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Top 12 Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is really quite an incred­i­ble plant. It is a suc­cu­lent plant and part of the lily fam­ily (Lil­i­aceae), the same fam­ily that gar­lic and onions belong to.

Dif­fer­ent parts of the plant are used for dif­fer­ent effects on the body and Aloe Vera has both inter­nal and exter­nal applications.

I love to juice the inner gel of the aloe plant and I even add it to my smooth­ies to gain some of the ben­e­fits of this incred­i­ble plant. Be sure to read the last sec­tion about over-use of this plant as well as dose recommendations.

Aloe Vera con­tains over 200 active com­po­nents includ­ing vit­a­mins, min­er­als, amino acids, enzymes, poly­sac­cha­ride, and fatty acids– no won­der it’s used for such a wide range of reme­dies. The bulk of the Aloe Vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like sub­stance, which is approx­i­mately 99% water.
Man has used aloe ther­a­peu­ti­cally for over 5000 years. The list of ben­e­fits and effects for this mirac­u­lous plant are many.

Here is a list of the Top 12 Ben­e­fits and Med­i­c­i­nal Uses for Aloe Vera:
1. Aloe Vera Is High in Vit­a­mins & Minerals:

Aloe Vera con­tains many vit­a­mins includ­ing A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that con­tains vit­a­min B12.

Some of the 20 min­er­als found in Aloe Vera include: cal­cium, mag­ne­sium, zinc, chromium, sele­nium, sodium, iron, potas­sium, cop­per, manganese.

2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids

Amino acids are the build­ing blocks of pro­tein. There are about 22 amino acids that are nec­es­sary for the human body and it is said that 8 of these are essen­tial. Esti­mates of the amino acids found in aloe range from 18–20 amino acids, with all 8 essen­tial amino acids.

Alove Vera also includes quite an impres­sive range of fatty acids. Aloe con­tains three plant sterols, which are impor­tant fatty acids– HCL cho­les­terol (which low­ers fats in the blood), campes­terol, and B-sitosterol. All are help­ful in reduc­ing symp­toms of aller­gies and acid indi­ges­tion. Other fatty acids include linoleic, linolenic, myris­tic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic.

3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen

Aloe Vera is a well-known adap­to­gen. An adap­to­gen is some­thing that boosts the body’s nat­ural abil­ity to adapt to exter­nal changes and resist ill­ness. It is thought that aloe’s power as an adap­to­gen bal­ances the body’s sys­tem, stim­u­lat­ing the defense and adap­tive mech­a­nisms of the body. This allows you an increased abil­ity to cope with stress (phys­i­cal, emo­tional and envi­ron­men­tal stress like pollution)

4. Aloe Helps with Digestion

Poor diges­tion is related to many dis­eases. A prop­erly func­tion­ing diges­tive tract is one of the keys and foun­da­tions of health. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the diges­tive tract and help improve diges­tion. The inter­est­ing thing about tak­ing aloe inter­nally is that, because it is an adap­to­gen, it helps with either con­sti­pa­tion or diar­rhea, help­ing to reg­u­late your elim­i­na­tion cycles in what­ever way you need. It’s been a great rem­edy for peo­ple with prob­lems such as irri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bac­te­ria and in our gut keep­ing your healthy intesti­nal flora in bal­ance. Aloe is also a ver­mifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intesti­nal worms.

5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification

Aloe Vera is a gelati­nous plant food, just like sea­weeds and chia. The main ben­e­fit to con­sum­ing gelati­nous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intesti­nal tract absorb­ing tox­ins along the way and get elim­i­nated through the colon. This will help the proper elim­i­na­tion of waste from your body and help the detox­i­fi­ca­tion of your body.

6. Aloe Alka­lizes the Body

Dis­ease can­not man­i­fest in an alka­line envi­ron­ment. Most peo­ple are liv­ing and sub­sist­ing on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remem­ber the 80/20 rule – 80% alka­line form­ing foods and 20% acidic. Aloe vera is an alka­line form­ing food. It alka­lizes the body, help­ing to bal­ance overly acidic dietary habits

7. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Health

There hasn’t been a lot of stud­ies con­ducted in this but there has been some research to show that Aloe Vera extract injected into the blood, greatly mul­ti­plies the oxy­gen trans­porta­tion and dif­fu­sion capa­bil­i­ties of the red blood cells.

Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the 2000 issue of the British Med­ical Jour­nal, beta sitos­terol helps to lower cho­les­terol. By reg­u­lat­ing blood pres­sure, improv­ing cir­cu­la­tion and oxi­da­tion of the blood, low­er­ing cho­les­terol, and mak­ing blood less sticky, Aloe Vera juice may be able to help lower the risk of heart disease.

8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System

I think given the stresses of our daily lives, every one can use a boost to their immune sys­tems. The poly­sac­cha­rides in aloe vera juice stim­u­late macrophages, which are the white blood cells of your immune sys­tem that fight against viruses.

Aloe is also an immune enhancer because of its high level of anti-oxidants, which help com­bat the unsta­ble com­pounds known as free-radicals, con­tribut­ing to the aging process. (Free rad­i­cals are a bi-product of life itself, it is a nat­u­rally occur­ring process but we can over­load our­selves with unnec­es­sary free-radicals by liv­ing an unhealthy lifestyle) Aloe is also an antipyretic which means it used to reduce or pre­vent fever.

9. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin

Because of aloe’s well-known heal­ing prop­er­ties for the skin, aloe is one of the pri­mary com­pounds used in the cos­metic indus­try. It is a known vul­ner­ary, (mean­ing it helps heal wounds) and is great for apply­ing top­i­cally to burns, abra­sions, pso­ri­a­sis and even to bug bites. Aloe acts as an analgesic, acting to help relieve pain of wounds. It’s feels espe­cially good to cut a stem of aloe, place it in the fridge and rub it on sun burnt skin – the imme­di­ate sooth­ing effect feels like an absolute life­saver. Aloe is also an antipru­ritic: A sub­stance that relieves or pre­vents itch­ing. Aloe Vera is an astrin­gent: which causes the con­trac­tion of body tis­sues, typ­i­cally used to reduce bleed­ing from minor abrasions.

Due to aloe’s high water con­tent (over 99% water) it is a great way to hydrate, mois­tur­ize and reju­ve­nate the skin and fits within my gen­eral guide­line: “Don’t put any­thing on your skin that you wouldn’t eat!” Aloe increases the elas­tic­ity of the skin mak­ing it more flex­i­ble through col­la­gen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emol­lient, help­ing to soften and soothe the skin. It helps sup­ply oxy­gen to the skin cells, increas­ing the strength and syn­the­sis of skin tis­sue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through cap­il­lary dilation.

10. Dis­in­fec­tant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Ger­mi­ci­dal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral:

Wow, I think that cov­ers all anti– bases. Okay, I admit, that was just a sneaky way to add in another 8 good rea­sons why you should keep Aloe Vera handy and incor­po­rate it into your lifestyle. Aloe Vera’s active ingre­di­ents are sul­phur, lupeol, sal­i­cylic acid, cin­namic acid, urea nitro­gen and phe­nol which are sub­stances that pre­vent the growth of disease-causing microor­gan­isms and act as a team to pro­vide antimi­cro­bial activ­ity thus elim­i­nat­ing many inter­nal and exter­nal infec­tions, also active against bac­te­ria. It also helps to treat fun­gal and viral infections.

11. Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation

Aloe Vera con­tains 12 sub­stances, includ­ing B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflam­ma­tion. This may be able to help with painful joints due to stiff­ness and help improve joint flexibility.

12. Weight Loss – A Sec­ondary effect

Improv­ing your diges­tion, and detox­i­fy­ing your will have a sec­ondary effect in pro­mot­ing weight loss because when we start to improve our diges­tion we nat­u­rally elim­i­nate more effi­ciently, which is a pri­mary way they we detox­ify – through our bow­els. This will lighten our toxic load on the body and will give us more energy.

Pretty impressive list huh?

A word of caution…..

If you don’t grow your own aloe vera (which is VERY easy to do!), make sure you buy pure, organic aloe vera gel without added dyes or fragrances. Read labels before buying products that contain aloe. Some products contain harmful additives and chemicals.

***Aloe Vera Intake Precautions****

This plant is incred­i­bly med­i­c­i­nal, yet there are some cau­tions against long-term use. Just because a lit­tle is ben­e­fi­cial, doesn’t mean that a lot is more ben­e­fi­cial. This is an incred­i­bly potent herb and should be used with a level of respect for its potency. Long-term use can lead to loss of elec­trolytes, espe­cially potassium.

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