A recent study was published that looked at the effects of Aloe Vera juice on Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. What they found was a significant reduction in thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibodies. TPO antibodies are commonly elevated in Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and are largely responsible for reducing thyroid function. Those with Hashimoto’s common experience symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, weight gain and memory problems.
The study included women with diagnosed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and elevated TSH levels above 4mU/L along with elevated TPO antibodies. They were given 50mL of Aloe Vera juice daily for 9 months and their labs checked again. These women were not using thyroid hormone, nor were they taking anything that might treat their Hashimoto’s. The average TSH levels in the group at the start of the trial was 5.19mU/L and the average level of TPO antibodies 1020U/mL. At 3 months of using the Aloe Vera juice daily, the treated group saw a reduction in TSH to 3.12 and a reduction in TPO antibodies to 825. By the end of the 9 months, the treatment group on average had an average TSH of 2.01 and an average TPO level of 347. The placebo group in this study had no change in either TSH or TPO antibodies. This is a huge reduction in TSH and thyroid antibodies in such a short amount of time.
Additional studies should be done to confirm the efficacy of Aloe Vera juice, but these preliminary findings are promising. There are not very many substances currently that are able to lower antibodies for Hashimoto’s this quickly. There is extensive research on selenomethionine (selenium) and how effective it is at lowering antibodies. Adding Aloe into general treatment plans could lead to even more support for this autoimmune disease.
Like any herbal substance though, it is important to check with a doctor before you start any treatment for Hashimoto’s. If you are looking for a provider that has knowledge in treatments for autoimmune diseases, our doctors are just that! Call our office today to schedule a free 15 min consult with one of our providers to get your questions answered on how alternative medicine can help your autoimmune symptoms.