The health conditions that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is supposedly great at healing are often hotly debated by various medical authorities. Yet some studies show compelling results that there are real health benefits to taking ACV every day.
Read on to learn about three reasons that taking apple cider vinegar before bed could improve your health, plus the studies that prove it.
5. ACV Could Help Balance Your Blood Sugar
An Arizona State University study of 11 participants with type 2 diabetes showed that when they took apple cider vinegar at night before bed it helped moderate their waking blood glucose levels. All participants were taking diabetes medications, but were not on insulin treatments. In the evenings during the study, they each drank 2 tablespoons of ACV with a snack before bed. The results showed that blood sugar levels the next morning were lower than when participants had no apple cider vinegar the night before.
A study conducted in 2004 separated the participants into three groups: healthy adults, adults with pre-diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes. Participants consumed one ounce of apple cider vinegar with a glass of orange juice and a buttered plain bagel, or they drank a placebo for the ACV. Those who took the ACV all showed lower blood sugar levels, no matter which study group they were in. What’s even more exciting is the significant improvement in blood sugar balance for both pre-diabetes (improved by nearly half) and type 2 diabetes (improved by 25%) participants.
4. ACV Shows Promise for Weight Control
Drinking apple cider vinegar every night has another notable benefit based on study findings — that of helping people control their weight. A study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that acetic acid, an active ingredient in ACV, lowered the body weight of mice eating a diet high in fat. The researchers explained that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar stimulated the genes responsible for releasing enzymes that break down fat. The mice who had the ACV not only lost weight, but also experienced a decrease in appetite.
Before you assume ACV promotes weight loss only in mice, consider a 12-week study in Japan with obese adult participants. All had a similar body weight, body mass index (BMI) and waist measurements. The participants were separated into three different groups. One group drank an ounce of apple cider vinegar without anything else to drink. Another group drank an ounce of ACV with a beverage. And the third group just had a beverage with no apple cider vinegar at all. The first group that drank only ACV lost more weight, more belly fat, and had lower triglyceride levels than the other people in the study.