Balances Blood Sugar
Avoiding refined carbs and sugar is by far the most effective and healthiest way to regulate blood sugar levels, but indulging in apple cider vinegar could also be beneficial.
1 tablespoon of ACV in water before meals increases insulin sensitivity and significantly lowers blood sugar spikes during meals. It has an anti-glycemic effect.
Improves insulin sensitivity in high carbohydrate meals.
Reduces blood sugar when eating bread.
2 tablespoons of ACV in water before bed reduces fasting blood sugar levels and may help you sleep better.
This is all very good for everyone – and especially those with Type 2 Diabetes!
Healthy Weight Loss
The acetic acid in ACV has been shown in studies to increase satiety, helping you eat less food, resulting in weight loss.
The blood sugar balancing aspect of ACV can reduce cravings for sweets. If you’re having a sugar craving, drink 8 ounces of water with 1 tablespoon ACV and your craving should go away.
Studies have shown that ACV can protect cholesterol from oxidation or damage, which is the main risk of high cholesterol. ACV contains chlorogenic acids that help lower LDL or bad cholesterol, preventing it from accumulating and crystallizing in the bloodstream.
Balances pH and Boosts Stomach Acid
Even though acetic acid, the major component in apple cider vinegar is acidic outside the body, like lemon water, it has an alkalizing effect on your body. It helps balance your pH. The acetic acid in ACV has been clinically shown to boost stomach acid production in people with low HCL production. It improves your overall digestion by increasing your body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat.
What kind to buy?
In order to get the health benefits from ACV it has to be raw and unpasteurized which keeps the beneficial enzymes and trace minerals intact. Raw apple cider vinegar contains strands of enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance. I suggest Bragg’s Organic Raw-Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.