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Aloe Vera Found to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Improve Cognition

Elizabeth Renter
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April 9th, 2014
Updated 05/06/2014 at 4:02 pm
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aloe drip 263x164 Aloe Vera Found to Stave Off Alzheimers, Improve CognitionResearchers with the University of Miami’s School of Medicine found that a compound from Aloe vera could reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and even increase cognition scores. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and established participants who received a supplement of aloe polymannose for a period of one year say significant improvements.

Forty-six percent of the study participants experienced improvements in their cognition. Also, several inflammatory factors were reduced in the participants. These factors paired with reduced cytokines are related to a reduction in neuro-inflammation which could trigger Alzheimer’s disease and/or it’s symptoms.

Best of all, unlike Big Pharma solutions, the Aloe product didn’t have side effects.

The research involved a supplement called BiAloe, created by Lorand Laboratories who is no doubt looking to make a profit. It’s always important to keep in mind who is funding the research. However, the health benefits of aloe vera are well established and the research into its effects on Alzheimer’s is promising.

The researchers wrote:

“Participants tolerated the APMC supplement with few, temporary adverse reactions. Our results showed improvements in both clinical and physiological outcomes for a disease that otherwise has no standard ameliorative remedy.”

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5 million Americans. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the country and one-in-three seniors will die while suffering from the disease. Generally, Alzheimer’s treatment is limited to popping Big Pharma solutions that may or may not alleviate the anxiety and stressors of the disease, without actually changing the condition itself. But a new study indicates a solution could be as close as your potted aloe plant.

Other recent research has linked the use of Aloe vera in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer. According to researchers with the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, compounds within the aloe can stop the proliferation of cells associated with skin cancer.

As Case Adams writes:

“The gel of the Aloe leaf and its other plant parts contain many constituents outside of those tested in these studies, including quercetin, luteolin, apigenin, kaempferol, isoorientin, isovitexin, saponarin, lutonarin, chlorogenic acid, pectic acid, caffeic acid, 5-P-coumaroylquinic acid, caffeoylshikimic acid, feruloylquinic acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid, as well as glycosylchromone aloeresin B, and aloin, which is a precursor to Aloe-emodin (the compound tested in the skin cancer study).”

 

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  • Andrea Winship

    Is this a chemical found in aloe that has to be extracted and then made into a drug or can you just start ingesting whole leaf aloe and get the same results?