Aloe Vera is popularly applied in cosmetics and medicine. Its use for medical purposes was mentioned in the first century of the New Age in the New Testament of the Bible. Throughout the centuries, alternative medicine has given it refreshing and rejuvenating applications.
Long ago, plant extracts have been used to treat burns, prevent infections, and address skin problems.
Today, aloe vera is still widespread, even though science looks at the effectiveness of the plant more critically now than ever before. It primarily boosts the immune system due to its rich mineral composition, vitamins, and amino acids.
It is also useful for the digestive system and the kidneys (especially when combined with milk). It has antiviral and antifungal activity. Its regular intake slows the aging of the body and prevents the formation of tumor cells.
It also helps high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, constipation, and asthma. Gynecologists recommend it because of the beneficial effect it has on cysts and adhesions. The aloe plant contains a large amount of biologically active substances: mannan, polymannan, anthraquinone, C-glycosides, anthrone, and lectins.
The proven benefits of using aloe extract are:
- Reduces blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetic patients with oral intake.
- Reduces blood lipid levels in hyperlipidemia patients with oral intake.
- Help treat genital herpes with a topical application.
- Reduces the severity of seborrheic symptoms when topically applied to the affected areas.
There are also many assumptions about the effect of aloe on the human body. Most of them, however, are not scientifically proven:
- Helps heal wounds. Data from laboratory animals gives rise to a similar effect, but studies with humans have failed to detect the positive aspects of such treatment.
- It inhibits the development of certain types of bacteria and fungi without having an antibiotic effect. Research is at an early stage.
- It has antiviral properties against viruses that attack the skin. This makes aloe extracts useful in products that fight the effects of AIDS.
- The treatment of skin cancer in dogs and cats is affected by aloe products, but the therapy has not been tested on humans.
- Affects the symptoms of psoriasis. Here, the information is conflicting. One study shows a similar effect, and another rejects it altogether.
- It does not help to heal the skin after sun and thermal burns. Human studies have shown that aloe extract applied to the damaged skin does not improve healing and in some cases even makes it more difficult.
In addition to generally common allergies, there are no other direct contraindications to the use of aloe products (cosmetics, conditioners, shampoos, gels).
No studies are confirming the safety of the oral intake of products containing aloe extracts in pregnant and lactating women or people with chronic liver and kidney disease.
For the oral administration by diabetics or people on high-protein or a ketone diet and other low-carbohydrate conditions, it is advisable to monitor blood sugar levels. The oral intake of aloe extract products tends to lower blood glucose levels.
Follow the dose on the label for your purchased product. Typically, the concentration of aloe vera extract in gels is within 0.5%.
It is used for skin irritations, burns, infections, and eczema. It has a softening and regenerating effect when added to skin cosmetics, and it also slows down the symptoms of aging and is a successful cure for acne.
Even Cleopatra herself used aloe vera to keep her extraordinary beauty. It is used in shampoos and hair masks and is particularly suitable for curly hair.
Aloe Vera can cause suspicious glances because it is used with a wide variety of symptoms. This is surprising, but not misleading. If you peel the aloe bark, you’ll see that under it is a gel-like consistency that quickly liquefies.
This can be mixed with juice or milk and can be consumed in natural form, but if you are not that type of person, you can buy aloe from the market in all sorts of shapes and sizes – tablets, capsules, and tea.