More than Cleopatra’s Miracle Plant

Aloe vera, often called the miracle plant, has been mentioned in historical medical books for centuries and is even referenced in over a dozen passages of the Bible.1 In addition, ancient Chinese and Egyptian healers used aloe to support burns, wounds and skin health.  American Indians believed that anyone who applied the inner gel of an Aloe vera leaf on their skin disorders could be healed. Queen Cleopatra was known to use Aloe to keep her skin soft and beautiful!  

In modern times, the Aloe vera plant is widely known for its ability to relieve non-habitual skin irritation and to maintain intestinal health.1 However, this revered plant has additional internal uses that are equally impressive: keeping cellular hydration optimal, maintaining intestinal health, and helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels. This famous, spiky plant is filled with a gel that contains impressive phytonutrients. It's no wonder this plant has been used for centuries to treat burns and wounds, enhance skin health, and treat many other conditions.2 

New research into Aloe vera has found that this plant may have additional health properties previously unknown. In one study3, participants were given whole leaf extract of Aloe vera. After a period of time, researchers tested the levels of vitamins B12 and C in the blood of the participants. The group that had consumed the Aloe had significantly increased their vitamin B12 and C blood levels. The researchers concluded that Aloe was able to increase the bioavailability of both vitamins B12 and C. This new research is especially exciting because it is the first time a botanical agent has been proven to boost vitamin B12 levels. Vitamin B12 supports several critical functions in the body including nerve and brain health, but this vitamin can be difficult to obtain for people who eat a primarily plant-based diet.  

This is promising news for vegans and vegetarians, as well as those with deficient vitamin B12 and C levels. When selecting an Aloe vera formula to add to your nutritional regimen, be sure to choose a formula from a trusted, reputable company with high-quality standards. Look for a full-strength aloe product without added sugar, artificial flavorings, or artificial colorings. Artificial flavorings and colorings may contain harmful, immune-depleting chemicals.  

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1“Home.” Welcome to Miracle of Aloe, miracleofaloe.com/about-aloe-vera/#:~:text=In%20recent%20times%2C%20Aloe%20Vera,on%20burns%2C%20scrapes%20and%20bruises. 

2Reynolds, T., et al. “Evolutionary History and Leaf Succulence as Explanations for Medicinal Use in Aloes and the Global Popularity of Aloe Vera.” BMC Evolutionary Biology, BioMed Central, 1 Jan. 1999, bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12862-015-0291-7. 

3Yun JM, Singh S, Jialal R, Rockwood J, Jialal I, Devaraj S. A randomized placebo-controlled crossover trial of aloe vera on bioavailability of vitamins C and B(12), blood glucose, and lipid profile in healthy human subjects. J Diet Suppl. 2010;7(2):145‐153. doi:10.3109/19390211003781693