Aloe Vera has numerous health benefits in multiple aspects.
It’s clear gel consists of primarily 96% water but also contains 18 amino acids and vitamins A, B, C, E and other organic and inorganic compounds.
Aids in speedy healing of skin
It is proven that Aloe Vera has positive effects on treating skin burns, sun burn, acne, eczema, cold sores, psoriasis, etc.
It also heals minor wounds quickly leaving less scar by boosting collagen and fighting infection.
Its high content of water combined with vitamin C moisturizes dry skin and promotes skin repair.
Anti-oxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
Polyphenols in Aloe Vera are anti-oxidants that protect body tissues against oxidative stress.
It also contains vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that aids in fighting inflammation and facilitates in repairing skin and tissues.
Vitamin A and E also combat free radical damages in our body.
It also has anti-inflammatory enzymes:
Campesterol - a plant steroid which has cholesterol-lowering properties and may act in cancer prevention.
Lupeol – displayed anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities in studies.
Beta-Sitosterol – a plant sterol with chemical structure similar to that of cholesterol that is shown to reduce swelling and inflammation and also lowers cholesterol.
Aloe Vera gel can help with dry eyes and inflammation.
And it provides nutrients that are beneficial for eye health such as vitamins A, C, C, B12 and zinc, calcium, amino acids and magnesium.
Aloe contains aloin which has laxative properties. But if you take too much of it, it could have negative effects such as abdominal cramping and diarrhea. ** Thus, you have to take in in small doses (approximately 50-200 mg of aloe latex or juice).
Aloe Vera is effective against plaque-forming bacteria. It can be used as mouthwash to fight plaque and gingivitis.
Controls blood sugar
It is reported that aloe showed positive effects on blood sugar levels for pre-diabetes and type-II diabetes in ‘The Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics’.
Enzymes in Aloe Vera:
Amylase - a protein that helps breaks down carbohydrates into simple sugars for digestion.
Lipase – an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown fat to fatty acids and glycerol or other alcohols.
* Caution: It is always better to take Aloe Vera in its natural form. Commercial Aloe Vera products might include bleached the surface skin. 2. Take in small doses.
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