A recent study analyzed the effects of apple cider vinegar on post-meal blood glucose levels. Twenty total subjects included ten who were insulin resistant and ten with type 2 diabetes.
Study subjects were randomized to consume either a small amount of apple cider vinegar or a placebo drink. Two minutes later, all subjects consumed a carbohydrate-rich test meal. Blood samples from all participants were collected at fasting, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes post-meal. Blood glucose and insulin analyses were conducted.
The results showed that insulin resistant subjects who consumed apple cider vinegar increased their whole-body insulin sensitivity compared to the placebo. Furthermore, this effect was seen in the type 2 diabetes group as well, but was not statistically significant.
Apple cider vinegar can help improve post-meal insulin sensitivity. Those who are insulin sensitive are able to control their blood glucose levels with smaller amounts of insulin. While this topic is in its infancy and more research is warranted, it is suggested that apple cider vinegar may be an important nutritional component in diabetic care.
According to other research, just 1 oz. of apple cider vinegar can help lower fasting blood sugar levels. Also, consuming ACV before going to bed reduced blood sugar levels in patients in a recent study - even if consumed in small amounts.
These studies are relatively new and included small samples groups, however, we are excited to see the research development in this area.