Healthy Living

Benefits Of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar Before Sleeping

Made by mixing apples with yeast to create alcohol then fermented into acetic acid by bacteria, apple cider vinegar has been a mainstay both in the culinary and medical industries for hundreds of years.

Containing water, minerals, vitamins and some trace amounts of other acids, people have somehow started to practice drinking it before bed. But does this have any health benefits at all?

 In a way, apple cider vinegar does provide health effects. Unfortunately, there is not enough research that proves drinking it before bed is any different from drinking it at any other time of the day.

In any case, here are some of the possible good effects it can bring when taken before bedtime:

Helps lower your blood sugar – Per research, apple cider vinegar slows down the emptying of our stomachs, thus preventing blood sugar spikes. Because our bodies go on autopilot, drinking it before sleeping may benefit our blood sugar the most.

Potentially has antimicrobial properties – The claim that apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties is mainly due to acetic acid, which is its key ingredient.

Most bacteria don’t thrive well in acidic environments, meaning if you drink apple cider vinegar before bed, you can reduce the chances of morning breath since this is usually caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

Supports weight loss – Per one study, apple cider vinegar may help support weight loss. However, the research is still highly insufficient and limited.

Unfortunately, drinking it before bed also has potential downsides, and they are as follows:

Damages tooth enamel – Like any vinegar, regularly drinking apple cider vinegar may damage your tooth enamel, eroding it in the process. To prevent this, always rinse your mouth after drinking an acidic beverage.

May interact with your medication – Because apple cider vinegar lowers the potassium level in your blood, it can interact with drugs that do the same. This incudes diuretics and diabetic medications.

In conclusion, while apple cider vinegar hosts a number of possible health benefits, there’s not enough research to supply the claim that drinking it before bed provides positive effects. That should not deter you, however, from enjoying it in other ways, or even consuming it any other time of the day.

Apple Cider Vinegar Pictured: In this photo illustration glasses of clear and cloudy apple juice are displayed on January 14, 2007 in London. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images