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Vinegar and Artery Function

October 8, 2019

“Vinegar and Artery Function” There was a famous
study from Harvard published back in ’99 that
found that women who used oil-and-vinegar salad dressing
about every day went on to have fewer than
half the fatal heart attacks compared to women who
hardly ever used it. Less than half the risk
of the #1 killer of women. They figured it was
the omega-3s in the oil that explained the benefit, but I know what you’re thinking. Those who use salad dressing
every day probably also eat, salad every day. But no, they were able to
adjust for vegetable intake so it didn’t appear
to be the salad, but why does the oil get the
credit and not the vinegar? If only there was a way
we could test that. Well, what about creamy
salad dressing? They’re also made from
omega-3 rich oils like canola— in fact even more so than
oil and vinegar dressing. So if it’s the oil and
not the vinegar, then creamy dressing would
be protective too. But it’s not. No significant decrease
in fatal heart attack rates or nonfatal heart attack rates
for that matter. Now it could be the
eggs or butterfat counteracting the benefits
of the omega 3s, but maybe the vinegar
is actually playing a role. But how? Well, if you were
paying close attention in the vinegar weight
loss video, the title of that paper was “Vinegar Intake Enhances Flow-mediated
Vasodilatation Via Upregulation of Endothelial Nitric
Oxide Synthase Activity.” In other words, vinegar
enhances arterial function by allowing our arteries
to better dilate naturally by boosting the activity
of the enzyme in our body that synthesizes
nitric oxide, the open sesame signal to our
arteries that improves blood flow. If you remember, acetate is
cleared out of your blood within a half an hour after
consuming a salad with a tablespoon
of vinegar in it, apparently not enough
time to boost the AMPK enzyme but within just
ten minutes, those kind of acetate levels
can boost the activity of the nitric oxide
synthesizing enzyme within human umbilical cord
blood vessel cells in a petri dish. But what about in people? They measured the dilation
of arteries in the arms of women after they had a tablespoon
of rice vinegar, a tablespoon of
brown rice vinegar, or a tablespoon of
forbidden rice vinegar, in other words vinegar made
from black or purple rice. All the vinegars
appeared to help, but it was the
black rice one that mostly clearly
pulled away from the pack. Black rice contains the
same kind of anthocyanin pigments that make some fruits and
vegetables blue and purple and may have
independent benefits. For example, if you give
someone a big blueberry smoothie containing the amount
of anthocyanins in a cup and a half
of wild blueberries, you get a nice spike
in arterial function that lasts a
couple hours, Thus the highest maximum
forearm blood flow in the forbidden rice
vinegar intake group might be attributed
to an additional or synergistic effect of
anthocyanin with the acetate. But it could also just
be the antioxidant power of anthocyanins, in which
case balsalmic vinegar, which is made
from red wine, may have a similar effect,
as it was shown to have remarkably higher free radical
scavenging activity than rice vinegar. Enough to counter the
artery-constricting effects of a high fat meal? We’ve known for
nearly 20 years that a single
high fat meal – Sausage and egg Mcmuffins
with deepfried hashbrowns can cripple our artery function, cutting the ability
of our arteries to dilate normally in half, within hours of it
going into our mouths, compared to frosted flakes. Even with that massive,
unhealthy sugar load, no effect
on the arteries because there
was no fat. And not just animal fat
we’re talking about, a quarter cup of
safflower oil had a similar effect. In fact, the very
first study to show how bad fat was for
our arteries, basically dripped highly
refined soybean oil into people’s veins. But extra virgin olive
oil isn’t refined. We know some whole food
sources of plant fat such as nuts actually
improve artery function, whereas oils, including
olive oil worsen function, but they didn’t specify
extra virgin here. You can see,
smell, and taste the phytonutrients still
left in extra virgin olive oil— are they enough to maintain
arterial function? No. A significant drop
in artery function within three hours of
eating whole grain bread dipped in extra
virgin olive oil. And the more fat
in their blood, the worse their
arteries did. Ah, but what if you
ate the same meal but added balsamic
vinegar on a salad. That seemed to protect
the arteries from the effects
of the fat. Now, balsamic vinegar is
a product of red wine. Would you get the same
benefits just drinking a glass of red wine? No. No improvement in
arterial function after red wine. Hmmm. Why does balsamic
vinegar work, but red wine not? Maybe it’s because the
red wine lacks the benefits of the acetic acid
in vinegar or, maybe it’s because
the vinegar lacks the negative effects
of the alcohol. And a third option
might be it was the salad ingredients, and had nothing to
do with the vinegar. To figure out this puzzle
all we’d have to do is… test non-alcoholic wine. And nonalcoholic
red wine worked! So maybe it was the
grapes in balsamic vinegar, not the acetic acid. And indeed if you eat
a cup and a quarter 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 provide protection against the direct impairment
in endothelial function, unless those products
are oil or alcohol.

