Journal highlight - aloe vera gel shows promise against stomach ulcer bacteria - News & Features

10 November 2014
Journal highlight - aloe vera gel shows promise against stomach ulcer bacteria

Summary

Aloe barbadensis Miller (Aloe vera) is a herbal remedy widely used for a variety of illnesses; A.vera leaf extracts have been promoted for detoxification, to cure constipation, to help flush out toxins and wastes from the body ,to promote digestion and is also used in the treatment of peptic ulcers for cytoprotective action. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibacterial activity of A.vera inner gel against both susceptible and resistant Helicobacter pylori strains isolated in the Abruzzo region, Italy.

The study demonstrates that the A. vera inner gel expresses antibacterial properties against both susceptible and resistant H. pylori strains. These findings may impact on the antimicrobial resistance phenomenon of H.pylori, proposing the A.vera inner gel as a novel effective natural agent for combination with antibiotics for the treatment of H.pylori gastric infection.

The article is published in SfAM's journal,Letters in Applied Microbiology as follows: Cellini, L., Di Bartolomeo, S., Di Campli, E., Genovese, S., Locatelli, M. and Di Giulio, M. (2014), In vitro activity of Aloe vera inner gel against Helicobacter pylori strains. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 59: 43–48. doi: 10.1111/lam.12241. Click here to read the full text (subscription required).