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Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a popular natural remedy for variety of medical problems. It is a plant from the Lily family, called also Aloe barbadensis. Studies have shown that aloe vera contains more than 20 amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and many other substances. Most of the healing properties of aloe vera have to thank to polysaccharides, anthraquinones, lectins and mannans present in the plant.

The plant could be used as liquid, lotion, gel, cream, spray, or capsules.

Skin Problems

Ayurveda recommends the use of aloe vera in skin issues and allergic reactions. Usually, it is prescribed as a cream or gel and applied onto the skin.

Skin burns and wounds are also treated with aloe vera. If applied instantly after the burn, aloe vera is said to guarantee the pain relief. Shingles, cuts or bruises on the skin are going to heal much quicker if you rub it with some aloe vera gel.

This plant might also ease the condition is people suffering from psoriasis, blisters or sores.

Digestive problems

Recent studies have proven the effects of aloe vera juice to the digestive system. Heartburn, ulcers and indigestion are easily solved using this juice. Even patients experiencing constipation might have benefits from this plant. People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome often feel much better after the use of aloe vera.


It is believed that aloe vera might heal arthritis if used every day. Most of the patients experience less pain in the muscles and joints, after they have been using aloe vera.

Metabolic Effects

Aloe vera extract is believed to be helpful in treatments of high levels of sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. The claims had not been proven yet. However, they could be worth of exploring since these effects might reduce the risks of coronary artery heart disease.


Aloe vera is one of the substances studied for its effects on the skin and potential use in the cosmetic industry. It has moisturizing properties and eases the penetration of different active substances in the skin. Anti-aging properties are based on stimulating effects to the production of proteins (elastin and collagen). Being the structural proteins of the connective tissue, those proteins are necessary to prevent or delay aging of the skin.

Other Uses

The plant is also used to treat acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), some bacterial and fungal infections, gingivitis and plaque.

Although aloe vera has shown some positive effects, further studies are necessary to prove the benefits of this plant in human use.

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