Aloe vera juice may help reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in some cases, but the research into its efficacy is inconclusive.
In this article, we look at whether people can use aloe vera juice to reduce the symptoms of IBS. We also consider the possible side effects.
The outer pulp of aloe leaves contains aloin, a plant compound with laxative qualities. Commercially available aloe vera products that people ingest cannot contain more than
People may use aloe vera juice to treat the symptoms associated with IBS, such as constipation and diarrhea. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera may help reduce gastrointestinal inflammation, which can contribute to IBS symptoms.
Very few studies have assessed the effectiveness of aloe vera in treating IBS symptoms.
The outer pulp of aloe vera leaves contains latex. Drinks containing latex from aloe plants
- abdominal pain
- dehydration or electrolyte imbalances
- low blood sugar levels
- allergic reactions
- interactions with other medications, such as digoxin
The oral consumption of aloe leaf extracts for as little as 3 weeks has links to cases of acute hepatitis. Taking aloe gel and latex orally may also be unsafe during pregnancy and when nursing.
IBS is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system. It can cause people to experience abdominal pain, bloating, excessive flatulence, diarrhea, and constipation.
The frequency and severity of IBS symptoms can vary considerably from person to person. It is
Some people with IBS may find that aloe vera juice helps ease their symptoms, but more empirical research is necessary to support the benefits of this drink. Presently, the risk of adverse side effects outweighs the possible benefits.
People who wish to try aloe vera juice for IBS symptoms should speak with a doctor first. Before consuming the juice, they should ensure that it is purified.