Aloe Vera Juice -- History, Uses, Diabetics

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2016-07-21 14:20:59 -0500
Started 2012-04-12 21:34:53 -0500

Jigsaws discussion has generated lots of interest in Aloe Vera Juice. I've used it successfully off and on over the last 3 years and would also recommend it. Here is some interesting information about aloe vera and it's various uses, including control of blood glucose levels.

Nutritional Value of Aloe Vera Juice
By Laura Petrolino, eHow Contributor

Aloe vera juice has been valued by traditional cultures for centuries for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. Internally, it is often used for digestive issues, including ulcers, heartburn, irritable and inflammatory bowel disease and constipation. Externally, it is thought to have antibacterial and antifungal activities. It is also commonly used to sooth and heal burns.

Half a cup of juice contains 12 calories, all of which come from carbohydrates. It also offers a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

History and Legend
The aloe vera plant has been found described in the ancient writings of many cultures, including the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese. Its reported medicinal properties have been noted in these ancient records, with the earliest mention being found on a Sumerian tablet dating back to 2100 B.C.

Egyptian papyrus writings told of Egyptian Queens who associated its use with their physical beauty. Greek and Roman doctors routinely used it in their practices to heal a wide range of ailments.

Alexander the Great and his troops supposedly conquered the island of Socotra in order to have access to its huge supplies of aloe. He wished to use it in order to treat his soldiers' battle wounds.

External uses
Aloe gel is most known as a topical treatment for burns and minor wounds. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the use of aloe as a first-aid treatment for a wide variety of burns. It appears to act as a moisturizer and keeps the skin well hydrated during healing. It is suspected that the vitamins and minerals present in the aloe help nourish the cells and stimulate quicker cell regeneration.

Other research performed, both in the U.S. and in Russia, have documented the use of aloe vera gel for various skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is reported to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria and other foreign species and hasten healing.

Aloe for Digestive Problems
Most of the reported internal benefits of aloe concern its uses for digestive issues, most notably Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A two-year trial is currently being preformed in three hospitals in Swansea to gain more clinical data about the use of aloe vera in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

In 2004, a clinical trial was administered in a joint effort between the Royal London Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. It looked at 44 ulcerative colitis patients. Thirty-eight percent of patients receiving aloe vera juice reported improvement in symptoms, versus only eight percent of patients receiving placebo.

Aloe also has a long documented use as a laxative. Newer processing methods are working to remove the compound that causes colon stimulation, in hopes it will make aloe a better option for other digestive issues.

It is important to remember that all of these studies are clinically based only. Researchers are still not sure what mechanism aloe has in the body that causes these reported improvements.

Aloe for Diabetes
The most recent research has reported that aloe helps lower and control blood-sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The study found that when diabetic rats were given aloe daily for one week, glucose levels were reduced from 256 mg/dl to 130 mg/dl.

Other studies have shown similar results. The most significant part of these studies were the histological changes found in pancreas, liver, and small intestine. Not only did the aloe lower the blood sugar, but it also seemed to make functional improvements in the major organs that control blood sugar.

The rodents in all of these studies were give large amounts of aloe daily. If a human consumed such an amount, the aloe would most likely cause diarrhea, due to its colon-stimulating properties. More work needs to be done, but researchers agree the initial results are promising.

Vitamins and Minerals
Aloe is full of many vitamins and minerals. Specifically it has high levels of vitamin A, C, D, B1, and B2. It contains all the essential minerals and has been suggested for use as an electrolyte replacement. These nutrients are in a state that is very easy for the body to absorb and use.

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25 replies

Glengineer 2016-07-21 13:51:47 -0500 Report

Sorry to revive such an old thread but I think as technology, procedures and information advances, old threads do need revisiting from time to time to update the facts :)

Recently, there have been several 'proper' studies done regarding aloe vera and its effects on blood glucose levels. (Amongst other things) and along with a tonne of anecdotal evidence it's all positive. I've done A LOT of research into Aloe and what it is that's so special about it. I use it to treat my IBS and I'm about to start giving it to my elderly Mum who is type 2. (I'm just waiting to catch the Doc on his next visit).

