Aloe Vera is a must-have plant. People from all around the world are fighting over it for its endless health benefits. The pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic industries are the ones that benefited the most from the sales of Aloe Vera based products. The Aloe Vera gel market generated a revenue of $251.3 million in 2018, and it’s projected to increase. Only in North America, in 2018, the market share for Aloe Vera was nearly 50%. The rising consciousness of good outer appearance is fueling this market.
The health benefits of Aloe Vera weren’t newly discovered. In ancient Egypt, they used to call it “the plant of immortality” because of its incredible medicinal virtues. Cleopatra used this elixir in her everyday beauty routine while Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus used it in order to cure the wounds of soldiers.
Aloe Vera has two components that can be extracted and used for skin care or health improvement.
Aloe latex is a yellow-colored material found directly under the plant’s skin and is consumed by mouth mainly to treat constipation, but it can also be taken for cancer, asthma, and depression.
Aloe gel is a viscous liquid found in the leaf’s cells. It can be taken by mouth or applied on the skin. When taken by mouth, it can heal inflammations, diabetes, prevent cholesterol and boost weight loss. When applied on the skin, it can act as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-plaque and anti-aging.
Active components of Aloe Vera.
Author: Mara Vukovic
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