Aloe Vera: What You Didn’t Know about This Natural Supplement

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What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words “aloe vera”? Lots of people mention how the gel can ease the pain of burns, cuts, sunburn, and scrapes. Some people keep an aloe vera plant in their kitchen and the gel in their medicine cabinets for these purposes. 

But aloe vera gel and juice possess many other benefits that we often don’t hear about, and we would like to change that. How many of these aloe vera uses are you ready to try?

Read about 9 reasons to use aloe vera juice every day

Supplement companion and absorption enhancer

Have you ever thought of taking aloe vera to boost the vitamins you ingest? Research shows that aloe vera juice or gel, when taken with vitamin C, supports the blood levels of this antioxidant by more than 20 times that of water. 

In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial of aloe vera, a research team evaluated the bioavailability of vitamins C and B12 when given with aloe inner leaf gel and aloe whole leaf gel compared with placebo. Both of the aloe vera supplements increased plasma oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) as well as plasma levels and bioavailability of vitamins C and B12. 

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Did you know that aloe vera is the only known supplement that can increase the absorption of vitamins C and E? Study results appearing in Phytomedicine noted that both whole leaf extract and inner fillet gel of aloe vera slowed absorption of these two vitamins and that the nutrients remained in the plasma longer.

Aloe vera for proactive health regimens

More and more people are being proactive when it comes to their health: choosing healthier foods, getting more exercise, managing stress, and taking supplements. Adding aloe vera to your program could provide a broad umbrella of support and prevention. In a study appearing in the Organic and Medical Chemistry Letters, for example, the investigators reported that “Due to its phytochemical composition, A. vera leaf gel may show promise in alleviating symptoms associated with/or prevention of cardiovascular diseases, neurodegeneration, and diabetes.” 

A healthy environment for probiotics

Your digestive tract (gut) is home to a variety of microorganisms, including beneficial and harmful bacteria that can easily get out of balance because of stress, exposure to toxins and other harmful substances, poor diet, and other factors. One way to help restore balance in the gut is by providing the body with probiotics (beneficial bacteria). Taking aloe vera on a daily basis helps create a healthy intestinal pH environment for probiotics to thrive. 

According to registered dietitian Melissa Rifkin, “Aloe vera juice helps to maintain the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut to keep your gut flora balanced.” She also noted that keeping your gut bacteria in balance “can improve overall digestion and feeling bloated or gassy.”

Aloe vera also helps keep damaging bacteria under control so they can’t cause further damage to your digestive tract. The antioxidants in aloe vera, known as polyphenols, assist in inhibiting the growth of bacteria that can result in infection and disease.

Read about aloe vera and the immune system

Aloe vera as an adaptogen

An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps the body to resist and adapt to stress and provides a balancing, restorative effect that promotes normal physiological functioning. Aloe vera fits this definition, as it can help strengthen the immune system, calm inflammation, reduce blood pressure, ease digestion, and work to balance blood sugar.  

Aloe vera eases stomach acid

Abnormal levels of stomach acid can play havoc on your stomach and your daily activities. One condition associated with stomach acid problems is GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). One study compared aloe vera with two different acid-blocking medications. The three groups were given either 10 ml of aloe vera syrup, 20 mg omeprazole capsules, or 300 g ranitidine tablets for four weeks. 

Aloe vera was equally as effective as the drugs, including heartburn, belching, nausea, vomiting, food and acid regurgitation, flatulence, and dysphagia. None of the individuals taking aloe vera dropped out because of side effects, but four individuals taking the medications withdrew because of side effects. 

Bottom line

Aloe vera may be great for burns and scrapes, but it also provides health benefits you can enjoy every day. Research indicates there are several good reasons to make aloe vera supplements a part of your daily health routine. Whether you take aloe vera to boost your nutrient intake, ease your digestion, balance your gut, or enhance your overall health, aloe vera juice and gel may provide you and your family with better well-being and the feeling you are being proactive with your health.

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Lisa Roth Collins, RHN
Lisa Roth Collins is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and is the Marketing Manager at She is passionate about health and wellness and tries her best to make healthier choices every day for herself and her family. Her journey to natural health was driven by her own struggles with digestive discomfort, depression, and anxiety. Lisa returned to school in 2014 to study nutrition at the Canadian School for Natural Nutrition. She threw herself into her studies so she could learn as much as she could to help herself feel better and thrive. Upon completing the program and being certified as an RHN, Lisa began her work at Naturally Savvy where she has been able to help so many people learn to make healthier choices for themselves. Through her work, she has connected with so many incredible people in the industry whether other authors, influencers, or brands. Plus, she is affectionately known as "Techie Spice" because of her ability to wrap her head around technology. Every day she gets up with a renewed sense of energy and ready to make a difference. You can read all of Lisa's content here. In her spare time, Lisa loves to try new recipes, make delicious and nourishing meals, and she is an avid reader. For more information about Lisa, check out her profile on here.