March 28, 2023
Health benefits of aloe vera

Health benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is scientifically known as Aloe barbadensis. It is popularly used for medicinal purposes such as treating skin problems. It is green, thick, and short-stemmed; stores water in its leaves. It is native to the Arabian Peninsular and grows all over the world. Here are some of the health benefits of aloe vera

Aloe Vera helps relieve heart burn

Heartburn is the painful feeling in your chest when acid from your stomach moves towards your throat (acid reflux) which worsens when you lie down. Recent research has shown that taking aloe vera reduces this without any known side effects.

Aloe vera reduces blood sugar levels

Aloe vera has been used to treat diabetes because of its insulin enhancement properties. It also improves blood sugar levels in the body.

Eight studies have revealed that it could have benefits for people with type 2 diabetes due to its glycemic control effects on the body. This can be administered through aloe vera juice, crushed leaves, powder, or an extract.

Aloe vera prevents wrinkles and improves the skin

After several research studies, there is evidence that aloe vera slows the aging of the skin. Aloe vera increases collagen production in the skin and improves skin elasticity in a period of 90 days.

It also helps the skin retain moisture which is ideal when you are in dry regions.

This is why aloe vera is used in skincare products to moisturize the skin with products such as moisturizers and face masks.

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Keeping produce fresh

Cambridge University press research done on tomato plants showed that aloe vera coating blocked the growth of harmful bacteria on them. A separate study also revealed similar results when done on apples.

This shows that aloe vera can help increase the shelf life of fruits instead of using chemicals on them.

Aloe vera as an alternative to mouth wash

Research has revealed that aloe vera could be a great alternative to chemical-based mouth wash. The vitamin C naturally found in the plant can help prevent plaque in the mouth and also prevent bleeding in the mouth and relieve swollen gums.

Potential to fight breast cancer

A study done by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed aloe vera has therapeutic properties called aloe-emodin. this has the potential to reduce the spread of breast cancer.

Reduces constipation

The latex part of the aloe Vera and not the gel is what provides the benefits called aloin contained. It is recommended that it is used sparingly with 0.04 to 0.17 grams being sufficient.

Aloe Vera is however not effective for other digestion issues such as irritable bowel problems or inflammatory bowel disease.

 If you have Crohn’s diseasecolitis, or hemorrhoids you should not take aloe vera due to the severe effects such as diarrhea and abdominal cramps. You should also stop taking aloe vera if you are taking other drugs because it reduces their absorption rate.

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Aloe Vera has antioxidants and antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera has powerful antioxidants and properties known as polyphenols. Polyphenols help inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause infections in the body.

It is well known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help heal wounds and treat skin problems.

You can also read about the health benefits of cucumbers

Vanessa Chebet

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