Aloe Vera May Support Natural Hormone Therapy In Activating Anticancer Immunity
The potential for natural cancer therapy has been suggested recently by advances in the field of tumor immunobiology. It is believed that the body's natural neurohormones, such as pineal indole melatonin (MLT), may activate anticancer immunity. In addition, immunomodulating substances have also been isolated from plants, particularly from Aloe Vera. A clinical study was conducted to evaluate whether or not the addition of aloe vera to MLT administration may enhance the therapeutic results in patients with certain cancers. Cancer patients were given daily MLT alone or MLT plus Aloe Vera orally. This preliminary study suggests that natural cancer therapy with MLT plus Aloe Vera may produce some positive therapeutic benefits in certain cancer patients. Source: Natural Immunity, Volume 16, Issue 1 Read More.
Aloe Vera In Combination Benefits Patients With Heart Disease
Five thousand patients with angina pectoris were studied over a five year period of time. Angina pectoris is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease. During the five-year period the patients' diets were supplemented with aloe vera and psyllium husks. What was then observed were numerous indicators showing an improvement in cholesterol balance, such as a reduction in total serum cholesterol. At the same time, the clinical profile of these patients showed reduction in the frequency of anginal attacks and a gradual reduction in the use of drugs. The patients, most benefited, were diabetics (without adding any diabetic drug). According to the study's author, the exact reason behind why the above two substances work is unknown, but may be due to their fiber contents. Both substances need further evaluation. Source: Angiology, Volume 36, Issue 8 Read More.
Evaluation Of Aloe Vera Positive In Association With Treatment Of Dry Skin
The hands of 30 adult female assembly line workers with a variety of occupational dry skin conditions were evaluated during a study involving a glove that delivered aloe vera gel to the skin. The researchers, from the Department of Dermatology at Northwestern University in Chicago, concluded from their study that the application of aloe vera gel to the skin produced a uniformly positive outcome of improved skin integrity, decreased appearance of fine wrinkling, and decreased erythema in the management of occupational dry skin and irritant contact dermatitis. Erythema is when there is an abnormal redness of the skin resulting from the dilation of blood vessels. Source: American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 31, Issue 8 Read More.
Vitamin Absorption Improves through the Use of Aloe Vera
In September 2002, breakthrough research conducted by University of Scranton scientists on the use of Aloe vera was presented at the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) annual conference. Lead researcher, Dr. Joe A. Vinson, described the research study demonstrating increased bioavailability of vitamins C and E when taken in combination with Aloe vera. The study was a human clinical trial whereby test subjects were given doses of vitamin C or E with or without Aloe. Blood samples were taken at the start of the trial, before the administration of the vitamins, and periodically for 24 hours after the administration of blinded test samples. The blood plasma was then analyzed to determine the level of concentration of each vitamin absorbed. The results of the trial show that Aloe vera improves the absorption of both vitamin C and E. The absorption is slower and the vitamins last longer in the blood plasma with Aloe vera. Researchers concluded that the intake of Aloe vera should be considered as a way to complement vitamins C and E. More research in this area will help to confirm these findings. Source: International Aloe Science Council. Read More.
Update: Study Written about in September 2005 HealthWatch Called "Vitamin Absorption Improves through the use Of Aloe Vera" Gets Published in Highly Respected International Journal
In November's Volume 12 of the journal Phytomedicine, the study we summarized in September's HealthWatch on aloe and vitamin absorption was published. Phytomedicine is published to attract and disseminate innovative and expert findings in the fields of phytopharmacology, phytotherapy and phytotoxicology, as a reference source for researchers in these fields, and with the aim to set international standards in their methodology. This study showed that aloe improves the absorption of both vitamins C and E by slowing vitamin absorption and prolonging plasma concentrations of these vitamins. Volume 12, Issue 10, November 2005. Read More.
Effect of Aloe Vera Preparations on the Human Bioavailability of Vitamin C and E
A search of the medical literature revealed that there are no articles describing the effect of Aloe vera liquid preparations' consumption on the absorption of either water-soluble or fat-soluble vitamins. Millions of Americans, and untold millions of other populations consume vitamins. It is also well known that foods, beverages, drugs, or aging may adversely affect absorption. A very large number of people around the world also consume Aloe. It is thus vitally important that the combination of Aloe and vitamins be tested. Our research group took the challenge. Read More.
Biotherapy with the Pineal Immunomodulating Hormone Melatonin Versus Melatonin Plus Aloe Vera in Untreatable Advanced Solid Neoplasms
The possibility of natural cancer therapy has been recently suggested by advances in the knowledge of tumor immunobiology. Either cytokines such as IL-2, or neurohormones, such as the pineal indole melatonin (MLT), may activate anticancer immunity. In addition, immunomodulating substances have also been isolated from plants, particularly from Aloe Vera. Preliminary clinical studies had already shown that MLT may induce some benefits in untreatable metatastic solid tumor patients, whereas, for the time being, no clinical trial has been performed with aloe products. Read More.
Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Oral Aloe Vera Gel for Active Ulcerative Colitis
The herbal preparation, aloe vera, has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory effects and, despite a lack of evidence of its therapeutic efficacy, is widely used by patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Forty-four evaluable hospital out-patients were randomly given oral aloe vera gel or placebo, 100 mL twice daily for 4 weeks, in a 2:1 ratio. Read More.