Health Benefits of Aloe ArborescensAloe was traditionally used to alleviate, and soothe for centuries past and continues to be valued for its nutrient benefits. An Egyptian papyrus dating back to Pharoah Amen-Hotep’s reign in 1552 BC (found with a mummy excavated in 1858) gave twelve different formulas for Aloe preparations used during the preceding two thousand years. Unfortunately many of these all natural healing formulas have been forgotten or disregarded. As health care professionals and all people come full circle to embrace more natural remedies nature provides, we are seeing a fast growing movement in the uses and research of Aloe.
Source: Quillin, Patrick, Beating Cancer with Nutrition. Nutrition Times Press, 2005. p. 236.
Health and Nutritional Uses of Aloe
Below we have aggregated many of the tested and documented health and nutritional uses of Aloe. Anywhere Aloe Vera is mentioned, Aloe Arborescens can be substituted for the same, and usually with even better, results.
- Aloe Arbroescens contains nutrients that can help in the destruction of abnormal cells. According to this study, Aloe-emodin, found in Aloe Arborescens leaves, has been found to slow down and sometimes even stop the spread of cancerous cells. This is just one of many studies that have concluded that Aloe Arborescens can have many benefits to those fighting degenerative diseases like cancer, aids, and others. To see a more complete and scientific list of studies on this, go to our clinical research page.
- Problems with acid reflux or indigestion? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that often results in symptoms including heartburn. A review explains that consuming 1 to 3 ounces aloe at mealtimes could reduce the severity of GERD and other digestion-related problems. The plant’s low toxicity makes it a safe and gentle remedy. Aloe is not claimed to be a medical treatment for GERDS, although Traditionally aloe has been held to be soothing for the stomach.
- Aloe looks to be able to help those with diabetes regulate their blood sugar levels within the range of normal. One study conducted in Thailand found that two tablespoons of Aloe juice per day helped blood sugar levels stabilize in people with type 2 diabetes, which means it could have a bright and green future in diabetes treatment. These results were duplicated and confirmed with a later study in Turkey that used aloe pulp extract.
- Aloes contain unique sugars called mannans, which enhance cellular communication — both within and between your cells. These mannans are part of a crucial “telegraph” system capable of regulating the growth of cancerous and abnormal cells. Mannans are responsible for billionsof messages… and the implications of poor messaging are staggering. Source: Murray, RK, et al., Harper’s Biochemistry, p. 648, Lange Medical, Stamford, CT 1996
- A little Aloe could keep bacteria on fruits and vegetables away. In this study, an Aloe coating on tomato plants was able to block many types of harmful bacteria. Similar results were recorded in another experiment with apples. This means that aloe gel could help produce stay fresh for longer without the need for potentially dangerous chemicals.
- In 2014 a study found Aloe extract to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwash products. The aloe plant’s natural vitamins and compounds, which include a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque buildup and provide a soothing relief for bleeding or swelling gums.
- A team of Nigerian scientists determined that local folklore about Aloe was true. Experimenting on rats, they found that Aloe made from typical Aloe houseplants was able to relieve constipation. Aloe has been know to with regular bowel movements for a long time.
- Of course you can use Aloe to keep your skin clear, hydrated, and healthy. According to this aloe skin study, the plant is designed to live in dry, unstable climates. To survive, the leaves of Aloe store water. The potent combination of the moist leaf and special plant compounds called complex carbohydrates make it an effective face moisturizer and skin healer.