Aloe Vera is part of the Lily family – Liliaceae (the same family as garlic and onions), native to Africa but cultivated all around the world. This versatile, succulent plant and can be used both internally and externally. The juice of Aloe vera made from the inner gel of the plant has a host of benefits. This article aims to provide you with the Top 10 benefits of Aloe Vera Juice.
1. High amount of Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids and Fatty Acids. Aloe vera contains around 200 active compounds which include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide and fatty acids. The actual gel of the aloe vera leaf is made up of about 99% water. A breakdown of the more specific vitamins and minerals are as follows:
Vitamins: A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, B12
Minerals: Calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese plus more
Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein, 22 of which are necessary for the human body with 8 being essential. Aloe vera contains ALL of the essential amino acids along with a total of 18-20 others.
Aloe vera contains an impressive range of fatty acids:
Three plant sterols – important fatty acids
HCL cholesterol – lowers fats in the blood
Campesterol and B-sitosterol – helpful in reducing the symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion
Others include: stearic, linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic and palmitic.
2. Boosts the Immune System. Aloe contains a high level of anti-oxidants and polysaccharides. The later stimulates the production of macrophages in the body, the white blood cells in the immune system which help to combat viruses. Anti-oxidants slow down the aging process by targeting unstable free-radicals which contribute to aging. Being an antipyretic, aloe also helps to reduce or prevent fevers.
3. Makes your Skin Glow. Due to its high water content (99%) aloe helps to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin giving you a healthy glow. It also increases the elasticity by repairing elastin and collagen, supplies more oxygen to the skin cells by improving blood flow and helps to soften and soothe the skin.
4. Adaptogen. A well known adaptogen, aloe vera helps to boost the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and illness. A higher level of adaptability helps you to cope with stress in the forms of physical, emotional and environmental alike.
5. Helps with Digestion. A key foundation to health is an efficient digestive tract. Aloe vera is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract which helps to improve digestion. This ability makes it an ideal remedy for people with irritable bowel syndrome .
6. Alkalizes the Body. Disease cannot grow in an alkaline environment. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food, which helps to balance acidic dietary habits. For great health, the food you consume should be 80% alkaline and 20% acidic.
7. Helps in Detoxification. Aloe vera is a gelatinous plant food. Consuming gelatinous foods like this and seaweed and chia will help with the proper elimination of waste from your body. The gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and eliminating them through the colon.
8. Promotes Dental Health. Aloe vera provides natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial actions helping maintain your mouth and gums natural health. It also contains several minerals and vitamins which promote cell healing and growth.
9. Cardiovascular Health. A handful of studies have been conducted which have shown some signs that aloe vera extract multiples oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of red blood cells. By regulating blood pressure, improving circulation and lowering cholesterol, aloe vera juice may be able to lower the risk of heart disease.
10. Weight Loss. The ability of aloe vera to improve digestion and detoxify the body has a secondary effect in promoting weight loss. More efficient elimination will lighten your toxic load and give you more energy.
Aloe vera is an incredibly potent herb and needs to be taken responsibly. Long term use can lead to loss of electrolytes, especially potassium. During pregnancy, the consumption of aloe vera should be limited and should not be consumed during breastfeeding as it can cause severe diarrhea in babies.
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