by Karen A. Masterson Koch
Herbs really work! Hundreds of herbs grow around the globe and each contains different amounts of food nutrition along with special medicinal compounds, called Phytonutrients (from plants). Together, these actives from the herbal plants support body wellness.
The Aloe Vera plant works as a catalyst with smart food choices and supplements — to support many important health needs including healthier blood sugar. Blood sugar, known technically as blood glucose, is required for cellular energy and fuels every body function for both kids and adults.
Highlights of Aloe Vera Support
Digestion, Energy & Detox
Allergies, Skin & Collagen Renewal
Quality Aloe Vera products contain over 100 safe actives.* When using the entire whole leaf, not over-ﬁltered or over-heated, and concentrated to avoid diluted products — it is the most important herb of all time. In fact, recent sales statistics place Aloe Vera as #4 of all Herbal and Superfood sales through the health food stores. Sales of Aloe are growing each year and this is due to its broad and amazing health results. Research revealing the impact of normalizing high blood sugar levels in pre-diabetics is one of the many important reasons behind the booming sales.
The Health Crisis of Diabetes
Diabetes is a world health crisis, costing billions of dollars annually and the human toll is a tragedy. Often a factor in cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and failing health — diabetes affects one in 11 people and is considered the ﬁfth cause of pre-mature death. Soaring statistics, of all ages has sparked important research in many countries. In fact, there are now ten deﬁnitive studies with human or mammal subjects showing with pre-diabetic or Type II Diabetes, the use of a quality Aloe Vera works to improve healthier blood sugar levels.
A.D.A Symptoms of Diabetes (high blood sugar)
Extreme Thirst, Frequent Urination, Dry Mouth, Tingling in Limbs.
Fatigue, Itchy and Dry Skin, Poor Wound Healing, Vision Changes & Moodiness.
Why does Aloe Vera work?
The Aloe Vera plant provides several key actives responsible for the results of reducing risk of diabetes. Both minerals and other core nutrients critical to life itself have tested deﬁcient in many diabetics and also approximately 25% of Type II Diabetes is directly linked to Auto-Immune reactions making the case for following a low-gluten diet. Therefore, the research makes sense because Aloe Vera improves digestion of foods, lowers inﬂammation found responsible in the auto-immune cycle that may reduce natural insulin levels from the pancreas, and the high trace mineral content found in Aloe Vera may help replenish deﬁciencies.
Like a medicine chest in a plant, Aloe contains over 100 Actives. The nutrition content includes amino acids, vitamins, minerals (over 60), plus a variety of fatty acids. The valuable phytonutrients include Polyphenols, Polysaccharides, Saponins, Salicylic Acid, Gibberellins, Campesterol, B-Sitosterol, Lupeol & Anthraquinones (Valuable Yellow Sap) and more.
Trace Minerals are Key
A 2007 study at the Univ. of Madras, India looked at the high trace mineral content of Aloe Vera and its biological importance to health and why Aloe Vera lowers blood sugar. Thirteen minerals were found in the Aloe Vera juice in larger quantity plus an abundance of trace minerals; zinc, chromium, manganese, vanadium, iron, potassium and iodine. Research showed that each of these lend importance to diabetes risk reduction. Also, in a 1980 study, “vanadium” was found to mimic the metabolic effects of insulin in mammals and subsequent studies revealed it normalized blood glucose levels in humans with high percentages.
Improving Glucose and Lipid Proﬁle with Aloe Vera
Research in 2015 celebrated Aloe Vera once again with human studies getting great results. The University of Cairo, in Egypt followed 218 adults, dividing them into three groups; 76 adults not receiving Aloe Vera, 76 adults taking 300 mg. of quality Aloe Vera Extract twice daily and 76 adults taking 600 mg. twice daily. The conclusion was clear that Aloe Vera extract reversed and improved high-fasting blood sugar within four weeks. It took eight weeks to show a signiﬁcant drop in HbA1C levels and triglycerides down towards normal. The higher dose also brought down the negative cholesterol (LDL) and improvement was seen in building positive (HDL) cholesterol.
Most people want to feel better and reduce health costs and this is an herb that has something to offer for everyone. When using a product that is not over-processed and still containing the dark yellow sap the ancients wrote about — there are endless applications, both topically and internally, “Truly a Gift of Nature.”
Aloe Vera for the Skin
Applied on the skin, it soothes pain and supports any skin irruptions or injury, while encouraging collagen renewal, even minimizing scarring. This is great news for teens suffering the anguish of acne along with advanced diabetes sufferers with skin ulcers. A quality Whole Leaf Skin Gel makes a world of difference and be sure a breathable dressing is applied. Aloe Life Int. Inc. is the only company to have conducted a wound study with all 150 diabetic ulcers 100% resolution.
Daily Aloe Vera Juice or Tablets
Traditional use of drinking and eating the Aloe Vera plant, as written in ancient text, describes many of the same ailments of today. These ﬁrst cultures used the whole plant including the yellow sap, classed as an “Herbal Bitter.” Bitter on the tongue translates to sweet on the stomach. The bitter encourages gastric juices to ﬂow better into the stomach of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) and bile, plus lends support to the Pancreas, which produces both Insulin and digestive enzymes. All are necessary for good absorption of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats. Research support improved digestion almost 300% with quality Aloe taken before meals and supports all digestive issues including heartburn, gas, bloating and more.
Lots of choices, yet I always suggest the Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice concentrate or tablets that work fast. Also, look for the ActivAloe logo for quality and a dark yellow color for a more authentic product that still retains higher valuable actives from the plant.
Healthier is Fun with Aloe Vera
Join the Healthy Bunch to feel your best — eating a variety of good foods, getting some daily exercise and using a quality Aloe Vera. The body responds to health at any age and even the American Diabetes Association supports “Healthy Lifestyle Choices” friends to control blood sugar naturally. ** Choose the best Aloe Vera for topical and internal following the guidelines and look for the delicious fruit juice ﬂavored variety as well — great for kids both big and small — Enjoy!
* Caution: If sensitive blood sugar, ill or bowel sensitive or a child, start with one teaspoon or a capful of concentrate daily and reduce Aloe Vera amount with diarrhea.
** Aloe Vera is not contraindicated with medication; however, it can lower your blood glucose. Do not stop medication, but may need to alter amount after discussing with a health professional.
[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]