For years I can remember my dear old grandma starting off the day with a cup of hot water mixed with apple cider vinegar. She called it her “tonic” and said it was good for “whatever ailed you.” My grandmother remained vigorous until her death at age 95.
The use of apple cider vinegar (ACV) was used throughout Biblical times to treat infections and wounds. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, prescribed vinegar for his patients back in 400b.c.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Diabetes & Weight Loss
Modern research has shown that a single dose of ACV contains 93 different compounds all considered vital to good health and a balanced metabolism. Recent findings by researchers from Arizona State University suggest the old folk remedy may very well be a powerful tool in the treatment of insulin resistance. When they tested volunteers with insulin resistance who had ingested 2 Tbsp of ACV prior to a high glycemic meal, designed to quickly drive the blood sugar up, they found the blood sugar and insulin levels of those receiving the vinegar to be significantly lower than the placebo group. Overall, there was a 37% improvement in insulin sensitivity.
Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe
The standard recipe is 1–2 tsp ACV to 8oz. glass water daily. One can increase or decrease the amount of vinegar used and the number of cups per day, depending on taste and tolerance. For sweetness, 1–2 tsp of honey or Fruit Sweet, stevia or lemon can be added and try it warm. Drink it in lieu of coffee for a change in the morning. I can hear my Granny now saying, “Try it! What have you got to lose?”