The Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Blood Sugar, Diabetes
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

The Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a perfect addition to any diabetic diet.

Researchers studying the on the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar for people with diabetes have found that two tablespoons (mixed with water and a noncaloric sweetener) reduced glucose and insulin response when taken just before a high-carbohydrate meal consisting of a bagel and orange juice.

In fact, vinegar worked just as well as diabetes drugs and reduced the usual blood sugar surge in people with diabetes and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) by 25 percent and 50 percent, respectively, and improving insulin sensitivity 19 percent and 34 percent.

Aside from its unpleasant taste, the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar are documented, and it has no adverse effects, while costing considerably less than most conventional treatments.

In a follow-up study, the lead researcher instructed volunteers to take two tablespoons of vinegar before two of their daily meals for four weeks. During that time, they experienced the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar, losing an average of two pounds, and some lost up to four (weight didn’t budge in the control group). This lead researcher speculated that vinegar may interfere with enzymes that break down carbohydrates, allowing carbohydrates to pass through the body without being absorbed.

WATCH: Dr. Whitaker Talks About the benefits of drinking Apple Cider Vinegar for Managing Blood Sugar and Losing Weight 

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