The vinegar, which is also called a “sour vine” is used by the ancient Babylonians over 5.000 B.C. Hippocrates-the father of the medicine, has been using the apple cider vinegar for many medicine issues such as treating wounds and coughing. During some studies it was proved that apple cider vinegar is very effective in improving the blood sugar regulation and stimulates the weight loss.
Its production has two phases: the first one is when the yeast and the bacteria turns sugar into alcohol and the second one is the oxidation of alcohol into acetic acid caused by acetobacterium.
The acetic acid gives apple cider vinegar the sour and bitter taste and also leaves a cloudy substance on the bottom of a glass. This substance is the fermenting of the apple which is rich in enzymes. Hence, the best version is raw, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar which contains this substance.
The most common way of including the cider vinegar in a dietary dose is to use it as a salad dressing. Also, before consuming a high caloric meal such as beef (requiring a longer period for digestion), you can take a small shot glass of the tonic. There is a Japanese study, made in 2003 which found that the glycemix index was reduced by 30% when the change of a pickled cucumber was made for a fresh one.
According to some researchers, the cider vinegar plays a significant role in regulating sugar levels in type 2 diabetics due to its antiglycemic characteristics. Possibly, the main component of the vinegar acting as an antiglycemic agent, blocks the pathway of the metformin, the drug used by diabetic patients. The metformin has many side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, diarrhea and many others. Moreover, the metformin is connected to liver disease and heart issues.
Post prandial glycemia occurs after meals — it is the highest spike in blood glucose levels. Certain studies have shown that by combining apple cider vinegar with your meals you can enhance your blood glucose sensitivity. A study published in the Diabetes Journal in 2007 supported the ‘dawn phenomenon,’ which applies to the effect of apple cider vinegar on hyperglycemia in diabetes type 2.
Participants who took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before their meals had reduced their fasting glucose levels by 4-6 %. Those who received medical treatment showed a reduction of 3-6%.
In another study scientists showed that women who had vinegar with their morning meals reduced their blood glucose by 55%.
There are many factors that are boosting weight loss in individuals that are consuming 1-2 cider vinegar daily. The antiglycemic effect is related to the inhibition of carbohydrate synthesis by inhibiting enzymes. The enzymes are bettering blood concentration which monitors the appetite or the satiety.
The cholesterol level is improved because of the lipogenesis and fatty acid synthesis. The liver is protected by acetic acid with bigger tolerance of these two acids. The synergistic nature of increased blood flow and insulin activity is assigned into bolstered energy.
The beneficial effects of apple cider vinegar in weight loss are noted in 155 Japanese individuals. The collected data showed a decrease in BMI, visceral fat, serum triglyceride and many others. Many factors promote detoxification and overall health of the liver and the weight loss may be connected to the stimulation of fecal bile acid when consuming cider vinegar.