Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe vera has been known and used for centuries for its health, medicinal and skincare properties. Aloe gel contains 75 potentially active constituents including:

  • Glucomannans
  • Amino acids (providing 20 of the 22 amino acids required by the body and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids needed in the diet)1
  • Enzymes (including bradykinase which reduces inflammation when applied topically)1
  • Minerals (calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, which are all essential for the proper functioning of the body’s metabolism)1
  • Salicylic acid 1
  • Vitamins (A, C, E which are antioxidants, B12, folic acid and choline)1 2

Uses of Aloe vera

  • Aloe vera has shown wound healing properties in burns and in collagen repair when applied topically3
  • Studies have shown Aloe vera taken orally reduces blood glucose levels4
  • Aloe vera appears to have an anti-inflammatory effect and may be useful in the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection in the gut4
  • It may be effective for psoriasis5, ulcerative colitis6, and seborrhoeic dermatitis7
  1. Surjushe, A., Vasani, R., & Saple, D. G., (2008). Aloe vera: a short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology. 53(4): 163-166.
  2. Yun, J-M., Singh, S., Jialal, R., et al., (2010). A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Crossover trial of Aloe Vera on Bioavailability of Vitamins C and B12, Blood Glucose, and Lipid Profile in Healthy Human Subjects. Journal of Dietary Supplements. 7(2): 145-153.
  3. Khorasani, G., Hosseinimehr, S. J., Azadbakht, M., et al., (2009). Aloe versus silver sulfadiazine creams for second-degree burns: a randomized controlled study. Surgery Today. 39(7): 587-591.
  4. Hamman, J. H., (2008). Composition and applications of Aloe vera leaf gel. Molecules. 13: 1599-1616.
  5. Paulsen, E., Korsholm, L., & Brandrup, F., (2005). A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of a commercial Aloe vera gel in the treatment of slight to moderate psoriasis vulgaris. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 19:326–31.
  6. Langmead, L., Feakins, M., Goldthorpe, S., et al., (2004). Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 19:739–47.
  7. Vardy, A. D., Cohen, A. D., & Tchetov, T., (1999). A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of Aloe vera (A. barbadensis) emulsion in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis. J Derm Treatment. 10:7–11.