Could a Complex Carbohydrate Be the Key to Solving Alzheimer’s?

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP, August 8th, 2023


What if something as simple as aloe vera could hold the key to treating Alzheimer’s—a devastating disease that currently has no cure and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States?

Dr. John E. Lewis, a past full-time, now voluntary associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has spent his career studying the effects of nutrition on the brain and immune system. In one fascinating study, he found that polysaccharides from aloe vera had a remarkable effect on Alzheimer’s patients.

Dr. Lewis reported that some research subjects were able to regain speech or the ability to walk after participating in the study. Others regained memory that had long seemed lost.

So, how did this happen? How could a polysaccharide complex from a common plant deliver such profound results?

“We did not treat, cure, manage, or mitigate disease, but we showed the ability of the body to repair and regenerate itself when given the proper raw materials to do so,” he said.

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