Aloe Vera and its 12 Wonderful Skin, Hair and Health Benefits

The incredible Aloe Vera needs no introduction. Its benefits are well-known, which is why it has earned a permanent place in the households of many. The green-cactus looking plant that sits out in your garden, isn’t just a plant with its roots in lore, it’s the heart of a million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams and skin care to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, Aloe Vera has seamlessly integrated itself into everything we use. The ‘plant of immortality’, as it was called by Egyptians, can perform miracles not just for your skin, but for your hair and health as well.

Here are 12 Benefits which will prove that the humble Aloe Vera has so much to offer and compel you to make the most of it.

12. Helps in Weight Loss

Each one of us craves for a gorgeous and slim body. With Aloe Vera by your side, this is no more a Hercules task. Metabolism rate of your body can be increased by regular intake of Aloe juice. It eases issues like acid reflux, ulcers, etc., and regulates bowel movements. As a consequence, the process of burning calories becomes faster, thereby accelerating the process of losing weight too. Daily consumption of the Aloe juice can lead to better digestion. It also keeps your belly filled for a long time, and hence prevents overeating, which in turn promotes weight loss.

Aloe Vera is a great source of polysaccharides and powerful antioxidants. It makes your immune system stronger and prevents the growth of free oxidative radicals inside your body. Aloe Vera keeps your internal system toxin free through its magical medicinal properties. It renders you a cleansed body which is necessary for healthy weight loss.

11. Promotes Hair Growth

Aloe Vera removes dead cells from your scalp that can clog the roots in your hair. Along with removal, it also has the ability to repair the dead skin cells on the scalp through Proteolytic enzymes. Aloe Vera has a chemical makeup similar to Keratin, which is the primary protein of hair. Aloe Vera rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage. It maintains the pH of the scalp to avoid hair problems. It enables you to enjoy smooth, strong and bouncy hair by providing them proper nourishment and conditioning.

10. Lowers Risk of Cancer

In Naturopathy, there are innumerable methods of Cancer prevention. Aloe Vera based has proven to be the most successful one. The anti-tumor properties of Aloe Vera are mainly due to the presence of polysaccharides. Aloe Vera is capable of boosting your immune system which helps you to fight against tumors. Various studies have proven that it can shrink the size of tumors and serve as a boon to cancer patients by increasing their survival rates.

9. Reduces Blood Sugar Level and Cholesterol

Eating Aloe Vera pills can help you in reducing Blood Sugar levels. Studies have shown that it is useful in the treatment of Diabetes as well, which is why it used by diabetics as a supplement.

Coupled with this, Aloe vera gel, when used internally helps to improve the quality of blood and automatically reduce Cholesterol. Additional researchers have shown that consuming Aloe Vera gel reduces LDL or “bad” cholesterol and along with it also increases HDL or “good” cholesterol. This, indeed, is significant since many other natural remedies though reduces LDL but do not increase HDL. Here’s where Aloe Vera has an edge.

8. Protects Skin from damage after Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer is seldom unavoidable. Cancer patients have to face a lot of side effects due to the same. Applying Aloe Vera gel to the radiation area brings wonders by bringing immediate soothing effects. It also accelerates the pace of healing. Drinking Aloe Vera juice under such conditions can be of great help in healing the radiation burns.

7. Reduces Acne and Infection.

Tried applying thousands of stuff to your face and drinking plenty of water but still, those red itching pimples refuse to leave? Its high time to try something better. Aloe Vera’s gentle cleansing and antimicrobial properties can come to your rescue over here. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties guards the skin against bacteria and other pathogens. On one hand, where gibberellins and polysaccharides stimulate the growth of new cells, glycoprotein reduces inflammation and redness. As an astringent, Aloe Vera helps to get rid of an excess of sebum, dirt, and microbes and prevent skin infection.

6. Reduces Dandruff

These white small pieces of dead skin, trouble you a lot and reduces your confidence. The moment has come to say “Goodbye” to them. Dry skin, fungal infections, oily and irritating skin are some of the causes of Dandruff. Aloe Vera is powerful enough to overpower all these conditions. It fights effectively with fungus and applying the gel regularly to your hair hydrate the strands and balance oiliness to restores the shine and vitality of your hair.

5. Maintains Oral Health

There have been claims that  Aloe Vera can be as effective as any Toothpaste when it comes to fighting with cavity-causing oral bacteria. Aloe latex contains anthraquinones, compounds that actively heal and reduce pain through natural anti-inflammatory effects. It also helps with diseases that cause gum inflammation, particularly periodontitis. Gargling the liquid around your mouth before swallowing can help in keeping your gums healthy and get them back in shape in a few months.

4. Moisturizes Your Skin

If you have Aloe Vera’s plant at home, simply tear a small part of the leaf, take the gel and apply it in the raw form on your face. It will prove more beneficial than all those costly creams on the market. If you have an oily skin complexion then Aloe Vera can moisturize your skin without rendering it that greasy feel. Those ladies who use mineral-based make-up should apply Aloe Vera gel, prior to the application. The gel helps in moisturizing the face and prevent it from drying.

Men too can benefit from it, by using it as an aftershave treatment, as it’s healing power can cure small cuts caused by shaving.

3. Reduces Stretch Marks

In order to accommodate growth, layers of the skin expand and contract. These marks appear basically due to sudden and excessive stretching. If the layers of skin stretch too far and too fast either due to pregnancy or rapid loss/gain of weight the elasticity of the skin can be lost leaving behind those blemishes. Aloe Vera has inbuilt abilities to speed up skin cell reproduction, fight inflammation and reduce red marks because of which it can be used as an effective measure to treat stretch marks naturally and lighten blemishes.

2. Reliefs Joint and Muscle Pain

Drinking Aloe Vera juice or applying Aloe Vera gel helps in reducing the pain of muscles and joints which results from inflammation of the same. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it cools down the target area and provides relief. Same anti-inflammatory properties also play an important role to treat third-degree burned victims and restore burned skin faster.

Aloe vera gel or capsules are magical in reducing the pain and swelling resulting due to arthritis. In fact, bringing in one’s routine to drink Aloe Vera juice, helps in curing Arthritis pain.

1. Delays Aging

Wrinkles and fine lines are bound to appear, yet Aloe Vera can help you in fighting these early signs of aging and retaining your youthfulness. Aloe Vera leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and E, that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. It acts as a wrinkle fader and skin rejuvenator. The anti-aging properties help it to penetrate deep down the layers of the skin to keep it fresh, wrinkle-free and bright.

         

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