How does aloe vera work?

Aloe vera contains a substance believed to inhibit the dilation of blood vessels and the contractions of smooth muscle. It also inhibits the body's production of thromboxane, a substance involved in blood clotting and blood vessel constriction that makes it more difficult for the body to heal burns. Aloe juice and aloe latex contain anthraquinone glycosides aloin A and B that produce a laxative effect. Other substances in aloe vera have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties, but more studies are needed.

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