Aloe vera is widely known for its medicinal properties. It can be very useful if you have sunburn, skin irritation, high blood sugar levels and if you want to control your blood pressure. We also show you what this herb is good for.
High blood pressure is also known as the silent killer, as it slowly but surely damages blood vessels and can be responsible for strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. While Aloe vera is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, it does reduce both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. This positive effect is due to two anti-inflammatory compounds found in the herb.
A healthy diet, weight loss and physical activity also contribute to lower blood sugar levels. Aloe vera has been shown to reduce the absorption of glucose in the gastrointestinal tract and reduce glucose production, so it can be helpful in preventing type 2 diabetes.
This herb can also be used as a mouthwash, as it is very effective in inhibiting plaque formation and is also effective in fighting gingivitis.
Aloe vera is very rich in moisturising molecules that retain moisture in the skin. It also stimulates collagen production. This is good news because as we age, collagen production in the skin decreases. The herb is effective in slowing down the ageing process. This positive effect is most noticeable on the skin.
Aloe vera can also be used for certain skin conditions. The gel made from the herb has anti-inflammatory effects, which is very effective in treating both psoriasis and eczema. The gel not only helps to control the eczema itself, but is also very effective in relapsing flare-ups.
Fiber-rich foods and adequate water intake can also be very helpful in preventing constipation. Aloe vera can not only help with constipation, but can also reduce other symptoms in patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.