Why You Should Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar At Night
ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) has long been used for its numerous health benefits, such as controlling weight, balancing the pH levels, and increasing gut beneficial bacteria.
Here’s the kicker: All those are true, and more besides. One of the most sensational is its ability to balance your blood sugar. A study1at Arizona State University tested 11 volunteers with type 2 diabetes (diagnosed by a doctor) who weren’t taking insulin but continued taking their prescription medications.
Each participant took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a snack — an ounce of cheese — before bedtime. The researchers demonstrated that in the morning, the study subjects had lower blood sugar readings than when they had the same snack with 2 tablespoons of water.
More Studies Have Proven the Positive Effect that ACV Has on Blood Sugar Levels
A recent study has proven that healthy individuals, adults with type 2 diabetes, and adults with pre-diabetes had reduced blood glucose levels after consuming an ounce of ACV along with a meal that consisted of white bagel and butter and a glass of orange juice.
Moreover, the pre-diabetics had improved glucose levels by half and those with type 2 diabetes had reduced the blood glucose levels by 25%.
Additionally, studies have confirmed that ACV is able to control weight. ACV contains acetic acid, which activates the trigger genes which set off the ability of the enzymes to break down fat, therefore preventing weight gain.
A study7 in Japan conducted a similar double-blind trial on obese adults, each with a similar body weight, waist measurement and body mass index (BMI), and split the subjects into three groups.
For 12 weeks, members of one group drank half an ounce of ACV, one group had a beverage with 1 ounce of ACV and the third group had a drink with no ACV. When the study was over, those who drank the cider vinegar had lower body weight and belly fat, smaller waist measurements and lower triglycerides compared to the others.
The scientists wrote: “In conclusion, daily intake of vinegar might be useful in the prevention of metabolic syndrome by reducing obesity.”
The Effects that ACV Has on Cancer Cells and Immune Support
ACV detoxifies the lymphatic system, which improves the homeostatic function. This could be due to its content of antioxidants that decreases oxidative damage and promotes the function of the organs and blood.
ACV is a powerful antimicrobial agent and it is powerful alternative to harmful and costly chemical disinfectants. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which is resistant to disinfectants is destroyed by acetic acid.
It has been scientifically proven hat ACV can kill off cancer cells. According to a study which was conducted in Japan, vinegar promotes apoptosis in leukemia cells. In a similar study, rice vinegar was able to stop lung, bladder, prostate cancer, as well as breast tumors and malignant colon tumors.
Recipes for Sore Throat and Digestive Health
If you’ve had problems such as colitis, ulcers or acid reflux (sometimes due to insufficient acid in your stomach), a double whammy of apple cider vinegar with the added bonus of fermented veggies has the potential to ease several kinds of stomach problems.
The mild acid in fermentation is lactic acid rather than acetic acid, to help improve your gut microbiome. Animal studies have proven helpful when researchers want to test apple cider vinegar on digestion. In one study, Health.com reports:12
“Apple cider vinegar may also be a boon to digestive health, based on the results of a study done on mice with ulcerative colitis.
The researchers found that when acetic acid was added to their drinking water, they had higher levels of good bacteria in their guts, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, and reduced symptoms of the gastrointestinal disease.”13
For everyday gut health, a mixture of 2 teaspoons of ACV with a teaspoon of raw honey in a cup of warm water will help. ACV with honey and ginger for a sore throat is a popular and effective remedy. Another mixture for sore throat, recommended by Bonnie K. McMillen, a nurse from the University of Pittsburgh,14 includes:
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger
- Optional: ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Also, the following recipe is a perfect salad dressing.
- ½ teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of ACV
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- Several fresh basil leaves
- Some ground black pepper
ACV for Health, Beauty and More
A lot of people say that one tablespoon of ACV can eliminate hiccups.
In order to speed up the healing process and reduce inflammation you need to place a cloth, which is soaked in ACV, directly on the bruise.
Since it is very acidic, ACV balances the pH levels. This makes it great for toenail fungus, poison ivy, Athlete’s foot, dandruff, sunburn, warts, and wounds, toning the skin, burns, acne, and bug bites.
Additionally, ACV can be used in the household, for cooking and cleaning.