Strangely enough, a desert plan whose roots trace back to Sudan, is now a common garden plant. This potted plant grows green, spindly leaves with serrated edges that grow not jut in inches, but in feet. It is used to treat digestive issues, asthma, ulcers, depression, and most commonly to treat sunburns.
It’s one of the largest pharmaceutical plants in the world, but aloe vera often flies under the radar in normal grocery stores. It has made its way into high-end grocery stores like Whole Foods and health chain stores such as Vitamin Cottage and Sprouts, but it is still harder to find in day-to-day markets.
But if the health benefits of Aloe Vera are any indicator, the next few years will find people reaching for it for a host of problems.
For one, it soothes skin as sunbather and outdoor enthusiasts already known. But did you know aloe vera also is used to treat psoriasis
A 1996 study done at the Department of Clinical Physiology in Sweden included 60 patients with chronic psoriasis who participated in a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of aloe vera or placebo cream. The cure rate in the aloe vera group was 83 percent (!) compared to only 7 percent in the placebo group, and there were no relapses reported at the 12-month follow-up.
Additionally, a review of more than 40 studies done through the ages have been compiled and aloe vera proved to be a heavy hitter for skin. This included the treatment of burns, heal wounds, treat dermatitis, frostbite, and inflammation!
2) Vitamins- Aloe vera is high in Vitamin A, C, and E, plus a host of B vitamins. These vitamins are essential for healthy function throughout the body, including keeping the immune system sharp, providing energy, regulating mood, and keeping hormones in balance.
3) Digestion- Aloe Vera is proven to be a healing agent and the gut is no exception. Aloe juice can be used to treat constipation and inflammation in the gut, heal ulcers and bring pH levels into balance. It can also provide a healthy environment for probiotics to flourish and help those suffering from acid reflux to experience relief.
According to a 2015 study, 79 subjects were treated with either the syrup of aloe vera or ranitidine ( a common OTC reflux pill) and they were tested for a month. They were tested at week two and week four for their responsiveness to either treatment. The study found aloe vera was tolerated well, reduced acid reflux, and subjects did not experience adverse effects from the withdrawal of aloe.
4) Treats Diabetes- In an even more astonishing discovery, the aloe plant has shown a propensity to reduce diabetes. Two clinical trials with 72 subjects were administered aloe vera for roughly 40 days. Blood glucose and triglyceride levels dropped after consisten aloe supplementation.
It seems like we’re just now discovering the desert lily’s incredible power to fight off all kinds of disease, ailments, and maladies. And there’s stacks on stacks of evidence to prove it. In fact, there are studies on record from as far back as 1935 which testify to how great aloe is.