Amazing Uses of the Aloe Vera Plant

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  • Ingesting two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes
  • Aloe vera has been shown to neutralize the effects of skin-damaging ultraviolet radiation
  • Nigerian researchers found that the gel from aloe vera houseplant can relieve constipation

Aloe vera is an extraordinary plant with many beneficial uses. People plant it because it can be used as a herbal remedy. If you have one in a pot or in your garden, here are a number of ways you can use this plant to benefit your health.

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Lower Blood Sugar Level

A study published in the Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacy found that ingesting two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily can lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. The findings offer hope that the plant can be used to develop a diabetes treatment.

Good For The Skin

Aloe vera contains salicylic acid, an exfoliant that can unclog pores and act as an anti-inflammatory on oil glands that cause acne. The aloe vera plant thrives in dry and unstable climates, so to survive the harsh conditions, its leaves store water. These water-dense leaves, along with the plant’s special compounds can help keep your skin clear and hydrated.

Aloe vera has also been shown to neutralize the effects of skin-damaging ultraviolet radiation and help prevent wrinkles and fine lines. It was also found helpful in reducing redness, scaling and itching inflammation associated with psoriasis.

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Good Source Of Nutrients

Aloe vera is rich in important minerals and vitamins like folic acid, and vitamins B, C and E.The plant also contains small amounts of minerals beneficial to health like calcium, selenium, sodium, zine, manganese, zinc and potassium. Sufficient intake of vitamins and minerals can help combat preventable diseases.

Improves Digestive Health

Aloe vera is a natural laxative and may help improve digestive health. In one study, Nigerian researchers found that the gel from aloe vera houseplant can relieve constipation. The Mayo Clinic, however, warned that while aloe vera can be used to relieve constipation, it must be used sparingly.