12 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

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Published on: March 22, 2017

Aloe vera, a type of succulent plant, has been used for a myriad of purposes since ancient times. Called “the plant of mortality”, almost all part of this plant contains a myriad of nutritional elements that can be used to treat both internal and external health problems.

Aloe leaves produce a clear gel that, when extracted from the plant, can be applied topically to heal wounds or can be drank to soothe internal problems. It is also said to be an effective product to treat minor skin infections, burns, diabetes, cysts, elevated blood lipids, and some more serious conditions like genital herpes, eczema, psoriasis, skin ulcers, and canker sores.
If you yourself want to try the amazing effects of this wonder plant, here are 10 more benefits of using aloe vera gel.

1. It moisturizes the skin. Aloe vera Singapore can serve as a moisturizer without leaving a greasy feel to the skin, making it a perfect facial moisturizing product for people with oily skin type. For women, aloe’s gel is a great primer before putting on make-up to keep the skin hydrated throughout the day. For men, the gel can be used as an aftershave balm as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

2. It treats acne. For treating acne, aloe vera contains two hormones: Gibberellins and Auxin. These hormones have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe wounds and minor infections caused by acne. Gibberellin, in particular, is a growth hormone that stimulates the regeneration of cells and, as a result, heals inflammation quickly with minimal scarring.

3. It’s a great ‘adaptogen’. Aloe vera has great adaptogen properties. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s ability to adapt to resist illnesses and adapt to external changes. It is believed that the plant’s adaptogen properties balance the body’s system, strengthening the adaptive and defence mechanisms of the body. This increases your body’s natural ability to cope with stress, whether emotionally, mentally, physically or environmentally.

4. It fights aging. As we age, our skin ages with us. We begin to see fine lines on our faces and lose the elasticity of our skin. Therefore, consuming good aloe vera from Singapore is abundant in antioxidants, including vitamins C, E and beta carotene, that help improve the skin’s natural firmness and hydration.

5. It soothes periodontal disease. Researchers said that aloe vera gel is extremely helpful in the treatment of gum diseases, like periodontitis and gingivitis. It reduces inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. It’s powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties greatly helps in keeping the teeth and gums free from harmful bacteria that can cause serious dental problems like apthous ulcers and denture stomatitis, as well as cracked corners of the mouth.

6. It treats sunburn. Perhaps, this is the most popular use of aloe vera. Its powerful healing activity helps soothe burns at the epithelial layer of the skin, a layer of cells that covers the body. Applying aloe gel on the skin will serve as the skin’s protective layer while replenishing the lost moisture. Because of the plant’s nutritional and antioxidant properties, burns in the topmost layer of the skin heal much faster.

7. It blurs out stretch marks. The skin is a big piece of elastic that expands and contracts to accommodate growth. However, if the skin is stretched our too much (due to pregnancy or rapid weight loss or gain), the natural elasticity of the skin may perish, resulting to the appearance of stretch marks. These unsightly marks appear because of the minor tears in the skin layers caused by excessive stretching. Aloe gel can help blur out stretch marks by healing wounds in the skin.

8. It aids digestion. Aloe vera doesn’t only offer external benefits, but internal benefits as well. The plant extract is said to alleviate ulcers and boost digestion. Some people in Singapore even consider it a natural laxative. To test such claims, steep a couple of cuts of the plant’s leaves in water or chew small pieces of fresh leaf.

9. It regulates weight and energy levels. As mentioned, regular use of aloe vera extract boosts the body’s digestion, keeping the body in its optimum performance. And because of this, your energy level increases and maintaining a healthy body weight is much easier.

10. It provides essential nutrients. Eight amino acids (lysine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, valine, threonine, and tryptophan) that are essential and cannot be naturally produced by the body are found in the plant. Taking aloe vera gel regularly helps maintain a healthier body by naturally providing your system with these essential amino acids.

11. It alkalizes the body. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses cannot survive in an alkaline environment. However, most people in Singapore are consuming more acidic food. To keep the body alkalized, remember the 80/20 rule—80 percent alkaline foods, 20 percent acidic foods. This plant is a great source to alkalize the body, helping to balance acidic dietary habits.

12. It helps in detoxification. Aloe vera gel is a gelatinous substance, just like chia seeds and seaweeds. The main health benefit of consuming these gelatinous foods is that the gels move smoothly through the intestine, collecting toxins along the way, and get eliminated through the colon. By consuming aloe gel, you’re helping your body in the proper elimination of waste and in the detoxification of your body.

Aloe vera is incredibly medicinal, yet moderate usage is still highly advisable. Just because a little amount is beneficial, doesn’t mean that a lot is better. If you want to reap these health benefits, stick to a maximum of four ounces a day.

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