Aloe vera for diabetes: know how to use it and get results
loe vera is a favorite plant for many gardeners for having bold architectural forms. Leaves and flowers have been used medicinally throughout the world for thousands of years. Aloe vera is only one gene among 400 species of the family group genus Aloe. All aloes have fleshy leaves with spines at various degrees of rigidity. The flower is tubular shaped and come in colors ranging from near white to yellow to orange to near red. The range and size of aloes vary greatly; they can be small grass like to as large as 50 feet tall, most stand upright.
Aloes originated in the African continent. The region with the most diversity is South Africa home to more then 120 species. Aloes are thought to only grow in hot climates but they can be found in alpine regions as well, some species can grow as high as 11,500 feet above sea level. They prefer rocky or gravelly soils. Aloes are a successful species thanks to a special adaptation to their environment. They posses a special kind of photosynthesis called CAM (Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) which minimizes water loss.
The name aloe most likely come from the Arabic word alloh meaning shining bitter substance. Two products can be obtained from its leaves: aloe gel from inside the leaves and aloe latex from the outer skin. For diabetes treatment is the gel we’re are interested in. This two substances are different and have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Only aloe vera and aloe ferox of South Africa have medicinal properties. For more details on the most common aloe species see this report
Aloe anti diabetic properties
The anti glycemic properties of aloe vera have been studied both in laboratory tests and in human subjects. There is a wealth of serious studies which confirm the efficacy of aloe vera for diabetes and they can be easily found. Studies have indicated success lowering blood glucose with fewer side effects and toxicity at a much lower cost then synthetic hypoglycemic drugs. In very large doses a decrease in the central nervous system was noted. In one study done in 2009, during a 12 week trial 15 patients with uncontrolled blood sugars and using 500 mg metformin twice daily, glyburide 5 mg twice daily were treated with aloe gel. All subjects received two tablespoons of high quality and potency aloe gel for 12 weeks. At the end of the study all subjects presented a sustained 32% decrease in glucose levels. Triglyceride levels were reduced by 35%. Glycosated HbA1c values calculated for each patient showed significant 20% reduction. No changes in cholesterol levels were noted. In another earlier study a trial was performed on 5000 diabetic patients adding aloe gel to their diet produced marked reduction in triglycerids and fasting and post – prandial blood sugars. To read some of the studies see references below.
How aloe vera works on diabetes
Medicinal properties of aloe vera are present in the gel and the latex products. I’ll review the gel properties of aloe vera in this article. Latex constituents do not contain anti diabetes properties. The gel is mainly comprised of polysaccharides, cellulose, and pectic polysaccharides. These compounds have an modulating effect in the immune response through activation of macrophage and cytokine production both responsible for fighting bacteria. Veracylglucan B and veracylglucan C found in aloe gel have been demonstrated to be a potent anti-inflammatory. Other local anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to compounds called salicylic acid and other antiprostaglandin.
The exact mechanisms of action for modulating blood sugars is unknown. It has been suggested that glucose is lowered in two ways; both decreasing insulin resistance and improving insulin production. Aloe vera gel suppresses adipogenic genes reducing the toxic effects of lipids in the liver thus decreasing insulin resistance.
Insulin production is achieved by reduction of oxidative stress a main component responsible for diabetes and diabetes complications. Oxidative stress causes the pancrease β cells to die thus compromising insulin production. Aloe potent antioxidant effects has the ability to scavenge superoxide anions reverting oxidative stress. There is also the reduction of HbA1c levels by the action of five phytosterols found in aloe vera gel concentrates. Phytosterols is not absorbed well in the intestines and binds with cholesterol preventing it from being absorbed and it is mechanically eliminated by excretion.
How to use aloe vera
With every natural herbal treatment one of the most important points is how you use it, and the utilization of high quality and pure products. There are many aloe products you can find in natural food stores or pharmacies who specializes in botanical medications. Aloe juice is easily found in a variety of stores. The best is fresh aloe vera gel (see videos below on how to prepare it yourself) because it is quickly absorbed through your body.
You can think of Aloe vera as a substitute for oral anti-hyperglycemic drugs such as metformin or glypizide since aloe act to regulate blood sugars in similar ways. If you are taking any oral anti-hyperglycemics or insulin you must be extra careful not to bottom out or lower your blood glucose too much. Be careful and introduce changes at a slow pace.
