Made from fermented juice of apples and oftentimes cider, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is known for its abundant nutrients. This makes the “Mother” of vinegar the perfect kitchen essential used for a variety of purposes – from salad dressings to healing the common cold.
But aside from its popularly known uses, Apple Cider Vinegar has been recently discovered to naturally control and even cure type 2 diabetes. Curious about how this works? Read on.
According to a report by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2015, Singapore has the second-highest number of diabetes in developed countries with 541,600 cases in that year itself. Hence, citizens are encouraged to lead a health-conscious lifestyle to avoid such illnesses. An usual yet seemingly effective way is to have ACV intakes.
Apple Cider Vinegar and insulin levels
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid that is known to control disaccharidase activity (breakdown of sugar) and increase concentrations of glucose in skeletal muscles. This contributes to ACV leading a person’s insulin sensitivity, maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
Supported by a 2004 study cited in the American Diabetes Foundation’s publication Diabetes Care, it was found that consuming vinegar prior to meals remarkably increased insulin sensitivity and a lowered insulin and glucose spikes that would normally happen after meals.
“The study involved 29 people, divided into three groups:
- One-third had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- One-third had pre-diabetic signs.
- One-third was healthy.
The results were quite significant:
- All three groups had better blood glucose readings with the vinegar than with the placebo.
- People with pre-diabetic symptoms benefited the most from the vinegar, cutting their blood glucose concentrations by nearly half.
- People with diabetes improved their blood glucose levels by 25 percent with vinegar.
- People with pre-diabetic symptoms had lower blood glucose than the healthy participants after both drank vinegar.”
How to consume Apple Cider Vinegar to help fight diabetes
- Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in half a glass of water and drink
- Toss cold vinegar in a bowl together with sliced cucumbers
- Consume 2 tablespoons of vinegar with 1 tablespoon of honey
- Stir Apple Cider Vinegar in iced tea with lemon or lime and stevia
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