It’s likely that you’ve heard of apple cider vinegar before. You might even have some in your kitchen cupboard. Many cooks use it to complement pickles and salad dressings, but it also has some interesting health benefits.
Apple cider vinegar is experiencing something of a modern resurgence as a folk remedy- and it has been credited with remedying a variety of ailments from warts to flu. Many of these benefits are not scientifically proven but there are experts that believe that adding some of this sour drink to your diet can have benefits for you.
Apple cider vinegar has been implicated in helping diabetics manage their blood sugar levels. Dr. Johnston, an Arizona State University professor, that heads their nutrition program has deep experience with apple cider vinegar. She has been studying its benefits and effects on blood sugar and believes that it is, or at least can be, as effective as certain medications.
She comments that “apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented.” Apple cider vinegar is able to block some of the digestion of starch which Dr. Johnston says “prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”
A Japanese study that observed 175 obese individuals who either drank vinegar or water every day for 12 weeks along with their normal diet determined that at the end of the study the experimental group who had drank vinegar lost slightly more weight. The Japanese researchers hypothesize that vinegar may have an ability to activate certain genes that are implicated in the breakdown of fats.
A dietitian from Chicago named Debbie Davis comments that “it may have some benefits in terms of weight loss and weight management, but it is definitely not a quick fix.”
When taken with a starchy meal, starches that are not digested will feed the good bacteria in your gut.
How to take apple cider vinegar. When you purchase some of the vinegar it’s important to purchase the cloudy kind where there is a blob in the bottle. This blog is known as the “mother” and it is stuffed with probiotics and other beneficial bacteria that can help enhance immune function and alleviate constipation. Never drink the vinegar straight- it is way too acidic and can harm your tooth enamel and even your esophagus.
You don’t need to use a lot- just dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in a glass of water and set it along with meals one or two times a day.