What is Aloe Vera?
One of the world's most renowned succulents, this plant is found in many warm, arid regions of the globe, including the United States and Mexico, and consists of fleshy green leaves with small barbs on its edges.
Historical use dates back thousands of years, with ancient Egyptian documents known as the Ebers Papyrus mentioning the plant. Also valued in the Greek and Roman Empires, it was subsequently adopted as a staple of natural wellness by various cultures.** In modern times, aloe vera juice or gel has become a very common ingredient in many skin-care products thanks to its soothing, moisturizing qualities.
Aloe vera juice naturally contains a diverse array of nutrients, including amino acids, enzymes and anthraquinones. These compounds may contribute to its wholesome properties. Unlike some botanicals, which can only be taken internally or externally, aloe vera juice or gel is called upon for both oral and topical use.
When ingested, aloe vera has been used to support digestive wellness and comfort for centuries.** The succulent plant is also popular for supporting immune and cardiovascular wellness, as well as contribute to supporting blood sugar levels already within normal range.**
Topically, aloe vera is widely appreciated for its moisturizing effects. It is used as an ingredient in thousands of skin care products due to its ability to hydrate the skin. Because of its hydrating properties, it is associated with soothing skin benefits.
Aloe Vera Products
Aloe vera supplements, creams and other products are sourced from the plant’s succulent leaves. Aloe vera juice can be derived from the entire leaf or only the inner gel. In addition to aloe vera juice, the plant is available as softgels and capsules, as well as powder. Topically, it is offered as gel or as part of a lotion or cream, typically formulated to optimize the health and appearance of skin.**
Aloe Vera Directions for Use
Consulting with a health professional prior to taking supplements is recommended. There is no standard aloe dosage, but it is often presented in amounts ranging from 25 mg to higher potency products of up to 5000 mg. Some formulations have a 200:1 concentration equivalent to fresh aloe vera juice.