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Can cider vinegar help people with diabetes control their blood sugar?

Studies suggest that cider vinegar might help lower blood glucose levels. The theory is that the acetic acid in vinegar inhibits the carbohydrate-digesting enzyme activity in the small intestine. These enzymes include amylase, sucrase, maltase, and lactase. As a result, when vinegar is present in the intestines, some sugars and starches temporarily pass through without being digested, so they have less of an impact on blood sugar. Researchers say that some people seem to have a far bigger response to vinegar than others do. Still, cider vinegar is an inexpensive ingredient found in all grocery stores -- no prescription required!

In a study, ingesting just 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high-carb meal helped improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. Translation: vinegar seemed to help their bodies do a better job of escorting sugar out of the blood and into the body's cells, where it can be used for energy.

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