Benefits Of Aloe Vera: Things You Didn’t Know About This Magic Plant

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3. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

One of the enzymes in the gel of aloe vera is bradykinase, which is effective in combating inflammation.This enzyme, along with the other vitamins, allows to use this plant to reduce inflammation. One study found that the plant sterols in aloe vera reduced inflammation in mice by 37 percent.

 

4. It hydrates and nourishes skin.

Aloe vera can help hydrate skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. For these reasons, many commercial skin creams contain aloe vera. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers often include some aloe vera gel blended in to prevent drying out skin.

A three-month study on women over the age of 45 found that applying aloe vera gel improved the elasticity in their skin and increased collagen production. Other studies have confirmed aloe vera’s effectiveness at reducing skin redness. For more serious conditions like psoriasis, however, there is insufficient evidence that aloe vera can serve as an effective treatment.

 

5. Aloe Vera makes for a cleaner mouth.

Studies comparing the effectiveness of standard mouthwash with aloe vera found that substituting aloe vera gel was actually just as effective in fighting plaque and killing harmful germs in the mouth.

You may use aloe vera as a treatment for mouth ulcers, commonly referred to as canker sores. A study on 180 individuals showed that aloe vera patches, when applied to the sore, could indeed reduce the size of the ulcer. (It is important to note however that corticosteroids, the conventional treatment for mouth ulcers, still outperformed aloe vera in this case).

 

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6. Antibacterial properties.

Aloe vera contains a number of antioxidants known as polyphenols. These compounds help to inhibit the spread of harmful bacteria and prevent infections.

Aloe vera is a time-tested and effective remedy for minor topical conditions and can also be ingested for its nutrient qualities. It is not a miracle cure-all plant, but it is a highly beneficial, natural, and cost effective treatment for certain every day, non-serious medical issues.

Bottom line? Buy an aloe vera plant. There’s no downside to having one.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.umm.edu

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