I’ve told you before about the many medicinal uses for aloe, including its ability to heal burns and alleviate gastrointestinal woes, to name a few. Now, preliminary research suggests that aloe vera supplements can significantly lower blood sugar and cholesterol in people with pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Researching Aloe Vera Supplements
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, 45 patients with pre-diabetes were divided into three groups. One group received a product containing powder from the gel of the inner leaves of the aloe plant standardized for polysaccharides, the second group received a product containing the aloe leaf powder standardized for aloesin, and the third received a placebo. Several markers associated with blood sugar and cholesterol were measured at the start and conclusion of the study, which lasted for eight weeks.
Compared to placebo, those who received the aloe powder standardized for polysaccharides experienced a significant reduction in total and LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels while the patients who supplemented with the standardized aloesin powder saw improvements in several markers related to blood sugar.
This led the researchers to conclude, “Standardized aloe preparations offer an attractive adjunctive strategy to revert the impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance observed in conditions of pre-diabetes/metabolic syndrome.”
If you have pre-diabetes and/or metabolic syndrome, you need to get serious about improving your diet, exercising and losing weight. In addition, you may want to consider adding a standardized aloe vera supplement to your daily routine.
Now it’s your turn: Have you ever taken aloe vera supplements before?
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