The University of Chicago, reports that aloe is a plant that is related to the lily family. The University of Chicago reports that the aloe plant has been used as a medical aid for thousands of years. Normally, you apply aloe vera topically but there are aloe vera juices or water that that you can take internally. However, The University of Chicago does not advise taking aloe vera internally if you suffer from intestinal blockages, inflammatory bowel disease, appendicitis, or abdominal pain because this can worsen these conditions. Therefore, you should see your physician before beginning any internal regimen of aloe vera.
According to Ayurvedic Cure, aloe vera is excellent at breaking down fat globules when taken internally and this can help with reducing the problem of obesity. Greendoc reports that aloe vera is beneficial for obesity because it helps to improve our digestion and will clean out the digestive tract. This will make us feel lighter and may make it easier for us to exercise which will help to reduce our weight even further. However, the internal dose of aloe vera should never replace a meal. In addition, it is necessary to diet and exercise to help reduce your weight.
According to the University of Chicago, a yellow juice extracted from the aloe plant called “the latex,” contains a compound called anthraquinone. Anthraquinones help to induce the secretion of water and electrolytes into the bowel, as reported by the University of Chicago. This process helps to clean out your bowel and can be especially helpful if you suffer from constipation. The University of Chicago reports that these laxative effects occur about nine hours after the initial dose of aloe vera. According to the University of Michigan Health System, you should take a 50 to 200 milligram capsule of aloe latex every day, for no more than ten days for laxative assistance. The University of Michigan Health System reports that aloe vera is a very powerful laxative. Therefore, you should consult your physician before using this method.
Lower Blood Sugar
The University of Michigan Health System reports that when taken internally, aloe vera can lower your blood sugar. This may be especially helpful if you suffer from diabetes. The University of Michigan Health System reports that you should take about 1 tablespoon of aloe gel per day to help control your diabetes. However, the University of Colorado reports that your physician should monitor you closely when you are taking aloe vera orally for diabetes because the latex can contaminate the aloe vera and this can be dangerous for those with gastrointestinal or kidney disorders.
The University of Chicago: Aloe http://tangcenter.uchicago.edu/herbal_resources/aloe.shtml
Ayurvedic Cure: Aloe Vera – A Wonder Plant http://www.ayurvediccure.com/aloe_vera_product.htm
The University of Michigan Health System: Aloe http://health.med.umich.edu/healthcontent.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=6&action=detail&AEProductID=hw_cam&AEArticleID=hn-2036003
The University of Michigan Health System: Type 2 Diabetes http://health.med.umich.edu/healthcontent.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=6&action=detail&AEProductID=hw_cam&AEArticleID=hn-1202003
The University of Colorado: Aloe http://ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/pharmacy/Resources/CurrentStudents/ExperientialProgram/Documents/nutr_monographs/Monograph-aloe.pdf
Greendoc: Herbs for Obesity http://www.greendoc.net/view/215529/herbs_for_obesity