Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera succulent plant is grown in Florida, Texas and Arizona in the USA, among other places around the world. It has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments for a long time.

Two substances from the plant’s thick dark green leaves are used: a latex, and a gel. There are some health cautions on the latex (check with WedMD).

Aloe Vera products are produced both from the whole leaf, and contain both substances while others are derived from gel, and are termed “inner leaf”. When purchasing the best aloe vera gel, it’s recommended to go for the inner leaf products.

Check with your physician first if you are in any doubt about taking aloe vera,

The best aloe vera gel is considered to have a wide range of benefits nutritionally. Aloe vera juice has the added benefits of making a refreshing, easily consumed drink.

But does it affect the symptoms of acid reflux?

A 2015 randomized controlled trial of 79 subjects took either Aloe Vera, omeprazole (a Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) or ranitidine, for a period of 4 weeks.

The results showed Aloe Vera was safe and well tolerated and reduced the frequencies of all the assessed acid reflux symptoms compared to the other treatments. It concluded Aloe Vera may provide a safe and effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of gerd and acid reflux.

And what do users say? On the whole the reception is very positive – people do find it useful in treating acid reflux symptoms; here are some reviews from WebMD:

“I started taking 2 shot glasses of aloe juice approx 20 minutes before each meal. It’s been about a month and it has made an immense difference. ”

“I was at wits end and finally decided to try homeopathic treatment with aloe Vera. This stuff really works!!! I drink about 3-4 ozs three times a day and I now have relief..the pain, coughing and fluid is clearing up AND I actually am sleeping through the night. ”

“I started using 100% pure filet of the gel juice for my acid reflux and within two days was off my H2 blockers and PPI’s.”

Please be aware that these positive effects may not be experienced by all users, and that you should only decrease or stop your meds after discussion with your doctor.

Here are some of the highest rated aloe vera products on Amazon:

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