Balsamic vinegar also decreased cholesterol levels. The researchers concluded that there is an anti-diabetic effect of balsamic vinegar through improvement of beta cell function.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study that investigated the effects of balsamic vinegar on beta cell dysfunction. The researchers discovered that balsamic vinegar is a healing food that helps increase beta cell production, helping diabetics control glucose levels.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/the-vinegar-that-helps-keep-diabetes-under-control), inside the body, there are some specialized cells called “beta cells.” These cells are very important, because they make insulin, and insulin is a hormone that controls the level of glucose in the blood. Too much glucose and a number of symptoms can occur, such as fatigue and excessive thirst. Not enough glucose and the heart could beat rapidly, causing weakness or headaches. So the beta cells help balance glucose. However, in a diabetic, beta cells can be mistakenly destroyed by the body’s own immune system, making it impossible for the pancreas to make insulin.
As the article outlines, for the clinical trial, rats were fed a normal diet or a high-fat diet and were provided with tap water or diluted balsamic vinegar for four weeks.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the research team then conducted some oral glucose tolerance tests. They found that in rats fed both the normal diet and the high-fat diet, those also given balsamic vinegar showed increased insulin staining in islets (where beta cells are found) compared with rats that were administered tap water. Balsamic vinegar also decreased cholesterol levels. The researchers concluded that there is an anti-diabetic effect of balsamic vinegar through improvement of beta cell function.
(SOURCE: Seok, H., et al., “Balsamic Vinegar Improves High Fat-Induced Beta Cell Dysfunction via Beta Cell ABCA1,” Diabetes Metab. J. Aug. 2012; 36(4): 275–9.)
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