9 Health Benefits Aloe Vera: Natural Wonder Plant

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Aloe Vera is one of the most useful plants in Ayurveda as well as in a lot many medical texts. It is a plant of short length and has fleshy leaves with a gel contained in them. This is the useful part of the plant. It is also edible if prepared in the right manner. The skincare industry is also using this plant to its maximum. Apart from that, people across the globe have also been using this plant for a lot many other health and beauty gains. In this article, we will be discussing 9 such benefits that you can have from Aloe Vera. 

Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

1. Heals acid reflux 

If you are someone who is frequently bothered by acid reflux issues such as heartburn, stomach burn, and similar issues, you can easily have relief from them with the help of aloe vera gel. All you have to do is, remove the yellow stain from the leaves of the plant, scoop out the fresh gel and make a juice out of it by adding a little bit of water.

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The soothing properties of aloe vera can act as an antacid to calm your gut down and refresh you from the inside out. 

2. Improves digestive health 

Apart from curing acid reflux symptoms, it can also help in improving digestive health in individuals. If your bad lifestyle and poor dietary choices have brought you issues such as constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), aloe vera gel is one the best things you can ever have.

It can flush out all the accumulated waste from your intestines and give that feeling of freshness and active energy. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera are also great for the health of your intestines. It can also improve the process of digestion. 

3. Detoxification 

Detoxification is another important health gain you can have by consuming aloe vera juice or gel on a daily basis. It can flush out all the toxins from your body and act as a cleansing agent. Hence, you may consume it as a detoxifying drink once in a day.

You can also dilute it with water and make aloe vera water out of it. This can be a perfect drink that you can drink to replace water. You may also add any flavour of your choice, to make it more interesting. However, make sure you are not adding sweeteners and destroying its health benefits. 

4. Improves oral health 

If you are not someone who is fond of the strong taste of mouthwashes, then aloe vera can be one of the best ever natural replacements you can have. You may add rock salt and some flavouring agents along with aloe vera gel, in order to make a natural mouth freshener. It can also help in curing bleeding gums.

The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera gel can also heal the inflammation caused in the gums. It can also prevent bad breath and various other oral infections that are common in individuals. 

5. Reduces increased blood sugar level 

Hyperglycemia or increased blood sugar level is a common lifestyle condition diagnosed in an increasing population nowadays. There are a lot of dietary choices, and natural and herbal remedies that you can try out if you would like to reduce your blood sugar levels without the help of medications if your levels are not that severe.

In such cases, you may make aloe vera a part of your daily routine since it is proven to reduce type 2 diabetes in people. Even if you are someone who is taking medications for diabetes, you can still consume aloe vera juice on a daily basis, as a dietary supplement. 

6. Excellent for skin health 

The skincare benefits of aloe vera cannot be stressed enough. This is because of the rich content of Vitamin C and Vitamin E found in this plant. It is also an excellent natural moisturiser for your skin. Another important benefit of aloe vera is that it can be used by people of any skin type.

However, if you have a sensitive skin type, it is better to use store-bought aloe vera gel, instead of the fresh one, since it may cause an itching sensation on your skin if the stain has not been removed properly. 

7. Psoriasis

The skincare benefit of aloe vera becomes evident when you realise that the plant has also been used as a treatment for the skin condition called psoriasis. Psoriasis is a condition, where the skin would be extremely dry, itchy, and flaky. Flakiness can also be seen in some people. With the external application and internal consumption of aloe vera gel, these symptoms can be effectively cured. 

8. Improves hair health 

Just like the skincare benefits of aloe vera gel, it is also an effective remedy for your haircare concerns too. Iot can make the hair shinier, stronger, and thicker. Apart from that, it can also effectively cure the dandruff issues on your scalp. 

9. Immunity drink 

Aloe vera is the best if you would like to revitalise your immunity inside out. You can have this on a daily basis, which can help in fighting any bacterial, viral, and fungal infections that may affect your body. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this plant will also contribute to the immunity benefits.

Hence, it is also something that is best to be given to kids, who fall ill more frequently due to poor immunity. However, it is important to check with your doctor and make sure that the kid is not allergic to the plant. 

Conclusion

Now you know all the major benefits of aloe vera and how to use it in the right way in order to gain the maximum benefits. No matter how you are using the plant, it is important to remove the yellow stain from it, since it is a toxin and can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. In some people, even the stainless flesh can also cause allergies. Hence, it is important to take an allergic test, before making aloe vera and its products a part of your daily life. 

References

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Dr. David G Kiely is a distinguished Medical Reviewer and former General Medicine Consultant with a wealth of experience in the field. Dr. Kiely's notable career as a General Medicine Consultant highlights his significant contributions to the medical field.

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