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Q: Apple cider vinegar is so popular and seems like the cure-all for everything. Is it really that great?

A: The short answer is yes … and no. We don’t have research to back up all of the hundreds of claims that health experts talk about when it comes to apple cider vinegar (ACV), but there is some pretty cool research on a few very interesting health benefits.

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ACV and blood sugar

Inflammation plays a significant role in diabetes and its related complications, so we want to keep it in check. But some of us are more sensitive to starches and grains than others, making this more difficult.

ACV has been found to lower blood sugar after meals and improve insulin function.

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ACV and weight loss

This is one of the more popular uses for ACV and the one about which I was most skeptical. But a 2009 study in Japan that followed 175 obese adults found those taking “apple vinegar” did lose some belly fat and a bit of weight.

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ACV and glowing skin

Reducing breakouts and acne is a lesser-known benefit of ACV but one not to be forgotten. Acne isn’t just for teenagers anymore, with more and more women in their 30s dealing with this vexing problem.

By keeping problematic bacteria at bay, acid components in ACV may help reduce both the severity of a breakout and the risk of scarring.

Apple cider vinegar is a staple in my house for its delicious tang and its many health benefits. Add some to your salad dressing, use as a toner, and enjoy as a health tonic.

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