How to Use Aloe Vera for Diabetes
Diabetes is a condition that presents persistent high levels of blood glucose (hyperglycaemia). Recent studies have shown that aloe vera is a natural remedy thanks to its soothing and restorative properties which help to reduce blood glucose by 50% within two months. Topical use of aloe vera also helps to care for the skin as in, for example, diabetic foot. This OneHowTo explains different ways to use aloe vera for diabetes and to improve your health despite this disease.
Aloe vera plants are rich in substances which can benefit the health of a diabetic patient. These substances help to improve and reduce the levels of blood glucose, thereby controlling the sugar spikes that diabetics suffer from throughout the day. The consumption of pure aloe vera is beneficial because:
- The active ingredient in aloe vera is emodin which is hypoglycaemic, so consumption of this plant will reduce blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
- It contains minerals like chromium, magnesium and manganese which have anti-diabetic properties.
- The sugar contained in aloe pulp is fructose, which is absorbed slowly and does not produce hyperglycaemia.
- It provides two types of fiber, mucilage and glucomannan, which help the patient to feel full and help to control sugar absorption in their diet.
To use aloe vera for diabetes it's preferable to consume it directly from the plant. Simply extract the pulp and eat a spoonful every day. Once your body gets used to it, you can increase the dose to 5-15 ml daily to improve the final result. You only use the gel from the plant, as the aloe vera skin does not provide any benefits.
Once you've extracted all the pulp, you discard the skin. It is a good natural fertilizer but it doesn't have the same properties as the inside of aloe vera. If the taste is unpleasant when taken directly from the plant, you can add the pulp to juices or smoothies, as it mixes perfectly in liquids. You can also add a little honey or sweetener to mask the taste.
One of the known problems for diabetic patients is diabetic foot. When aloe vera gel is applied, this helps with hydration, healing and relieving pain. Apply by lightly massaging the whole foot including the heel, toes, sole and instep. Avoid applying it in between your toes, as it will make them damp and could cause a fungal infection. By using aloe vera, this prevents cracks from forming and hydrates your feet, which is one of the major complications in diabetic patients.
When applied topically, its anti-inflammatory properties prevent ulcers, wounds, infections and other conditions related to diabetes.
If a diabetic patient doesn't achieve the desired result after using aloe vera, it may be because the right variety of the plant has not been selected. There are more than 300 different varieties. It may also be because the plant is not yet mature enough, as they need to mature for a minimum of two years. It could also be that the plant has wilted or the gel has oxidized.
You have to use the product properly and it must be 100% pure. For this reason, it is better to use it directly from the plant rather than buying products made with this substance, as they may not be specific to this type of treatment. The variety that you need to use is Aloe Barbadensis Miller, or Aloe Vera.
The way in which aloe vera is stored will affect its preservation, so we recommend that you keep it in the refrigerator once you've opened the container with pure aloe vera or you've cut some from the natural plant. You should cover them both well with cling film and if stored in a container, you shouldn't transfer one to the other, as the container is made of plastic so stops air from getting into the final product. If you keep the plant in the fridge, always keep it well covered. You only need to remove your required daily dose of aloe vera treatment to improve diabetes.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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