Aloe vera gel has been found in studies to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Aloe vera acts as a natural anti-inflammatory helping to bring the body at to a more normal functioning level and stay there.
Acting as an intercellular antioxidant, detoxifying the body naturally, aloe vera helps to rebuild and repair the protective mucosa lining throughout the digestive tract and mends the damaged tissue from mouth to rectum.
It aids digestion, enabling better absorption and assimilation of nutrients from food, it balances and restores proper immune system function and the aloe mucilaginous polysaccharides contain antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.
A double-blind, randomized trial examined the effectiveness and safety of aloe vera gel for the treatment of mild-to-moderate active ulcerative colitis. Researchers gave 30 patients 100 milliliters of oral aloe vera gel and 14 patients 100 milliliters of a placebo twice daily for 4 weeks.
Clinical remission, improvement and response occurred in nine (30 percent), 11 (37 percent) and 14 (47 percent) respectively, of aloe vera patients compared with one (7 percent), one (7 percent) and two (14 percent), respectively of patients taking the placebo.
I'm thinking about taking some of my own advice here and buying one of these plants. You could then have the freshest source of aloe vera right at home!