Aloe Vera: Reducing Arthritis Pain and its Other Benefits
These days’ gyms, cross-fit training grounds, badminton courts and other venues have been visited more often by people. Yoga, jogging, weight training and Zumba has become part of the lifestyle of people. Active lifestyles have become more common, being a couch potato or watching movies are no longer the norm and people have become less sedimentary and have shifted towards a more active lifestyle. To the less active people, they may not have realized the benefits of having an active lifestyle such as improved health and physical fitness.
Though an active lifestyle has a lot of benefits not everyone is able to engage in it. Joint ailments are one of the leading causes of not being able to participate in physical activities. Arthritis restricts even the simplest and most common activities like walking or standing. An ailment that covers around 200 rheumatic diseases but mainly targets joints. The same joints that are very important for simple bodily movement. Statistically 1 out of 3 adults over 40 will be afflicted by arthritis as they age, this inflicts mild to extreme pain that may hinder movement and is a great cause for concern.
Osteoarthritis and Remedies
Osteoarthritis also known as rheumatoid arthritis, this ailment arises when joints begin to deteriorate due to wear and tear. This commonly happens on the knees, hips, and ankles. When the synovial lining of the joints begins to weaken the bones connected by the joint being to rub against each other when they move causing pain. When the liquid in the joints begin to dry up it causes stiffness in the joints, it enflames and brings pain at the joints. The risks of getting arthritis comes from various factors, age and gender are both looked at as specific age groups and genders are more prone to getting arthritis. Being overweight or working in an environment which requires a lot of movement or that apply a lot of strain on the joints which can cause pain.
As of the moment there is no real “cure” for arthritis, it is considered a chronic condition which may reoccur even after treatment. However, there are a lot of ways to manage the pain and prevent the condition from weakening us.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant which can be commonly found in tropical counties, is cultivated around the world for its agricultural and medicinal properties. Picking and breaking its leaves make it secrete a think cool, gel like fluid which contains polysaccharides and glycoproteins that contains a lot of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, manganese and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E which is are used in various medicinal uses. It helps ease the pain brought by arthritis and is a very effective way to do so.
Anti-Inflammatory effects of Aloe Vera
In 1994 a published study showed that Aloe Vera helps reduce the inflammation caused by arthritis. It was found that Aloe Vera helps the body’s autoimmune reaction and reduces both the pain and helps the joints become mobile.
- Aloe Vera juice contains bradykinin, salicylate and other steroids which help reduce inflammation. Swollen joints have shown to be responsive to the juice and is reduced by it. Aloe Vera juice also contains vitamins A, B, C, and E which are known anti-oxidants and act as anti-inflammatory vitamins. Toxins which causes arthritis are neutralized by the Aloe Vera juice bringing down the swelling.
- The juice also contains glucosamine and enzyme-reaction promoting minerals which help with joint mobility fighting the stiffness and soreness of joints.
- The cooling property of Aloe Vera gel can be used to soothe the inflamed and painful joints. This gel is extracted by taking a leaf of the Aloe Vera plant and peeling the outer layer, then squeezing the leaf to extract the gel and rubbing the gel to the inflamed areas.
Aloe Vera is only one of the many options one can take when dealing with arthritis. As with any other medication always consult with your doctor before using it and watch out for any reactions after applying the gel or after ingesting the juice.