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How Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help Prevent Diabetes?

The mineral-rich Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries in medicine, especially helpful with osteoarthritis, and now it has been shown to have a positive effect on glucose levels. The ancient medicine has the potential to help prevent diabetes.

The vinegar is made by crushing the apples and squishing out their liquid, adding Yeast and bacteria, and waiting until the sugars are converted to alcohol and then fermented into vinegar. The vinegar was first used for medical purposes by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. Its effectiveness comes from the unfiltered and organic nature of the liquid.

Although not backed by much scientific evidence, the vinegar is still considered a good remedy for ailments like diabetes and osteoarthritis. The chemicals in the vinegar are well known for their anti-glycemic effect, like some medications.

According to Carol Johnston, PhD, the director of Arizona State U.’s nutrition program explains the vinegar’s effect on starch, “It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar.”

A double-blind study in Japan assigned obese Japanese to three different groups, which were made to drink 0ml, 15ml, or 30ml of vinegar daily in a 500ml drink over a 12 week period. The results showed that the participants who had 15ml or 30ml in their drinks had a lower BMI (Body Mass Index) than the control group.

This study led to the conclusion that the vinegar might reduce obesity. Another study in 2007 showed that 2 tablespoons for diabetics lowered their blood glucose level by 4-6 percent in the morning. Far from a miracle liquid, the results are too small to make that much of a difference.

There are also dangers in this vinegar, because every time it is consumed, it puts more acid into your body to strain your liver and bones. This proposed method should not be attempted without consulting a doctor and keeping an eye on your health.

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