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Aloe vera has strong beauty effect and healing ability. Its extract is widely used to make cosmetic products and drugs. Does aloe vera have benefits for CKD patients? The following article will introduce the pros and cons of aloe vera.
Benefits of aloe vera
Scientific research shows strong immunomodulatory property. It can help boost immune system function effectively.
Inflammation in kidneys can worsen renal function in CKD. Using aloe vera topically is well known to ease inflammation.
Lower blood sugar level
In a study, the patients with diabetes who take aloe vera for 3 months have a significant drop in fasting blood sugar levels. It also can help lower the levels of cholesterol.
Aloe vera amplifies the antioxidant effects of vitamins
Aloe vera can make vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidants work better.As it can improve the quality of life, it can improve blood circulation and improve oxygen and nutrients supply to body cells.
In view of the above benefits, aloe vera is good to certain types of CKD. In a study on rats with kidney disease induced type 2 diabetes, aloe vara extracts protected the kidneys of the rats from significant degenerative and had improvement in their condition compared those did not receive aloe vera.The study shows that alow vera has benefits to the patients with diabetes induced CKD.
However, aloe vera has toxic effects on kidneys. In a report published on the “American Journal of Kidney Disease”, a case of patients who was hospitalized for Kidney Failure after long-term drinking aloe vera.This suggests the toxic effects of aloe vera may make the kidney function worse.
As aloe vera has both benefits and bad effects on kidneys, it is essential for the patients with CKD to consult their doctor before it is supplied.