Drinking apple cider vinegar at night has become the new fad among fitness enthusiasts for its supposed weight loss properties. But they are not the only ones advertising the benefits of this salad dressing.
From curing erectile dysfunction to help fighting cancer, there are innumerous benefits attributed to drinking this vinegar at night. However, efficient as it may be, only a few of these have been scientifically proven.
Truth and myths: the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar at night
There a lot of anecdotal benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar but, so far, only three have been proven scientifically. Regardless, these are advantages that you should still get to know and that could help you.
This was the benefit that first attracted the attention to drinking apple cider vinegar at night. However, contrary to popular opinion, it doesn’t help shed the extra pounds due to its detox and fat burning nutritional properties.
According to a study from 2005 by the University of Lund in Germany, apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss because of its effect over the blood glucose and insulin. It also promotes satiety which in turn leads to fewer cravings and fewer calories ingested.
It should be noted, nevertheless, that even though this vinegar showed good prospects, its effect was still very subtle when it came to actual weight loss.
It helps with type 2 diabetes
Drinking apple cider vinegar at night can help to control blood sugar levels by decreasing them.
According to a study from 2007 that targeted the fasting blood glucose levels, drinking apple cider vinegar at night help to reduce these glucose levels by 4%. The researchers admitted that the intake of this vinegar could have a favorable impact but admit that more research is still required.
It may lower cholesterol
And therefore, it lowers the risk of strokes and cardiovascular diseases and complications.
So far, there aren’t any studies performed on humans to prove this association. Nevertheless, a study published in 2006 detailing one experience with rats showed some positive results even though they used the main component of vinegar and not specifically the apple cider type. In it, the intake of a dietary acetic acid reduced both the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in rats.
A more recent study from 2017 also concluded that vinegar can support a reduction of the glucose and insulin levels and suggested it should be considered as an aiding tool to help with glycemic control.
Other possible benefits
There are several other benefits attributed to drinking apple cider vinegar at night. These, however, lack any scientific support so far, either because they have yet to be tested or because researches are currently undergoing.
For your information, these anecdotal benefits are:
- Helps to treat bad breath
- Supports a better digestion
- Works as a natural antibiotic to cure strep throat
- Provides a boost of energy
- It has a detox effect that helps the body get rid of toxins and fats.
There is also the idea that taking drinking apple cider vinegar at night can help prevent cancer. However, the studies undertook so far presented mixed results.
Side effects and warnings
Regardless of the reason why you’re taking apple cider vinegar, you should be careful with its use and doses.
This vinegar is an acid, after all, and consuming it often can lead to digestive problems. Likewise, your teeth are bound to suffer from its intake as the acid erodes their natural protection.
Due to its effect on cholesterol and blood sugar levels, you should seek advice from a doctor before deciding on drinking it every day. It can interfere with any medications you might already be taking or, if your values are perfectly fine, it can unbalance them.
Even though potassium is one of its components, apple cider vinegar can decrease the body levels of this mineral which can affect the normal functioning of muscles and nerves.
Apple cider vinegar and beauty
Drinking apple cider vinegar at night has its pros and cons. You should evaluate them carefully, particularly the side effects, before deciding if it suits you or not.
But don’t be disappointed that most of the supposed benefits of this night habit haven’t been proved yet. Even if not ingested, this vinegar can still help you in the beauty department.
Check the following video to learn 10 beauty hacks with apple cider vinegar.