The U. S. National Library of Medicine in their Abstract on Aloe Vera for Tissue Engineering reports the following as regards to Aloe Vera’s effect on inflammation:
“Aloe has been described as having anti-inflammatory effects, wound healing properties, radiation damage repair benefits, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antidiabetic, and antineoplastic activities, hematopoietic stimulation, and antioxidant effects [29,33].
“The polysaccharides are responsible for the majority of the biological activities observed from the use of the aloe vera plant . However, the biological activities of aloe vera result from a synergistic action of a variety of compounds . The polysaccharides consist of linear chains of glucose and mannose molecules. The major polysaccharides include cellulose, hemicellulose, glucomannans, mannose derivative, and acetylated compounds. Acemannan and glucomannan are considered the two main functional components of aloe vera. Acemannan is composed of a long chain of acetylated mannose, i.e., β-(1,4)-linked acetylated mannose with molecular weights ranging from 30 to 40 kDa or greater [35,36].
“The anti-inflammatory effect of aloe is a result of mannose-6-phosphate and acemannan . Glucomannan and acemannan were proved to accelerate tissue regeneration, activate macrophages, stimulate the immune system, and have antibacterial and antiviral effects .
“These aloe vera constituents are thought to reduce inflammation caused by an increase in prostaglandin synthesis and an increase in the infiltration of leukocytes [37,38]. Acemannan also plays an important role in cellular metabolism by regulating the flow of nutrients and wastes.
” The anti-inflammatory effects of the plant are also a result of the inhibition of enzymes involved in inflammation .”
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