• 25 Uses for Aloe Vera Backed by a Decade of Research

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    25 Uses for Aloe Vera backed by a decade of research! Find out why scientist are calling Aloe Magical herbal medicine! Aloe Vera is really quite an incredible plant. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family, the same family that garlic and onions belong to. Aloe (often called aloe vera) produces two substances, gel and latex, which are used for medicines. There are a great deal of health benefits of aloe vera. Read more to know!

    By Case Adams, Naturopath

    The past ten years have brought us over a hundred clinical human studies using Aloe vera from university researchers from around the world. While many showed the expected outcomes relating to burns and skin issues, there are many surprising findings.

    This article summarizes a decade of research on Aloe vera. While there are many anecdotal uses of aloe vera, as well as many laboratory and animal studies involving Aloe, the studies identified and reviewed in this article are strictly human clinical studies with the gold standard – randomized, double-blinded (or at least blinded) and placebo-controlled.

    It should be added that these findings still provide only a sliver of the many uses for this magical herbal medicine:

    Aloe for Burn treatment

    Researchers from Pakistan’s Nishtar Hospital tested 50 patients with burns. They randomly selected the patients, and treated them with either aloe vera or 1% silver sulfadiazine cream. The researchers found that the aloe treated-patients had quicker relief of pain, and their wounds healed faster than the conventional silver sulfadiazine treatment.

    Iranian researchers used an Aloe cream or a placebo following surgery with 49 burn patients. The Aloe group experienced significantly less post-operative pain than did the placebo group.

    Another Iranian study of 30 second-degree burn patients found that treating patients with Aloe sped up healing compared to conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine.

    aloe veraAloe and Pre-diabetes

    Baylor College of Medicine scientists gave 45 adults with pre-diabetes two different standardized Aloe extract or a placebo for eight weeks. One extract significantly reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL-c) levels, glucose levels and fructosamine (an indicator of glycation metabolism) levels. Another extract (2% aloesin) significantly reduced HbA1c levels, fasting glucose and insulin levels. It also reduced fructosamine and homeostatic model assessment (HOMA), which indicates beta-cell health and insulin resistance.

    Aloe and Alzheimer’s Disease

    Scientists from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine determined that an a constituent of aloe vera was able to reduce Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and increase cognition scores. The researchers gave a supplement with aloe polymannose – also called acemannan – to Alzheimer’s patients over a one year period. They tested them every three months.

    The researchers found that the cognitive improvements occurred in 46% of the patients taking the supplement. They also found that several cytokines and other inflammatory factors significantly decreased as well – indicating a reduction in neuro-inflammation among the patients.

    Aloe for Burning Mouth Syndrome

    Research from Spain’s University of Murcia tested 75 patients with burning mouth syndrome. They found significant improvement among those patients who were given .5 ml of a 70% Aloe gel per day in addition to a tongue protector healed faster than those given a placebo along with the tongue protector.

    Aloe and HIV

    Research from Nigeria’s Obafemi Awolowo University found that giving HIV-infected women Aloe lowered CD4 count and reduced symptoms. The researchers tested 10 young women infected with HIV, comparing their results with 20 other HIV-infected women who took antiretroviral drugs.

    Those taking the Aloe had 35% lower CD4 counts than the antiretroviral-treated patient after one year. The Aloe was mixed in with their food.

    Aloe and Diaper Rash

    Researchers from Iran’s Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences found that Aloe successfully treated diaper rash after tested 66 infants. They found that Calendula ointment treated the rashes a bit better than Aloe, however.

    Aloe and Liver disease

    Tanta University (Egypt) scientists tested Aloe treatment (or placebo) on 40 patients with liver fibrosis (an advanced stage of liver damage). They found that the Aloe treatment after three months resulted in lower liver enzymes AST, ALT and ALP, as well as other fibrosis markers among the Aloe group. They concluded:

    “Oral supplementation with AHM could be helpful in alleviating the fibrosis and inflammation of hepatic fibrosis patients.”

    Aloe and Cancer

    In a 2009 study, researchers from Italy’s St. Gerardo Hospital treated 240 patients with solid metastatic tumors of different types with chemotherapy combined with or without Aloe treatment. Ten milliliters of liquid Aloe was given daily three times a day.
    The researchers found that those treated with Aloe had a significantly longer survival rate and had significantly more regression of tumors.

    Aloe and Scabies

    Research from Nigeria’s Obafemi Awolowo University in 2009 treated 30 patients with scabies – an infection of the Sarcoptes scabiei mite – with either benzyl benzoate standard treatment or with an Aloe vera gel. All of the patients except 5 – 3 in the benzyl benzoate group and 2 in the Aloe group – showed no scabies lesions. The researchers concluded that Aloe treatment was as good if not better than benzyl benzoate group.

    Aloe and Kidney Stones

    Thailand researchers found in 2006 that 100 grams of fresh aloe taken twice a day significantly reduced the risk of contracting kidney stones. The researchers tested 13 healthy boys at risk of kidney stones, and then 31 adults, and found that seven days of Aloe supplementation resulted in lower risk as identified by urine analysis.

    Aloe Contains Hundreds of Nutrients and ConstituentsAloe vera contains over 200 active constituents and nutrients, including B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid), vitamin A, C, and E. It contains 20 minerals, including zinc, chromium, selenium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper. Aloe also contains all of the essential amino acids and up to 20 aminos total.

    Aloe contains at least eight enzymes. These include superoxide dismutase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, peroxidase, aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, catalase, cellulase and lipase. The last four increase the breakdown and absorption of starches and plant-based nutrients, and bradykinase reduces inflammation. SOD is an antioxidant.

    The fatty acid content in Aloe is one of its unique characteristics. Beta-sitosterol, campesterol and other fatty acids such as oleic and caprylic acids provide medicinal properties that help reduce low-density liproproteins.

    Aloe also contains several polysaccharides called glucomannans and polymannoses. One of the most studied is the aloe polymannose used in the formula that improved cognition and reduced Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Aloe also contains D-mannose, known for its anti-inflammatory and urinary tract health effects.

    One unique polysaccharide called mannose-6-phosphate. This compound has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and appears to be one of its central wound-healing compounds.

    Another anti-inflammatory component of Aloe is gibberellin. This has been shown to reduce inflammation related to diabetes and leukocyte infiltration.

    Aloe is truly one of nature’s miracle medicines. Growing a plant or two around or even in the house is probably a good call.

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    5 Responses to “25 Uses for Aloe Vera Backed by a Decade of Research”

    1. I have only used it to heal cuts….wow…a lot more uses!!

    2. Just noticed our local market selling organic aloe vera water/ drink. Do you drink it straight or mix in smoothie?

    3. I like to put this on my skin.

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