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Aloe helps diabetics' wounds heal faster

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For sufferers of type 2 diabetes, slow recovery from wounds and infections is a serious side effect of the disease

For sufferers of type 2 diabetes, slow recovery from wounds and infections is a serious side effect of the disease. A natural remedy to speed wound healing may be as close as the nearest bottle of organic aloe vera.

For centuries, aloe has been known in traditional medicines as a first aid remedy for burns and sunburns. Now, researchers have found that aloe is particularly effective in promoting wound healing in type 1 and 2 diabetes. In vitro cells from both diabetics and nondiabetics were treated with aloe in concentrations up to 20 percent. Aloe was found to increase the growth of cell fibroblasts, which are crucial to wound repair. Cell recovery occurred even faster in the tissues of diabetics than in nondiabetics.

Researchers concluded that although further studies are merited to determine the specific extracts or components in aloe vera that make it so effective, topical application of aloe quickens wound healing time for diabetics. Not only does aloe help you look better, now it helps you feel better too.

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