The Powerful Benefits of Aloe Vera from the Inside Out
You may know of the benefits of Aloe vera for external purposes such as burns, scrapes and cuts, but did you know of the internal benefits of Aloe vera? Aloe vera, also known as the medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in Northern Africa.
Included in each serving of Liquid Life Complete, Liquid Joint Care and Oxy-Gen is a generous dose of inner leaf Aloe vera. There is some scientific evidence regarding benefits to ingesting Aloe vera.
Known for its healing properties, Aloe has been used to treat ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It is also used as a laxative because the liquid inside the leaves make the bowel contract. While the use of Aloe vera has been primarily thought of as an external natural product, there is ongoing research into the internal benefits as well. It has shown to work in relieving constipation and is also being used in treating headaches, coughs, and even some cancers. By Terry Edwards, published Apr 20, 2007
This research article by tht University of Texas Health Science Center on Aloe ingestion and longevity is very interesting and the results were amazing:
The Effects of Lifelong Aloe Ingestion on Aging and Pathology
By Byung Pal Yu, Jeremiah Herlihy and Yuji Ikeno
Department of Physiology
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
The use of Aloe vera has crossed the barriers of time and culture in its promise to alleviate a broad range of illnesses. The basis of its reputation resides mainly with the steadfast beliefs in claims of its curative properties, but without hard scientific evidence.
The objective of our study was to initiate a systematic and scientific investigation of the effects of long-term Aloe ingestion on laboratory rats. Utilizing well-characterized, inbred male F344 rats, housed under specific pathogen-free barrier conditions, we determined longevity, age-related pathology, and selected physiological and metabolic parameters. A total of 360 rats were divided into four groups: Group 1 (control) was fed a semi-synthetic diet without Aloe; Group 2 was fed a diet containing a 1% freeze-dried Aloe filet; Group 3 was fed a diet containing a 1% charcoal-processed, freeze-dried Aloe filet; and Group 4 was given whole leaf Aloe (0.02%) in drinking water.
For the longevity and pathological studies, 60 rats from each group were used. For the physiological and metabolic studies, 30 rats were sacrificed at 4, 8, and 16 months of age.
A summary of results are as follows: Aloe ingestion, both crude and processed, was shown to extend (10%) average life span and slow the mortality rate doubling time. Also, several beneficial effects from Aloe ingestion on age-related disease were found: Group 2 and 3 showed a lower incidence of atrial thrombosis than Group 1. Furthermore, Group 2 showed a significantly lower incidence of fatal chronic nephropathy and occurrence of multiple causes of death compared to the control group. All groups ingesting Aloe showed a slightly lower incidence of fatal leukemia. Moreover, no adverse, toxic effects were found with the ingestion of Aloe vera.
Below is some evidence about the power of Aloe from the Mayo Clinic.
There is early evidence that oral aloe may reduce the risk of developing lung cancer. Further study is needed in this area to clarify if it is aloe itself or other factors that may cause this benefit.
Here is another good link for more information on Aloe vera.