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Aloe vera history and benefits .

Its story 🌱

  • The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “vera” in Latin means “true.”
  • Appears in Chinese and Sumerian writings around 3000 B.C.
  • In the time of the pharaohs the Egyptians idealised aloe vera and called it “the plant of immortality”.
  • It can be found written on papyrus describing the anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects.
  • Was named by the pharaoh as the “elixir of eternal life”.
  • It is also said that Cleopatra used aloe vera on a daily basis.
  • And ,Christopher Columbus, who always tried to carry aloe on his journeys, was attributed the following sentence “All is well: we have aloe on board.”

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Let’s get into the science

  • The leaf is composed of 3 layers,
  • As observed, Aloe vera contains 75 constituents that are potentially active ,enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins,vitamins,salicylic acids and amino acids,hormones.

 

  • Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc.
  • Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins  help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
  • Amino acids: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.
  • Contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline.

Benefits and effects

  • Skin:It has been observed to have protective effect against radiation damage.
  • Can moisturise the skin without making it greasy,is a super ingredient for sensitive skin.
  • The cooling properties of the plant help in soothing redness, infection, rash, and itchiness.
  • Diabetes control: Gel intake seems to be helpful to lower blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.
  • It might also lower cholesterol levels, as reported in limited studies.
  • Constipation: 100 to 200 mL aloe juice or 50 mL of aloe extract daily can be used as a laxative, depending on your age.
  • It used in Mouthwash can Improve Dental Health.
  • May help Get Rid of Acne Naturally.
  • Heartburn relief.
  • Is observed to accelerates wound healing.
  • Further it has antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
  • Aloe is possibly effective for pain, inflammation, and wound healing,Treating Skin Conditions, Such as Psoriasis , therefore shown to help reduce itchiness and inflammation.

Side effects

  • For instance its consumption can cause stomach discomfort.
  • It’s leaves contain latex, which comes from underneath the plant’s skin. Many people are allergic to latex.
  • Might lower the levels of potassium in the body, further causing irregular heartbeat, weakness and fatigue. Elderly and sick people are generally advised to not consume it.
  • It is said that pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid drinking aloe vera juice due to its irritant qualities.
  • The laxative effects of aloe vera can lead to dehydration.
  • Therefore as a result we could say that it has more benefits than side effects.
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