Aloe Vera Juice For UC

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ManhattanMama
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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been reading some mixed results on using aloe vera juice and was wondering if others have had any success using it as part of a maintenance plan for remission or using it during a flare-up. Some articles/reviews suggest 2-4 oz twice a day for UC but other suggest that the same dosage is good for relieving constipation. What is the difference between Aloe Vera Juice, Aloe Vera Gel in Juice and Aloe Latex?

Any feedback would be great!

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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
If you do a search in the search box, you will find some topics regarding aloe and UC. To be honest, I notice the majority of people who mention Aloe Vera juice seem to be spammers trying to sell the product. I don't think I've seen too many (if any) regular users here use it with luck in providing remission. There may be one or two that use it in conjunction with diet and medication.
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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried name brand road runner juice, It gave me diarrhea, but then again, fiber gives me diarrhea.

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stereofidelic89
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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I use 'Forever' Aloe Vera Juice and have ever since I was diagnosed.

Before starting medication I went through excruciating pain throughout the night and day, and spent hours in the bathroom like everyone else, but what truly helped settle my stomach, relieve the pain and get me back to sleep was taking 1-2oz (a shot glass) of Aloe Vera Juice. Aloe Vera, the plant has so many health benefits and according to alot of research thats been done, can treat digestive disorders.

here is an article I stand by for Aloe Vera. I take 1-2oz every morning before breakfast.

You'll read alot of controversial subjects on Aloe Vera, but there is no side effects, there is nothing it can do, but good for your body. It has a gentle-laxative in its compounds but nothing remotely unsettling to the stomach. Tastes like water, you could literally grow the plant in your back yard, shave off the skin and put it in your blender.

From what I've learned, store bought brands are heavily diluted compared to some other brands, like the one i'm using.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 7.5mg prednisone, 800mg asacol 3xdaily
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivitamin, L-Glutamine, 3000mg Fish Oil, Low fiber, SCD
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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ManhattanMama
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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried some "Vivalaloe" that I picked up at a local grocery store. Just 2-4 oz with breakfast before my prednisone. It says that it is 'all natural original aloe' with honey and cane juice. Are there other brands from health food stores or homeopaths that are better?

I don't need a laxative at this point since I am currently have a flare-up so maybe this is something to try when I am in complete remission. I just wonder how other are using it in conjunction with maintenance or treatment plans.
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stereofidelic89
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   Posted 1/26/2012 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
See i'm not sure about trusting that brand as a form of treatment... thats a store bought with sugar additives. You want the 100% whole leaf and organic of Aloe.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 7.5mg prednisone, 800mg asacol 3xdaily
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivitamin, L-Glutamine, 3000mg Fish Oil, Low fiber, SCD
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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Thoreau
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   Posted 1/26/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I've read, most aloe vera juice have an ingredient that will cause diarrhea in people like us. You'll have to do some research, as I can't remember what it was. I just know that "George's Always Active" aloe vera juice has it taken out.

TooBusy4UC
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   Posted 1/26/2012 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I have used Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera stomach formula for around 8 months now and it helped me completely. That particular formula has other digestive health and healing things in it like fennel seed, peppermint leaf, slippery elm..etc. Alot of these ingredients people on this forum take individually and say they are helpful. I am not a spammer, nor am I pushing this product for any monitory gain. It worked very well for me and in a relatively short amount of time.

I take it every morning before my breakfast. I currently take 2 lialda a day which is half the dose I was on before the aloe vera.

When I was flaring and taking 4 lialda a day, I would take a cap full in the morning and the evening right before bed.

This was suggested to me by a natural health store owner here in my small town. Her husband has GI ulcers and found great success with it.
I hope this helps
Diagnosed: April 2011 UC; moderate

Currently taking: Lialda 1.2g X 2 daily, One-a-day multi-vitamin, Centrum fruit and veggie vitamins, Ambien
Started Lily of the Desert Stomach Formula June 2011

Any day that you don't run for your life to the pooper is a GOOD DAY! :)

killcolitis
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   Posted 1/26/2012 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You don't want the whole leaf. You want the external leaf (aolin) removed. Otherwise, it's a diuretic.

