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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is part of the cactus family and is considered to have many healing and therapeutic properties. It has been used since centuries for skin care and other health benefits. Considered native to northern Africa, it’s use has been document since the first century AD.

Although scientific evidence is scarce, aloe vera’s efficacy is widely known when it comes to curing skin disorders, and though some studies show conflicting reports, aloe vera has not lost its status as an all-healing plant.

The thick fleshy part of the leaves is used extensively to heal bruises, wounds, sunburns, psoriasis, frostbites, and cold sores.

It is also effective in healing surgical wounds and bedsores. Aloe vera is available in both gel and pill forms, which can be topically applied or taken orally. In traditional medicine, the fleshy part of aloe vera is freshly used for application on the skin and scalp as it is mostly grown in homes.

Aloe vera supplement benefits

Today, aloe vera supplements are manufactured in larger quantities to reach far and wide. Aloe vera supplements are considered to provide health benefits in various aspects.

  • Aloe vera supplement improves bowel movement and clear constipation. They enhance protein absorption and help avoid bacterial and yeast infections.
  • Aloe vera supplements boost the immune system. They contain minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, and zinc that provide our daily requirement of these minerals.
  • Aloe vera supplements are also excellent for the skin, as they help in collagen and elastin regeneration, which are vital for skin restoration. Naturally, dry skin peels off and new skin is formed every 21 days; aloe vera supplements help by ensuring this regeneration process and keeping the skin healthy and younger looking.
  • Aloe vera supplements are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, which help fight infections and keep one healthy.
  • Aloe vera supplements advance joint flexibility and alleviate joint pain and inflammation in aged and weak joints. They also contain amino sugars, mucopolysaccharides that aid in cell regeneration.
  • Aloe vera supplements are also taken for treating acne, epilepsy, asthma, colds, absence of menstruation, depression, hemorrhoids, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses.
  • Aloe vera supplements are often prescribed for diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, IBS, and other problems related to the digestive system. However, no scientific research has been done for the same.

Aloe vera supplement side effects

Aloe vera supplements are to be avoided by pregnant women as they are harmful both for the mother and the baby. Also, some people may be allergic to aloe vera, so a patch test is advised. Excess of aloe vera supplements can be harmful and might trigger rashes or small pimples. Consult a doctor before taking any supplements to ensure that you do not inadvertently do more harm than good.

Submitted on September 18, 2012