Aloe Vera is a plant that has many health and nutritional benefits. This plant belongs to the lily family like so many others like garlic and onion. Different parts of this plant can be used for different purposes. You can use this plant for internal application as well as external application.
Aloe Vera is used for a wide range of remedies because it has more than 200 active components like vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, polysaccharide and others. This plant has been used for therapeutic purposes for more than 500 years. This is proof enough that this plant is beneficial for humans.
In this article we are going to discuss some of the major health benefits of Aloe Vera.
Many people suffer from poor digestion. We all know that digestion of food is one of the most important factors for good health. According to many studies, Aloe Vera helps in cleansing and soothing the digestive track.
And because Aloe Vera helps the human body to adapt to external changes and resist illness, it is good for treating both constipation and diarrhea. It has been found to be of good help to people suffering from problems like irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux.
Aloe Vera also helps in fighting bad bacteria in the gut and therefore helping in maintaining a healthy intestinal flora.
The Aloe Vera leaf is filled with a gel like substance which is almost 99% water. When this gelatinous food substance moves through the intestinal track it helps in absorbing toxins. This means toxins and waste will be thrown out of the body with ease.
Alkalizes The Body
It is a well-known fact that the environment inside the human body needs to have a slightly alkaline pH balance so that the body is healthy and is able to fight diseases.
Aloe Vera is alkaline forming food and therefore it helps in alkalizing the body. This also means a boost to the immune system.
Many studies have been conducted to analyze the impact of Aloe Vera on cardiovascular health. These studies have indicated that the juice from this plant helps in improved transportation and diffusion of oxygen by the red blood cells. Another study has indicated that this plant material even helps in lowering bad cholesterol in the blood.
Therefore, by improving blood circulation, regulating blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol, improve oxidation of blood and lowering the stickiness of the blood, this plant may be considered helpful for the human heart.
Some studies have even indicated that Aloe juice helps in lowering blood sugar levels. This coupled with the faster healing properties of this plant can be beneficial to diabetics.
Many of the cosmetic products make use of Aloe Vera because of the skin healing capabilities of this plant and its gel. This gel also has an antipruritic property, which means it can help in preventing itching of skin.
This is why you will see that topical creams for burns, abrasions, eczema and psoriasis have Aloe Vera in them.
Because of its astringent properties it can even be used to stop bleeding from cuts and burns.
The gel from this plant has 99% water and therefore it is useful for hydrating the skin and rejuvenating it. This gel even increases the elasticity of the skin and can help in making it soft and smooth.
This gel even has substances that help in lowering inflammation. This can be helpful for pain in the joints and for improved flexibility. It is also helpful in reducing inflammation caused by colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and other disease caused by inflammation in the gut.
Immune system booster
Aloe Vera has high levels of antioxidants which are helpful in fighting the free radicals in the body. We know that free radicals are responsible for the aging process.
Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids And Fatty Acids
This plant also contains important vitamins like A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. In fact this is one of the few plants that have B12. This plant material also has 18-20 amino acids and fatty acids that are beneficial for the human body.
And there are some 20 minerals that are found in this plant like calcium, zinc, magnesium, chromium, sodium, selenium, iron, copper, potassium, manganese and others.