Obesity

Aloe Vera and Weight Loss

Most people think that aloe vera is used to treat scrapes, minor cuts and burns. According to the University of Michigan Health System, aloe vera is found in hundreds of products.

Aloe Vera and weight loss remains a question to everybody. It is the most commercially manufactured herb. These plants are very easy to grow and have a bitter taste. It is a clear gel, like sap, inside the leaves of the aloe vera plant. Aloe vera is believed to help in reducing the body mass index. However, there are no proper research studies to claim this fact .

According to the American Chronicle website, aloe vera is effective for weight loss, it can reduce and stabilize the body mass index by stimulating the metabolic rates in the liver cells. It increases the amount of calories that are burned. The website further adds that daily doses of aloe vera juice and multiple workouts in a week can help in losing weight.

There have been reports that a very high dose of aloe vera, more than the recommended dosage, half cup a day, can result in diarrhea, electrolyte imbalances and abdominal pain. It has a strong laxative effect, and if given to kids, they can suffer from ulcerative colitis or crohn’s disease. Therefor whenever you take this herb for any purpose, remember to take it in the recommended dose to avoid these side effects.

Mayo Clinic states that people who are allergic to garlic, tulips and onions may have the same allergic reaction with aloe vera.

As of September 2009, there has been no clinical studies to prove and suggest that aloe vera juice has effect on weight loss.

References

Protective effects of Aloe vera-based diets in Eimeria maxima-infected broiler chickens.
Yim D, Kang SS, Kim DW, Kim SH, Lillehoj HS, Min W.
Exp Parasitol. 2011 Jan;127(1):322-5. Epub 2010 Aug 17.
PMID: 20723543 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Equivocal colonic carcinogenicity of Aloe arborescens Miller var. natalensis berger at high-dose level in a Wistar Hannover rat 2-y study.
Yokohira M, Matsuda Y, Suzuki S, Hosokawa K, Yamakawa K, Hashimoto N, Saoo K, Nabae K, Doi Y, Kuno T, Imaida K.
J Food Sci. 2009 Mar;74(2):T24-30.
PMID: 19323775 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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