We have no high-level evidence to suggest that oral consumption of aloe vera improves the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Aloe can also cause some problems, including (but not limited to) abdominal pain, diarrhea, dehydration, low blood sugars, allergic reactions, and interactions with other drugs).

As you know, aloe vera is a common ingredient in products such as soaps and moisturizers, and some believe that drinking it may have benefits for digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Today, examine whether this belief has evidence or not. First, some basics: Aloe Vera plants are commonly used in alternative medicine, and are thought to have a range of cosmetic and health benefits. Traditionally, they have been used to treat skin conditions, including wounds, burns, and skin inflammation. You may find it in your toothpaste, given its putative anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits. And we can make it into a juice, using the green parts of the leaf. This allows for its use as a laxative or to treat constipation. But can it be used to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

May individuals with IBS manage their symptoms through lifestyle changes, including a diet with high levels of fiber or excluding foods that trigger symptoms. (For those of you with IBS, check out so-called low FODMAP diets, am approach that lowers a type of carbohydrate. Should you add aloe Vera to a FODMAP diet? The first randomized trial looking at aloe as a treatment tool of IBS occurred in 2006, with the randomization aloe Vera supplements for 3 months versus a placebo. There appeared to be no benefit associated with the use of aloe Vera. A more recent study conducted involving 110 participants focused on quality of life, and found no benefit to the use of aloe Vera, compared to a placebo. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.

Medical News Today 07 January 2018