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  • Reply Daniel Rose May 4, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Or adding turmeric and cinnamon to fatty meals will do it too.

  • Reply The Rü May 4, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    That's great to hear as I put balsamic vinegar on almost everything. I just love the taste. :>

  • Reply Run A Marathon May 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    On your last video on apple cider vinegar: Last year I put apple cider vinegar on my potatoes (I know, sounds gross), but now I just put Annie's ketchup on them and feel more bloated than when I just used the ACV.

  • Reply tdreamgmail May 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    100ml of balsamic, that seems like a helluva lot.

  • Reply tdreamgmail May 4, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    So eat grapes instead of vinegar?

  • Reply crash6871 May 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    so do I vinegar or not ¿

  • Reply slowmopoke May 4, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    my eyes are bad…i thought the title was "Vaginas and Anal Fisting"

  • Reply ArlingtonMatrix May 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    So… does that include regular white vinegar then? Or does it need to be less refined?

  • Reply lakisbouz May 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I don't know what this idiot presenter just rambled on about for the last 6 min…
    clearly a SHILL channel to confuse the masses on health…
    the vinegar MUST contain the " mother " ( cloudiness in the vinegar ) for it to be beneficial … nothing else will do.

  • Reply Bambi May 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    oke …confused…thanks?

  • Reply Botha Lissom May 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    but grapeseed in hotdogs is just… eeewwwww!!!

  • Reply Thezachwagner May 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Time for a blueberry smoothie.

  • Reply Michael Autry May 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Any good no oil salad dressing recipes you guys recommend?

  • Reply JamScottMusic May 4, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I LOVE balsamic vinegar but wasn't sure how healthy it was for you – gonna eat as much as I want now! ☺️

  • Reply ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia May 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Balsamic vinegar is lovely, I like to eat it with just bread dipped into it. I also eat my nuts.

  • Reply NGC6144 May 4, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Great, I can blunt the deleterious endothelial effects and enjoy a modicum of olive oil with fruits and veggies.

  • Reply Jane Bovary May 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    love your videos!!! and your voice is so pleasant.

  • Reply Enjacku May 4, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I guess I should cut down on the tofu scrambles and tatter tots. Go back to smoothies and oatmeal. haha.

  • Reply fцику мцику May 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Vegan Vinegarati!

  • Reply Laura May 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    finally an argumant against my fathers opinion that italiens are heart healthy because of olive oil 😛 thank you!

  • Reply Jesslyn Cohen May 4, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Can you make a video disproving/discussing this article ?
    Your info is great, thanks

  • Reply bincepilot May 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    May The fourth be with you good Dr.!!!

  • Reply Jonathan Checo May 5, 2016 at 12:04 am

    N I C E V I D E O!

  • Reply Some One May 5, 2016 at 1:11 am

    See? Eat walnuts. They're god to us, and help with arterial function.  EDIT – oops typo. I don't think we ought to go so far as to worship and praise our nuts, or walnuts in this case, as some sort of deity. With as good to us as they may be…

  • Reply Daniel Fife May 5, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I did buy your book "How Not to Die." My total cholesterol now is, 138. Blood pressure like 114/70. Gone is the fat, salt, and sugar. My wife is adjusting.

