Aloe Vera and the Immune System

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You may already know that aloe vera is a great natural treatment for burns and skin conditions as well as problems with digestion. But did you hear about how it can benefit your immune system? No? Well, let's explore this connection right now!

Aloe vera and the immune system

The aloe vera plant has a number of qualities that make it a great candidate for helping boost immune system function. In particular, aloe vera appears to have a significant impact on the white blood cells, which are the first line of defense of the immune system. The white blood cells search for and eliminate foreign substances in the body, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses before they can take hold and cause infection.

White blood cells are hard workers, and after a while, they can become less effective unless they receive some support. Aloe vera supplements may be the ticket. Once your white blood cell count is low, then you are susceptible to infection. Similarly, when white blood cell counts are not low, the body is better suited to ward off diseases and infections.

In a 2012 study, researchers evaluated the use of an aloe vera juice product called Aloesorb™ and its impact on white blood cell levels. This formulation of aloe vera maximizes the absorption of the nutrients from the plant. When individuals who took aloe vera were compared with those who took a placebo, the investigators found a 16 percent increase in white blood cell counts when compared with the placebo group.

[Editor's Note: Lily of the Desert (our sponsor) added In 2007 Aloesorb™ a patent-pending concentration of high-molecular-weight aloe polysaccharides, derived from the inner filet of aloe vera plants, to their products.]

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The juice helped reduce free radicals and harmful levels of nitrates while raising levels of helpful white blood cells. People who took aloe vera didn't experience any adverse effects.

Aloe vera, bacteria, and viruses

Aloe vera also has some other helpful characteristics. For example, it has demonstrated an ability to rupture the cell walls of bacteria in the fight against infection and disease. In one study, a high concentration of aloe vera inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus while lesser concentrations were effective against other common bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Salmonella typhi.

In another study, scientists looked at how aloe vera might be effective against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. They discovered that the juice had the most significant impact against gram-positive bacteria, which includes S. aureus, S. epidermidis, Streptococcus pneumonia, and others that can cause pneumonia and other common health challenges.

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How to take aloe vera

Aloe vera is available as a juice and a gel that can be taken alone or mixed with your favorite fruit or vegetable juice. A typical dose is 2 ounces (4 tablespoons), and you can take up to 8 ounces per day. If you are experiencing digestive issues, it's best to take the juice 15 to 30 minutes before your meals.

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The juice and gel provide the same enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and polysaccharides. The gel has a slightly thicker consistency, which some people find soothing and is more to their liking. It's up to you!

Bottom line

If you're looking for a safe, gentle way to help boost the immune health of yourself, family, and friends, consider aloe vera juice. You can even add aloe vera juice to your morning smoothie as well as enjoy it as a supplement.

More information on aloe vera:

7 Science-Based Reasons to Use Aloe Vera

Why You Need Aloe Vera If You Have Heartburn or Indigestion

Aloe vera recipes:

Watermelon Aloe Vera Popsicles

Aloe Guacamole

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