Aloe Vera Improves Digestive Health

Aloe vera has been associated with improvements in digestive function as evidenced by its manifold uses in several digestive system ailments.  One such use of Aloe is for people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Alongwith slippery elm, Aloe vera has been shown to have positive effects on people with IBS.  However Aloe should be used as a part of a complete treatment plan which includes dietary changes that address your own food sensitivities and other triggers such as stress.

Other digestive system complaints that are helped by Aloe include:  Peptic ulcers, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, and Crohn's disease.  Aloe also acts as a natural detoxifying agent and removes unwanted substances from the gut thereby providing a source of natural colon cleansing.  By removing unwanted substances from the gut Aloe reduces the incidences of lethargy and exhaustion, improves energy levels, and also aids in weight regulation.

The Role Of Aloe Vera In IBS

Aloe vera has been recommended as an alternative medicine for the treatment of IBS and other inflammatory bowel diseases.  It reduces inflammation or swelling, promotes healing and has been proven to be an effective laxative and thus can help the subset of IBS sufferers with constipation and not diarrhoea.  However people with IBS and diarrhoea have used aloe and the diarrhoea has not always worsened. 

It may be important to mention that I am not recommending that there may be a connection between eating raw aloe vera and IBS control.  IBS herbal remedies containing aloe are extracts from the raw plant.  The extract is sterilized, freeze-dried and encapsulated.  The best manufacturers use aloe that has been grown organically, as to prevent chemicals that could irritate from being included in the finished product.  Thus always get your aloe from trusted resources.  The best suggestion I can make is to get 100% pure aloe such as Aloeride as it does not contain additives that can worsen the IBS symptoms.

All said and done IBS needs a multi-dimensional approach and Aloe remains only a part of the whole treatment plan.