Aloe Vera Supplements: Do The Benefits Outweigh The Risks?
By:     -   July 11, 2017   -   Health & Wellness  -  Natural Remedies   -   1 Comments   -   414 Views
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Nature’s Factory provided Earth’s Aloe capsules for purposes of review.

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Common Names:  aloe vera, aloe, burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant’s gall

Latin Name: Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis

WHAT IS ALOE VERA

The aloe vera plant has medicinal properties used to treat and heal various skin conditions (rashes, burns, wounds, acne), as well as hair loss and hemorrhoids. For those into botany, it is a perennial primarily found in tropical climates. Many have taken to keeping an aloe vera plant handy in their homes for those emergency skin situations. The clear gel is released in breaking its leaves and applying its contents to the problem skin areas.

Aloe vera gel has two hormones – Auxin and Gibberellins. These hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.

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ALOE VERA USES

Aloe vera is commonly applied topically, however it is now available orally in pill form (freeze-dried aloe vera leaf powder capsules) to treat bodily ailments (digestive issues, osteoarthritis). Note: Do not ingest aloe vera in its raw state, and as with anything, it is important to consult with your physician prior to taking any supplements or medications.

Preliminary studies have shown that ingested aloe vera aids in lowering blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 or adult onset diabetes. Further, it has been used to improve digestive function (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation) and to treat joint inflammation (arthritis).

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS

Mayo Clinic

Resources

National Toxicology Program

University of Maryland Medical Center

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