The Egyptians called it the plant of immortality, and the Native Americans called it the wand of heaven. We are talking about aloe vera, the plant that comes with a great number of amazing healing properties – some of which you may already know.
Numerous people have this plant in their homes and use it for those small emergencies like cuts, burns, scrapes. However, this plant is not only limited to topical use and it is in fact even more beneficial for you and your body when taken internally.
Aloe vera is rich in more than 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents, including vitamins, enzymes, polysaccharides, amino acids, and minerals that boost the process of nutrient absorption.
As The Journal of Environmental Science and Health reports, aloe vera also has strong anti-bacteria, antifungal, and antiviral effects that help the immune system in cleansing the body from toxins and invading pathogens. However, there are more benefits to this incredible plant.
Aloe vera is abundant in minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc, iron, sodium, copper, potassium, manganese, and chromium. All these minerals improve the function of the metabolic pathways.
Aloe vera also contains many significant enzymes, such as amylase and lipase, beneficial for the process of digestion. These enzymes break down fat and sugar molecules. The Bradykinase molecule for example is useful for reducing inflammation.
In a research, it has been proved that aloe vera actually contains vitamin B12, needed for the production of red blood cells. This fact is especially beneficial for vegetarians and vegans, who often lack B12 due to their regular diet. Still, do not forget that aloe vera is just one example of ingredient that contains this vitamin, so you should not rely on aloe vera solely when it comes to your daily requirements of B12. other researches have also proven that consumption of aloe vera increases the bioavailability of vitamin B12, which means that it will be easier for your body to absorb and utilize this vitamin, thus preventing its deficiency. Besides vitamin B12, aloe vera also contains significant amounts of vitamins A, E, C, B1, B2, B6, B3 (niacin), choline, and folic acid.
Out of the 22 essential amino acids that the human body needs, 20 are found in the aloe vera plant. This plant is also a great source of salicylic acid, needed for combating bacteria and inflammations.
Other Uses For Aloe
Not only is aloe vera an excellent body cleanser and beneficial for removing toxins from the stomach, spleen, kidneys, liver, bladder, and colon, but it also offers efficient relief from more immediate ailments, like upset stomach, indigestion, ulcers, and gut inflammations. Aloe vera makes the digestive tract stronger and eases joint inflammation, which makes it a great option for people who suffer from arthritis.
A study revealed that aloe vera juice can be used as a mouthwash and eliminate the plaque as the common mouthwash does, thanks to its active ingredient, chlorhexidine. Compared to the common mouthwash, aloe vera gel is much better as it is totally natural and does not contain any chemicals and harmful ingredients.
Aloe vera is also highly efficient for treating mouth ulcers, also known as cold sores.
How To Take Aloe?
Aloe vera can be taken directly from the plant, however, it is better and more palatable to take it as aloe vera juice. This juice can be found in the health food stores. Also, the leaves of this plant can be bought from some grocery stores, meaning that there are fresh leaves available and you can juice them. You can also harvest your own and keep one of these plants in your home.
The aloe vera juice can be consumed alone, or added to other juices and smoothies. However, before buying it, check if the aloe vera gel you are buying is pure and if it comes from the whole leaf or just from the inner filet. The taste of aloe vera gel is a bit bitter, so you can consume it mixed with other ingredients. Often times the bottle of this juice contains specific dosage instructions, however, it is recommended that you talk to a natural health expert or do some research into the matter, just in case.
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