Aloe Vera's Weight Loss BenefitsPrint
Recent research on the effects of aloe vera on weight, body fat mass and fasting blood glucose indicates that there may be a connection between the plant and weight loss. There are several theories on how aloe vera can help people lose weight:
- It detoxifies the colon. Aloe latex, the yellow, gel-like substance under the skin of the aloe plant, is a natural laxative with detoxifying properties. It speeds up digestion, reducing the time that food spends in the colon. The body has less time to absorb energy from food, so there is less available to convert to fat.
- It increases metabolism. Regular intake of aloe gel helps increase metabolic activity, which is the burning of stored energy. When the body needs more energy than it's getting from food, it burns body fat and carbohydrates, resulting in weight loss.
- It reduces blood sugar levels. Aloe vera helps stabilize blood sugar levels, which reduces cravings for starches and sweets, helping people avoid high-calorie foods. It also creates a feeling of fullness, which helps them eat less.
Aloe vera can be manufactured in to aloe gel, juice as well as tablets or capsuled supplements. Homemade aloe juice should be taken in moderation because it contains anthraquinone aloin, a potentially carcinogenic substance found in aloe sap that may be dangerous in large doses. Manufactured products are considered safer however because factories can filter the anthraquinone.
For best results, people should take aloe vera on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. This is the best way to detoxify and cleanse your digestive system, rejuvenate your body and pump up your energy. Early-morning intake also extends the fat-burning effect throughout the day.
Aloe vera is a popular product and you should consider having it is as part of your range.