J Herbmed Pharmacol. 2015;4(3):85-88.
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Effect of Aloe vera on some indicators of cell damage after a period of aerobic exercise in male athletes

Amir-Hosein Barati 1, Faezeh Fazeli 1, Mehdi Lotfipour 2 *

1 School of Physical Education and Sport Science, Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Sport Physiology, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding author: Mehdi Lotfipour, Department of Sport Physiology, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran. Email: rudkhunehbarfi@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: Aloe vera is a medicinal plant with antioxidant activity. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of Aloe vera on some indicators of cell damage after a period of aerobic exercise in male athletes of 15-18 years old.

Methods: In this clinical trial study, 20 male students with average weight of 64.85 ± 51 and height of 172.05 ± 6.4 were randomly assigned to 2 groups of Aloe vera supplement (n = 10) and placebo (n = 10). Then aerobic training was conducted for 4 weeks. The supplemented group took 3 capsules, each capsule contains 2 g of dried Aloe vera and placebo group took 3 capsules/day containing dextran after every meal. To determine the index of cell injury markers creatine kinase (CK), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and reactive protein C (CRP) were determined and blood samples were collected 24 hours before and after each test. The data were analyzed using ANOVA and independent t test. Significance level was considered as P ≤ .05.

Results: The use of Aloe vera during aerobic exercise significantly reduced LDH (P = .006) in the supplement group (15% reduction) compared to placebo group and CRP with 11% reduction in the supplement group compared to placebo (P = .008). There was no significant reduction in CK.

Conclusion: The findings of this study showed that Aloe vera reduces cell damage and inflammation indicators. This result may reflect the role of Aloe vera as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent.

Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:

Aloe vera can be taken to alleviate the capacity of the antioxidant defense system and might improve athlete’s performance.

Please cite this paper as: Barati AH, Fazeli F, Lotfipour M. Effect of Aloe vera on some indicators of cell damage after a period of aerobic exercise in male athletes. J HerbMed Pharmacol. 2015;4(3):85-88.

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