5 Best Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Diabetes

Include this liquid in your diet and reap its many benefits for blood sugar management

Medically reviewed by Alexandra Dusenberry, MS, RDN
Written by Ravi Teja Tadimalla, BSc, Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health
Edited by Arshiya Syeda, BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Dip
Fact-checked by Aparna Mallampalli, BEd, MSc (Microbiology), Diploma In Nutrition  • 

There are several advantages of using apple cider vinegar for diabetes management. In the United States, diabetes affects more than 30 million adults. During the past two decades, diabetes cases among adults have doubled (1).

According to some studies, apple cider vinegar can treat diabetes (2). Vinegar may promote blood sugar control by enhancing carbohydrate metabolism. Managing diabetes symptoms may become easier with ACV since it promotes blood sugar metabolism.

Further research is needed to understand how ACV may contribute to diabetes treatment. This article discusses the benefits of apple cider vinegar, how to use it and side effects. Keep reading.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Apple Cider Vinegar

What Is It?
Vinegar made from crushed apples, yeast, and sugar through fermentation.

What Are Its Benefits?
It may lower bad cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels.

Who Can Consume It?
Can be used by all adults.

How Often?
Can be consumed regularly, as required.

Caution
Consult with a doctor while consuming it alongside other regular medications.

What Research Says About Apple Cider Vinegar And Diabetes

Apple cider vinegar regulates the levels of blood sugar
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An Iranian study conducted on rats stated that ACV might have positive effects on blood cholesterol levels. ACV could lower bad cholesterol levels and elevate good cholesterol levels in diabetic rats (3).

Another small study found that ACV could regulate the levels of blood sugar and insulin in the case of type 2 diabetes (4).

However, some anecdotal evidence states that ACV may actually worsen glycemic control, and this may aggravate diabetes symptoms. A few other theories suggest that ACV may slow down the rate at which food and fluids leave the stomach, making it harder for any individual to control blood sugar.

ACV may also interact with certain medications, and its strong taste may not be okay for all.

Diabetes mellitus is caused by a lack of insulin production by the pancreas or insulin resistance (2). While apple cider vinegar has been used to improve insulin sensitivity and digestive health, it may also promote weight loss (4). It can thus potentially reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes while also providing important health benefits that can be enhanced through proper nutrition and practice of alternative medicine approaches.

That’s a bag of mixed results. What’s the conclusion? Should you try it? ACV is not harmful, per se. It is considered safe and can be worth a try. But ensure you use organic, unfiltered, and raw ACV – because it will be higher in beneficial bacteria (and it appears cloudy too).

protip_icon Trivia
Raw or unpasteurized apple cider vinegar contains “the mother”, an undefined microbial culture (left behind in the fermentation process of making ACV before distillation) rich in beneficial enzymes and healthy bacteria.

Here are the various ways you can use ACV to aid your diabetes treatment.

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Diabetes

1. Apple Cider Vinegar And Water

Apple Cider Vinegar with water for diabetes
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What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons of ACV
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 oz cheese
What To Do

Mix the ACV and water. Consume the mixture, along with the cheese, before bedtime.

How Often You Should Do This

Try it for a week, and consult your doctor post the results. Follow their advice.

Why This Works

ACV contains acetic acid, which is known for its antiglycemici  XA substance that helps lower glucose levels in the body, commonly used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. effects. The acid can reduce starch digestion. Cheese and vinegar may have a synergistic effect. Cheese also contains amino acids that provide glucogenic substrates, which may benefit people with type 2 diabetes (these substrates, in the presence of insulin, convert to glycogeni  XThe liver stores glucose in the form of glycogen to help maintain optimal blood sugar levels in the body. ) (5).


protip_icon Trivia
Apple cider vinegar is made of 94% water, 5% acetic acid, and 1% carbohydrates. It contains no protein or fat and only has a negligible amount of micronutrients.

2. Cinnamon And Apple Cider Vinegar

Cinnamon and apple cider vinegar for diabetes
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What You Need
  • 1 teaspoon of ACV
  • ¾ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia
What To Do

Mix all the ingredients and take the concoction post meals.

How Often You Should Do This

Twice a day. Consult a doctor post results.

Why This Works

Cinnamon can help lower fasting blood glucose (6). Though stevia sweetens the drink, it has a glycemic index of zero and is not absorbed by the intestines.

3. Honey And Apple Cider Vinegar

Honey and apple cider vinegar for diabetes
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What You Need
  • 1 teaspoon of ACV
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (or even less)
  • ½ cup of water
What To Do

Mix all the ingredients and take the drink post meals.

How Often You Should Do This

Once or twice a day. Visit your doctor post the results.

Why This Works

Honey can offset the acidic taste of ACV. It may not have the same effect on blood sugar levels as sugar does and could be a healthy substitute. Some research shows that honey may also help in the management of diabetes (7).

Caution

Use honey only if your diabetes is well maintained. Otherwise, it is better to skip it or replace it with stevia.

4. Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar

Baking soda and apple cider vinegar for diabetes
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What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons of ACV
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • A couple of orange wedges
What To Do
  1. Add one-fourth teaspoon of baking soda to a glass tumbler.
  2. Pour the entire ACV into the tumbler and stir thoroughly.
  3. Drink the mixture.
  4. You can eat or suck on the orange wedges. This can remove the sour taste of ACV from your mouth.
How Often You Should Do This

Thrice a day.

Why This Works

The mechanism of baking soda in diabetes treatment is anecdotal. Some animal research suggests that baking soda may help prevent an infection called mucormycosisi  XA serious fungal infection that may cause breathlessness, sinus congestion, fever, or one-sided facial swelling. , which is a diabetes complication (8).

Caution

In case you have a digestive condition that affects the mouth, esophagus, stomach, or intestines, talk to your doctor before using this remedy.

5. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

This is not a separate remedy as such. Bragg is a popular brand of apple cider vinegar that is widely known for its quality. It was founded by Paul Bragg in 1912 and claims to control weight gain that is so commonly associated with diabetes.

Megan Ruth, a blogger, shared her experience of consuming apple cider vinegar. She writes on her blog, “I mean, I had given up on apple cider vinegar years ago, but then one day I had an idea. This idea included apple cider vinegar and a combination of other flavors….a few other ingredients like cinnamon (which they say helps with weight loss and boosts your immune system), lemon juice (vitamin C boost, detox, and digestion aid), and honey (help prevent cancer, regulate blood sugar, and more). Basically, I started combining all of these oh so awesome and powerful ingredients to create an actually drinkable and Super Hero version of apple cider vinegar (i).”

You can use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar in the remedies we have discussed above. But we recommend you talk to your doctor before using the product. Though ACV is safe to consume, not everyone can have it. Read on to know more.

Who Should Not Consume Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is healthy and may aid diabetes treatment when consumed in moderation. But over-consumption may cause nausea. That said, intake of ACV is forbidden for those with:

  • Indigestion
  • Erosion of tooth enamel
  • Low potassium levels
  • Kidney disease

Individuals taking certain medications like diuretics, insulin-stimulating or potassium-lowering medications must also avoid ACV intake. Consult your healthcare provider to learn more about its safety and efficacy, and check for any other alternatives that may suit your current health condition.

Infographic: How To Consume Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar seems like a medicinal elixir that can help with diabetes and other health issues like weight management. However, consuming apple cider vinegar incorrectly can do more harm than good.

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Apple cider vinegar for diabetes has shown promising results. ACV reduces blood sugar levels effectively and also manages cholesterol levels. In addition, having it with cheese, cinnamon or honey helps manage blood sugar levels. However, caution is highly advised as it may also lower blood sugar levels way too much. Use organic ACV after taking advice from your doctor. To manage the sour taste of ACV, you can eat some orange wedges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you take apple cider vinegar with metformin?

Some believe taking apple cider vinegar along with metformin may lower blood sugar levels way too much. However, there is less research available. Please consult your doctor before taking ACV with the medication.

Can you take apple cider vinegar with diabetes medication?

Though there are not enough studies to show the safety of the combination, taking apple cider vinegar with diabetes medication may result in dangerously low sugar levels. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor beforehand.

What medicines cannot be taken with apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar may interact with diabetes medication, insulin shots, and diuretic drugs. It may also lower potassium levels in the body. Therefore, consult a doctor before taking ACV.

Key Takeaways

  • Consuming apple cider vinegar may promote blood-sugar metabolism and may aid in managing diabetes.
  • Having 1-2 tablespoons of diluted ACV with cheese may be beneficial for people with type II diabetes.
  • You can consume ACV along with other natural products like honey and cinnamon for extra benefits.
  • Consult with a doctor before using organic ACV.

Apple cider vinegar can effectively help you alleviate some symptoms of diabetes. Watch this video to learn why ACV is beneficial and how it can help you manage diabetes.

Personal Experience: Source

References

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    https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/diabetes.html
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  3. Apple cider vinegar attenuates lipid profile in normal and diabetic rats, Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
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  4. Vinegar Consumption Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake by the Forearm Muscle in Humans with Type 2 Diabetes, Journal of Diabetes Research, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
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  5. Vinegar Ingestion at Bedtime Moderates Waking Glucose Concentrations in Adults With Well-Controlled Type 2 Diabetes, American Diabetes Association.
    https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/30/11/2814
  6. Anti-diabetic and antioxidant effect of cinnamon in poorly controlled type-2 diabetic Iraqi patients: A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, Journal of intercultural ethnopharmacology, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27104030
  7. Honey and Diabetes: The Importance of Natural Simple Sugars in Diet for Preventing and Treating Different Type of Diabetes, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5817209/
  8. Bicarbonate correction of ketoacidosis alters host-pathogen interactions and alleviates mucormycosis, The Journal of Clinical Investigation.
    https://www.jci.org/articles/view/82744
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