Aloe Vera herbal supplement – Effective or scam?

Aloe, original inhabitant of Africa is also commonly known as “lily of the desert”, “plant of immortality” as well as “medicinal plant”. It is a species of luscious plant. This plant looks more or less like a cactus and has common element to cure wound, burns, improve blood sugar levels of diabetic, anti fungal ointment and cosmetics. Aloe Vera supplements are very popular in the market. However, there are both positive and negative impacts of such supplements.

Effectiveness of Aloe Vera Supplements:

Blood circulation: They facilitate in digestion and support in blood and lymphatic circulation along with kidney, gall bladder and liver functions.

Skin: Aloe Vera gel is positioned on burns to get relief from pain and prevent blisters. This gel is also used lessen tenderness, diminish redness and swelling and to hasten healing of wound. Besides this aloe gel helps in maintaining the skin soft and supple and is used in controlling acne and eczema. It is also used to get relief from sunburn and the itching sense of insect bites, allergies and dandruff.

Ulcers: Aloe supplements are also used for peptic ulcers and gastro-intestinal health.  These supplements also help in promoting healthy digestive surfaces through esophagus and stomach. Aloe Vera gel is also used in reducing stomach and mouth ulcers as it has anti-inflammatory effect.

Besides these, the supplements are vital for a health benefits when taken internally.  Aloe supplements are marketed for cough, ulcers, wounds, gastritis, diabetics, cancer, headache, arthritis, immune system deficiencies and many other ailments. These supplements are also useful as laxatives and also help in reducing blood sugar levels for the people suffering from Type-2 diabetes.

Side effects of Aloe Vera supplements:

The urine might turn red with the internal use of aloe Vera latex. The latex might also lead to severe intestinal cramps or diarrhea. Abdominal pain and cramps might also be caused due to the consumption of products containing anthraquinones. Pregnant women should avoid aloe latex as it might lead to uterine contractions and trigger miscarriage.

It is also suggested that people suffering from gastrointestinal illness, intestinal obstruction, appendicitis or stomach pain must avoid aloe latex as it can worsen hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulosis, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Children and elderly persons are advised not to intake aloe Vera latex.