aloe vera helps irritable bowel syndrome

Of all the many disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common, affecting as many as 15% of all people. That’s a lot of people who need help from this painful and uncomfortable condition. And a lot of help may come from a simple and surprising place!

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis analyzed three controlled studies of aloe vera and people with IBS. The studies included 151 people, and they all compared aloe vera to a placebo. But there was no comparison. Aloe vera worked way better than the placebo. Significantly more people responded to the aloe vera, and they had significantly greater improvement in their symptoms.

And the aloe vera was safe: there were no adverse events in any of the studies. The efficacy and safety of the herb led the researchers to conclude that aloe vera “is effective and safe for the treatment of patients with IBS.”

And you might want to take some peppermint oil capsules with your aloe vera. Peppermint oil capsules are well known and well supported as treatments for IBS. Less well known is the recent research showing that vitamin D and acupuncture can also help.

J Neurogastroenterol Motil 2018;24(4):528-535

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