April 2018

Should diabetes patients consider taking aloe vera?

Recent analyses show that taking aloe vera by mouth can reduce blood sugar and HbA1c in people with diabetes. It also seems to improve cholesterol levels in these patients. It seems to work best for people with high fasting blood sugar levels before treatment. But data on which dose or form of aloe vera works best still isn’t clear. Recent analyses have reviewed studies using multiple forms of aloe vera, as well as multiple doses ranging from 100-1000 mg of powder and 15-150 mL of juice taken for 4-14 weeks.

The results are promising. However, more higher quality research is needed to confirm these results before aloe can be recommended for diabetes patients.

For more details, check out our recently updated monograph.

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