Aloe Vera: Medicinal Properties and Benefits
Aloe Vera is a plant with great healing properties. Used since ancient times, by various cultures, such as Greek, Egyptian and Chinese. Applied for external or internal treatments. Therefore, aloe vera is present in numerous medicinal and beauty products.
The genus Aloe, includes numerous species, at present, only one species is the most used for its therapeutic applications, and is the:
*Aloe barbadensis Miller, better known as “Aloe Vera”.
The pulp of *Aloe vera is rich in carbohydrates, amino acids, organic salts, vitamins, minerals, organic compounds, such as salicylic acid, etc.
As a result, the consumption of *Aloe Vera alkalizes the body, helping to balance our excessively acidic eating habits. Generally due to refined products, animal proteins, soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
Therapeutic benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera, has many beneficial properties from a medical point of view. Next we will see some of them:
*Aloe Vera for Skin:
Aloe vera is an excellent cellular regenerator, for its moisturizing, antiseptic and antibiotic properties. Also for its great capacity, to increase the production of collagen.
Prevents premature aging:
Because it stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin.
For wounds of various kinds, Aloe is able to stop the inflammatory process and accelerate healing.
Aloe can be useful for first and second degree burns. Its antibiotic, antibacterial and analgesic properties, prevents infections. On the other hand, facilitates the regeneration of damaged tissues.
It helps soothe skin irritations and redness, due to sun exposure. Also recommended for insect bites, superficial wounds, even for juvenile acne.
See also: “Artichoke: Properties and Benefits“
*Aloe Vera for Hair treatment:
If used after washing and left to act for 10 minutes, it provides strength and shine to the hair.
Solves the problems of dryness and itching in the dermis of the scalp.
*Aloe Vera for Digestive system:
The consumption of Aloe Vera juice * is good for balancing the digestive system. Also to rebuild the intestinal flora and protect the stomach lining. Therefore, it helps prevent stomach ulcers and calms them if they have already occurred.
Aloe Vera juice supplies the enzymes necessary for good digestion. For example, the mucilage, to give body and hydration to the stool, promoting muscle contraction and subsequent emptying of the intestine.
Aloe Vera controls the presence of glucose in the blood, both in case of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.
*Aloe Vera for Cardiovascular systems
There are many types of anemia. The most widespread and frequent is when the body cannot produce a sufficient amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin. Therefore, *Aloe vera acts as a stimulant in the formation of hemoglobin.
Aloe Vera pulp is rich in substances, which help the body reduce the amount of fat (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood. Therefore, they prevent their deposit in the veins and walls of the arteries. This prevents vascular and coronary diseases.
There is a relationship between a diet rich in potassium and blood pressure control. Therefore, the *aloe vera pulp, rich in potacio ions, helps the high blood pressure to drop to a normal range.
*Aloe Vera for Osteoarticular system
Thanks to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera, it is capable of treating arthritis. Therefore, it reduces and in some cases, stops the pain and restores the freedom of movement of the joints.
Certainly complex sugars present in Aloe Vera, are involved in biochemical reactions, guaranteeing the lubrication of the joints.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the use of Aloe Vera is safe, both ingested orally, and applied externally.
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