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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar and Blood Sugar
While apple cider vinegar probably won't make you skinny, it does appear to help with diabetes and blood sugar control.
Carol Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University's nutrition program. She has been studying apple cider vinegar for more than 10 years and believes its effects on blood sugar are similar to certain medications. 

 

"Apple cider vinegar's anti-glycemic effect is very well documented," Johnston says. She explains that the vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch. "It doesn't block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar," Johnston says 

Apple Cider Vinegar and Digestion

If you drink apple cider vinegar with a starchy meal, then the starches you don't digest will feed the good bacteria in your gut, Johnston says. Davis recommends using unfiltered apple cider vinegar, "the cloudy kind, where you can see a blob in the bottle." That blob is known as "the mother," and it's full of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria. "This kind of vinegar can support immune function and, for some people, even help with constipation," Davis says. 

Tips on Taking Apple Cider Vinegar 

Don't drink it straight. It's so acidic that it could harm your tooth enamel and your esophagus . Don't use a lot. "Dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in a big glass of water, and sip it along with your meals one or two times a day," Johnston says.