What are the benefits of pure aloe vera?

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What are the benefits of pure aloe vera?
Aloe vera provides many health benefits for your body. (aloe vera image by Magdalena Mirowicz from Fotolia.com)

Pure aloe vera, or simply "aloe," is a popular healing plant that manufactures two substances, latex and gel. Gel is the jelly-like product that comes from the inner part of the leaf, while the latex comes from under the plant's skin. Although it is mostly used for skin problems, it can be taken by mouth. The Mayo Clinic in the United States says aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to treat numerous health and dermatological conditions.

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Treating constipation

You can consume the dried latex from the inner lining of the aloe vera leaves to combat constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic. Aloe vera acts as a laxative, reducing constipation symptoms along with diarrhoea. You need to continuously take small amounts of aloe vera throughout the day, as it takes approximately 10 hours for aloe latex to cause a bowel movement and have the same ability on your stomach or intestines, relaxing them, according to MedlinePlus.

Wound healing

Aloe vera can be used as a moisturiser to treat or reduce the dryness of skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, aloe vera may aid in the healing of mild to moderate burns on your skin. Applying aloe vera as a gel might also be beneficial in enhancing the healing of various wounds such as surgical wounds, while also providing pain relief. More research is needed in all areas associated with aloe vera's effectiveness on wound healing.

Diabetes treatment

Aloe vera may be able to treat diabetes. MedlinePlus notes that aloe vera may reduce blood sugar if you suffer from diabetes. Two studies showed that consuming aloe vera by the mouth in gel form may be efficient in reducing blood sugar in people who have type 2 diabetes, but another study found that the reduction of blood sugar with type 2 diabetes was only effective in women, not men.

Prevention of cancer

Aloe vera may be effective in reducing the risk of lung cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, more studies are needed in this area to confirm these findings. Specifically, extra studies should be performed to determine whether aloe itself decreases the chances of suffering from lung cancer.

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