There are a lot of health benefits from Aloe Vera and this is my take on it.
I’m not sure if it’s easily grown but we have lots of aloe vera plants around our garden. It would be nice if you can have your aloe vera plants too.
Here is my list of the health benefits of aloe vera.
1. Aloe Vera Is Very Nutritious
The gel in aloe vera mostly contains its nutrients. It’s rich in amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
It’s rich in vitamins B, C, and E, and folic acid. It is rare for plants to contain vitamin B12 but aloe vera has it.
It also contains calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc.
A plant that you still do not know yet that has this many nutrients you can get is Ashitaba leaves. You can learn more about Ashitaba leaves health benefits from this article.
2. Helps Keep Your Body’s pH Balance
Aloe vera is highly alkaline. It’s good to consume aloe vera to balance out your body’s acidity.
A body with an acidic pH is prone to many different kinds of diseases.
3. Aloe Vera Rich In Antioxidants
Aloe vera contains powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.
There are a lot of benefits from antioxidants. You can check more details about it specifically from the other health benefits of aloe vera on my list.
According to this study (Antibacterial Activities And Antioxidant Capacity Of Aloe Vera), aloe vera contains antioxidants as well as antibacterial qualities.
4. Has Antibacterial Properties
As mentioned earlier, aloe vera is rich in polyphenols. These polyphenols help reduce the growth of certain bacteria that can cause different infections in us humans.
5. Aloe Vera Boosts Immunity
A study from 2008 tells us that aloe vera has antiviral effects that help stimulate your immune system. This helps protect your body from different forms of diseases relating to having a poor immune system.
Drinking aloe vera juice optimizes your circulatory system and digestive system. This means that nutrients are absorbed well and distributed well in your body.
This automatically translates to having healthier cells in your body to fight harmful bacteria and cell rejuvenation.
6. Is Good For Hydrating
Aloe Vera is very watery and it has a lot of nutrients that are beneficial to your body.
You may have noticed an increase in sports drink products or beverage products in the market that adds aloe vera pulps in their drinks because of this effect.
7. Aloe Vera Improves Skin Health
There seems to be quite much evidence that shows aloe vera gel to slow the aging of the skin.
In a study conducted with women, the topical application of the aloe vera gel showed an increase in collagen production and skin elasticity improvement after 90 days.
Hydrating with aloe vera juice may also help you in reducing the appearance of acne.
The nutrients you get from aloe vera may even be able to repair your skin from damages caused by ultraviolet radiation and prevent wrinkles.
You may have also noticed that there is a lot of different skincare and personal care products that now contain aloe vera as their ingredient.
Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that can help protect your skin.
8. Is An Organic Beauty Treatment
There are a lot of different uses of aloe vera juice for your beauty treatments.
You can use it as a makeup primer, makeup remover, and skin moisturizer.
9. Aloe Vera Is Good For Hair Care
There are historical claims that say aloe vera is good for hair growth. It seems that aloe vera contains an enzyme that stimulates hair growth.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can be effective against alopecia.
Besides the more serious cases mentioned above, aloe vera is also good for making your hair smooth and shiny.
10. Is Good For Healing Burns And Wounds
Aloe vera is more commonly consumed topically. It’s most of the time rubbed onto the skin.
It is known to be used to treat burns on the skin and for sores. You can also use it for sunburns.
There were studies conducted like this one (The Effect Of Aloe Vera Clinical Trials On Prevention And Healing Of Skin Wound) that showed that using aloe vera improves the healing time of burns compared to conventional medications.
11. Aloe Vera Aids In Treating Canker Sores
Some studies tell us that using aloe vera can speed up the healing of canker sores. Canker sores are also commonly known as mouth ulcers.
12. Reduces Arthritis Pain
Because of aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties, it helps with the pain and swelling caused by arthritis.
The application of aloe vera gel relieves the inflammation of the joints.
You can see positive results regardless of how you consume aloe vera. You can take it orally with aloe vera juice or aloe vera supplements or apply it topically using its aloe vera gel.
Arthritis attacks are more commonly triggered by the food you take so this wouldn’t matter much if you keep on eating foods that are bad for your arthritis issues.
13. Aloe Vera Improves Liver Function
Aloe vera juice helps a lot in keeping your liver healthy.
Because aloe vera is rich in phytonutrients and is good for hydrating, it lessens the workload of your liver in detoxifying your body.
14. Helps With Your Dental Issues
Aloe vera can reduce dental plaque. A study was conducted comparing mouth-washing with aloe vera juice vs the standard mouthwash ingredient chlorhexidine.
It’s found out that aloe vera juice is just as effective as using a regular mouthwash sold in the market.
Gargling aloe vera juice can help keep your gums healthy. You can also use aloe vera powder by putting it on your toothbrush and brushing your teeth normally.
You can read more specifics of this in a published study like this (Preliminary Antiplaque Efficacy Of Aloe Vera Mouthwash On 4 Day Plaque Re-Growth Model).
15. Aloe Vera Helps Relieve Heartburn
Since aloe vera is an acid neutralizer, it’s good for controlling the acid in your stomach. As a result, it helps relieve heartburn.
It may also be able to combat gastric ulcers. This will include acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease.
16. Has Digestive Benefits
There are already many specific health benefits you can get your digestive system from consuming aloe vera.
Aloe vera has adaptogenic properties that are good for proper digestion. Aloe vera contains enzymes that can help in breaking down the sugars and fats to make sure that digestion runs smoothly.
It even has a compound called polysaccharides. This compound can cure different digestive disorders and ulcers.
17. Aloe Vera Lessens Constipation
Aloe vera is also used for treating constipation. Instead of using its gel, you’ll use its latex. It has significant laxative effects.
It helps increase the water content in your intestines. It’s been noted that this helps in passing stool normally.
But if you’re having irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease, it seems that aloe vera is ineffective against these.
18. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Aloe vera at times has been traditionally used for diabetes remedies. It’s said that it can enhance insulin sensitivity and helps in blood sugar management.
But you shouldn’t put your hopes up yet. Because there are very minimal studies about this to say that consuming aloe vera will be very helpful for diabetic patients or people having issues with their blood sugar levels.
This is promising but you should not think of this seriously at the moment if you’re going to consume aloe vera for this reason.
19. Aloe Vera Lowers High Cholesterol
Some studies will tell you that aloe vera can help lower down blood cholesterol.
A Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitamonology study suggests that a regular intake of aloe vera helps your liver decrease cholesterol production by 30%.
20. Helps Fight Growth Of Cancer Cells
21. Aloe Vera Improves Brain Function
A study showed that a regular diet of aloe vera helps improve your memory.
It’s said that this is caused by the saccharides contained in aloe vera.
22. May Help With Weight Loss
Consuming aloe vera may help you reduce the excess fats in your body and ultimately shed some pounds off.
According to this animal study (Administration Of Dried Aloe Vera Gel Powder Reduced Body Fat Mass In Diet-Induced Obesity (DIO) Rats), dried aloe vera was helpful in reducing fat mass in rats that are obese.
Although more research is needed to say that it’s significantly effective to us humans, it’s still something positive to look into.
I didn’t realize that there are these many aloe vera health benefits.
I only see them in pots in our garden. They’re usually harvested by my mother and grandmother to treat their hair and scalp.
The best health benefit of aloe vera for me is that it can be helpful with my arthritis condition and that it has anti-inflammatory qualities.
Which one on the list is the best aloe vera health benefit for you?
I can’t seem to consume them directly so I’ll most likely look for beverage products that contain aloe vera pulps or use aloe vera supplements.
If you’re thinking of consuming or adding aloe vera to your diet, please check first with your doctor or medical professional. This is especially for cases of those who haven’t tried it yet before.
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