Is Apple Cider Vinegar good for Diabetes?

Maybe. Apple cider vinegar has various healthful properties, including antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the sugar from apples. This turns them into acetic acid, which is a main active ingredient in vinegar and maybe responsible for its health benefit.

According to resources, a US study states that drinking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis could help manage type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding refined carbs and sugar and keeping the diet in check are the best ways to control your diabetes. Adding apple cider vinegar to it might be helpful in some cases. It even states that a trial has found that consuming the ingredient at bedtime can help impact waking glucose concentrations in type 2  diabetes. The researchers said it works because “anti-glycaemic effect of acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar was attributed to reduced starch digestion and/or delayed gastric emptying”.

The research team discovered that those who had consumed the vinegar had increased insulin sensitivity and significantly reduced post-meal blood glucose and insulin levels. The study was published in Diabetes Care Journal.

Another study in rats showed that apple cider vinegar helped lower LDL and A1C  levels. But the limitation to this study is that it was only done in rats, not humans.

Hence, research is still going on to reach a conclusion. 

However, experts suggests that no one should substitute it for their regular medication. It might be an aid but a substitute. Also, people who have kidney problems or ulcers should not use it. Large amounts of apple cider vinegar can result in reduced potassium levels in addition to side effects like tooth enamel erosion. You must consult your doctor before adding this to your diet.

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