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Can Aloecure Stop Heartburn?

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Updated September 24, 2012

Marketed as an all-natural remedy for digestive troubles, AloeCure promises to relieve heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome. Here's a look at the science behind this dietary supplement.

AloeCure's Claims

According to its manufacturers, AloeCure helps soothe stomach problems by providing "long-term acid-balancing and normalization of your digestive system." By stimulating your digestive health, the company claims, AloeCure ultimately boosts your nutrient absorption, improves your sleep, increases your energy.

The Science

AloeCure is 99.7% organic aloe juice; its other ingredients include the preservatives citric acid, xanthan gum, and sodium benzoate. While aloe juice has long been used in traditional medicine to heal irritation of the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract, a lack of scientific evidence supports its use in treatment of digestive disorders. One small study published in 2004, however, did find that four weeks of taking aloe vera orally was more effective than a placebo in treatment of ulcerative colitis.

Safety

Aloe vera juice has few adverse effects. But since consuming aloe may lower your blood sugar levels, people with diabetes or hypoglycemia (or anyone taking medications that affect blood sugar) should consult a physician before using aloe products of any kind. People with thyroid disorders, kidney disease, heart disease, or electrolyte abnormalities should also use oral aloe only under medical supervision.

It's important to note that AloeCure contains no aloin, a compound that acts a powerful laxative and may be harmful to those with digestive-health issues.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Although drinking aloe vera juice might not cure digestive disorders, there's solid evidence that topical use of aloe vera gel can help heal inflammatory skin conditions (such as sunburn).

Natural Heartburn Relief

Since aloe gel taken directly from the plant will contain laxative compounds, you should opt for juice formulated specifically for internal use. Such juices are available at most natural-foods stores.

Other natural remedies including herbs like deglycyrrhizinated licorice may provide more effective relief of heartburn.

Learn more about other natural heartburn solutions.

Traditional gastroenterologists do not recommend aloe as a remedy and it hasn't been studied well clinically.

Sources:

Langmead L, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, Holt H, Tsironi E, De Silva A, Jewell DP, Rampton DS. "Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis." Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 2004 1;19(7):739-47.

Reuter J, Jocher A, Stump J, Grossjohann B, Franke G, Schempp CM. "Investigation of the anti-inflammatory potential of Aloe vera gel (97.5%) in the ultraviolet erythema test." Skin Pharmacology and Physiology 2008;21(2):106-10.

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