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time and time again you see good old Thomas talking about apple cider vinegar you hear me tout and about how it’s the best thing that you can possibly have how it’s the best thing since sliced bread but what is it about apple cider vinegar that really makes it so great well in this video I want to break down not just apple cider vinegar I want to break down some of the other vinegars too and in this case particularly coconut vinegar there been a lot of people that have been asking me recently what is so great about apple cider vinegar why can’t we go with some of these other vinegars so let’s get into the science let’s get into the common denominators let’s also talk about the differences and what might be best for you and you’re on a ketogenic diet on a fasting diet or you’re just going through life trying to get healthier so let’s talk about that common denominator for a second let’s talk about that main constituent which is of course acetic acid I’m gonna talk about the difference between apple cider vinegar and coconut vinegar when it comes down to acetic acid it’ll all start to make sense you see when it comes down to apple cider vinegar how we get to that acetic acid is simply by taking the juice and sort of mushed up apples combining them with bacteria until it ultimately forms an alcohol and then fermenting that alcohol even further until it forms a scenic acid well to make it a little bit more sensible for you coconut vinegar is created the same way except instead of using mashed up apples we’re using coconut sap so the same exact process leading to the exact same compound just a different strategy of getting there in terms of the actual route now acetic acid isn’t really really important when it comes down to fatty acid metabolism one of the main things that people talk about when it comes down to apple cider vinegar is its ability to help you burn fat well let’s talk about how that works you see this acetic acid does something to fatty acid upregulation whenever we consume dietary fats our bodies start to break them down into triglycerides and then they recompose them into fatty acids that are utilized for fuel well if we increase the upregulation of fatty acid oxidation that means that we are actually increasing how many fatty acid molecules are utilized for energy thereby increasing our metabolism now the other thing that we have to look at is how it actually affects genes in our body you see acetic acid actually turns on genetic mechanisms within our body that program the body to start utilizing more fatty acids so it’s not just doing it from a metabolic sense it’s actually doing it from a genetic sense as well which leads you to argue that it could actually change how your body metabolizes food long term if you use things like apple cider vinegar or coconut vinegar over the long haul the other thing we want to look at is the unique utilization of something called uncoupling protein – but uncoupling protein – is is the body’s ability to utilize fatty acids to increase body temperature and if we increase these levels of uncoupling protein – we increase thermogenesis with each given fatty acid that is oxidized what that means is that you are going to elicit more of a thermogenic response burning each and every fatty acid molecule when you have a scenic acid in the equation thereby increasing your metabolism increasing that fire within the body the next thing that we have to look at with acetic acid is how it affects the glycemic index how it affects the glycemic load of a given starch see whenever we consume carbohydrates we have things in our body that start to break them down into glucose and then these glucose molecules have to ride on certain chains and certain transport mechanisms to get throughout the rest of the body well one thing that acetic acid does that is pretty darn cool is it limits those numbers of glucose transporters so you have less available Uber’s in a sense to pick up these glucose molecules and drive them around the body therefore you have more carbohydrates that are just sticking in the gut getting digested and metabolized and pushed out through the body verses glucose molecules that are getting delivered to different cells in the body ultimately or potentially getting stored as fat so those are the big things with acetic acid so what are the main differences between coconut vinegar and apple cider vinegar if acetic acid as that common denominator is the same thing well the first we want to look at is the mother okay you hear people talk about the mother all the time whenever you get apple cider vinegar you want to get the one that says it has the mother well the thing is the mother is a web-like structure of different proteins and amino acids and ultimately bacterias that create this structure that gives us a lot of overall gut health and immune health apple cider vinegar has a lot more quality when it comes down to the mother then coconut vinegar does but this is where things get a little bit confusing because of that people tend to think that apple cider vinegar by default is significantly better but in reality it’s just better for general health it’s not necessarily end all be all if you’re doing keto or if you’re fasting so let’s talk about some of the differences most of the differences have to come with mineral content we look at Cokin vinegar we have to remember that coconut trees are usually growing in very very nutrient-rich areas they’re close to the ocean and they end up having a lot of minerals in the soil simply because it’s coming from lava rock usually very nutrient-rich soil that has a lot of phosphorous a lot of iron a lot of magnesium a lot of potassium and actually a lot of sodium as well for example if we take a look at what a liter of coconut vinegar