Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Srikanth R By Srikanth R, 23rd Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Aloe Vera is a gift of nature to human beings. This article lists various health benefits of Aloe vera.


Aloe vera is a short stemmed succulent plant (stores water in its thick and fleshy leaves and resembles cactus). It is also known as true aloe or medicinal aloe. There are around 250 species of Aloe vera plants in the world and they normally grow in arid climates. Aloe vera has immense health benefits as it contains minerals, vitamins, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, lectins, etc. It is non-toxic and does not have any known side effects. People have been benefiting from Aloe vera from thousands of years.

Health benefits of Aloe vera:

Here are some health benefits of Aloe vera.

Good for digestive system: Aloe vera juice provides relief from heart burn and irritable bowel syndrome.

Effective in treatment of wounds: Aloe vera promotes healing of wounds and burns and reduces pain. It stimulates growth of cells. It also avoids formation of scars. It is a very good astringent (shrinks body tissues).

Good for diabetics: Consuming Aloe vera stabilizes blood sugar levels.

Boosts immunity: Aloe vera helps in improving the immunity of the human body.

Good for hyperlipidemia: It was observed that Aloe vera lowered blood lipids in patients suffering from hyperlipidemia.

Good for the liver: Aloe vera provides relief to patients suffering from acute hepatitis.

Good for ulcerative colitis: Aloe vera reduces inflammation in patients suffering from ulcerative colitis.

Good for the skin: Due to antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, Aloe vera is effective in treatment of boils and skin cysts.

Provides relief from cough: Consuming Aloe vera with honey is found to provide relief from allergic cough.

Good for the hair: Aloe vera promotes healthy hair growth by balancing PH and by promoting production of healthy enzymes.

Good for the teeth: Aloe vera is found to combat periodontal disease and other oral conditions.

Effective against constipation: Aloe vera contains aloin, which is a good purgative. This provides relief from constipation.

Cleans the human system: Aloe vera has the reputation of being one of the best body cleansers. It cleans morbid substances from the stomach, kidneys, colon, spleen, liver and bladder.

Good for arthritis: Alos vera provides relief for patients suffering from arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Also due to anti bacterial and anti viral properties, it prevents secondary infections.

Good for insomnia: Aloe vera has a general soothing effect on the human body. Due to this, it promotes relaxation and helps the person to go to sleep.

Aloe vera definitely has many health benefits. But it is always a good idea to consult a certified physician before consuming Aloe vera.



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