Aloe ferox leaves extract is derived from the aloe ferox plant. This species of aloe is one that is native to South Africa and contains more than 130 active compounds. The popular herb is closely related to the well-known aloe vera but has substantially more to offer than its close cousin¹.
The phytochemicals present in aloe ferox leaves extract are responsible for its value in treating various medical conditions. Aloe ferox contains phytochemicals such as³:
Aloe ferox leaves extract is known as an antioxidant and was historically used to treat constipation. Through extensive research, we now know much more about the medicinal benefits aloe ferox offers.
TRADITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALOE FEROX LEAF EXTRACT:
Aloe ferox leaf extract has a variety of benefits and is used as a burn treatment, an anti-inflammatory and a method to improve the health of the immune system.
Healthy Skin and Wound Healing
Aloe ferox is well-known for its benefits as a topical application to the skin. A study conducted by North-west University4found that Aloe ferox is effective in relieving erythema, which is a reddening or irritation of the skin. The study further concluded that patients saw similar results from aloe ferox extract treatment as those who used hydrocortisone gel. A different study5shows that Aloe is effective for healing and soothing minor wounds and burns.
Prostaglandins are known for promoting inflammation within the body. Research6shows that Aloe ferox inhibits the production of prostaglandin and thereby reduces inflammation throughout the body.
Improve Immune System Health
Aloe is also known for its immune modulation abilities in which it is able to alter how the immune system responds in order to better fight infections and disease6.
How to Use Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract
Aloe ferox is an herb that is commonly used as a gel in cosmetic products and food products. It can also be used topically for wounds as well as an oral dietary supplement. Aloe ferox can even be taken as a juice to help manage diseases such as diabetes².
Recommended Daily Allowance of Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract
Aloe Ferox leaves extract is generally considered safe as a topical application. When taken orally it is important to follow the manufacturer's directions closely as higher than recommended doses can lead to kidney damage and potentially be fatal7.
Before using Aloe Ferox as a digestive supplement, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. According to the Mayo Clinic7, possible side effects include interactions with certain medications such as laxatives, anticoagulants, and diuretics. Your doctor can evaluate your current health and any medications you are on in order to prevent unwanted medication interactions.
Is Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract Healthy?
Although Aloe Ferox is not as commonly recognized as aloe vera, thanks to its phytochemical components, it contains important medicinal values as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and topical remedy for burns and wounds.
Foods that Contain Aloe Ferox Leaf Extract
Aloe ferox is not naturally occurring in foods nor is it an ingredient that is used in the preparation of foods. Some people do consume aloe ferox juice for digestive health. The most common way of orally consuming aloe ferox is as a digestive supplement.
Citations and Sources
1 Aloe Ferox US,"Frequently Asked Questions"
2 We Love Aloe,"Aloe Ferox: A Bitter, More Nutrient Rich Version of the Aloe Vera"
3 University of Fort Hare,"Phytochemical constituents and antioxidant activities of the whole leaf extract of Aloe ferox Mill"
4 Northwest University, "In Vivo skin hydration and anti-erythema effects of Aloe vera, Aloe ferox, and Aloe marlothii gel materials after single and multiple applications"
5 Pharmaceutical Research and Technology Institute,"Beneficial Effects of the Genus Aloe on Wound Healing, Cell Proliferation, and Differentiation of Epidermal Keratinocytes"
6 Shahid Behesiti University of Medical Sciences,"Aloe Genus Plants: From Farm to Food Applications and Phytopharmacotherapy"