Known to the Egyptians as the “plant of immortality” and the Native Americans as the “stick of the sky“, the aloe vera has a great variety of amazing healing properties, some of which you may already be aware of.
You can even have your own aloe vera plant in your home for small emergencies, as scratches, cuts and burns, but did you know that not only limited to local use and is actually beneficial for your body when taken internally?
Aloe vera contains over 200 biologically active natural ingredients which include polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and minerals that promote the absorption of nutrients.
According to the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, aloe vera also has anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and pathogens. But is not limited there!
Aloe vera is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese.
It contains important enzymes such as amylase and lipase may aid in digestion cleaving the fat and the sugar molecules, while bradykinase helps reduce inflammation.
One study showed that Aloe vera contains vitamin B12, which is required for the production of red blood cells, thus becoming a very important source of this vitamin for vegetarians and vegans, who are deficient because of their diet. Other studies have shown that taking aloe can help with the bioavailability of vitamin B12, which means that the body can more easily absorb and exploit it. It is also a source of vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin) and B6.
It contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids required by the human body. Also containing salicylic acid, which fight infections and bacteria.
Apart from being an excellent body cleanser, removing toxins from the stomach, kidney, spleen, bladder, liver, and colon. It can also provide effective relief from most direct conditions such as dyspepsia, the stomach disorders, ulcers and inflammation of the intestine. It also strengthens the digestive system and relieves inflammation of the joints, making it an excellent choice for arthritis sufferers.
One study found that aloe vera juice, when obtained in the same manner as a mouthwash, was equally effective in removing plaque.
The gel of aloe has also been found to effectively treat mouth ulcers.
How to use
Aloe can be eaten directly from the plant, but the easiest and most palatable option is probably the aloe juice, which can be found in most health food stores.
You can buy the juice and mix the juices and smoothies you or just drink directly. Just make sure you buy pure aloe / gel juice. The bottle can get specific dosage instructions, but it would be wise to speak to an expert or do some research on the subject to find instructions for this dosage.