Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vinegar - the Natural Fat-Fighter

Vinegar is found in many salad dressings, pickles, and other foods, and used as a folk medicine since ancient times.

Modern scientific research suggests that acetic acid, the main component of vinegar, may help control blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and fat accumulation.

Researchers in Japan reported new evidence that vinegar can help prevent accumulation of body fat and weight gain. Their study showed that laboratory mice fed a high-fat diet and given acetic acid developed significantly less body fat (up to 10 percent less) than other mice.

Here’s what they wrote:

“Significant increases were observed in the expressions of genes for peroxisome-proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARalpha) and for fatty-acid-oxidation- and thermogenesis-related proteins: acetyl-CoA oxidase (ACO), carnitine palmitoyl transferase-1 (CPT-1), and uncoupling protein-2 (UCP-2), in the liver of the AcOH-treatment groups. PPARalpha, ACO, CPT-1, and UCP-2 gene expressions were increased in vitro by acetate addition to HepG2 cells. However, the effects were not observed in cells depleted of alpha2 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) by siRNA.”

In simple language, it means is that acetic acid fights fat by turning on genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes. The genes churn out proteins involved in breaking down fats, thus suppressing body fat accumulation in the body.

Journal Reference:

Kondo T, Kishi M, Fushimi T, Kaga T. Acetic Acid Upregulates the Expression of Genes for Fatty Acid Oxidation Enzymes in Liver To Suppress Body Fat Accumulation. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2009 Jul 8;57(13):5982-6.

32oz Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar plus 250gm of New Zealand Raw Unblended Clover Honey,
all for ONLY RM26.10 Offer valid whilst stocks last

No comments:

Post a Comment