Aloe vera, also known in Mexico as “Sábila” in Spanish, has been used for several years for medicinal purposes due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Including it in your diet could have various health benefits, whether consuming its pulp in water or juices, or applying it topically.
Although one of its most well-known uses is for treating skin conditions, it is not the only one, as it has also been linked to weight loss, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.
When taken on an empty stomach, the body can more easily absorb its nutrients as one of the first foods in the morning. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and B complex, as well as containing calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium.
According to the specialized site Healthline, it helps with constipation and improves digestion, making it suitable for those suffering from gastrointestinal issues.
However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demanded that all over-the-counter aloe laxative products be removed from the market in 2002 due to a lack of safety data regarding their consumption.
It is recommended for patients with type 2 diabetes as it has been found to lower blood sugar levels. Some people also use it as a detoxifier to eliminate toxins or suppress appetite.
It is helpful in relieving heartburn or conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Other research links it to slowing the spread of breast cancer, although the results are inconclusive.
Some studies claim that it can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria on vegetables, aiding in preserving food for a longer time. Its antibacterial properties make it an alternative to mouthwashes, as it combats plaque and alleviates symptoms of bleeding or swollen gums.
In gel form, it can soothe sunburns, heal skin wounds, keep the skin hydrated, and improve acne. It enhances collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.