Benefits of aloe vera for skin, digestion and more

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 27, 2013

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Aloe Vera, often considered as a miracle plant, has several health benefits. It has been widely used as a key ingredient in foods and energy drinks. Different parts of the plant are used for different effects on the body and it has both internal and external applications.
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    Aloe vera

    Aloe Vera, often considered as a miracle plant, has several health benefits. It has been widely used as a key ingredient in foods and energy drinks. Different parts of the plant are used for different effects on the body and it has both internal and external applications.

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    High in vitamins & minerals

    Aloe Vera is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It contains important vitamins such as A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, Folic acid, and Choline. It is known to be one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12. It also includes Calcium, magnesium, Zinc, chromium, selenium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese.

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    Helps in digestion

    Aloe Vera helps in aiding the digestion. Drinking Aloe Vera juice before a meal can get the digestive system work better to break down the food. It also prevents problems such as gas, bloating and constipation. It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux.

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    Boosts recovery

    Aloe Vera has several properties that make it an excellent remedy for speeding up the healing process to any injury. Aloe Vera has been effectively and popularly used for treating scars, burns, and cuts.

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    Protective

    Aloe Vera is considered as one of healthiest natural products. It works as a cellular regenerator and offers anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits. It is also a strong antioxidant hence it can fight free radicals and protect the body.

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    Anti inflammatory

    Aloe Vera has high content of fatty acids which provide it the ability to slow down or prevent inflammation. It can be used to prevent or slow down the inflammation caused by an injury or any other problems.

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    Detoxification

    Just like seaweeds and chia seeds,  aloe vera is also a gelatinous plant food. The main benefit of consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that the gels from these plants  move through the intestinal tract and absorb toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This way they help in the proper elimination of waste from your body and help the detoxification of your body.

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    Cardiovascular health

    There hasn’t been a lot of studies conducted on the effect of aloe vera on the cardiovascular health, but there has been some research that shows that aloe vera extract injected into the blood can greatly multiplies the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of the red blood cells.  A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that beta sitosterol from aloe vera helps to lower cholesterol. It also helps in regulating blood pressure, improving circulation and oxidation of the blood, lowering cholesterol, and making blood less sticky, thereby lowers the risk of heart disease. Image Source : Getty

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