The aloe plant, used for years to treat minor scrapes and sunburns, can benefit the digestive system by helping detoxify the body and relieve common digestive disorders, researchers at Positive Health report. Gel from the aloe plant can also help cleanse the body of toxins and facilitate the absorption of nutrients while removing unwanted waste from food.
Cleanse the Digestive Tract
Researchers at Positive Health report that aloe gel has natural healing properties due to the large variety of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals it contains. Aloe vera supplements work to cleanse the digestive tract of food residue that clogs the digestive system. These food wastes in the digestive tract can be harmful to the body and result in abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation. They can also prevent the absorption of nutrients the body needs.
Aloe vera can help cleanse the digestive system and colon of toxins, allowing the digestive tract to work more efficiently to break down the nutrients in food. It also works as an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent in the body, American Chronicle reports, helping to protect the body from disease. Enzymes found in aloe vera gel help improve the body's circulatory system by dilating blood vessels and helping stimulate the production of blood cells that fight infection in the body, researchers at All 4 Natural Health say.
A Natural Laxative
The U.S. National Institutes of Health reports that aloe vera has natural laxative properties that can reduce the symptoms of constipation. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say that aloe vera gel stimulates the production of bile in the gall bladder, helping break down fats in the body that can build up and cause constipation.
Enhances Liver Function
American Chronicle reports that the high-collagen protein content in aloe vera gel makes the body work harder to absorb the protein it contains. Enzymes in the gel help stimulate the metabolic rate in the liver, resulting in the body burning more energy while breaking down food. A study conducted by Istanbul University and reported by the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan found that aloe gel has antioxidant effects comparable to pharmaceutical drugs in helping the liver lower blood sugar levels and combat adult-onset diabetes.