Aloe Vera May Lower Blood Sugar: Study

An analysis of several studies showed that oral aloe vera, which is sometimes used as a laxative, can help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. These findings, which were reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, warrant more research: Diabetes is a leading cause of death and a worldwide epidemic.

The aloe vera plant contains more than 75 active compounds, including, "vitamins, enzymes, minerals…and amino acids," as well as a number of elements that help insulin to better metabolize glucose in the body. The green outer rind and colorless inner gel of the leaves can be used medicinally.

Oral aloe has been studied as a possible treatment for a number of health problems, including asthma, high blood pressure, and glaucoma, but results of those studies have also been inconclusive. While researchers maintain that this latest aloe vera-diabetes study has limitations, they also statethat, "data suggest that patients with an FBG ≥200 mg/dl may see a greater benefit," and further clinical studies are needed.

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