The aloe plant has long been used as a treatment for burns as well as remedies for other ailments of the skin. Its use does not limit itself to the skin however. Aloe vera is also consumed for its benefits to the digestive system. When consumed in moderate amounts, the juice of the aloe plant can assist in digestion as well as ease ailments of the digestive tract.
Most everyone has used some form of aloe likely due to issues such as sunburn. Aloe may also be obtained directly from the aloe leaf, but there is no direct evidence to suggest that this is any more effective than using preserved aloe. The preservatives found in processed aloe are designed to keep the gel consistent and prevent it from spoiling. These chemicals are typically deemed safe in the amounts used in processed aloe.
Aloe vera for consumption can be found in any health food store as well as most pharmacies in both liquid and pill form. Possible benefits of consumption outside of digestion include: detoxification, cancer management, treatment of viral infections, and blood sugar management. The use of aloe vera as immune system support is also becoming increasingly common on top of its other known benefits.
The common dosage for consumed aloe is about 5,000 milligrams per day if taken as a dietary supplement. When treating certain ailments, dosage may vary. When excess amounts are consumed, negative results can include dehydration and potassium deficiency. Prior to taking any supplement, it should be discussed first with your physician, especially if you are taking prescription medication.