In my video Vinegar and Artery Function, I discuss a renowned study from Harvard University published back in 1999, which found that women who used vinegar and oil salad dressing about every day went to have fewer than half of the fatal heart attacks in comparison with women who hardly ever used it. That is less than half of the risk of this number-one killer of girls.
Researchers figured it was the omega-3s from the petroleum that explained the advantage. I know you are thinking: People who use salad dressing daily likely also… eat salad every day! So maybe it was the salad that has been so beneficial. But nevertheless, they could adjust for vegetable intake therefore it did not seem to be the salad. Why, though, does oil receive the credit and not the vinegar? But what about creamy salad dressings? They are also made from omega-3-rich oils such as canola, actually even more than oil and vinegar dressing. So if it’s the oil and not the vinegar, then creamy bites would be protective, too. But they are not. They found no substantial reduction in fatal heart attacks rates or in nonfatal heart attack speeds, for this matter. Now, it could be the eggs or butterfat in these dressings counteracting the benefits of the omega-3s or perhaps the vinegar is in fact playing a role. But how?
Inside My Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss? Video, I highlight a paper qualified ,”Vinegar Intake Enhances Flow-Mediated Vasodilatation via Upregulation of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Activity.” To put it differently, vinegar enhances arterial function by allowing our arteries to dilate naturally by boosting the activity of the enzyme in our body that synthesizes nitric oxide, the open sesame signal to our arteries which enhances blood circulation. Acetate is rid out of your blood within 30 minutes of consuming a salad with a tablespoon of vinegar in it. This apparently is not enough time to boost that the AMPK enzyme, but within just ten minutes, these kind of acetate levels can boost the action of the nitric-oxide-synthesizing enzyme in human umbilical cord blood vessel cells in a petri dish.
However, what about in people? Researchers also measured the dilation of arteries in the arms of women after they had one tablespoon of rice vinegar, one tablespoon of brown rice vinegar, or a single tablespoon of banned rice vinegar that is made from black or purple rice. Each of the vinegars appeared to assist, however, it was the black rice one that mostly certainly pulled off from the bunch. Black rice contains exactly the same sort of anthocyanin pigments that make some vegetables and fruits purple and blue, and may have distinct advantages. By way of example, if you give somebody a large blueberry smoothie comprising the amount of anthocyanins in one and a half cups of wild blueberries, you receive a wonderful spike in arterial function that lasts a few hours.
Therefore, the maximum maximum forearm blood flow in the banned rice vinegar group might be credited to an additional or synergistic effect of anthocyanin together with the acetate. But it could also simply be the antioxidant power of anthocyanins independently. This could mean that balsamic vinegar, which is made from red wine, might have a similar impact, as it’s been revealed to get unusually higher free radical scavenging action than rice syrup. Could it be enough to counter the artery-constricting effects of a high fat meal? We’ve known for almost 20 years that eating one high-fat meal like Sausage and Egg McMuffins with deep-fried hash browns is crippling to our arteries, halving their ability to dilate normally within hours of consumption. Even a bowl of Frosted Flakes, using its enormous, unhealthy sugar laden, it has no acute effect on the arteries because it lacks fat.
We are not just talking about animal fat. A quarter cup of safflower oil had a similar impact. In reality, the very first study to reveal how poor fat was for our arteries basically dripped exceptionally refined soybean oil into people’s veins. Can this apply to extra-virgin olive oil, which is not tasteful? We are aware that some whole food sources of plant fat, such as nuts, actually improve artery function, whereas oils, including olive oil, worsen function. But you are able to see, smell, and flavor the phytonutrients still left in extra virgin olive oil. So are they enough to preserve arterial function? No. Research showed a significant drop in artery function within three hours of eating whole bread dipped at extra-virgin olive oil, and the fat in the subjects’ blood, the worse their arteries did.
Imagine if you ate the same meal but additional balsamic vinegar on a salad? That seemed to protect the arteries from the impacts of the fat. Because balsamic vinegar is a byproduct of red wine, you might ask if you’d find exactly the same advantages drinking a glass of red wine. No. They found no improvement in arterial function after red wine. So why does balsamic vinegar operate, but not red wine? Perhaps it’s because the red wine lacks the advantages of the acetic acid in vinegar or because the vinegar eliminates the negative effects of the alcohol. A third option could be that it was the salad ingredients and had nothing to do with the vinegar.
To work out this puzzle, non-alcoholic wine has been tested. The result? Non-alcoholic red wine functioned! So maybe it was the grapes in balsamic vinegar rather than the acetic acid. Indeed, if you eat one and a quarter cups of seeded and seedless red, green, and blue-black grapes with your Sausage and Egg McMuffin, you can blunt the crippling of your arteries. So, plants and their products may offer protection against the direct impairment in endothelial function, unless those products are oil or alcohol.
Have a look at my other videos :
- Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss?
- Can Vinegar Help with Blood Sugar Control?
- Optimal Vinegar Dose
- Vinegar Mechanisms and Negative Effects
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Be aware that there is a level of sugar consumption that can negatively affect artery function. I share this in my own video How to Stop Blood Sugar and Triglyceride Spikes After Meals.
Surprised about the alcohol info? For more on wine, visit:
- What Explains the French Paradox?
- Breast Cancer and Alcohol: How Much Is Safe?
- Is It Better to Drink a Tiny Alcohol than None in Any Way?
If you have been able to locate forbidden rice vinegar, then please allow me to know. I’d love to try it! You could be interested in my movie on how pigmented rice may beat brown rice out Brown, Black, Purple and Red (Contrary to White on) Rice.
Michael Greger, M.D.
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