  • Reply Daniel Fife May 5, 2016 at 1:35 am

    I saw a TV announcement this week, as you stated, doctors are the number 3 cause of death in the US after heart and cancer.

  • Reply Road Runner May 5, 2016 at 1:57 am

    His book is really, really good!

  • Reply wc koshka May 5, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Does anyone know if a plant based vegan diet helps with rosacea? There was a recent study that linked rosacea with Alzheimer's and I was just wondering if there was anything in the medical literature about it?

  • Reply Jean C May 5, 2016 at 2:46 am

    So oil is detrimental to arterial function? I thought plant oils that are unsaturated didn't clog arteries?

  • Reply B Jamin117 May 5, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Well e super blessfull my hair seems thicker and i've been haveing papa johns pizza, and i pray alot for miraculous health as well and alot of super awesome stuff:D

  • Reply Michael Campion May 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Healthy fats bad for the arteries? One day, you will catch up with the latest research.

  • Reply Felicia M May 6, 2016 at 3:13 am

    please find studies on the effects of vinegar on the liver…. I'm questioning it's 'pickling' effect and the liver treating it like a toxin such as alcohol.

  • Reply JD Sykes May 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    ur vids rock dude…

  • Reply Doug bananaboy May 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Meat eater need to chug some balsamic

  • Reply Evad Glad May 7, 2016 at 3:20 am

    1000mg vitamin C + 800 of vitamin E before a high fat meal works, UC Davis medical students tried it on some pizza loving student body, the professor overseeing concluded a profound physiological effect, ultrasound monitor of blood flow thru brachial artery was observed, they ate the same meat laced combinations, those without the C and E were thick on slow, those with were faster

  • Reply Rose McGuinn May 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Excellent! Thanks

  • Reply Darth Crypto May 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    You sir are both a scholar and a gentleman! XD

  • Reply Smuddpie May 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    What about the effects of other acids like citric? A squeeze of lemon juice makes almost everything taste bettwr, but does it have similar therapeutic effect?

  • Reply PETER MAINWALD May 15, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I could and do drink Balsamic Vinegar…. its that good… yum yum yum..

  • Reply Chris Walker May 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm


  • Reply mandolin joe June 29, 2016 at 2:06 am

    I  would like to know about turmeric and black pepper >>

  • Reply R!OT EARTH July 7, 2016 at 7:11 am

    What about pure white vinegar?

  • Reply Sam tron July 16, 2016 at 5:12 am

    As I transition to a vegan diet from an Australian Sad diet….I'll remember to eat some grapes and non alcoholic wine with my breakfast deluxe burger

  • Reply subodh kumar July 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    your way of explanation is not good

  • Reply potrebitel3 September 15, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Anything on potential levels of heavy metals in balsamic vinegar?
    And any comparison with the god old Apple Cider Vinegar (raw and unfiltered)?

  • Reply Shira levenson October 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Please compare and recommend which is healthier, balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar?

  • Reply TheWarIsWithin December 11, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    u lost me at Canola oil that shit is pure poison.

  • Reply tiptoptonic February 4, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    This is interesting research; however, there's also considered to be an increased risk of developing stomach cancer with too much consumption of vinegar products (such as pickled vegetables).

  • Reply QueefJuiceOverflow February 24, 2017 at 5:04 am

    So just smash red grapes into a cup of vinegar then drink it?

  • Reply Peace To All March 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Mosquitos are attracted to the smell of vinegar, and other fermented/dead/rotting food … such as meat. It's a proven fact that meat eaters and beer/wine drinkers get more mosquito bites than vegans.  My kids have been vegan for over 5 years … drink zero beer or wine, eat zero vinegar … and they have not gotten a single mosquito bite in all that time … and they never use any bug repellants.  The only few times I got bitten was right after I ate some vinegar.