ManhattanMama
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   Posted 1/26/2012 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I just found Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera on Amazon. Is this the one?

http://www.amazon.com/Lily-Desert-Herbal-Stomach-Formula/dp/B00117EF84/ref=lh_ni_t

How soon did you see results from taking this? Has anyone else tried other brands and had success?
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in May of 2005 at age of 33
Maintenance Plan: 2 (750mg) Colazal three times a day
Vitamin C, Probiotic, Multivitamin, 400mg of Folic Acid
Treatment during Flare-Up : Cortifoam, Rowasa Enemas & Prednisone (40mg & taper)
Tried Lialda with terrible side effects in Dec 2008- went back to Colazal
Tried balsalazide disodium Nov2011-led to flare-up-back on Colazal
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stereofidelic89
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   Posted 1/26/2012 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is the brand I use: https://gallery.foreverliving.com/gallery/FLP/download/products/015_Vera_Gel_ENG_v9.pdf

With anything natural, you have to use over time to achieve results. But rest assured if your in a flare or have stomach pains/cramps it usually helsp to take 1-2oz and can settle the stomach. Best taken on empty stomach.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 7.5mg prednisone, 800mg asacol 3xdaily
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivitamin, L-Glutamine, 3000mg Fish Oil, Low fiber, SCD
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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BabeintheWoods
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   Posted 1/26/2012 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Most aloe vera products contain carrageenan which is a no-no for me. George's aloe vera juice tastes OK but that might be because the helpful properties are distilled out of the juice. At any rate it did not help me very much.

Forever aloe vera juice does not have carrageenan but has the following ingredients:
Aloe Vera Gel, Sorbitol, Ascorbic Acid (Antioxidant), Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (To Help Protect Flavor), Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol

The alcohol sugars such as sorbitol, xylitol, manitol, maltitol, etc. are almost as bad for me as carrageenan. They produce symptoms for me almost immediately after eating them. It's too bad because xylitol is in gum and some chewable supplements and candy that I really enjoy.
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No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar10. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 is very helpful. Food journal instead of SCD.

Watch gluten, lots of fruit & vegetables (but no plums or kale), no soda, no HFCS, no xylitol or sorbitol, no trans fat, no shellfish, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
Probiotics, fish oil, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, high gamma E, phos choline, magnesium, boswellia, curcumin, glutamine.
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WingZero
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   Posted 1/26/2012 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Tried it in the past, never noticed a difference and it was horrible tasting. You can get it in capsule form to bypass that, though.

bananagirl
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   Posted 1/26/2012 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
it didn't help me any. i was using george's aloe vera. it costs way too much but it doesn't give u diarrhea.
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previous meds:sulfa/mesal/cortico enemas, lialda, prednisone, canasa supps.
meds: 50 mg 6mp and remicade.
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killcolitis
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   Posted 1/26/2012 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
drank georges by the gallon. no effect.
tried forever brand. more d and b. stopped after a couple of days.

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 1/26/2012 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, thats the only fault I see with Forever Aloe, they still insist on putting the preservatives (like sorbitol and gum) in there... I'm not happy about it. But I feel like for me the benefits outweigh the costs because after just a short time of using it my pH has become alkaline, and with any digestive disorder pH is so easily thrown off. When the pH is alkaline, your immune system and energy levels are improved and inflammation is reduced.


Unfortunately, this is another thing among the herbs im taking that violates the SCD diet. =/
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 7.5mg prednisone, 800mg asacol 3xdaily
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivitamin, L-Glutamine, 3000mg Fish Oil, Low fiber, SCD
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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TooBusy4UC
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   Posted 1/27/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I know that aloe vera juice gets very mixed reviews... but I also know that the Lily of the Desert one has more than just the aloe juice in it. And it has made a huge difference for me. You can get it at most all health food stores... and it didn't seem to be too expensive for me. about $17.00 a bottle and it lasted for about a month with taking it twice a day. It does taste BAD! I won't lie to ya lol... but it is a taste that doesn't linger after you get it down.

And like Stereo said, it does balance the pH in your intestines so if nothing more than that benefit... that is a huge benefit for UCers because it does get thrown off so easily...

I was/ am willing to try anything natural to keep from taking anymore drugs.
Hope this helps ya!
Diagnosed: April 2011 UC; moderate

Currently taking: Lialda 1.2g X 2 daily, One-a-day multi-vitamin, Centrum fruit and veggie vitamins, Ambien
Started Lily of the Desert Stomach Formula June 2011

Any day that you don't run for your life to the pooper is a GOOD DAY! :)

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 1/27/2012 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Bleh, the taste is quite sour or bland, but taking it in a shot glass every morning helps get it down quick and practice your shot-gun capabilities. ;)
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 7.5mg prednisone, 800mg asacol 3xdaily
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivitamin, L-Glutamine, 3000mg Fish Oil, Low fiber, SCD
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
----
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" -Plato

