Visit a local health food store or pharmacy and you will find an array of products containing aloe vera. Aloe vera gel, juice or pills and various cosmetic products containing this natural ingredient are ruling the market.
Aloe vera has been widely used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, aloe vera was known as the “plant of immortality” in ancient Egypt, and its popularity today continues to rise.
Also, as this succulent is very easy to care for and rarely presents problems for most growers, you can find the plants almost anywhere in the world.
Today, researchers across the globe are studying the different elements of the aloe vera plant and trying to understand and unlock all of its benefits.
Several scientific studies done over the last few years on various claimed therapeutic properties of aloe vera have proven that many of the benefits are true. You might be surprised to learn the breadth of its health-promoting and medicinal uses.
1. Supports Oral Health
Aloe vera is beneficial for your oral health. It can keep your teeth and gums healthy due to its natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It also contains vitamins and minerals that support healthy gums.
Moreover, aloe latex contains anthraquinones that actively heal and reduce pain through natural anti-inflammatory effects.
In a 2009 study published in General Dentistry, researchers examined the germ-fighting ability of an aloe vera tooth gel alongside two popular toothpastes and found that aloe vera is as effective as toothpaste in fighting cavities.
In addition, a 2014 study published in the Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences found aloe vera extract to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes.