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|Emma McGowan NatureCity author & contributor|
Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of older Americans and their families and at this point in time there is no known preventative measure or cure. However, a small but exciting study has been released suggesting that supplementation with aloe vera and other nutrients may actually help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Participants in the study included 34 patients diagnosed with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. Over the course of 12 months the participants took four teaspoons daily of an aloe polymannose multinutrient complex (APMC).
At the nine-month marker, 46% of the participants showed notable cognitive improvement as marked by a standard cognition test. The researchers also noted an average 377% increase in stem cell production, which indicated that damage in the brain was being repaired. Immune functioning also improved.
The aloe polymannose multinutrient complex administered in the test contained aloe vera, stabilized rice bran, Larch tree fiber, cysteine, soy lechitin and inositol hexaphosphate.
Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine conducted the study. It was published in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Aloe vera has been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved oral health, controlling blood sugar levels, pain relief following hemorrhoid surgery and helping with dry skin.
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