March 24, 2017
by Case Adams (GreenMedInfo.com) Vinegar is an interesting food. It is tangy and tart, yet has a subtle sweetness that can seriously dress up a salad. But did you know that vinegar can help the body control blood glucose levels, and even reduce type 2 diabetes?
Vinegar Exerts Glycemic Control
Research from Greece’s Athens University Medical School tested 11 people with type-2 diabetes. They were tested twice, with a week between each test. Before the tests, the researchers examined the patients’ plasma glucose, insulin, triglycerides, nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA), and glycerol.
Then they gave each patient either 30 milliliters of vinegar (6% acetic acid) or water (placebo) during a meal. They proceeded to test the patients’ blood parameters every 30-60 minutes for the next five hours after the meal.
The researchers found that the vinegar significantly increased the diabetic patients’ uptake of glucose within their cells. They also had reduced blood sugar levels. This was found by testing blood from the radial artery and from the forearm vein.
The research also found that the vinegar reduced blood levels of insulin and triglycerides.
The researchers concluded:
“In type-2 diabetic patients, vinegar reduces postprandial hyperglycaemia, hyperinsulinaemia, and hypertriglyceridaemia without affecting lipolysis. Vinegar’s effect on carbohydrate metabolism may be partly accounted for by an increase in glucose uptake, demonstrating an improvement in insulin action in skeletal muscle.” READ MORE–>