Aloe Vera has been used since forever. It was a powerful remedy in ancient civilizations, and Egyptians called it ‘the plant of immortality.” Native Americans praised it as “the want of heaven.”
The spiky plant offers numerous healing benefits, and you have probably used it at some point in your life. Some people like to use Aloe Vera to treat scrapes, cuts, burns and other minor injuries. However, most people forget that its use should not be limited to topical application. Yes, you can actually consume it!
Scientists have found over 200 biologically active compounds in Aloe Vera, such as polysaccharides, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.
According to a study released in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Aloe Vera offers a potent antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effect that helps your immune system to eliminate toxins and pathogens. Keep reading, there is much more than this.
Aloe Vera contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. These minerals work in perfect synergy to optimize metabolic functions.
Amylase and lipase are enzymes in Aloe Vera and they have huge power to enhance digestion by breaking down fat and sugar. Bradykinase reduces inflammation in the body.
A recent study has shown that the plant is abundant in vitamin B12. Your body needs this vitamin to produce red blood cells. This is actually great news for vegans and vegetarians as they do not get enough of vitamin B12 through their diet.
Studies have also shown that Aloe Vera makes vitamin B12 more bioavailable. In other words, the body can use it in a better way. This is important for those dealing with deficiencies. Aloe Vera is also abundant in vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), and B6. We cannot really tell if aloe will give you enough vitamin B12, but it can definitely be used along with supplements.
Aloe Vera provides 20 of 22 the essential amino acids your body needs. It is packed with salicylic acid, which helps the body fight inflammation and bacteria.
Other uses for Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is can be used to cleanse the body and remove toxins from kidneys, stomach, spleen, bladder, liver, and colon. It provides great relief from indigestion, upset stomach, ulcers and fut inflammation. Aloe Vera strengthens the gastrointestinal tract and relieves joint inflammation which makes it an excellent remedy for those dealing with arthritis.
According to a study, Aloe Vera juice is as effective as your regular mouthwash when it comes to removing plaque. This natural juice is a better alternative than your conventional mouthwash because it contains zero chemicals found in store-bought products.
Aloe Vera gel aids in healing mouth ulcers also known as canker sores.
How to use it?
You can consume the gel straight from the spiky leaf. However, it is much easier to use the juice. It is available in healthy food stores. Some stores offer fresh Aloe Vera leaves, and that makes things easier for you. The best option is growing your own Aloe Vera plant.
Aloe Vera juice works well when combined with other juices and smoothies. It works well when consumed alone, too. Always buy pure product obtained from whole leaves or the inner flesh. If you cannot stand the bitter taste, feel free to add other healthy ingredients to make it taste better. Each bottle offers measurement and dosing, but do not forget to consult an expert to determine the right dose for you.