Aloe Vera is a very popular medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years and is known for its use as a treatment for skin wounds, such as burns, sores and ulcers. In addition, it also has other therapeutic properties. Next, we review 8 properties of aloe vera scientifically confirmed.
1. Aloe Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Your Health:
Aloe vera is a short and thick-stemmed plant that stores water in its leaves and its use is widespread in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industry. It is easily recognized by its thick and fleshy green leaves finished in a point that can reach 30-50 cm long. Aloe leaves are filled with a viscous tissue that stores water, which explains the thickness of the leaves. This viscous and water-filled fabric is the “gel” that we associate with aloe vera products. Most of the plant’s bioactive compounds are found in the aloe gel:
- Amino acids
In short: Aloe Vera is a very popular medicinal plant that is used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. Its leaves are filled with a “gel” that contains numerous beneficial compounds.
2. Aloe Vera as a Treatment for Canker Sores (Canker Sores):
Many people have had canker sores, or thrush, at some time in their life. These usually form under the lip, inside the mouth, and last about 7-10 days. Various studies have convincingly demonstrated that aloe can accelerate the healing of canker sores. In one study, aloe gel not only accelerated the healing of canker sores, but also reduced the pain associated with them. In another 7-day study of 180 people with recurrent mouth ulcers, the application of an aloe patch was effective in reducing the size of ulcers. However, it did not outperform corticosteroids, the treatment of conventional ulcers.
In summary: it has been shown that the application of aloe gel, either in a patch or gel, contributes to the recovery of canker sores (canker sores).
3. Pure Aloe Vera Juice Reduces Dental Plaque as Much as Mouthwashes:
Caries and gum disease are very common health problems and one of the best ways to prevent them is to reduce the accumulation of plaque (bacterial biofilms) in the teeth. In a mouthwash study conducted on 300 people without health problems, 100% pure aloe juice was compared with chlorhexidine, an ingredient in mouthwashes. After 4 days of use, it was demonstrated that mouthwash with aloe gel was as effective as chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque. Aloe vera acts by killing the Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which produces plaque in the mouth, and Candida albicans yeast.
In summary: The pure aloe juice used as a mouthwash is as effective as common mouthwash to reduce the accumulation of dental plaque.
4. Aloe Vera Can Improve Skin Elasticity and Help Prevent Wrinkles:
There is preliminary evidence that aloe gel can delay skin aging. In a study of 30 women over 45 years of age, it was shown that topical application of the gel increased collagen production and improved skin elasticity over a period of 90 days. Another study revealed that aloe leaves reduces erythema (redness of the skin), but also causes dehydration of skin cells.
“However, there is hardly any evidence to show that aloe vera can treat skin diseases such as psoriasis or radiodermatitis”.
In summary: Previous tests indicate that aloe gel may have anti-aging effects on the skin, but further research is necessary.
5. Aloe Vera Accelerates the Healing of Burns:
Aloe Vera is generally used as a topical medication. For a long time, it has been used as a treatment for sores, especially burns, including sunburn. In fact, studies indicate that it is an effective topical treatment against first and second degree burns. An analysis of 4 experimental studies revealed that aloe could reduce the healing time of burns, compared to conventional medications, approximately 9 days. On the contrary, the evidence about the healing effects of aloe on other types of wounds is inconclusive.
In summary: When we apply aloe leaves on burns, the healing process is accelerated. The evidence about its effects on other types of wounds is inconclusive.
6. Aloe Vera has Potent Antioxidant and Antibacterial Properties:
Aloe Vera gel contains powerful antioxidants that belong to the large family of substances known as polyphenols. These polyphenols, together with other aloe leaves compounds, can help prevent the growth of certain bacteria that cause infections in humans.
In summary: Aloe gel contains several very potent antioxidant compounds, some of which can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.
7. Aloe Vera Can Reduce Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetic People:
On certain occasions, aloe vera has been used as a natural remedy against diabetes. It is said to improve insulin sensitivity and help improve blood sugar control. Various studies in animals and humans with type 2 diabetes have shown encouraging results in the consumption of aloe extract. However, the quality of these studies is quite poor, so it is too early to recommend aloe for this purpose. In addition, there have been cases of liver problems due to long-term use of aloe vera supplements.
8. Aloe Vera Can Help Treat Constipation:
Aloe Vera has often been used to treat constipation. But this time it is not the gel, but the latex, which provides these benefits. Latex is a yellow and sticky residue found under the skin of the aloe leaf. It consists mainly of a compound called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-determined laxative effects. Contrary to popular belief, aloe does not appear to be effective against digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In short: Aloe latex has strong laxative effects, which makes it useful for treating constipation. On the contrary, it does not appear to be beneficial for treating other diseases of the digestive system.
Aloe vera has unique therapeutic properties, especially when applied as an ointment on the skin and gums. It can be used as a treatment for canker sores, sores and burns and against constipation. In addition, it has anti-wrinkle effects and reduces blood sugar levels.