Many believe that aloe vera, taken orally, can be an effective way of alleviating symptoms of acid reflux. There is some scientific support behind using aloe vera for acid reflux. In this pilot, randomized controlled trial, 79 subjects were allocated to A. vera syrup (standardized to 5.0 mg polysaccharide per mL of syrup) at a dose of 10 mL/d, omeprazole capsule (20 g/d) or ranitidine tablet (150 mg in a fasted state in the morning and 150 mg 30 min before sleep at night) for a period of 4 weeks. The frequencies of eight main symptoms of GERD (heartburn, food regurgitation, flatulence, belching, dysphagia, nausea, vomiting and acid regurgitation) were assessed at weeks 2 and 4 of the trial. The result were interesting. Aloe vera was safe and well tolerated and reduced the frequencies of all the assessed GERD symptoms, with no adverse events requiring withdrawal.
Aloe vera might also work in the stomach much as it does on the skin, as a soothing balm that promotes healing. This may be another reason why aloe vera helps acid reflux: it may help heal the loose flap on the esophagus that allows painful acids to escape the stomach and cause reflux.
When taking aloe vera for acid reflux, people can either drink it in juice form or in the form of a capsule. Aloe vera juice is made from the natural gel that aloe vera leaves contain. It’s important that the juice does not contain any of the latex that aloe vera leaves contain. As it’s known to be a powerful laxative. The gel is extracted from the plant and can then be ingested as is, or mixed with water or some other juice. Many find the flavor of aloe vera to be too bitter by itself, and therefore prefer it mixed in with something more palatable.
Gel capsules are also available in many health stores as a way of taking aloe vera for acid reflux. Capsules are convenient for their portability, and for sparing people the bitter taste of aloe vera juice. Aloe vera contains a natural buffer system that can restore a healthy level of stomach acid by raising the pH just enough to relieve the discomfort of indigestion and acid reflux.
Aside from preventing the stomach from producing excess stomach acids, using aloe vera as a treatment acid reflux may also help prevent the stomach from regurgitating acidic fluids by coating the stomach. A coating of aloe vera over the stomach may help keep the esophagus in healthy condition, and prevent what acids are in the stomach from causing heartburn.
Pregnant women and those with kidney problems are advised to consult a doctor before using aloe vera for acid reflux. As these conditions may react adversely to the plant’s gel. In fact, anyone suffering from acid reflux should consult a doctor before experimenting too heavily with natural remedies. Acid reflux is often caused by a combination of sleeping habits and one’s particular food diet. A medical professional can help pinpoint these root causes and resolve them. Whereas aloe vera, and other remedies, may help alleviate symptoms without necessarily addressing the underlying issue.