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Aloe Vera for blood sugar management?
According to an article in Principia Scientifica, there are a number of studies that show Aloe Vera is good for managing blood glucose levels.
From the article:
- In a 1999 study, researchers indicated that oral aloe vera “might be a useful adjunct for lowering blood glucose in diabetic patients.” Since then, experts have continued to explore aloe vera’s use in managing blood glucose and diabetes. Thus far, some of their findings include the following:
- In a study involving 90 individuals with non-insulin-dependent diabetes, the participants were given either no treatment (controls), 100 mg of aloe vera gel powder, or 200 mg of the powder daily for three months. The authors noted a significant drop in fasting blood glucose levels and post-prandial glucose levels in the groups that received aloe vera but not in the controls. The participants in the aloe vera groups also saw a significant reduction in total cholesterol, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and a significant increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Blood pressure declined significantly in the aloe vera groups but only slightly in the controls.
- In a 2013 animal study, aloe vera extract was administered to diabetic rats. The extract significantly reduced glucose levels while also significantly increasing serum insulin levels.
- In a systemic review and meta-analysis that involved eight trials (470 patients) with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, the researchers found that the use of aloe vera significantly improved fasting plasma glucose levels in people with prediabetes. For those with Type 2 diabetes, aloe vera may improve glycemic control and significantly improve hemoglobin A1c levels.
- A 2022 study looked at the impact of aloe vera on dyslipidemia (elevated triglycerides, decreased high-density lipoprotein [good] cholesterol, elevated small dense low-density lipoprotein [bad] cholesterol) in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. The authors noted that oral aloe vera may help improve blood glucose stability and the metabolism of lipids.
Aloe Vera is a "wonder drug" in many respects besides the benefits for managing blood sugar.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are other benefits to drinking aloe vera juice:
- it can clear acne;
- it can keep you regular (relieve constipation);
- it can reduce heartburn;
- it is good for your eyes;
- it is a good boost for vitamin C.
If you are concerned about managing your blood glucose levels, there are supplements on the market that help with that.
Principia Scientifica is an interesting site with some good finds. It generally passes Cogny's "smell test." Read more here: https://thecognitiveman.com/health/aloe-vera-effects-on-blood-glucose-and-benefits/