Aloe Vera Grown in hot climates around the world, the succulent plant is notable by society for its luscious leaves and tropical look, with several selecting to decorate their homes with this plant. However, there’s much more to the current ornamental plant than merely its spectacular aesthetics, for among the massive abundant leaves of the succulent plant. A cool and calming gel like substance, aloe vera is a naturally occurring medicinal property. Becoming increasingly popular within both the beauty and health industries, aloe vera is a sought-after item in which many values and utilise for both its healing and beautifying properties.
List of Aloe Vera Benefits
1. Aids in Glowing Skin
We have all heard of the miracles of “mineral makeup” by now, but you probably never would have thought that aloe contains 10 of the most important minerals for your skin and it’s much cheaper than mineral makeup. The key minerals include calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, sodium and zinc. So, it may not be a bad idea to put aloe vera gel/extract on your face before bed to get that fresh, lovely glow in the morning.
2. Preventing Illness
Aloe Vera plants contain surprisingly high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals (highly unstable, reactive molecules responsible for aging and cellular damage) in your body, neutralizing them and preventing those cells from exacerbating into diseases such as cancer.
3. Helps Cure Acne
As previously mentioned, aloe contains an array of minerals, one of which is zinc. Zinc us often found in many natural vitamins and skin care products for improving blemishes. Applying aloe both topically and taking it orally can help with your acne. Zinc reduces the amount of natural oil, or sebum, produced in the skin. It may also help heal damaged skin around the acne that develops. Some research even suggests that acne formation is a result in part from lack of zinc in the diet.
4. Aids in Digestion
Aloe Vera contains eight specific enzymes that do miracles for digestion. Specifically, the enzymes contained in aloe vera help the breakdown of food sugars and fats, which ultimately aid digestion and enhance nutrient absorption. Some of these enzymes are called lipases and proteases, and their job is to break down foods and aid digestion.
5. Reduces Pain
Aloe Vera contains many enzymes (proteins), but one in particular is responsible for helping reduce pain. Its name is kinase, and it specifically helps reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin to reduce pain. There are other enzymes in aloe as well that digest all of the dead tissue in your wound, leaving more space for healing, but kinase is the most well-known.
6. Contains Essential Amino Acids
Did you know that aloe vera contains 19 of the 20 natural amino acids required by the human body? Naturally, our bodies only produce 12 of these essential amino acids. The remaining 8 amino acids (also known as “essential amino” acids) have to be consumed via food or drink. So next time you see an “aloe vera” drink in the store, it may not be a bad idea to have one now and again.
7. Repairs Skin During Frostbite
There’s nothing worse than having a direct or indirect injury from frostbite. Overall, there are four stages of frost bite;
(A) numbness and redness of the skin
(B) swelling, ice formation, blisters, and release of a chemical called “thromboxsne” (pain releasing chemical and blood vessel constrictor)
(C) damage extends to the sub dermis (deepest layer of skin that attaches bone to skin, and supplies muscle tissue with blood vessels and nerves)
(D) full tissue thickness resulting in blood loss and even gangrene.
Overall, aloe has been suggested to reduce the level of “thromboxane” (i.e. pain) and has been used clinically on this assumption to treat the more severe blisters where there is structural damage.
8. Anti-Cancer Activity
We all know aloe’s incredible ability to heal wounds, reduce pain and help clear skin, but did you know some researchers have found it to be an incredible active agent for tumor prevention? Although the research is still not complete as to whether or not aloe actually suppresses cancer, one study and set of results from Japan really stood out. The study surveyed a large group of lung cancer and smoking patients in Japan and found that the ingestion of aloe ‘juice’, presumably the gel, prevented pulmonary carcinogenesis (cancer in respiratory area) and was said to also prevent stomach and colon cancer.
9. Hair Growth
Aloe Vera activates new hair growth along with the growth of already existing hair follicles by increasing the blood circulation to the scalp. Aloe Vera contains a kind of enzyme that helps in new hair growth for some people. It also cleanses the scalp by balancing the pH level of the scalp. When the scalp is clean and blood circulation to the scalp is good, nothing can stop the proper and faster hair growth.
10. Reduces Blood Sugar
One interesting study really stood out and deemed aloe useful for diabetes sufferers, or those who have trouble controlling sugar cravings/blood sugar. The study involved over 3000 “mildly” diabetic Indian patients and found a reduction in blood sugar levels in 90% of the cases after the patients were fed with bread that had incorporated aloe gel.