2023, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part A
A comprehensive review of Aloe vera: Multifaceted health benefits and anti-diabetic properties
Author(s): Husseın Elaıbı, Farah Mutlag and Zanab Kaream Al-Ebey
Abstract: The main aim is to identify the effectiveness of Aloe vera in patients with diabetes mellitus and its effects on skin health and Its effectiveness on other diseases. Its gel, composed of various compounds like saccharides, vitamins, phenolics, enzymes, and more, has therapeutic properties, acting as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial agent. Aloe vera's gel is sought after for its wound healing, skin moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, Aloe vera juice is known to aid digestion and alleviate upset stomachs, benefiting those with digestive issues like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. The chemical properties of Aloe vera reveal a diverse range of compounds, with polysaccharides, anthraquinones, phenolic compounds, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes being among the most significant. These compounds contribute to the antioxidant, moisturizing, and laxative effects of the plant. Aloe vera's wide array of health benefits, including detoxification, immune support, antibacterial properties, and potential for aiding weight loss, are attributed to its nutrient-rich content. The Aloe vera leaf consists of three layers, each playing a specific role in the plant's function and composition. The amount and type of chemical compounds found in Aloe vera can vary depending on various factors such as growth conditions, harvest time, climate, and the specific Aloe vera species being examined. Aloe vera's versatile applications extend beyond personal health benefits. It shows potential for environmental processes such as biodegradation, bioremediation, detoxification, and more, making it a valuable natural resource with various practical applications. In the context of diabetes, Aloe vera has drawn significant interest in traditional medicine due to its potential anti-diabetic effects. Studies have indicated that Aloe vera gel and isolated compounds like anthraquinones may positively impact glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Furthermore, Aloe vera's use in combination with other herbs has shown promise in altering gut microbiota and providing relief from type 2 diabetes symptoms. Overall, Aloe vera's rich chemical composition, extensive medicinal uses, and positive impact on health make it a remarkable natural resource with broad applications in various fields. Moreover, innovative drying techniques, such as microwave-assisted drying, offer efficient alternatives for obtaining Aloe vera powder without compromising its bioactivity. The multifaceted benefits and adaptability of Aloe vera make it a valuable addition to traditional and modern approaches to health and well-being.
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Husseın Elaıbı, Farah Mutlag, Zanab Kaream Al-Ebey. A comprehensive review of Aloe vera: Multifaceted health benefits and anti-diabetic properties. J Res Chem 2023;4(2):14-21.