A Magical Plant: 8 Aloe Vera Benefits for Health

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Aloe vera is a magical plant.

From constipation to burns, this easy-to-grow plant is a medical wonder that is used all over the world. And while drinking aloe vera juice (extracted from its fleshy green leaves) may not be very appetizing, women usually don't have any problem extracting its slimy gel and using it for cosmetic purposes.

That's exactly what we are going to discuss today. Tried and tested aloe vera benefits that will blow your mind.

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#1 Aloe vera is a powerful antioxidant.

The aloe vera plant is packed with vitamins, minerals, and medicinal compounds.

One such compound is polyphenol, which has strong antioxidant properties and is capable of inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria that lead to various diseases in human beings.

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#2 It can heal burns.

From simple sunburns to second-degree burns, aloe vera can help burned skin regenerate itself fast when applied topically in the gel form.

In fact, studies have shown that applying aloe gel regularly over your burned areas can reduce the healing time by 9 days as compared to conventional burn ointments and other treatment options.

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#3 It can prevent dental diseases.

Dental plaque, which is a biofilm of bacteria over your gums and teeth, is responsible for most dental diseases, including cavities and gum inflammation. And a study of 300 participants found that rinsing your mouth with 100% aloe vera juice is as effective as chlorhexidine (the gold standard mouthwash) at reducing its build-up.

Aloe vera succeeds in doing this through its antibacterial properties that kills and prevents the growth of S.mutans, which is the primary bacteria implicated in most oral disease.

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#4 It can speed up the healing of recurring mouth ulcers.

Recurring mouth ulcers are most commonly caused by stress and dietary deficiencies. And when they crop up, they usually irritate us for the next 7 - 10 days.

This duration can be unbearable for most people because these ulcers are quite painful when they come in contact with food. And they also tend to burn.

That's where aloe vera comes in.

Studies have found that applying aloe vera gel over recurrent mouth ulcers is capable of speeding up the healing process. And though this natural remedy is not as effective as using corticosteroids, which is the conventional therapy for recurring ulcers, the former might be better for your overall health since corticosteroids are notorious for reducing your body's immunity.

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#5 The wax over aloe leaves are laxative in nature.

Laxatives are agents that are capable of relieving constipation. And for this, it's better to consume the yellow waxy substance that stick to the lower surface of aloe leaves than consume its gel.

This is because aloe wax contains a compound named aloin (or barbaloin), which is a powerful laxative agent.

But other than this, aloe vera doesn't have any other digestive benefits.

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#6 It reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Aloe vera has potent anti-aging properties because when you apply its gel over your skin regularly for 90 days, it can make your skin smooth and supple by boosting its collagen production.

Plus, it is great at rehydrating your skin, which prevents cracking and dryness.

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#7 It is a traditional remedy for type 2 diabetes.

When type 2 diabetic patients consume aloe vera juice regularly, it improves their body's insulin sensitivity and also helps regulate their blood sugar levels. That's why aloe vera is also known as the natural remedy for diabetes.

Nevertheless, you should not overdo this because some studies have found that having too much aloe vera can damage your liver.

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#8 It can treat dandruff and scalp inflammation.

Aloe vera gel is packed with vitamins and minerals that are capable of rehydrating your scalp and reducing inflammation and dandruff.

Plus, it is a great conditioner that leaves your hair silky smooth once you wash it off.

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Story first published: Monday, November 6, 2017, 19:00 [IST]
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