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Research Reveals Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to be Beneficial to Diabetics

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is a growing epidemic and approaching 10% worldwide as other countries become more Westernized in their diet and lifestyle habits. More concerning to Americans is that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is estimated to be as high as 50% for U.S. adults over 65 years of age. Yet, there are proven dietary and lifestyle approaches that have been successfully used to prevent, effectively treat, and even reverse type 2 diabetes.

BraggDr. John Westerdahl, Director of the Bragg Health Institute, states that new research reveals Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, can be very beneficial for those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic and can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

“Recent research indicates that ingesting a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar taken at mealtime, can help to lower the glycemic index of that meal. It has beneficial effects on blood glucose concentrations in adults at risk for type 2 diabetes. It helps keep the blood glucose under control and helps to improve the insulin response to carbohydrates in meals. So this is beneficial to diabetics, and also people who are trying to lose weight, because a diet that is lower on the glycemic index will help with weight control as well,” explains Dr. Westerdahl.

“What’s interesting here, is this new study* reveals that the effects from organic apple cider vinegar are similar to the effects of certain diabetes medication. That’s why further investigation is warranted as an antidiabetic therapy. The study demonstrated that a simple diet strategy of regular organic apple cider vinegar ingestion—a tablespoon at mealtime twice daily, can result in greater reductions in fasting blood glucose concentrations than the daily use of metformin, a common medicine used to treat people with type 2 diabetes,” he adds.

“Scientists theorize that organic acids found in apple cider vinegar may be effective in inhibiting the enzyme that converts starch into simple sugars, the  mechanism of how it may work,” states Dr. Westerdahl.

A previous study used a beverage made from apple cider vinegar, water and the artificial sweetener, saccharine. That research compelled Bragg to develop an organic apple cider vinegar drink that would make it convenient for the consumer to have it available in a dose similar to what was used for that study. Bragg provided and donated their organic apple cider vinegar drink sweetened with organic stevia extract to Arizona State University for the study. (Stevia is a natural sweetener with a zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs.) Test subjects drank the equivalent of one tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar twice daily with their meal. There are two apple cider vinegar servings in each 16-ounce bottle.

Dr. Westerdahl shares, “As a scientist for the company, I study the research going on in the medical and health science fields to develop products to help people have better health. That’s what Bragg is all about. We’ve put the appropriate levels of organic apple cider vinegar in these beverages so people can get the health benefits from it. Dr. Paul C. Bragg, who was the founder of our company, wrote the first book on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar decades ago. We are carrying on that tradition by supporting this new research.”

“Millions of people across America use Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar as a daily tonic in the morning when they get up. Even Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine, used apple cider vinegar with his patients,” he adds. “Hippocrates said, Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

“Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is inexpensive, non-toxic, and can benefit people who are prediabetic or diabetic. Many doctors don’t know about its beneficial effects. They are trained to write drug prescriptions. Doctors need to be educated about simple dietary and nutritional intervention approaches to preventing and treating diseases,” states Dr. Westerdahl.“Bragg Health Institute is a sponsor of the important upcoming American College of Lifestyle Medicine 2013 conference in Washington, D.C. The Bragg vinegar drinks will be served at this meeting which will be attended by leading doctors who want to treat people with lifestyle, as opposed to drugs, surgery and expensive medical procedures. This is the beginning of a movement by physicians in America to change what’s happening with the medical system. It’s not really a health-care system; it’s a sick-care system. 90% of the diseases can be prevented through healthy lifestyle habits. 70% of all hospital admissions are the result of diet and lifestyle-related reasons. Doctors are more apt to write prescriptions for medications instead of treating with diet or lifestyle methods. This will not solve the cause of the problem,” explains Dr. Westerdahl.

“In this generation, there are kids as young as seven years old who have developed type 2 diabetes because of their diet and lifestyle. So we’re getting young kids who are developing adult diseases. That’s why the Surgeon General is saying that the way things are going, this generation’s parents will be outliving their own children, because of the obesity, which leads to diabetes, which leads to heart disease. The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), is toxic to the human body. We need to have a diet that’s based on healthy plant foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans—and cut down on animal products, dairy products, refined carbohydrates—all things high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sugar,” shares Dr. Westerdahl.

“Healthy foods from plants prevent the diseases that are killing us. And organic apple cider vinegar is one of those foods,” he adds.

*Johnson, C.S. et al., Vinegar ingestion at mealtime reduced fasting blood glucose concentrations in healthy adults at risk for type 2 diabetes, Journal of Functional Foods (2013)–In Press.

John_WesterdahlDr. John Westerdahl is an internationally recognized
authority in the fields of nutrition and wellness. He is a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Master Herbalist, Board Certified Anti-Aging Health Practitioner, Health Scientist and Health Educator.