The use of aloe vera as a natural remedy for patients with thyroid problems has recently been discovered. Some studies have shown that the gel extracted from the plant of Aloe barbadensis has the ability to bring benefits in the production of hormones responsible for metabolic processes essential for the human body.
What is the thyroid and what is it for?
The thyroid is an endocrine gland in the throat, on the anterior neck base, specializing in the production of very important hormones that stimulate different functions in the body such as regulating metabolism and stimulating growth. In particular, this gland has the task of producing two essential hormones, thyroxine, known as T4 and triiodothyronine, T3. Both stimulate the metabolism and the cells, in particular for this concerns the metabolism of sugars, fats and proteins. If the thyroid does not work as it should, different conditions are created depending on the type of disease:
- Hypothyroidism: the thyroid works “less, it produces few hormones with consequent decrease of the metabolism and of all the activities in which it participates;
- Hyperthyroidism: the endocrine gland works more than necessary, so there is an excessive production of hormones;
- Hashimoto’s Thyroid: a condition in which the body produces antibodies that attack the thyroid.
How aloe vera acts on the thyroid
Aloe vera is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. According to some studies, the gel of this plant (deprived of aloin) is able to immonumodulare and activate macrophages, monocytes, antibodies and T cells. In particular, the aloe vera and thyroid combination has proved to be quite effective to reduce the production of auto-antibodies, a situation that occurs in Hashimoto’s thyroid. In addition, the richness in vitamins, mineral salts, essential amino acids and sugars creates a perfect cocktail to strengthen the immune system.
Some doctors advise against the combination of aloe and hypothyroidism because the plant could interfere with the action of many drugs, in particular with the absorption of the active ingredient levothyroxine, which is present in the Euthyrus for example. However, there is a solution, an approach that sells the reduction of use of synthetic hormones such as levothyroxine which will be replaced by natural remedies such as aloe vera gel, combined with a special diet designed for hypothyroid.
Which aloe to use for the thyroid?
Not all the aloe vera present on the market is suitable to be used as a hypothyroidism treatment. Pesticides and GMO products are very dangerous, especially for those suffering from thyroid malfunction. In particular, glycophosphate, one of the most used and aggressive pesticides used in crops, interferes with the production of hormones, revealing a potentially carcinogenic substance.
The best aloe to be used is therefore that cultivated without the use of pesticides and with sustainable agriculture. The bio products are excellent and guarantee the consumer safety. The percentage of aloin must be minimal or completely absent. Do not use aloe gel without knowing the geographical origin and the specific extraction and packaging process.