Aloe vera, the miracle plant. Used and known for its staggering benefits on human health. You have probably heard of it in the past, but how much do you really know about all the benefits of its everyday use?
Aloe vera can be consumed by drinking Aloe vera juice. You can make the juice by yourself if you have an Aloe barbadensis Mill. Just add a spoonful of this gel into your blender, add some of your favorite fruits, and that’s it. Or if you do not have the time to make it yourself, you can just buy it at any health food store.
Aloe vera juice is widely used in alternative medicine as it has extraordinarily rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties. In the past decade it was highly recommended to patients by western medical doctors for its high nutritional values.
Here are 9 benefits of drinking Aloe Vera juice:
1. Extremely high amount of various vitamins and minerals
Aloe vera contains plenty of vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (also known as niacin, which is excellent for fighting depression), B6 and B12 (which is rarely found in other plants).
In addition, there are more than 20 minerals found in Aloe vera, including the essential ones such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese.
2. Contains high amounts of amino and fatty acids
Amino acids are building blocks of protein. There are approximately 22 amino acids which are necessary for proper functioning of the human body, and 8 of these are essential. Studies have shown that Aloe Vera contains up to 20 amino acids, including the 8 essential ones, which is a surprisingly high amount for a plant to contain.
Furthermore, Aloe contains three important plant sterols, as well as some fatty acids crucial for reducing symptoms of allergies and indigestion
3. Aloe Vera is an adaptogen
An adaptogen is something that boosts body’s natural ability to adapt to the environment, thus making it more illness-resistant. Aloe vera stimulates body’s adaptive and defense mechanisms, which helps in coping with physical, emotional or environmental stress (such as pollution).
4. Excellent for digestion
Aloe vera soothes and cleanses the digestive tract and helps to improve digestion. One of the most interesting facts about taking Aloe vera is that it helps both with constipation and diarrhea, thus helping to regulate your elimination cycle in whichever way you need it. It is also very helpful for irritable bowels and acid reflux, and also helps keep the intestinal flora in balance.
5. Detoxifies and alkalizes
Aloe vera belongs to the group of gelatinous plant foods, and one of the benefits of consuming this type of foods is that when they move through the intestinal tract, they absorb a lot of waste and toxins on their way, which are ultimately discharged through the colon.
To continue with, you already know that a disease cannot manifest itself in an alkaline environment, and Aloe vera does exactly that: it alkalizes! Just remember the 80%-20% rule: consume 80% of alkaline foods and 20% of acidic ones!
6. Promotes better-looking skin
Aloe Vera juice contains a lot of vitamins which help keep the skin wrinkle free and more elastic. Also, due to its detoxification power, when used on a regular bases, Aloe Vera juice can help preserve a healthy skin complexion and give your skin a healthy glow.
7. Helps with weight loss
Aloe vera juice will not help you shed unwanted pounds if you have an unhealthy lifestyle, but by improving your digestion and detoxifying your body, Aloe will certainly give you a good start and help you in eliminating all the excess weight –you’ve been dying to get rid of for a long time.
8. Aloe Vera is a: disinfectant, anti-biotic, anti-microbial, germicidal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-fungal and antiviral
I assume this covers the all anti-bases. Aloe vera contains sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol, substances which prevent development and growth of disease-causing microorganisms and act as a team against antimicrobial activity, thus eliminating internal and external infections.
9. Powerful immune system booster
Polysaccharides in Aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages-the white blood cells of your immune system which fight against viruses. Aloe is also immunity enhancer due to its high levels of anti-oxidants that help combat the unstable compounds known as free radicals, which contribute to the aging process.
Free radicals are a bi-product of life itself, their occurrence is a natural process, but we can overload ourselves with unnecessary free radicals by leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Aloe is also an antipyretic which means it is used to reduce or prevent fever.
Due to Aloe vera’s incredible potency, use the plant for about 1-2 weeks, and then make a one-month break before using it again. A long-term use can cause loss in electrolytes, especially potassium.