Can the humble vinegar really be a solution for weight loss & insulin resistance?
This is pretty strong testimony for so lowly and inexpensive a product as vinegar, but stories like this abound. Vinegar has a solid and respected place in folk medicine, with references dating back to Hippocrates. Furthermore, a growing number of studies support its therapeutic use.
"As usual, in the mainstream study sited below is still reluctant to endorse the nearly free and highly safe product with the profound statement: “But whether vinegar is a useful adjunct therapy for individuals with diabetes or prediabetes has yet to be determined.” Had this been a liver busting toxic drug they should not hesitate a full endorsement regardless of even its marginal out efficacy. Often so marginal that it should require test sample sizes of hundreds if not thousands just to determine if the dame drug even works…. There is a lesson here in that when it comes to non patentable therapies and/or products it pays to pay close attention the details in the body of the study as, Linus Pauling used to say, provided of course the study has not been corrupted, and ignore the Abstract and the Summary…"
Vinegar For Insulin Resistance And Weight Loss
Looking to improve insulin sensitivity or lose weight? Vinegar just might do the trick. In a study by by Carol Johnston, PhD a few years back, just 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (mixed with water and a noncaloric sweetener) was found to reduce glucose and insulin response when taken just before a high-carbohydrate meal (bagel and orange juice). Vinegar worked just as well as diabetes drugs, cutting the usual blood sugar surge in diabetics and those with insulin resistance (pre-diabetes) by 25 and 50 percent, respectively, and improving insulin sensitivity 19 and 34 percent. Yet aside from its unpleasant taste, vinegar has no adverse effects and costs only $15 to $20 a year, compared to Metformin’s cost of $800 – $1,800.
In a recent follow-up study, Dr. Johnston instructed volunteers to take two tablespoons of vinegar before two of their daily meals for four weeks. During that time, they lost an average of two pounds, and some lost up to four (weight didn’t budge in the control group). Dr. Johnston speculates that vinegar may interfere with enzymes that break down carbohydrates, allowing them to pass through without being absorbed.
Vinegar has a solid and respected place in folk medicine, with references dating back to Hippocrates. Furthermore, a growing number of studies support its therapeutic use.
Legend states that a courtier in Babylonia (c. 5000 BC) “discovered” wine, formed from unattended grape juice, leading to the eventual discovery of vinegar and its use as a food preservative. Hippocrates (c. 420 BC) used vinegar medicinally to manage wounds. Hannibal of Carthage (c. 200 BC), the great military leader and strategist, used vinegar to dissolve boulders that blocked his army’s path. Cleopatra (c. 50 BC) dissolved precious pearls in vinegar and offered her love potion to Anthony. Sung Tse, the 10th century creator of forensic medicine, advocated hand washing with sulfur and vinegar to avoid infection during autopsies.
Based on the writings of US medical practitioners dating to the late 18th century, many ailments, from dropsy to poison ivy, croup, and stomachache, were treated with vinegar, and, before the production and marketing of hypoglycemic agents, vinegar “teas” were commonly consumed by diabetics to help manage their chronic aliment. This review examines the scientific evidence for medicinal uses of vinegar, focusing particularly on the recent investigations supporting vinegar’s role as an antiglycemic agent. Epidemiologic studies and clinical trials were identified by a MEDLINE title/abstract search with the following search terms: vinegar, glucose; vinegar, cancer; or vinegar, infection. All relevant randomized or case-control trials were included in this review.
Vinegar: Good for What Ails You
A friend suggested that John give vinegar a try. After just one week of drinking a daily vinegar cocktail (one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon raw honey in warm water), his heartburn and stomach problems were gone – and he hasn’t taken Zantac since.
Here are some other things vinegar aficionados swear by:
(One teaspoon to two tablespoons a day, mixed in water, with or without the addition of an equal amount of honey):
• Relieves stomach pain • Improves arthritis pain
• Relaxes leg cramps
• Reduces urinary problems
• Assists with weight loss
• Improves insulin sensitivity
(Equal parts vinegar and water, or as indicated):
• Helps clear up swimmer’s ear and ear infections (flush ears)
• Relieves athlete’s foot (soak feet)
• Softens corns and calluses (soak feet)
• Eliminates dandruff (and makes a good hair rinse)
• Improves sinusitis symptoms (gargle with one tablespoon in half a glass of water)
• Relieves jellyfish stings • Soothes sunburn and rashes (dampen a gauze pad and apply to affected area)
• Banishes foot and underarm odors
For a stuffy nose, eat 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish. Mix it with a little vinegar to enhance absorption.
Quality is Important
All vinegar is not created equal. Comparing raw, organic apple cider vinegar to distilled or synthetic vinegar is like comparing fresh-squeezed organic orange juice to Kool-Aid. The former is made from fresh, crushed organic apples and then matured in wooden barrels. It’s a brownish-gold color and slightly cloudy when held up to the light, and it tastes vinegary, but smoother and less caustic than other vinegars.
Look for raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar made from certified organic apples.
Gang Buster Of A Disinfectant
Most of us keep chlorine bleach in our laundry rooms to brighten whites, and it is also an ingredient in many products used in homes and hospitals as a disinfectant. A recent study shows that adding white vinegar to ordinary laundry bleach increases its antimicrobial strength 80- to 200-fold! Vinegar changes the pH of bleach from alkaline (pH 11) to acidic (pH 6) and, according to this study, acidified bleach will kill ?virtually anything? in 10 to 20 minutes.
This simple, yet powerful disinfectant has a plethora of uses. It has been shown to be effective against Aspergillus negri, the black fungi that thrives in the grout of your shower, as well as anthrax and other diseasecausing microbes. It also has the potential of helping control hospital-acquired infections, which strike two million patients a year, result in approximately 20,000 deaths, and add up to $2 billion in medical costs.