When there is a growth of abnormal tumor cells in specific parts of the body, cancer occurs. At this present times, conventional methods to treat this disease are available. However, these methods are expensive, complicated, have many negative side effects, and very painful on the part of the patients. Fortunately, this may not necessarily be the case anymore. There are inexpensive, safer, and more effective alternatives – it’s in the form of aloe vera.
It was noted by the researchers that aloe vera has been found to have immunomodulatory, anticancer, and antioxidant effects, which plays a role in the death of cancerous tumors. Researchers aimed to know all about the mechanisms behind the effects and the benefits of it in treating cancer.
For the study, which was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, aloe vera was given to rats carrying breast cancer cells. It was found that aloe vera promoted oxidative stress. This would be a bad outcome under normal circumstances because oxidative stress causes cellular damage and is considered to be one of the risk factors of cancer. However, in a cancerous environment, oxidative stress can be beneficial as it breaks apart the antioxidant barriers that protect cancerous tumors and induces apoptosis or cellular death.
Other Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera
Aloe has been a popular remedy nowadays, particularly for those who want to get healthy and youthful skin. Its benefits are beyond skin-deep since it has been proven to treat conditions affecting different body parts.
It Has Antibacterial Effects
Aloe vera has polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that protect the skin and body from oxidative stress. The antibacterial properties of these compounds are able to inhibit the growth and development of certain microbial strains.
It Speeds Up Healing Of Wounds And Burns
Aloe vera is commonly used in treating burns. Aside from the fact that the plant’s juice is soothing and cooling to the injury, it can also promote faster healing of wounds and burns.
It Reduces Dental Plaque
Plaque causes tooth decay when uncontrolled. It has been confirmed in several studies while comparing aloe vera juice to common mouthwash that the former is more effective.
It Is A Remedy For Constipation
The most famous part of the aloe vera is its gel but its latex is a very effective laxative that can be used against constipation.
It Lowers Blood Sugar
The body’s inability to respond well to insulin leads to type-2 diabetes. Studies conducted in this particular health issue have concluded that aloe vera can help lower blood sugar levels as well as improve insulin sensitivity.