Is recommended that you start slowly with small doses and then increase. Experiment and measure the effects of aloe’s as you go. Start with one teaspoon a day and gradually increase it to a maximum of three teaspoons three times a day. Use it as long as you need it. If blood sugars get to low reduce the dose.
Toxicity and warnings
Aloe vera is a well tested and well known medicinal plant with virtually no side effects. The only part of the plant which can be toxic when used internally is the tough skins and stem products. Aloin the yellow latex is found in the outer layers of the plant. Cases of poisoning are very rare. Products bought in stores will be safe for use since they usually remove these substances. Juice from the leaves must be made only from the internal parts. (see video demonstration bellow). The only side effect of aloe vera is low blood sugar (which is something we desire) and lose intestines if consumed in large amounts. Aloe vera for diabetes is a great botanical remedy and very easy to use and easy to find. The price wont hurt you; you can even harvest from your own garden or start cultivating it yourself.
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A video demonstration on how to make Aloe Vera gel
La diabetes se manifiesta cuando el cuerpo no produce la cantidad suficiente de insulina para que los valores sanguíneos de azucar se mantengan normales, o cuando las células no responden adecuadaamante a la insulina.
Aloe Vera Plant Care – Removing Pups and leaves
http://www.aloe1.com Dr. Michael Haley from Stockton Aloe 1 on how and why to pull the aloe vera pups and what to do with them.
Aloe vera nutritional chart
|Calcium (Ca)||35.7 milligrams/dl|
|Chloride (Cl)||56 milliEquivalents/L|
|Chromium (Cr)||122 micrograms/L|
|Copper (Cu)||59 micrograms/L|
|Fluorine (F)||529 micrograms/L|
|Iodine (I)||0.0 milligrams/L|
|Iron (Fe)||123 micrograms/dl|
|Magnesium (Mg)||107 milligrams/L|
|Manganese (Mn)||37 micrograms/L|
|Molybdenum (Mo)||76 micrograms/L|
|Phosphorus (Po)||7.4 milligrams/dl|
|Potassium (K)||32 milliEquivalents/L|
|Selenium (Se)||18 micrograms/L|
|Sodium (Na)||63 milliEquivalents/L|
|Zinc (Za)||820 micrograms/L|
|Dehydrogenases||0 International Units/L|
|Phosphatases||1 International Units/L|
|Phosphokinases||1 International Units/L|
|Transaminases||4 International Units/L|
|Vitamin A||10 micrograms/dl|
|Vitamin E||0.1 milligrams/dl|
|Vitamin B-1 — Thiamin||3 nanograms/ml|
|Vitamin B-2 — Riboflavin||33 nanograms/ml|
|Vitamin B-3 — Niacin||0.297 micrograms/ml|
|Vitamin B-5 — Pantothenic Acid||402 nanograms/ml|
|Vitamin B-6 — Pyridoxine||0.03 micrograms/ml|
|Vitamin B-12 — Cyanocobalamin||50 picograms/ml|
|Folic Acid||1.4 nanograms/ml|
|Vitamin C — Ascorbic Acid||0.05 milligrams/dl|
- The Genus Aloe: botanical notes, University of California Davis Botanical Conservatory
- Evaluation of the Nutritional and Metabolic Effects of Aloe vera
- Antidiabetic activity of Aloe vera L. juice. I. Clinical trial in new cases of diabetes mellitus
- Possible hypoglycemic effect of Aloe vera L. high molecular weight fractions on type 2 diabetic patients
- Anti-hyperglycemic and Anti-hypercholesterolemic Effects of Aloe vera Leaf Gel in Hyperlipidemic Type 2 Diabetic Patients
- Antidiabetic, Antihypercholestermic and Antioxidative Effect of Aloe Vera Gel Extract in Alloxan Induced Diabetic Rats
- The Effect of Aloe Vera Oral Administration on Cutaneous Wound Healing in Type 2 Diabetic Rats
- PHARMACOGNOSTIC AND PHYTOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF ALOE VERA LINN –AN OVERVIEW
- BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF ALOE VERA LEAF GEL EXTRACT ON LIPID
PROFILE STATUS IN RATS WITH STREPTOZOTOCIN DIABETES
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