  • Reply fenrisvargen March 9, 2017 at 7:50 am

    he should first state why he thinks an increase in artery dilation is healthier…

  • Reply mariz fuensalida March 19, 2017 at 9:31 am


  • Reply Mazie Matysiakówna April 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    * goes off and drinks some vinegar*

  • Reply Maureen K August 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    But don't grapes and wine have a lot of arsenic?

  • Reply Gigi Friedman September 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Would red wine vinegar have the same arterial effects as the balsamic vinegar??

  • Reply Michael Parish March 27, 2018 at 2:21 am

    The narrowing of arteries after a high fat meal doesn't mean damage to those arteries. The narrowing after a high fat meal is simply the physiologic response to eating fat. The body takes longer to process fat into the cells and since fat floating around in the blood for longer periods unlike glucose isn't dangerous the body permits it to do so. Sugar or refined carbs on the other hand OPEN arteries above baseline. This in turn turns into an improved brachial artery result. Does this mean that eating refined carbs and sugar is good for arterial function? The answer is obviously NO.

  • Reply loveistruth 5*7* April 25, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    All the newest study says that it's inflammation that causes problems in the arteries. Not cholesterol and fat. The inflammation is what causes the cholesterol to clog the arteries deal with the inflammation and you won't have clogged arteries. That's why apple cider vinegar works prevent inflammation

  • Reply Trucker Joe August 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Dr. Greger and his group are awesome!! 🙏💚

  • Reply Curtis Grindahl August 25, 2018 at 1:12 am

    I'm learning so much! Thank you…

  • Reply Copisetic 1 October 13, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I take freeze dried extracts of berries, tart cherry, pomegranate, strawberry. No fructose, no inflammation. Protecting endothelial cells is of most importance. If you don’t you get atherosclerosis, CVD, brain problems, liver and kidney problems, etc. if you do the research on tart cherry it will blow your mind how powerful this stuff is.

  • Reply skaterfugater November 10, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    i dont think this artery function is as important as preventing constant high insulin. So who cares if the arteries are less stretchable. Its still beneficial to do low or ultra low carb diets every once in a while. i agree with the plant rich diet though

  • Reply Lynda November 17, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    The medical Medium once said apple cider vinera was bad for the liver what do u think Dr Greger?

  • Reply Karen M. November 27, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Who dips bread in oil anymore? It was a restaurant gad for a while in the 90s but who else besides a gourmand really does that?

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  • Reply Abc 123 February 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    It does say in the bible that Everyone was vegan up until the coming of the Great Flood, after which God permitted meat consumption because the plant life had been covered by the flood and was recuperating. Also: the bible recorded the longest human life spans while mankind was vegan. Before the flood mankind lived up to 900 yrs of age. Vegan diet = longevity. God made us to specifically thrive on a vegan diet☺️☺️☺️☺️.

  • Reply Abc 123 February 11, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Please do a video on how to boost the immune system. Centenarians often mention they never got sick throughout their lives, or needed to visit the doctor.
    Use it or lose it! Keep up the healthy diet/ active lifestyle/ healthy brain working activities/ positivity/ social networks/ what you have a Passion for/ and keep God in your life ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️🙏

  • Reply Abc 123 February 11, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Added to diet: positivity/ spirituality (God), forgiveness, gratitude, humour, social network, having a pet animal, exercise, brain boosting activities, having a passion for something in life, all these things are needed too ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

  • Reply A G February 19, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    So, balsamic vinegar is better for you than apple cider vinegar?

  • Reply Jeffery Jeffery June 3, 2019 at 1:50 am

    This is not quite correct!! Extra Virgin Olive Oil….IS….processed!! All the fiber is stripped away, leaving just the fat….the OIL!!

  • Reply Andrew Lepore July 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Great video

  • Reply Carolyn Harvey September 13, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Waiting to receive the How Not to Die cookbook. Barnes and Nobles are so slow. I had a gift card. 🤦‍♀️ smh

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