ManhattanMama
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   Posted 1/27/2012 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you dilute it with water or juice to make the taste better? Do you have to take it first thing in the morning before breakfast? What about at the end of the day? Before or after dinner? Bedtime? Not sure if I want to suffer with something that tastes really bad unless the benefits are worth it.
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in May of 2005 at age of 33
Maintenance Plan: 2 (750mg) Colazal three times a day
Vitamin C, Probiotic, Multivitamin, 400mg of Folic Acid
Treatment during Flare-Up : Cortifoam, Rowasa Enemas & Prednisone (40mg & taper)
Tried Lialda with terrible side effects in Dec 2008- went back to Colazal
Tried balsalazide disodium Nov2011-led to flare-up-back on Colazal
Mother of 2

TooBusy4UC
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   Posted 1/27/2012 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
The natural health store owner that offered it to me said to take it on an empty stomach in the mornings before breakfast... then right before bed. She had said I could take it 3 times a day while flaring and if I wanted to add in the 3rd dose to do so in the late afternoons...

I know the thought of something that tastes crappy is not appealing but what if it could make the difference in your UC? That was the way I looked at it and was willing to try almost anything to be better...
It is not that bad... stereo and I seem to take it the same.. all at once and in a hurry.LOL I wouldn't dilute it if it were me, not sure if would have the same effectiveness that way PLUS, or more importantly... you add it to something and have to drink more liquid than the little shot of it you are drinking more that will taste bad anyway.. :)
Diagnosed: April 2011 UC; moderate

Currently taking: Lialda 1.2g X 2 daily, One-a-day multi-vitamin, Centrum fruit and veggie vitamins, Ambien
Started Lily of the Desert Stomach Formula June 2011

Any day that you don't run for your life to the pooper is a GOOD DAY! :)

jasonliambert
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   Posted 8/31/2012 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
ManhattanMama said...
I have been reading some mixed results on using aloe vera juice and was wondering if others have had any success using it as part of a maintenance plan for remission or using it during a flare-up. Some articles/reviews suggest 2-4 oz twice a day for UC but other suggest that the same dosage is good for relieving constipation. What is the difference between Aloe Vera Juice, Aloe Vera Gel in Juice and Aloe Latex?

Any feedback would be great!


As far as I am concerned, I would definitely give a thumbs up to aloe vera juice. Lot of applications are there of this particular thing like you have read it can be used for constipation, for curing skin burns, flare ups and so if taken in proper amounts regularly. I use home made aloe vera juice and often use those of the products sold in the market as well, but tell you what the home remedy is more suitable for me. However, I would definitely advise you to consult a doctor before doing anything as aloe vera juice has some side effects as well which comes out in some conditions and are rare to see.


As far as your second questions is concerned, aloe vera juice and gel both are different. While the juice is manifested from the green leaves of aloe vera which surrounds the gel present in it. the juice can be taken orally while the gel can be applied topically.

http://aloevera-juicebenefits.com

aguywithuc
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   Posted 8/31/2012 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I bought aloeride from England. Did nothing for me but waste money.

I was drinking aloe something from a big jug and it was hot summer and it was just too much of a good thing.

Stayed way from it since.

Christine1946
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   Posted 8/31/2012 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
     When I suffered with UP and was seeing my GI doctor regularly, his nurse mentioned one of their patients who had great results with aloe vera juice.  Personally, I never tried it, maybe it would have worked, maybe not.  I had surgery in 2010, so never returned to the GI doctor.

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   Posted 8/31/2012 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to take it and it seemed like I had less bellyaches and stuff.
I was just thinking of adding it back in , it just trinkled down as other supplements
Got in place. Had no ill effects from it for me.

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   Posted 9/18/2012 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
The particular negative effects of natural aloe vera are infrequent and in most cases really moderate. On the other hand, you should concentrate on the secondary effects of this juice particularly when you're affected by a health problem like for example appendicitis, Crohn's disease, colitis and stomach disorders.



Allergy: In some cases, natural aloe vera juice was seen to produce slight allergies such as epidermis breakouts and itchiness. A lot of natural aloe vera juice or a bad quality of juice can also lead to allergies for example sickness.



Intestinal Aches: The particular laxative aloin available in natural aloe-vera juice that hasn't been handled correctly can cause stomach jerks coupled with events of the pee changing the color to red. The actual cause of the aloe stimulated poisoning are anthraquinones found in the aloe vera juice which might bring about serious looseness of the bowels and kidneys damages.



Electrolyte Differences: Lack of fluids and electrolyte discrepancies are probably the most popular adverse reactions of natural aloe vera juice. Typically the laxatives in unprocessed natural aloe vera juice can result in dehydration with consistent usage.

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