Two 250ml glass per day. Two thousand years ago the Greek physican Diosorides wrote Aloe Vera was an effective treatment for everything from constipation to burns to kidney ailments. The ‘magic’ of Aloe Vera is that it contains a natural mix of ingredients (including essential vitamins and minerals) that help supplememt those found in our bodies. These work together to stimulate natural healing in the body by improving cell function. Taken internally, Aloe Vera is benefical to the digestive tract and waste removal organs. Aloe Vera also helps the body in its cleansing function, detoxifying and flushing out harmful toxins and other impurities, normalizing metabolism. Another important role of Aloe Vera is that it helps stimulate the body’s immune system to fight sickness and disease.
Externally, Aloe Vera is widely used for many skin disorders and as a beautifying ingredient to help nourish and revitalize the skin.
TOP 12 BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA.
Aloe vera is quite an incredible medical plant full of nutritional benefits. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family (Liliaceae), the same family that garlic and onions belong to. Different parts of the plant are used for different purposes and aloe vera has both internal and external applications.
Aloe vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids – no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies! The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with a gel – like substance, which is approximately 99% water. Humans have used aloe therapeutically for over 5000 years – now that’s a long – standing track record!
1. ALOE VERA IS HIGH IN VITAMINS & MINERALS:
Aloe vera contains many vitamins including A,C,E, folic acid, choline, B1,B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe vera is also one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12. Some of the 20 minerals found in aloe vera include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
2. ALOE VERA IS HIGH IN AMINO ACIDS & FATTY ACIDS.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body and it is said that 8 of these are essential. Estimates of the amino acids found in aloe range from 18-20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids. Aloe vera also includes quite an impressive range of fatty acids. Aloe contains three plant sterile, which are important fatty acids – HCL cholesterol (which lowers fats in blood), campesterol, and B – sitosterol. All are helpful in reducing symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion. Other fatty acids include linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic.
3. ALOE VERA IS AN ADAPTOGEN.
Aloe Vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness. It is thought the aloe’s power as an adatogen balances the body’s system, stimulating the defence and adaptive mechanisms of the body. This allows you an increased ability to cope with stress (physical, emotional and environmental stress like pollution).
4. ALOE HELPS WITH DIGESTION.
Poor digestion is related to many disease. A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the keys and foundations of health. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need. It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. Aloe is also a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.
5.ALOE HELPS IN DETOXIFICATION.
Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like seaweeds and Chia seeds. The main benefit to consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This will help the proper elimination of waste from your body and help detoxification of your body.
6. ALOE ALKALIZES THE BODY.
Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule – 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic. Aloe Vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalines the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.
There hasn’t been a lot of studies conducted on Aloe’s effect on Cardiovascular health, but there has been research to show that Aloe Vera extract injected into the blood, greatly multiplies the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of the red blood cells. According to a study published in the 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal, beta sitosterol helps to lower cholesterol. By regulating blood pressure, improving circulation and oxidation of the blood, lowering cholesterol, and making blood less sticky, Aloe juice may be able to help lower the risk of heart disease.