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Know your ‘superfoods’: Aloe vera

 

Aloe vera is one of the most popular medicinal plants that people have used for thousands of years.

It is a thick, short-stemmed succulent that stores water in its leaves.

Its gel is widely known to relieve sunburn and help heal wounds.

Here are some of the popular uses of aloe vera: Consumption of aloe vera gel can reduce severity of digestive disorders like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Aloe vera extract can be an effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. Its natural ingredients include healthy dose of vitamin-C and can block plaque. It is also known to provide relief for bleeding or swollen gums.

Aloe vera juice can lower blood sugar levels. It is considered a natural laxative. Aloe vera can keep skin clear and hydrated.

The water-dense leaves, combined with special plant compounds work as effective face moisturiser.

Due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, aloe vera helps heal wounds. It can accelerate healing of mouth ulcers or canker sores.

However, there are also some risk factors associated with aloe vera. The application of the gel may irritate the skin of some people. Due to laxative effect, its consumption can cause cramping and diarrhea. Application of topical aloe vera to deep cuts or severe burns can cause problems.

Although aloe vera is a useful plant, too much of its use is not recommended. It also should not be used without proper supervision or as a substitute for medical treatment.

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