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12 Effective Uses & Benefits of Aloe Vera!

Aloe vera leaves & a Spoon of aloe vera gel
Written by Dr Prachi Garg
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Aloe Vera or Aloe barbadensis is a plant with a short stem that stores water in its leaves. It is also known as ‘Ghritkumari’ in Hindi. The leaves are greenish in colour with serrated margins.

Aloe Vera is excellent for our health. The gel present in the leaves can be consumed by making a juice out of them.

Aloe Vera contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B9 and vitamin B12. It also contains minerals like calcium, copper, sodium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, manganese, zinc etc.

Benefits & Uses of Aloe Vera Are:

  • Treatment of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):

Patients with Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease experience symptoms like heartburn, flatulence, food regurgitation, nausea, vomiting, acid regurgitation etc.

Aloe vera syrup, when consumed has shown a reduction in the frequency of most of the symptoms of GERD.[1]

  • Good for our Digestive System:

Aloe Vera is a boon for our digestive system. It helps in cleaning our digestive system. It also helps in the movement of bowels, preventing constipation.

Aloe Vera is thus an effective laxative.[2]

Anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera help in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

  • Helps to Detox our Body:

Drinking aloe vera juice, empty stomach helps in removing toxins from our body. It also cleans our digestive system.

Thus, aloe vera helps in naturally detoxifying our body.[3]

Read More: How to Detox Your Body?

  • Good for Oral Health:

Aloe Vera is an effective component of mouthwash. It helps in reducing plaques and swelling in our gums.[4] It also helps in reducing bleeding in gums.

Antimicrobial activity of aloe vera also helps in preventing infections of the oral cavity.[5]

  • Reduces Blood Sugar Levels:

Aloe Vera when consumed, effectively reduces blood sugar levels.[6]

Aloe Vera has been found to be useful in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus.[7]

Read More: Understanding Blood Sugar Levels

  • Amazing for our Skin:

Aloe Vera application on the skin helps to keep skin hydrated, improves elasticity and prevents the development of wrinkles.[8] Aloe Vera keeps skin glowing and soft. It also prevents acne.

Aloe Vera application on sunburns helps in faster healing.[9]

Also Read: 9 Aloe Vera Benefits for Skin

  • Treatment of Psoriasis:

Aloe Vera gel keeps skin moisturized. It also helps to reduce redness and scaling in patients with psoriasis.[10]

  • Good for our Hair:

Aloe Vera is amazing for our hair.[11]

Aloe Vera gel makes our hair strong and shiny. It increases blood circulation, thus improving the growth of hair. It also helps to get rid of dandruff.

Aloe Vera is content in many shampoos and conditioners.

Also Read: 5 Foods That Are Good For Hair Growth

  • Boosts immunity:

Aloe Vera is a potent immunity booster.[12]

It is a powerful antioxidant and reduces inflammation. It kills bacteria, viruses and fungi, thus protecting us from a variety of infections.

  • Promotes Wound Healing:

Aloe Vera shows effective wound healing properties.[13]

It increases blood circulation to the affected area. It has been widely used to treat burns, cuts, insect bites and eczema.

  • Helps in Weight Loss:

Drinking aloe vera juice helps to lose weight. It clears our body of toxins and cleanses our digestive system. It also keeps us full, thus preventing the intake of excessive calories.

Aloe Vera also gives a boost to our metabolism, thus burning fat and promoting weight loss.

  • Increases Shelf Life:

Aloe Vera increases the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.[14]

Coating certain fruits and vegetables with aloe vera gel were found to increase their shelf life. It prevented the growth of fungus and bacteria, thus protecting them from being spoiled.

Also Read: 13 Health Benefits of Turmeric

About the author

Dr Prachi Garg

A Gold Medallist Physiotherapist from the Maharashtra University
of Health Sciences (MUHS), and also a qualified Dietician who later
went on to establish the “Mera Health Genie Wellness, India” in 2009
with a vision to offer the best remedies possible through the medium
of alternative medicines.
Effectively used Physiotherapy, Diet and Nutrition, Yoga, and
Acupressure to help numerous people recover from an injury or
manage a long term problem, achieving fitness goals, managing
weight and well being.

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