As people have mentioned above and as mentioned in the original post, the outer leaf of the aloe vera is the internal irritant. It's the Aloin that's found in the rind of the outer leaf that causes this, as well as other unwanted side effects. (Tummy aches and laxative effects as mentioned above/below could very well be from drinking a 'whole leaf' or 100% aloe leaf product). It's possible to get a high grade, pure inner leaf gel and just like shopping for the best olive oil or coconut oil you also want cold pressed, organic and as close to the plant as possible. I drink 60ml of aloe gel each day for my IBS and I'm now symptom free and have been for 2 years. I'll be reporting back how my Mum gets on once she starts. If anyone wants any info in the meantime though just give me a shout! :)

haoleboy 2016-07-21 14:20:59 -0500 Report

interesting … could you please provide links to some of those studies? I have been treating burns, cuts, and scrapes with fresh aloe for over 40 years and always wondered about "internal" use

janetseltzer 2012-04-19 20:59:48 -0500 Report

I was intrigued when I saw the posts about Aloe Vera Juice, so I ordered some and started using it 2 days ago. Today (Day 2) I had tummy aches and it seems to be acting as a laxative for me, even though regularity has not been a problem for me. I need help with my bg's so I don't want to discontinue using it, but I had a lot of abdominal pain today. I've taken 2 oz. each day. I'm wondering how much other people take, and if I might have some effectiveness with it on 1 oz. per day.

jigsaw 2012-04-20 13:16:42 -0500 Report

Janet…I'm not sure if you are aware that not all Aloe juice is made from the same part of the plant. The inner fillet of the Aloe leaf has a milder effect on digestion and a more pronounced effect on blood sugar. On the other hand, the inne/outer fillet is frequently used as an aid to digestion and would have more of a stronger effect in that area. Inner fillet or inner/outer fillet is usually noted on the label.

Caroltoo 2012-04-20 15:56:58 -0500 Report

Thanks for this add-on, Al. I do think it wasn't in this article, however this one does speak to the possibility of digestive reactions in a person who is sensitive, just not why.

janetseltzer 2012-04-19 22:30:07 -0500 Report

I'm going to try cutting down to 1 oz., maybe every other day for a couple of weeks, and then gradually increase it, to see if I can tolerate it. I was diagnosed T2 about a year and a half ago. Since changing to a very low carb diet, I have brought my A1C down to the low 6's. I've also lost 20 lbs, and am now down to about 105. It seems that because of my small weight, I'm able to tolerate almost no carbs at all without spiking. I can't continue to lose weight, and I am really trying to find some other solutions to help me

jayabee52 2012-04-19 21:53:58 -0500 Report

Janet, Just because some folks (me included) can metabolize the Aloe juice does not mean that everyone is able to use it. All people are different and will metabolize the same things differently, so if after a short trial of using 1 oz/day, and the symptoms are the same, I would suggest discontinuing it for sake of your comfort.

Caroltoo 2012-04-19 21:04:46 -0500 Report

I use 2 ounces now and I believe Al has stated that he also does. If it effects your digestive system negatively, you might want to try 1 ounce or stop completely. I originally started with 4 ounces and did not notice a problem, so it may be that it just doesn't agreee with your system.

suziesgirl 2012-04-14 16:40:37 -0500 Report

I'D SWEAR BY IT! In Diabetes without drugs book, and somehow, I ignored it. Been using it for 5 months now, and am amazed. BFS never over 91. Georges from the health food store tastes like pure water.

Caroltoo 2012-04-14 16:58:46 -0500 Report

Glad you are finding it helpful. I sure did when I started using it a few years ago. Now, I no longer use it daily, but it's still a part of my plan.

I was particularly impressed with the possibility that regular use can cause histological changes in pancreas, liver, and small intestine and seemed to make functional improvements in the major organs that control blood sugar. Haven't heard any other studies that could say anything except that the produce helped keep BGs down.

JSJB 2012-04-13 04:01:23 -0500 Report

I read a lot of suggestions on this site for better health and this one I like. Will try it.

Caroltoo 2012-04-13 07:58:12 -0500 Report

Thanks. Glad it was helpful. I've found the aloe vera quite helpful. It's what I was using three years ago, at the same time I started experimenting with vinegar in water. Wasn't sure which helped. Eventually realized through subsequent uses of one at a time, that it was actually both.

When I use the Aloe Vera, I take 2-4 oz and add a little Pomegranate juice and serve over ice. The ice and a 1/4 cup of juice make it a more palatable drink.

jayabee52 2012-04-13 00:05:07 -0500 Report

Must be something wrong with the ehow site as I tried your link and I got an error message. I tried pulling up the site and getting to the article that way and still the same message. I hope it is just temporary.

Gambling 2012-04-13 16:46:11 -0500 Report

working fine for me .
If you have a problem still I can copy and pate the article for you and email it to you

jayabee52 2012-04-13 16:48:48 -0500 Report

yes, please do. Have been trying since yesterday to get it up. Must be something set wrong in these computers! Thank you!

jayabee52 2012-04-13 19:01:20 -0500 Report

thank you so much Gambling! I have read it already and it is on my "thumb" drive so I may refer to it later.

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