The Egyptians call it the ‘plant of immortality’, and the Native Americans call it ‘the wand of heaven’. This is mostly due to the broad range of incredible healing properties that the aloe vera has, and most of them, you probably already know. Maybe you already have an aloe vera plant in your house and use it as a first aid for cuts, burns and scrapes. But aloe vera is not only beneficial for topical use. It can be even more helpful if you intake it internally.
Aloe vera has a very rich content of more than 200 biologically active, naturally occurring-constituents such as minerals, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and polysaccharides that can help with the absorption of nutrients.
The Journal of Environmental Science and Health published an article in which stated that the aloe vera plant can help the immune system to eliminate the toxins in the body and invade pathogens because of its content of anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. But there are much more benefits from consuming the aloe vera gel / juice.
Aloe vera is rich in minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, iron, sodium, selenium, chromium, zinc, magnesium and calcium. These minerals have the ability to stimulate the metabolic pathways.
It was proven in a study, that vitamin B12 is contained in the aloe vera, and this vitamin is essential for the production of red blood cells. This is very important, especially for vegans and vegetarians, because due to their diet, they do not intake the needed amounts of vitamin B12. But you shouldn’t only depend on aloe vera alone for the intake of the needed daily amount of vitamin B12.
Also the aloe vera can help in the bioavailability of vitamin B12, which actually means that the aloe vera helps the body to absorb the B12 easily and to hinder deficiency. Aloe vera also contains choline, folic aci, and vitamins A, C, E, and vitamins B1, B2, B3 (niacin) and B6. And we already said that you should not depend only on aloe for the intake of B12, even though is full with vitamin B12 and it can be taken like a connector with supplement to enable bigger uptake.
The human body needs 22 essential amino acids and the aloe vera plant has 20 out of those 22 amino acids. It is also rich on salicylic acid which is very beneficial in treating bacteria and inflammation.
Aloe vera is also abundant with essential enzymes such as lipase and amylase and help with the digestion process, by breaking down sugar molecules and fat. There is also Bradykinase, the molecule which is beneficial for the treatment of inflammation.
Other beneficial properties of Aloe Vera
Besides from the already known benefits like eliminating toxins from the colon, liver, bladder, spleen, kidneys and the stomach, aloe vera can also be very beneficial in the treatment of immediate conditions like inflammation in the gut, ulcers, upset stomach and indigestion. It is also very helpful for those who have arthritis because it reduces inflammation in the joints and strengthens the digestive tract.
It has also been proven that aloe vera juice can replace the mouthwash and be even more effective in eliminating plaque even better than the active ingredient of the mouthwash the chlorhexidine. And it is even better to use aloe vera than the usual mouthwash because it is 100% natural and doesn’t have any chemicals.
Aloe vera gel can also be very beneficial in treating and healing mouth ulcers, which are actually cancer sores.
How to consume Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera can be used in many different ways, like consuming it straight from the plant but another way, which is proved to be the easiest and more tasteful is consuming the aloe vera juice, which can be purchased in almost every health food store. You can also use the leaves from aloe and make your own juice, if you buy the leaves in the store or harvest form your plant.
You can add the aloe vera juice in your smoothies and juices or you can consume it just aloe. Chose well and be careful when you buy the aloe vera juice to be made from the inner filet or the whole leaf of aloe. It is maybe better to mix it with other things because the aloe vera juice has bitter taste. You can consult a natural health expert about the dosing instruction or you can search on the Internet, even though there are specific instructions on the bottle of aloe vera gel.