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Apple Cider Vinegar For Diabetes
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used as a natural health remedy and a cleansing agent owing to its curative and anti-bacterial properties. It is during the fermentation of apple cider that the transformation into an alcohol and then to a vinegar takes place. Bacteria and yeast acting on the sweet cider magically changes its properties. Acetic acid, commonly found in vinegars, gives apple cider vinegar its typical taste. It also contains other acids like citric and lactic acids.
In the case of diabetics, diet plays an important role in controlling blood sugar levels. Preliminary research has indicated that apple cider vinegar is good for diabetes as it increases insulin sensitivity and helps in lowering blood sugar levels. To understand better the relationship between apple cider vinegar and blood sugar levels, it is essential to understand a little about diabetes.
Research has elicited that apple cider vinegar is beneficial to people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Just two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can instantaneously help to reduce blood sugar levels. Evidence also suggests that apple cider vinegar when taken either before or during a meal, suppresses the spike in blood sugar levels that usually takes place after a meal. A research that involved feeding animals a diet enhanced with apple cider vinegar for four weeks suggested that good cholesterol levels had increased, while triglyceride levels had decreased due to its consumption. This may also be beneficial for diabetics who frequently develop blocked arteries and coronary heart disease. Similar studies that show a beneficial relationship between apple cider juice and type 1 diabetes have not been conducted. Presumably, apple cider vinegar, because it increases insulin sensitivity, can also help type 1 diabetics regulate their insulin dose and blood sugar levels, though further research is needed on this subject.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus is a condition in which pregnant women, who have not been previously diagnosed with diabetes, exhibit increased blood sugar levels. This usually happens during the third trimester. It is caused by the inability of the pancreas to secrete insulin in the amounts required for both the mother and the fetus, leading to increased blood sugar levels. Generally, gestational diabetes doesn’t have any symptoms and is detected by screening during pregnancy. It is a condition that is treatable, with diet playing a big role in controlling blood sugar levels. Women with this condition are at increased risk of developing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as preeclampsia. Apple cider vinegar can help with this condition because of its effect on insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels.
The esophagus and the digestive tract could get damaged, if apple cider vinegar is consumed undiluted in liquid or in pill form. It may also cause damage to tooth enamel. It can also lower bone mineral density. Apple cider vinegar should be avoided by people who are allergic to apples. Pregnant women should consult their physician or health care provider before consuming apple cider vinegar.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|