A recent study finds that aloe vera—a popular natural ingredient in personal care products—enhances the bioavailability of vitamins B12 and C among mature adults, according to the International Aloe Science Council, Inc. of Irving, TX. Aloe vera is a powerful complement to other supplements, enhancing their absorbance and effects, according to the council.
Both aloe vera gel and whole leaf aloe were tested in the random crossover trial, with the gel demonstrating the strongest results in promoting the absorbance of vitamins C and B12. It only took one ounce of aloe to have substantial effects in enhancing the absorption of a 500mg dose of vitamin C and 1mg dose of B12.
Presenting the research, Dr. Sridevi Devaraj, associate professor at UC Davis, Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research commented, “It’s clear that consuming aloe vera along with vitamin supplements would be beneficial especially among populations for whom B12 deficiency is an issue, such as the elderly.” More info: www.thealoeinstitute.org.