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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Don't buy the aloe vera juice hype

By Environmental Nutrition Editors




Evidence weak on health benefits


JewishWorldReview.com | Q. Does aloe vera juice offer proven health benefits?


A. Search "aloe vera juice" on the Internet and nearly 2 million hits reveal purported benefits such as aiding digestion, boosting energy, weight loss and treating depression. But before you run off and enhance the profits of aloe vera manufacturers by buying these supplements, let's look at the science.


There are two primary substances in the cactus-like aloe plant (known by many names, including "lily of the desert"): the clear substance called aloe vera gel (or aloe gel) and aloe vera latex (aloe latex), the green part of the outer leaf that surrounds the gel. The gel has long been used to soothe a burn after too much sun, but the possible benefits of consuming aloe also have been studied. The following areas have received attention by scientists; however, further human research is needed.


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Diabetes. In two studies of women with type 2 diabetes who consumed 15 milliliters (ml; 15 ml is equivalent to one tablespoon) of aloe gel daily, results showed a significant reduction in blood glucose levels. Yet another trial, in which participants consumed 15 ml twice daily, found no significant effect.


Cholesterol. With 10 or 20 ml daily aloe gel, a study from 1993 showed a decrease of 18 percent and 25 to 30 percent in "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, respectively. However, there is a lack of recent human studies to confirm these results.


Ulcerative colitis. With an aloe gel dose of 100 ml twice daily, preliminary research shows a reduction in symptoms for those with mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis.


Vitamin absorption. In one study, two ounces of two different aloe preparations (a whole leaf extract or a gel) increased the bioavailability of vitamins C and E.


Constipation. The strongest evidence for oral aloe use relates to constipation. Aloe latex (but not the aloe gel) contains anthraquinones, compounds with a powerful laxative effect. One concern, however, is that continued use of aloe latex may lead to a need for higher doses for effectiveness, but long-term use of large amounts may cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, and muscle weakness. In addition, aloe latex contains one specific anthraquinone--aloin--which may have carcinogenic effects. More research is needed to confirm this.


Bottom line. At present, there's insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of aloe gel for diabetes, high cholesterol, or ulcerative colitis. Aloe latex seems to be effective for constipation, though prolonged use may be unsafe. Unless otherwise noted, many aloe vera juice formulations may contain aloe latex, which may be potentially harmful. As with any supplement--whether in juice or pill form--always know what you're buying, purchase from a reputable manufacturer, and identify that the aloe product clearly does not contain aloin.

(Reprinted with permission from Environmental Nutrition, a monthly publication of Belvoir Media Group, LLC. 800-829-5384. www.EnvironmentalNutrition.com.)


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