I cannot say enough about Aloe Vera benefits. I had written a previous article which gave the history of Aloe Vera and showed some of its historical uses. However, there are still many people who do not seem to realize that its benefits go way beyond skin care.
Since writing that article, I continue to discover more ways in which Aloe Vera contributes to the health and longevity of people all over the world. There has been many studies made which substantiate the positive effects for the human being, and I would like to share some of them here with you today.
Benefits of Aloe Vera to the Stomach
The picture to the right of this paragraph shows what a healthy stomach looks like. As you can see, there are no holes in its, no bumps, or anything of the sort; everything looks clean and smooth.
Now let us look at a picture of an ill stomach. The picture below shows a stomach which is diseased with ulcers. Regardless of the cause of the ulcers (they are a few), a study conducted in Russia concluded that when Aloe Vera was given to patients with ulcers, the ulcers were completely healed. Because aloe vera is a natural product, these healings occurred without any side effects whatsoever.
My own experience with drinking Aloe Vera juice is a reduction in acidity in my stomach. Anyone who experiences acid reflux can receive permanent relief through Aloe Vera because it alkalizes the body. You might not want to take my word for it, so I will refer you to Dr. Jeffrey Bland who substantiated this fact in a paper he wrote entitled “Effect of Orally Consumer Aloe Vera Juice on Gastrointestinal Function in Normal Human Beings.” When acid is eliminated from the stomach digestion is greatly improved.
I will use a quotation from Dr. Bland. He says:
Taking Aloe Vera internally improves protein digestion and absorption, balances acid levels; improves colonic activity and lowers bowel putrefaction.
All this, he said can occur in just one week. By improving digestion and elimination, you help reduce chronic inflammation. One of the key elements in Aloe Vera is an aspirin-like substance called salicylic acid; but unlike aspirin, Aloe Vera does not hurt the stomach. On the contrary, it promotes gastrointestinal health.
Another doctor, Dr. Ivan Darihof, Ph. D., M.D. uses aloe vera to treat his patients who have Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as other symptoms.
And if you need more evidence, Dr. Peter Atherton, at Oxford University wrote an article in the “Daily Mail” in the United Kingdom in which he stated that he administered Aloe Vera to some of his chronically ill patients who had been taking regular medication without results. These were patients with psoriasis, eczema and arthritis. All reported amazing results.
Thank You Dr. Atherton
Dr. Atherton also enlightened us to the fact that ‘epithetial tissue’ (like skin) lines the gastrointestinal tract. Most of us know about the benefits of aloe vera on the human skin, so it is therefore no surprise that if the intestinal tract is lined by that same “material”, then aloe vera would also be effective in the intestines and stomach. Thank you, Dr. Atherton!
It is also proof that sufferers with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can find relief by injesting Aloe Vera. You do NOT have to tolerate the pain and discomfort of IBS.
It was reported that a man who had IBS for 10 years with debilitating pain, finally found relief after beginning a daily regiment of drinking aloe vera juice.
Blood Sugar Levels Helped
A major health complaint in our society today is diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Not to worry!! Aloe Vera has been instrumental in controlling blood sugar and triglyceride levels. This has been shown by studies conducted by Japanese researchers. It goes without saying that it is necessary to watch one’s diet and lifestyle to achieve your desired goals, but in addition to eating healthy, you can treat aloe vera juice like one of your best friends.
Cholesterol and Aloe Vera
A study done at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea discovered that the group of individuals who were given aloe vera experienced a 30% lower level in LDL cholesterol than those who were not given aloe vera. It not only lowered the cholesterol, but it supplied them with a high level of antioxidants.
Personally, I always use Aloe Vera to keep my cholesterol levels in the normal ranged.
What Else Can Aloe Vera Do?
What about oral health?
Back in 2005 an article was written by Richard L. Wynn, PhD which referred to a study done on a patient who had lichen planus, a disease which affects skin and oral mucus membranes. After the patient had consumed 2 oz. of Aloe Vera juice on a daily basis, along with applying topical aloe vera lip balm, it was reported that the lesions completely healed over a four-week span.
More and more scientists are discovering and dentists are applying the use of aloe vera in various situations including periodontal care.
From these examples I would safely assume that Aloe Vera is VERY beneficial to our bodies. I personally use it to eliminate or prevent many of the situations listed above, and I have been doing so for years.
You too can use it to prevent illness and maintain a healthy body.
I encourage you to do so!
The information reported here was taken from a report published by Nature City, entitled “Aloe Vera – Nature’s Perfect Potion.”