hats in the way of potassium versus a liter of apple cider vinegar there’s ten thousand three hundred milligrams of potassium in one liter of coconut vinegar there’s 90 milligrams of potassium in one liter of apple cider vinegar so you see we have to weigh out all these different things and if you’re on a low-carb diet or your fasting your body is excreting minerals like crazy so it’s extremely extremely imperative that you’re getting these minerals in one way or the other if we have a lot of potassium we’re able to draw water into the cell thereby the cell is able to be balanced we have that proper sodium potassium balance with those pumps the sodium is gonna draw the water out of the cell potassium is gonna draw it back in very very critical to having energy when you’re fasting when you’re on a keto diet so you’re probably wondering at this point which one is better you’re always talking about apple cider vinegar but now you’re saying that coconut vinegar is better well here’s the end-all be-all they’re both tremendous they both have amazing amazing attributes when it comes down to assisting you in digesting and assisting the ability to uptake minerals but if you are someone that is finding that you’re extremely fatigued when you’re on a keto diet you’re extremely fatigued when you’re fasting you may want to give coconut vinegar a try and see if you have improvement over using apple cider vinegar if you do see improvement by utilizing coconut vinegar it’s a very telltale sign that you’ve been mineral deficient and you can compat that same issue by just adding some extra salt to your diet or adding some extra salt to your water throughout the course of the day so I like to use coconut vinegar sort of my litmus test if I have more energy when I use coconut vinegar I know that I have a mineral imbalance if I feel the same when I use coconut vinegar as when I use apple cider vinegar I know that the fatigue is probably resulting from something else but the end-all-be-all for you to know on this is if you’re trying to get more digestive health and you’re trying to get overall balance and more bacteria from the mother apple cider vinegar is the way to go if you’re trying to get more of a mineral balance then of course the coconut vinegar is the way to go and as always if you have ideas for future videos or you have then you want to see in the future make sure you hit those comments below and let me know my team and I always look through those to get good ideas of what we can bring to you to keep you lock in here on my channel see you soon
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Acetic Acid and Fat Loss-
The main mechanism by which acetic acid intake suppresses body fat accumulation is believed to be due to the up-regulation of fatty acid oxidation.
In one study, researchers analyzed for SREBP-1, an enzyme that regulates gene expression of lipogenic (fat manufacturing) enzymes and PPARalpha, a gene that regulates fatty acid oxidation, in the liver, where almost all acetate in the portal circulation is metabolized. Researchers found that PPARalpha gene expression in both the high and low-dose groups was significantly upregulated.
Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2), which plays a role in thermogenesis (metabolizing fats to produce heat) was also elevated (2)
Acetic acid is able to reduce glycemic and insulinemic responses to foods, such as a starchy meal, by delaying gastric emptying. cetic acid has been shown to decrease the activities of a number of intestinal glucose transporters and disaccharidases (digestive enzymes that break down disaccharides into their two constituent sugars; sucrose, for example, is broken down into fructose and glucose by sucrase, a disaccharidase)
In studies, acetic acid has been shown to inhibit sucrase activity and been shown to cause a decrease in maltase and almost a complete inhibition of trehalase and lactase. Moreover, acetic acid also inhibits the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) – ACE inhibitors have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects (3)
Coconut vinegar: 10,300mg/L
Potassium and sodium both perform many of the same body functions, such as muscle contraction and fluid balance, however they do so in an opposing manner. Sodium draws fluid out of the cells, increasing blood pressure, while potassium draws fluid into the cells, decreasing blood pressure – regulate blood flow and control the level of fluid inside and outside cells which maintains proper fluid balance in your tissues.
Coconut vinegar: 290 mg/L
ACV: 4 mg/L
Magnesium directly interacts with your muscle tissue through a process called ion transportation. It bonds with specific receptor sites that open up the cell membrane and allow other mineral ions to enter, such as calcium and potassium – these ions help regulate muscle contractions and might ease muscle tension. Also binds to GABA receptors and activates them, which promotes sleep and reduces anxiety and stress – responsible for over 300 other biochemical reactions in the body.
Coconut Vinegar: 450 mg/L
ACV: 0 mg/L
Sodium helps control blood pressure as it attracts and holds water, so the sodium in the blood helps maintain the liquid portion of the blood. Also regulates muscles and nerves as they require electrical currents to function properly – for muscle cells, these electrical currents stimulate contraction of the muscle. Nerves, on the other hand, need electrical activity to communicate with other nerves.
Conclusion: Both offer similar benefits, and while coconut vinegar has a better nutrient profile, it’s probably most preferable for someone on keto or that utilizes fasting – main reason being that it’s high sodium content wouldn’t be as preferable for those with a more standard diet.
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