If you are looking for a bona fide Aloe Vera study you can trust, here are a few tips on how to find the best ones, and a few up-to-date papers that we have found in our searches.
Let's face it, there is a LOT of contradictory information out there on the internet about Aloe Vera and its benefits to our health, but how much of it can we trust? Our advice is to be a bit sceptical and delve deep into the information and where it comes from. We are not experts, but just regular people trying to find out as much as possible about a plant we love, so that we can use it safely.
Whenever we find any Aloe Vera research, the first thing we do is check out the author. Are they qualified? Do they have a good reputation? With which organisation are they affiliated? If they are from a university or medical research centre, that's reassuring.
If they have some monetary interest in selling Aloe Vera products, then a certain amount of caution is a good idea. After all, they want to show that their products are safe, so are likely to play down any negatives.
Science goes out of date fast, as technology gets better and better at analysing chemicals. It's also a good idea to read as many studies as possible on the subject, as it is more common than you think for two papers to come to the opposite conclusions.
The most reliable Aloe Vera Study you will find, will be one which reports research carried out by an independent organisation, and by a highly qualified academic.
The best trials are randomised controlled trials which compare the medication with a placebo. The best are ones with as large a number of participants as possible. A study with only 10 people in it doesn't tell you much. One with hundreds or even thousands of subjects is going to be much more credible.
We'd always be a little more confident in trusting a trial which was not funded by a company producing the drug or supplement - but maybe we're getting a little paranoid now?