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Posted on 11-13-2014
Aloe has been touted for years for its many uses for healing and nutritive properties. Recently, a study was published showing that aloe gel helps reverse signs of aging.
Signs of aging can start to come on quickly, especially for people who eat an unhealthy diet, smoke, or those exposed to damaging UV rays from sunlight over the course of one's life. A study published in the Annals of Dermatology showed that people who supplemented with aloe gel reduced the appearance of wrinkles, and improved skin elasticity, particularly women over the age of 45. The recommended dosages, according to this study, range from 1200-3600 mg per day.
One thing we all need to realize is that in most cases, the health and vibrance of our skin reflects what is going on inside our body. There is no magic pill or supplement that will reverse the age-accelerating effects of a poor diet, a chronically stressed lifestyle, harmful chemical exposures, etc. Understand that simple nutritional interventions, like a daily teaspoon of aloe vera, which is a highly concentrated source of antioxidants, will support some of the body's natural regenerative abilities. Also note that there are a variety of healthy foods and supplements, each with their own unique benefit to your health. Make sure that variety is something you seek in the foods you eat and nutritional supplements you take.
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Source: Soyun Cho, Serah Lee, Min-Jung Lee, Dong Hun Lee, Chong-Hyun Won, Sang Min Kim, Jin Ho Chung. Dietary Aloe Vera Supplementation Improves Facial Wrinkles and Elasticity and It Increases the Type I Procollagen Gene Expression in Human Skin in vivo. Ann Dermatol. 2009 Feb;21(1):6-11. Epub 2009 Feb 28. PMID: 20548848
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