Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

04-10-2016
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Possible use

Research has shown that aloe can be useful in the treatment of the following diseases:

  • Burn injuries
  • Dermatitis
  • Scars/injuries
  • Insect bites

100 g.c. 
 
 
8,19 €
60 caps 
 
 
7,41 €

Overview

Summary

Aloe has a good reputation when it comes to restoring damaged tissues., especially burn injuries. So, it is worth giving it a try if you tried to relieve the stress of a hard day with some sunbathing on the beach, but in the end you need a relief after having too much of sunlight. It is also apparently effective in the treatment of insect bites, cuts, bruises or even acne.

Other names

Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe capensis, Carrisyn™, Aloe vulgari, Curacao aloe, Cape aloe

Where you can find aloe

There are over 200 species worldwide, in dry regions. The gel extracted from its leaves is used for medicinal purposes, mostly externally.

Impact on improving performance

Why athletes use aloe

Feel free to try this well-tried herb if you had a fall with your mountain bike and got some bruises, or you got sunburned after a run or a day on the beach. Aloe is mostly used for soothing burns or small scars, as it can rev up the healing process. Research has also shown that if taken orally, it can also help your system fight viruses or fungi, while it supports the immune system as well.

Health benefits

Harmful effects of aloe

No potential harmful effects known.

Possible use

Research has shown that aloe can be useful in the treatment of the following diseases:

  • Burn injuries
  • Dermatitis
  • Scars/injuries
  • Insect bites
  • Constipation
  • Ulcers
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Viral diseases
  • Inflammation

Detailed review

Further information

As a key ingredient of hydrating lotions, cosmetic and hair care products, aloe has an extremely good reputation when it comes to restoring damaged tissues. It is most probably known for its healing effect on burn injuries, either caused by sun or heat. It is also apparently effective in the treatment of insect bites, cuts, bruises or even acne.

What is less common is its beneficial effect on the digestive system: aloe can diminish digestive issues including stomach problems, constipation or ulcers. In technical literature we can also find references to beneficial effects on infections, arthritis or varicose veins, and colon cleansing properties as well.

How to use it

The gel of the aloe plant is extracted directly from the leaves (or through industrial production) and applied externally to burn injuries or bruises. Most of the time, it brings immediate relief and reduces inflammation as well. Since aloe apparently supports the recovery of tissues, it can rev up the healing process.

Aloe is available in juice, capsule or powder formats, all of which have multiple benefits on health. Aloe juice is especially famous for its multiple health benefits, from recovering injuries to healing arthritis out to supporting weight loss.

What the studies support

A larger part of the research related to aloe is based on a thorough study which was conducted in Thailand and found that aloe is a potential painkiller and a remedy for blisters and burn injuries including sunburn. Plus, this study also found that aloe revs up the recovery process by a stunning 25%. Another study found that aloe has strong anti-inflammation properties, while other studies demonstrate that aloe can be a powerful weapon against bacterial and fungal infections.

A study has shown that an aloe extract called Carrisyn™ helps the healing of wounds and stimulates the immune system by boosting the activity of white blood cells. Studies have also pointed out anti-viral properties.

What is the truth?

While there are plenty of urban legends about the effects of aloe, there are still not enough related studies to support them. However, anyone who has tried this herb to heal small cuts or burns reported instant relief. It is definitely worth giving it a try if you tried to relieve the stress of a hard day with some sunbathing on the beach, but in the end you need a relief after having too much of sunlight. Plus, there are more and more studies to support the assumption that it can also cure inflammation and infections.

Indications for use

Quantity and timing

Apply aloe gel products based on individual needs during the day. 0.5 to 1.5 dl of aloe juice is recommended a day, in two doses (it is not recommended to consume more than 1 liter a day). 100-mg aloe capsules should be taken 3 times a day.

Tips

The gel comes directly from the plants: just cut off a small piece of leaf and apply the leaking juice on the irritated skin surface. If there is still some gel left in the piece, wrap it and put it in the fridge so you can use it later. Or, you can also use commercially available products. If you opt for a commercially available product, pick one with an aloe content of 97% or more to ensure the best quality.

Synergists of aloe

Psyllium husk and aloe work synergically in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.

Safety information

Although there are no known allergic reactions to aloe, scientists recommend that only a small amount should be applied on the skin for the first time to make sure it will not cause any irritation or rash. It is not recommended to take aloe during pregnancy or lactation on a regular basis (may be used occasionally). It was shown that aloe slows down the healing process of deep vertical cuts (including surgeries), so it is not recommended in this case.

Consult your physician if you are planning to use it for longer than two weeks, because it can cause potassium deficiency.

Interaction of aloe and other medicines

It can increase the risk of potassium deficiency if aloe is taken together with thiazide diuretics, corticosteroids or licorice (orally and on a regular basis).

Toxicity of aloe

Not known if used in average amounts. If you take more than 1 liter for longer than two weeks, that may get your electrolyte and water levels out of balance.

Contra-indication and restrictions

Not documented.



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