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THERE are many health benefits of Aloe Vera, more popularly called 'Sinkle Bible' by Jamaicans, but persons need to know its limits.
To many, the slimy, bitter-tasting plant is regarded as a 'cure-all' for certain ailments, but Dr Garth Officer of the Charlton Health Centre in Kingston, says its usage can be overstated.
"It is excellent for upset stomach for which you cannot find the true reasons, but it's not pathological, meaning that it is not for medical complications," said Officer.
"You cannot tell people to go and drink this if they have cancer in the stomach or other complications that have been diagnosed," he noted.
According to the nutritionist, Aloe Vera is good for constipation. It also helps to soothe joint pains. But many of these usages are non-scientific, the doctor noted.
"Non-scientifically, if you warm it and put it over strained joints, it helps to take away the pain from joints -- in the sense of a twisted joint," he said.
"There was a research company in Texas that came here and they are making crystals from the aloe vera and are treating national ball players in the United States according to their blood type. And it is wonderful in giving them energy and so on," he continued.
"But to pin it down and to say that they get vitamin E and vitamin A, they don't pin it like that," continued Officer, noting, however, that the plant does contain a varitey of vitamins and minerals.
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