Bioconcepts Aloe Vera is brimming with amino acids, vitamins, minerals & trace elements. Aloe has been used by herbalists for generations, but has only now achieved worldwide acknowledgment. In hot countries, this fresh leaf gel is frequently used to treat sunburn. Aloe Vera is often used for its outcome on our digestive systems as well as for its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Aloe vera capsules promotes healthy skin
- May help to treat minor topical skin ailments
- May help treat minor topical wounds & burns
- May helpto treat psoriasis
- May help to treat topical seborrheic dermatitis
- Aloe vera capsules may help to relieve constipation
What is Aloe and why is it important?
Aloe has historically been used for many of the same conditions for which it is used today - particularly constipation and minor cuts and burns. In India, it has been used by herbalists to treat intestinal infections, suppressed menses, and colic.
The aloe plant originally came from Africa. The leaves (which are long, green, fleshy with spikes along the edges) are used medicinally. The fresh leaf gel and latex are used for many purposes including helping promote healing of minor skin wounds and burns. Aloe latex is the sticky residue left over after the liquid from cut aloe leaves has evaporated.
The constituents of aloe latex responsible for its laxative effects are known as anthraquinone glycosides. These molecules are split by the normal bacteria in the large intestines to form other molecules (aglycones), which exert the laxative action. Since aloe is such a powerful laxative, other plant laxatives such as senna or cascara are often recommended first.
Aloe Vera helps promote skin healing in minor burns
Aloe Vera is a common home remedy for burns and minor skin abrasions. A systematic review titled 'The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: a systematic review' byMaenthaisong et al, published in the September, 2007 edition of "Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries" looked at the effects of aloe on burn wound healing. Researchers concluded wounds treated with aloe vera gel healed about nine days faster than untreated wounds
and noted that aloe vera might be an effective treatment for first and second degree burn wounds, based on these findings.
Aloe Vera helps reduce skin inflammation
The aloe plant has been used to treat or sunburn, a skin condition wherebyoverexposure to ultraviolet rays results in reddening and inflammation of the skin. A study published in the February, 2008 edition of "Skin Pharmacology and Physiology" by Reuter et al, titled 'Investigation of the anti-inflammatory potential of Aloe vera gel (97.5%) in the ultraviolet erythema test' looked at the anti-inflammatory potential of aloe vera gel for treating erythema. Results showed the aloe vera gel reduced skin inflammation more effectively than 1% hydrocortisone cream after 48 hours.
Researchers concluded that aloe vera gel may be useful in treating inflammatory skin conditions.
Is aloe vera right for me?
Aloe Vera offers anti-inflammatory properties which may help to treat skin inflammations caused by eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. It may even help promote a healthy digestive system. Aloe itself has been shown to possess skin healing properties and promote healthier looking skin.