Vinegar and Diabetes Treatment

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

A few years ago, researchers studying the effects of vinegar for diabetes, found that two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (mixed with water and a non-caloric sweetener) reduced glucose and insulin response when taken just before a high-carbohydrate meal consisting of a bagel and orange juice. 

Vinegar and Diabetes Treatment They discovered that taking vinegar for diabetes worked just as well as oral diabetes drugs, cutting the usual blood sugar surge in diabetics and those with insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) by 25 percent and 50 percent, respectively, and improving insulin sensitivity 19 percent and 34 percent. 

Research on Vinegar and Diabetes

In a follow-up study, the lead researcher, Carol Johnston, Ph.D., instructed volunteers to take two tablespoons of vinegar before two of their daily meals for four weeks. During that time, they lost an average of two pounds, and some lost up to four (weight didn’t budge in the control group). 

Dr. Johnston speculated that vinegar may interfere with enzymes that break down carbohydrates, allowing them to pass through the digestive system without being absorbed. 

Folks, this is great news. Oral diabetes drugs are riddled with side effects and who needs them when a simple kitchen staple works just as well as a natural diabetes treatment? Another benefit? Aside from its unpleasant taste, vinegar has no adverse effects and costs only $15 to $20 a year.

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