What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is gel from the leaves of aloe plants. It is a popular medicinal plant that’s been used for thousand of years to treat various health conditions such as for skin disorder (healing and softening of skin) and constipation. It is well known as “wonder plant”. The aloe vera gel contains most of the beneficial bioactive compounds in the plant including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. For example, Vitamins A, C, and E in aloe vera are potent antioxidants that fight off and neutralize free radicals while Vitamin Bs help in the detoxifying process.
What Are The Proposed Benefits of Aloe Vera?
- Relieves constipation and flushes toxin
- Improves digestion
- Provides relief from symptoms of acid reflux / heartburn
- Promotes wound healing
A randomized controlled studies published in October 2018 in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility suggests that aloe vera may be useful for individuals with constipation, including those dealing with this symptom in IBS. This is due to aloe vera’s laxative effect and its ability to increase water in the intestinal lumen. (1)
(1) Seung Wook Hong et al. Aloe vera Is Effective and Safe in Short-term Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018 Oct; 24(4): 528–535.