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Aloe Vera and Cholesterol

Aloe Plant

Aloe vera has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Most commonly prescribed for burn wounds and digestive issues, aloe vera has also been shown to lower cholesterol. For many Americans who suffer from high cholesterol, which provokes heart disease, heart attack and stroke, aloe vera is a natural supplement (food).

Cholesterol has a negative connotation, but is not all bad. Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in the bloodstream. The body uses cholesterol to build cells. But, when cholesterol levels get too high, it can lead to fat buildup in the arteries. It is this fatty build-up that may cause more serious health concerns, like heart disease.

Problems occur because cholesterol and other fats cannot dissolve in the blood, so they must be transported to and from the cells by special carriers, known as lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL, coined the “good” cholesterol, carries away the excess LDL, which can slowly form dangerous clots that may lead to a stroke.

To keep cholesterol in check, dietary and lifestyle changes are necessary and doctors typically prescribe medication. As a natural supplement (food), many recent studies have shown that aloe vera may provide benefits to reducing cholesterol buildup.

“When used internally, aloe vera gel improves the quality of the blood and helps rebalance the blood chemistry in a way that lowers cholesterol and total triglycerides in people with elevated levels,” said Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com.

Aloe vera juice contains B-sitosterol, which blocks cholesterol absorption in the body. Accompanying a low fat diet, aloe vera, internationally recognized as a complete body cleanser, may help to detoxify the blood. According to scientific studies, aloe vera is also an immuno-stimulant that aids in fighting off infection.

A study out of Thailand showed a progressive improvement in patients with unhealthy levels of cholesterol and triglycerides when they added aloe vera into their dietary regiment. Another recent animal study out of Korea revealed the group receiving aloe vera supplements reduced their cholesterol levels by 30%. Aloe vera also boosted antioxidant levels and showed a higher protection against free radical damage.

“Our study revealed that hepatic cholesterol significantly increased in the control group during aging in contrast to the aloe-supplemented groups, which showed approximately 30% lower cholesterol levels,” said the report. “We suggest that life-long dietary aloe supplementation suppresses free radical-induced oxidative damage and age-related increases in hepatic cholesterol.”

Sources:
Efficacy of dietary aloe vera supplementation on hepatic cholesterol and oxidative status in aged rats., J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2003 Aug; 49(4): 292-6
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10 thoughts on “Aloe Vera and Cholesterol

  1. I have high cholesterol levels how much should I drink

  2. My Mom has LDL Cholesterol 176 and HDL 39. Whether Aloe vera juice will give fast relief?. If yes,which aloe vera juice do you suggest and in what quatity?
    Kindly suggest.

  3. Wondering how much aloe to drink per day. Im taking it to lowe4 my cholesterol and for overall health. I buy the leaves at Walmart’s produce department and have been researching, there’s a lot of different answers out there. I have been extracting the inner fillet (about 6/8 oz.)rinsing the aloin off several times putting it in my nutribullet with 4 cups water sometimes lime sometimes ginger blend it up and have a glass in the morning on an empty stomach and sometimes a glass before bed. But always in the morning for the last 5 days. So do u think 6/8 oz. is too much aloe in a day? Thank u. Annette

    1. When I am supervising production and testing the aloe, I can easily consume a half gallon per day for a few days in a row without any problems. If you aloe is pure, processed properly, and you don’t have aloe sensitivities, it will not be a problem.

  4. My HDL is only 35, will aloe Vera help boost up the HDL.

  5. hai
    i have LDL 300 and HDL 46 so how mach quantity i will take day natural aloe Vera ,aloe Vera is in my garden

    by binugaleed

  6. can you eat a small amount in juicing the outer leaf as well as in side of the aloe vera plant?

    1. Many people intentionally eat the outer leaf to help loosen their bowels… so, the answer is yes… however, some frown on using the outer leaf long term based on research showing it may be harmful to you.

  7. We have a bottle (say 500 ml) of Aloe vera juice bought about a three months ago, but not yet opened. Daughter wanted to use it. But she is not using. What to do with it. Can we use it? If so, how many doses a day and what should be the quantity to be consumed? Pls. advise on this
    G, BALASUBRAMANIAN

    1. The answer to this depends on many factors:

      1. What brand of aloe vera juice is it?
      2. Is whole or inner filet only aloe vera?
      3. What species of aloe vera is it?
      4. What is the recommended serving size
      5. Is it a personable product?
      6. What is it that you would like to accomplish by consuming this product?

      Aloe vera products are very different from one to another. Some brands have high concentrations of aloin in them. Consuming too much can cause severe cramping and diarrhea. Other aloes have been properly filleted and only contain the inner leaf. Some aloe beverages have been very processed and contain little nutrition. Other brands are barely processed and have a very short shelf life.

      The other thing to consider is your intention. Some people drink aloe vera because it helps them with their digestive disorders. Other people have no problems at all and only drink aloe vera because they know it is good for them. If you are consuming aloe vera for a certain desired effect, the amount consumed may determine how much of that effect you experience.

      Aloe vera beverages that have high concentrations of aloin usually have small serving sizes of about 1 ounce for safety reasons. Other aloe beverages from carefully filleted aloe leaves contain very little aloin from the outer leaf. Such beverages usually have high amounts of mucopolysaccharides and are ideal for digestive disorders. Larger amounts of such beverages are not only safe, but also therapeutic. Other aloe beverages have been ultra filtered down to contain little more than water. These tend to be very safe, however, have very little benefits beyond hydration.

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