October 30, 2019
1750 BC Hannibal
waged war to
control the areas in North Africa
where Aloe Vera
It's no wonder
when you understand
medicine contained in this plant...
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that belongs to the lily family.
There are more than 300 species of the aloe plant, but the
Aloe barbadensis species
exhibits the most proven medicinal properties.
To date, there have been 75 nutrients identified in the gel of the
It contains vitamins
A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, choline, folic acid, alpha-tocopherol,
and beta-carotene. In addition, aloe gel and whole leaf extracts
improve absorption of both vitamin C and vitamin E.
Aloe Vera also provides 19 of the 20 required amino acids and
seven of the eight essential ones. And it contains digestive
enzymes like amylase to break down starch and sugar, and lipase
to help break down fats.
Aloe Vera has been used
medicinally for thousands of years.
Hannibal is said to have
waged war in order to control its growing area in North Africa
around 1750 BC.
It has been used to
traditionally to treat burns, hair loss, acne, skin infections,
hemorrhoids, sinusitis, and gastrointestinal pain.
It also heals
bruises, x-ray burns, and insect bites.
In modern times, Aloe Vera has become a home remedy for dry
skin, psoriasis, and other skin conditions.
pharmacological actions include anti-inflammatory,
antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and antifungal.
Our research database
contains 39 studies on the benefits of Aloe Vera. Here are just
seven conditions it is proven to heal.
1. Skin Aging
Aloe is an established topical remedy for skin. But a 2009 study
found taking aloe orally reduces facial wrinkles.
In the study, 30 healthy
women over the age of 45 took Aloe Vera gel as a supplement. One
group took a low dose (1,200 mg/day) and a second group took a
high-dose (3,600 mg/day).
The researchers measured signs of skin aging at the beginning and
end of the study.
After just 90 days, the
researchers found that facial wrinkles improved significantly in
both groups. But in the lower dose group facial elasticity also
How does it work?
The researchers found
that the aloe increased collagen production leading to better
structural support of the skin and fewer wrinkles.
They also found aloe
decreased gene activity that causes collagen to become damaged
in the first place.
Swedish researchers found that a cream containing Aloe Vera is
effective for the treatment of psoriasis.
They conducted a
double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 60 patients with
Patients were given
either an Aloe Vera extract (0.5%) cream or placebo cream to
apply three times a day for five consecutive days per week.
The study went on for
16 weeks but with only four weeks of active treatment and 12
months of follow-up. By the end of the study, the Aloe Vera
cream cured 25 of 30 psoriasis patients or 83.3%.
Only two out of 30
patients in the placebo group were cured or 6.6%.
Consistent with its other skin benefits, Aloe Vera may also prevent
and treat skin cancer.
A study from the
University of Belgrade School of Medicine found that Aloe Vera and
its constituents inhibit the skin cell proliferation that
accompanies skin cancer.
The researchers radiated
human skin cells to simulate sun damage and trigger the process of
proliferation that leads to skin tumors. They found that treating
the cells with
aloe-emodin, a constituent of aloe,
significantly stopped the proliferation process.
This confirmed aloe's
benefit in halting the progression of tumor formation after sun
But its cancer effects aren't limited to skin.
Studies also show
that Aloe Vera may help prevent cervical cancer.
A study published in the
Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention (Clearance
of cervical human papillomavirus infection by topical application of
curcumin and curcumin containing polyherbal cream) found
that a cream containing Aloe Vera, curcumin, reetha, and amla
(brand name "Basant") is an effective and safe therapy for the
clearance of cervical human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Researchers studied a
group of women with HPV that had not yet progressed to high grade
cervical neoplasias (i.e. cervical pre-cancer).
Of the women who used the
Basant vaginal cream for 30 consecutive days, 87.7% cleared the HPV
infection compared to 73.3% of the placebo group.
In addition, aloe improves treatment outcomes for cancer patients.
In one study 240
patients with metastatic tumors were randomized to receive
chemotherapy alone or chemo accompanied by 10 ml of aloe given
orally three times a day.
The aloe group had
significantly better regression of their tumors and better
3-year survival rates.
Aloe Vera has been found effective when added to toothpaste and
In one study 15 patients
with periodontitis (an infectious inflammatory disease of the
gums) received injections of Aloe Vera gel in the gums around
All of the patients
had improvements in plaque build-up and their periodontal
Using Aloe Vera juice as
a mouthwash also reduces plaque buildup on the teeth.
In a study of 300
people in India, researchers compared 100% Aloe Vera juice with
a placebo and the chemical mouthwash chlorhexidine.
cannot be used long-term because of side-effects like altered
taste sensation, staining of the tongue, hypersensitivity
reactions, and toxicity.
For four days the 300
subjects were randomly assigned to either use the chlorhexidine,
Aloe Vera, or placebo mouthwash. At the end of the study Aloe
Vera juice worked just as well to reduce plaque buildup as the
chemical mouthwash but without any side effects.
It also worked
significantly better than the placebo.
Aloe Vera juice is also
effective for a range of other dental problems including gingivitis,
mouth sores from radiation therapy, and oral lichen planus (OLP).
OLP is a chronic
inflammatory condition that affects mucous membranes inside your
It shows up as white,
lacy patches, red, swollen tissues, or open sores that can cause
burning and pain.
In a randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 54 patients with OLP in
Thailand subjects were given either Aloe Vera gel or placebo.
After eight weeks 81% of
the aloe group had a good response compared to only 4% of the
placebo group. And 7% of the aloe group had complete clinical
remission while 33% had complete resolution of burning pain.
Topical Aloe Vera also improves the quality of life for patients
In a Spanish study 64
patients with OLP were randomized in a double-blind study to
either Aloe Vera or placebo. The Aloe Vera group received a
topical dose of 0.4 ml (70% concentration) three times a day.
In the aloe group,
31.2% of patients had complete pain remission after 6 weeks
compared to only 17.2% of the placebo group.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Taking oral Aloe Vera gel improves irritable bowel symptoms in just
In a double-blind,
randomized, placebo-controlled trial 44 patients with mild to
moderate active ulcerative colitis were given 100 ml of Aloe
Vera gel or placebo twice a day.
Various measures of
the disease improved 30 to 47% with the Aloe Vera compared to
only 7 to 14% for the placebo.
Aloe Vera helps lower blood glucose levels.
In one study of five
patients with non-insulin diabetes, subjects were given half a
teaspoon of the dried sap of the aloe plant (aloes) per day for
4 to 14 weeks. Fasting blood glucose levels fell an average of
122 points in every patient with no change in body weight.
concluded that aloes contains a hypoglycemic agent that lowers
Dressing cesarean section incisions with Aloe Vera gel increased
healing within 24 hours of surgery according to one study of 90
women in Iran.
And a preliminary
study of 30 patients in Nigeria found that Aloe Vera gel was
just as effective as benzyl benzoate lotion to treat scabies.
Aloe Vera gel has also been found to be a safe and effective
treatment for patients with vulval lichen planus.
NB: For more
information, visit our
page on Aloe Vera.