The aloe vera plant boasts multiple properties. One of the latest recent discoveries made through various studies conducted on both animals and humans has shown that aloe vera gel has the ability to reduce blood sugar levels, and how it works when used to treat dangerous diseases such as diabetes.
Aloe vera and sugars: why does it act in a positive way?
Aloe vera gel is an almost miraculous remedy for people with diabetes. In fact, the plant is rich in substances that help not only to reduce blood glucose levels, but also to control blood glucose levels during the day. There are three substances to which this property of the aloe is due:
- Emodina: is the substance present in aloe vera gel with hypoglycemic properties
- Fiber: there are two types of useful fiber, mucilage and glucomannan. They have a satiating effect and regulate the absorption of sugars in the blood
- Fructose: sugar present in the gel. It is absorbed slowly by the body, thus avoiding the glycemic peaks in the arch of the day
In addition to these three molecules that are very useful for regulating blood glucose levels, aloe also provides very important minerals for diabetic subjects. These include chromium, which normalizes blood glucose levels and helps produce insulin, the manganese also involved in the production of insulin and finally magnesium, always lacking in diabetic subjects.
Aloe vera and diabetes: how to take it for benefits
Before saying that aloe vera is effective to combat diabetes, it is of fundamental importance to specify that in order to be so it is necessary to take aloe juice as pure as possible, without dilutions or synthetic and chemical components. The recommended dose is about 30 grams a day, which is estimated to be enough to reduce blood sugar up to 50% in about two months.
Aloe vera and diabetic foot: external use to combat some diabetic symptoms
In addition to acting directly on blood glucose levels and diabetes, aloe is also effective for treating the symptoms that derive from the disease, in particular the so-called diabetic foot.
Diabetes over time causes numbness in the extremities, both in the hands and feet. The sick person may be affected by cuts, blisters or sores and will not notice it due to the problem with the nerves. These lesions in turn can become infected and evolve to ulcers.
The skin application of the gel reduces the risk of suffering from this situation. In addition, the use of the aloe in this area also brings other benefits such as hydrated skin, promotes healing, relieves pain and prevents the appearance of chapping.
However, little attention should be paid when applying the gel. This should not be passed between the fingers, since it is a high humidity area and the nutrient-rich gel could be the nutrient medium, combined with moisture and lack of light, perfect for the proliferation of fungi and yeasts.