Aloe Vera belongs to the Liliaceal family. There are about 360 species, and its active constituents include lignin, saponins, saliocylic acids, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.
To many, Aloe Vera has to do with its application as a transdermal gel/ointment for cosmetics and/or healing of wounds.
However, it has many medicinal applications, including antidiabetic, renal stones, irritable bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers.
Kidney Stone Prevention
In the United States, there are more than 600,000 people being sent to emergency rooms for kidney-stone problems annually. And, this painful condition has been on the rise for the past 30 years!
Based on a study carried out by Khon Kaen Universities Faculty of Medicine in Thailand, ingesting 100g of Aloe Vera gel twice a day for 7 days can lower the risk of formation of kidney-stone. This is so because following the ingestion of Aloe Vera, the urinary analysis showed that calcium, oxalate, calcium phosphate and those compounds that can lead to kidney-stone formation were significantly increased in the urine.
It is estimated that 10% of our local population is diabetic. In a recent study from Japan, the antihyperglycaemic effect and a number of isolated compounds (mostly phytosterols) from the Aloe Vera were evaluated. After administration of the 5 phytosterols from Aloe Vera for 28 days, the study subjects' fasting blood-glucose levels decreased by about 50%. These findings suggest that Aloe Vera gel and phytosterols from Aloe Vera have a long-term blood-glucose level control effect and would be useful for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus.
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