Aloe Vera has a wide variety of applications, from soothing burns to improving digestion thanks to its potent inflammation-fighting superpowers. There is no part of the body immune to inflammation. Fortunately Aloe Vera is gentle and effective enough to soothe most of them.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s reaction to injury, irritation, or infection. Inflammation usually results in redness, swelling, pain, and warmth and can occur internally or externally. When irritation or injury occurs, the immune system increases blood flow to the area, stimulating regeneration and healing. Inflammation is uncomfortable, but necessary to help heal the body. Aloe Vera can help reduce the need for inflammation, while also soothing and healing the inflammation itself.
Campesterol and Bradykininase
Campesterol, found in the Aloe Vera plant as well as many fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, is known to lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation. It is useful for cartilage repair during joint injuries. Campesterol generates new cells in the body that helps to heal the inflamed area. Bradykinin, also found in Aloe, causes blood vessels to enlarge, permitting increased blood flow. The two together work well to relieve pain and swelling and can complement other anti-inflammatory medications used in treatment for inflammation.
Acne is an infection in the skin. Pimples are the result of inflammation caused by the bacterial infection. Aloe helps heal acne in several different ways. First, it’s natural antibacterial properties fight the infection caused by clogged pores or ingrown hairs. Its natural anti-inflammatory benefits reduce redness and swelling. Aloe contains salicylic acid, commonly used in acne treatment to dry up and heal breakouts, and is far less irritating to skin than many commonly acne-fighting products, making Aloe a great choice for sensitive users.
Aloe vera is well known for soothing burns. It can help sunburn as well as first degree burns and sometimes second degree burns. Aloe encourages new skin cells to form in the damaged area and contains essential nutrients that nourish new tissue. When you get a burn, whether it’s a sun burn, steam burn, water burn, fire burn, or a burn from another cause, Aloe calms the skin by boosting blood flow to the area, thanks to bradykinin’s enlarging of the blood vessels. The campesterol proceeds to generate new cells to replace the damaged ones.
Some people don’t think of joint pain as inflammation, but that is exactly what it is. When you get an injury to your joints, whether it’s a sprain, torn cartilage, or another type of injury, the body tries to fix it by sending more blood flow to the area resulting in redness, swelling, and pain. Bradykininase in Aloe works well as a pain reliever for joint pain. Aloe also has plant sterols which have anti-inflammatory effects. Other types of sterols can inhibit tissue regeneration, but Aloe Vera’s unique makeup of allows it to do both at once.
Treating Inflammation with Aloe Vera
To maximize Aloe Vera’s benefits it is best to ingest it. Aloe Vera’s salicylic acid is very similar to aspirin in how it works for pain relief, minus the stomach irritation. In fact, it helps your overall digestive system. You get the pain relief benefits of a natural substance without the stomach problems. Pain is part of inflammation and can be relieved with the consumption of aloe.
It is amazing to learn how much of your body can be affected by poor digestion. If your body is blocked up with foreign matter and toxins, you won’t be able to properly digest your food or absorb nutrients. This can lead to all sorts of inflammation such as IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and colitis. Aloe helps to detoxify the digestive system, regenerate the walls of the colon and intestine, and heal the intestinal tract so that you can properly digest your food and absorb nutrients. When you have a better digestion system, you can reap the benefits of improvement in inflammation all over your body.