Benefits of Aloe Vera




Introduction

        Aloe vera is one of the best medicinal plants with many benefits. It has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antitumor properties which are very beneficial for our bodies.

        Read more to get in depth information about these properties and other benefits of aloe vera.



Aloe Vera has antibacterial properties

Anthraquiones and salicylic acid are the bioactive compounds that give aloe vera, its antibacterial properties.

Anthraquiones are a group of phenolic compounds which also include other compounds like emodin and barbaloin etc. These compounds are powerful antimicrobial agents.

Salicylic acid also exhibits the antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. This compound helps in the disinfection of the wounded area and then it destroys the bacteria. It also helps in removing of dead tissue. 

Aloe vera can also can inhibit the growth of certain microbes which was also shown in a 2014 study.


Aloe Vera has antiviral properties

A research also found that the anthraquinones extracted from aloe vera leaf exhibits anti viral properties.

The same research also showed that aloe emodin, de glycosylated aloin and stimulation of the immune system prevents the adsorption and replication of the virus.

So, Aloe vera is effective against many viruses like herpes simplex virus (HSV) and influenza virus etc.



Aloe Vera has antiseptic properties

The reason for aloe vera to have an antiseptic property is because it contains different types of antiseptic agents
  • Phenols
  • Sulfur
  • Cinnamonic acid
  • Lupeol
  • Urea nitrogen
  • Salicylic acid
The above mentioned antiseptic agents acts as a inhibitors against fungi, bacteria and viruses. 


Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties

Inflammation is a body's natural way to protect from injuries.

But an inflammation which is chronic and long term can cause some health issues. 

Inflammation is caused by the formation of prostaglandins at the damage areas or the infection areas. Actually prostaglandins help in the healing of damaged areas or infection areas.

Again, too much production of  prostaglandins causes unwanted inflammation.  
 
The aloe vera helps to inhibit the action of cyclooxygenase enzymes and it also reduces levels of prostaglandin. This is the reason for aloe vera exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties.

Applying aloe vera gel can help you to alleviate the inflammation of joints and it can also help in the reducing the pain of joints and muscle.

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the juice of aloe vera can also be beneficial for reducing the swelling and inflammation that is related to arthritis.


Aloe Vera can treat burns and heal wounds


Sometimes, aloe vera is used by rubbing it on the skin, because aloe vera is known to treat sores, first degree and second degree burns and even sunburn at a faster rate.

Aloe vera accelerates and enhances the process of healing of wounds in some ways which are mentioned below

  • Polysaccharides which are found in aloe vera gel helps to increase the cell movement which results in faster tissue regrowth and it also enhances the wound healing.

  • There are many other compounds present in aloe vera which help in healing of wounds like the glucomannan and gibberellin etc.

When you apply the aloe vera gel to your wounded part, the aloe vera helps in sealing of the wound which results in reducing the risk of infection and a better protection of wounded area. 

Some studies have also shown that aloe vera is also effective against ulcers. 


Aloe Vera strengthens the immune system

Aloe vera juices can help you to get the natural detoxifying properties which helps you to cleanse the circulatory and the digestive system.

The natural detoxifying properties improves the blood circulation, accelerates the fueling of the nutrients and the antioxidants to the cells resulting in healthy cells.

These healthy cells help you to have a better immune system, resulting in the ability to neutralize harmful bacteria and these cells also has a much better ability to fight against infections.

Again, strengthening of the immune system helps your body to fight against viruses like herpes simplex, varicella-zoster, and influenza.

A review has shown that bioactive compounds present in aloe vera are anticancer agents.


Aloe Vera maintains and improves your skin health

Aloe vera extract is used in many cosmetics and skin care products. It's because your skin can get moisturizing and anti aging effect from aloe vera.

Many skin products use aloe vera has a primary component because it helps in maintaining youthful skin and to improve your skin health. 

The gel which is present in aloe vera can be applied as a raw form to  your face or you can make aloe vera juice and then consume it, to improve your skin health.


Aloe Vera helps in dental and oral health care



Aloe vera inhibits the progression of diseases and it also kills the microorganisms which are responsible for dental and oral health issues.

That's why the aloe vera is effective against many oral and dental diseases like dental plaque and gum disease etc.

Aloe vera juice is also known to keep the gums healthy. 

Aloe vera can be used as an effective mouthwash and it has the ability to cure dental plaque which is also supported by some studies.


Aloe Vera helps in better digestion

Drinking aloe vera juice can be beneficial for your digestive system.

Aloe vera juice helps in reducing inflammation and relaxing of the gastrointestinal tract.

The enzymes which are present in the aloe vera, help in the breakdown of sugars and fats. It also helps in activation of our digestive enzymes resulting in better break down of the food.

According to a research aloe vera is a great source of prebiotics which is beneficial for good gut bacteria or probiotics. 

The prebiotics are the sources of food for the good gut bacteria or probiotics.

The prebiotics help in the flourishing of probiotics and aloe vera can be a great source of prebiotics which can also help in flourishing of probiotics.   

These good gut bacteria are essential to keep your gut healthy which results in better digestion.


Precautions for using Aloe Vera

Selecting the right type of aloe plant is very much important.

Because there are more than 400 species of aloe plant, and aloe vera is one of them. 

There are even some poisonous species of aloe plant like aloe ballyi, aloe elata etc.   

If you want to know how to identify the right aloe vera plant visit this article.
                        
The most popular and most beneficial aloe vera is the "Aloe vera barbadensis miller" and it is the edible aloe vera plant.

Aloe vera barbadensis miller

It's necessary to have the right knowledge about the types of aloe vera and about their leaves before using them.

You can visit your nearest horticulture departments to get the right beneficial aloe vera plant.


Learn the proper method of extraction of gel and preparation of Aloe Vera juice

It's important to remove the yellow sap present at the bottom of aloe vera plant because it may cause stomach discomfort when ingested.

  



To know more about the preparation aloe vera juice, visit this article.



Always consult your doctor before using Aloe Vera

There are even negative effects of aloe vera and that's why you must consult your doctor before using aloe vera. 


Negative effects of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera may also cause laxative effects, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, diarrhea and even increased risk of colorectal cancer when consumed frequently and in larger quantities.

Pregnant individuals are advised not to consume aloe vera because it may cause uterine contraction and during breast feeding it can cause gastrointestinal distress in infants.

Aloe vera can also interact with medication negatively.

Children below the age of 12 should not consume aloe vera juice or gel because it might cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and cramps. Aloe vera is generally safe and beneficial for surface of skin or minor cuts.
     

Conclusion


        The main reason for aloe vera to be so beneficial is because it has many beneficial bioactive compounds. These bioactive compounds exhibit the properties of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antitumor. 

        These properties make aloe vera so much beneficial for our bodies. But make sure to take precautions for using aloe vera which is mentioned above.
Siddharth

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