Aloe vera is a short-stemmed shrub plant that is packed full with a lot of health benefits, it has been used for traditional folklore medicine and also for cosmetics. Aloe is a genus that contains more than 500 species of flowering succulent plants. Aloe vera is a popular medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years.
Aloe vera leaf contains three main components — the skin, latex and gel. It stores water in its leaves, this makes the leaves to be thick. The slimy, water-filled tissue is the gel that is used for Aloe vera products.
The gel contains most of the bioactive compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Antioxidants helps to mop up free radicals that causes harm to the body. Aloe vera gel contains powerful antioxidants, which belong to a large family of substances known as polyphenols . These polyphenols, along with several other compounds in Aloe vera, can help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.
How to take aloe vera juice: The natural taste of aloe vera can be so bitter that consuming it can be tasking.
- Take the gel, dice it into small pieces and blend.
- mix a bit of this with some other fruit or vegetable juice that’s preferably sweet.
You can also use the leaves of aloe vera, blend them, strain and drink. If you find it too bitter then mix it up with honey and drink. You can add some lemon to this mix.
Below are some of the health benefits of aloe vera
1. It aids the healing of burns
Aloe vera can be used to aid healing due to the its contents of polysaccharides which have been known to increase cellular movement. This leads to faster and more efficient tissue regrowth. It also contains glycoproteins, which serves as a pain reliever and can help control the inflammatory response. Aloe vera is most commonly used as a topical medication, rubbed onto the skin rather than eaten. It has long been known as a treatment for sores, particularly burns, including sunburns. Studies suggest that it is an effective topical treatment for first- and second-degree burns.
2. It reduces constipation
Constipation is associated with not passing stools regularly or inability to completely empty your bowel. It can also cause stools to be hard and lumpy, as well as unusually large or small. Aloe vera can be used to treat constipation. the latex that provides this benefits.
The latex is a sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the leaf. The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects.
Contrary to popular belief, Aloe vera does not appear to be effective against other digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
3. It reduces dental plaque
Tooth decay and diseases of the gum are very common health problems in the society. One of the best ways to prevent this from happening is to reduce the buildup of plaque (bacterial biofilms) on the teeth which can form tartar that is usally green or pale yellow. In a mouth rinse study of 300 healthy people, 100% pure Aloe vera juice was compared to the standard mouthwash ingredient chlorhexidine. After 4 days of use, the Aloe vera mouth rinse was found to be just as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque.
Aloe vera does this by killing the plaque-producing bacterium Streptococcus mutans in the mouth, as well as the yeast Candida albicans. When used as a mouth rinse, pure Aloe vera juice is just as effective at reducing dental plaque buildup as regular mouthwash.
4. It prevents hair breakage
Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves the hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. Aloe vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage. Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur.
5. It helps treat mouth ulcer
Many people have experienced mouth ulcers, or canker sores, at some point in their lives. They usually form underneath the lip, inside the mouth, and last for about 7-10 days. Studies have convincingly shown that Aloe vera treatment can accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers. In a 7-day study of 180 people with recurrent mouth ulcers, an Aloe vera patch applied to the area was effective in reducing the size of the ulcers.
In another study, Aloe vera gel not only accelerated the healing of mouth ulcers, it also reduced the pain associated with them.
6. It helps to improve skin and prevent wrinkles
There is some preliminary evidence that topical Aloe vera gel can slow aging of the skin. Research has shown that topical application of the gel was shown to increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity over a 90-day period. Another study found that Aloe vera reduced erythema (redness of the skin), but was also found to dehydrate skin cells. There is very little evidence that Aloe vera can treat skin conditions like psoriasis and radiation dermatitis .