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March 2013

Aloe, Sea Vegetable Supplement Marketed for Various Health Benefits

Body Balance® is a supplement manufactured by Life Force International. It is made with SeaNine®, a blend of nine sea vegetables and aloe. According to the manufacturer, the product contains 12 vitamins, 20 minerals and 18 amino acids, and is made by cold-pressing aloe into a raw juice to which dried, ground sea vegetable powders are added. The manufacturer claims that the blend of sea vegetables provides nutrients that are often deficient from land-based diets.

The SeaNine® blend used to make Body Balance® contains the following sea vegetables: Sea lettuce, Irish moss, Bladder wrack, Kombu, Dabber locks, Norwegian kelp, Gigartina chamissoi, Dulse, Nori (Fucus vesiculosusChondrus crispusAscophyllum nodosum,Laminaria digitataPorphyra yezoensisPalmaria palmataUlva lactucaAlaria esculentaGigartina chamissoi). In addition to aloe, Body Balance® also contains black cherry flavor, citric acid, honey, potassium sorbate and purified Stevia leaf.

Body Balance® is available as a liquid in packages of 1-8 two-quart bottles, 24-96 four-ounce liquid sample packs and a powder in 16-64 "to-go" stick packets. Every four-ounce serving of Body Balance® contains 280 milligrams of aloe polysaccharides, 20 milligrams of sodium and 32 milligrams of calcium.

Life Force International claims that the potential health benefits of Body Balance® may include: greater energy and mental clarity, a sense of well-being and vitality, bowel and mood regulation, reduced stress, better sleep, healthier skin, faster hair and nail growth, an improved immune system, balanced pH levels, reduced cravings and moderation of food intake, and blood sugar improvement. The company also claims that Body Balance® may have benefits for the following conditions: allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, ADD/ADHD, menstrual cramps and PMS, menopause and thyroid disorders.

The manufacturer states that Body Balance® may not be safe for children under the age of one, and that seaweeds may contain high levels of iodine and heavy metals. No clinical trials have been performed on Body Balance®. However, there is evidence on the use of aloe. The pulp of aloe leaves has been applied to the skin for thousands of years to treat wounds, infections, burns, and other skin conditions. Dried latex from the inner leaf lining has been taken by mouth as a laxative. There is good scientific evidence supporting the use of aloe for constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis and dandruff. However, more research is needed to determine if it is effective for other conditions. Avoid using aloe in people who are allergic or sensitive to aloe, its parts, or plants belonging to the Liliaceae family (including garlic, onions and tulips). Avoid in people with blood sugar disorders, kidney disease, heart disease, liver problems, or bowel or stomach conditions. Taking aloe by mouth is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

For more information about aloe, please visit Natural Standard's Foods, Herbs & Supplements database.

References

  1. Life Force International. http://www.lifeforce.net
  2. Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine. 

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