Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
Published on ginnyent on 25th April, 2019
Aloe Vera like other wonder plants is one of the powerful medicines of nature. Aloe Vera belongs to the Liliaceae or Aloeaceae family. Over 325 species are in the Aloe genus. The most common species are Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe perryi and Aloe ferox.
From the ancient times, the Egyptians used Aloes for many purposes: for treatment and for cosmetic purposes. Aloe vera itself is a native of northern Africa. The main constituents of Aloe vera are anthraquinone, glycosides, aloin and resin.
Glycosides are found in the middle layer of Aloe vera also called the latex.
The anthraquinones, aloin and emodin are also found in the middle layer.
The pulp, also called the gel, is found inside the leaves of Aloe vera and it contains water, sugar, fat and phytosterols.
Aloe vera grows very well in flower pots.
Due to its wide application in traditional medicine, a lot of scientific research study has been done with Aloe vera to determine its health and medicinal benefits.
Anti-cancer effects of Aloe Vera
Research has proven Aloe Vera’s effectiveness against cancer cells, especially cancer cells in the breast. The leaves of Aloe Vera can transform cancer cells to non-cancer cells. The leaves of Aloe vera when blended with honey, to form a mixture, have been proven effective against cancer cells.
Aloe Vera is an immune booster.
Known as a constituent of many herbal immune boosters, Aloe Vera can help people with suppressed immunity or individuals who are immunocompromised. This is because it helps the white blood cells do their function in the body; fighting against foreign bodies and diseases.
Aloe Vera is antimicrobial
Aloe Vera is active against gram positive and gram negative bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus bovis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis etc. It is also active against fungal pathogens like Candida albicans and Candida parapsilosis. Aloe vera’s phenol compounds and amino acids wade off viruses, bacteria and fungi. Aloe vera gel can kill herpes simplex virus without being toxic to other cells – (Helen Quach).
Wound healing properties of Aloe Vera
The Aloe gel is very useful and effective in the treatment of burns. It quickens replacement of burn-damaged skin.
Aloe Vera is also good for skin health. People with wrinkling skin, patients suffering psoriasis can benefit a lot from the application of Aloe Vera gel on their skin. Skin ailments like Eczema and Dandruff can be treated with Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera can be used for treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and ailments.
It is potent in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Aloe Vera also alleviates intestinal ulcer symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux. And because Aloe Vera is a laxative, it is used for treating constipation.
Aloe Vera takes care of menstrual problems
Just like mistletoe, Aloe Vera can help in the treatment of menstrual irregularities like oligomenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea, anovulation, uterine adhesions etc.
Who Should Not Take Aloe Vera? When Should You Not Take Aloe Vera?
- Pregnant women
- People who are allergic to the Liliaceae family eg onion and garlic
- Diabetics on treatment
- Due to its antioxidant properties, people who are undergoing removal of superoxides from their body should not take Aloe Vera
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