ACV may help lower blood sugars in type 2 diabetics.
- Research shows that ACV can help increase insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar after sugary meals, and slightly reduce fasting blood sugar.
Apple Cider and Weight Loss
Weight loss can help improve diabetes symptoms.
- There is some proof that acetic acid (the main factor in ACV) can help people lose weight.
- Some studies have shown that ACV helps people feel more full, so they eat less overall.
- There is also evidence that taking 1-2 Tbsp. of ACV per day helps lower belly fat.
How to add it to your diet
Cooking: add to salad dressings, homemade mayonnaise, marinades, smoothies, or condiments.
- Add to water: Anywhere as little as 1 teaspoon to up to 2 tablespoon.
- Pill: Not as effective. May cause throat injury.
- Tip: For best results use an organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Bragg’s is the most popular brand.
ACV is safe if consumed in moderation.
- Some medications might react with apple cider vinegar.
- Check with your health care provider before taking ACV
- High doses of ACV may cause your throat to burn.
ACV has shown to have many health benefits. To get the health benefits from ACV It is vital to still do regular exercise and follow a healthy diet low in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and saturated fat. ACV does not “cure diabetes,” but it can possibly help manage blood sugars and weight. More research should be done on this topic.
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