It is commonly known and understood that using Aloe Vera topically can treat a wide variety of cuts, rashes, burns, and other skin irritations, however, this "plant of immortality" as the Egyptians called it, does not stop its benefits at that. Additionally, Aloe Vera can be taken internally, yes you heard that right, internally, and furthermore, it is thought to provide even more benefits when ingested!
With over 200 biologically active, naturally occurring ingredients including polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals that promote absorption of essential nutrients.
The Journal of Environmental Science and Health states that aloe even contains antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties that assist the immune systems in cleansing the body of toxins and invading pathogens. And this beautiful gift from mother nature does not stop giving there either.
Aloe is filled with necessary minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, chronium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. These minerals all work together in sync to boost metabolic pathways.
Aloe Vera also has many important enzymes such as amylase and lipase which can aid in digestion by breaking fat and sugar down in your system. One enzyme, in particular, Bradykinase, actually works to reduce inflammation in the body.
One study, in particular, showed that aloe vera contains vitamin B12, which the body needs to produce red blood cells. Vegetarians and vegans could benefit greatly from this, due to the fact that their diets not providing adequate amounts of this necessary vitamin.
Other studies have shown that ingesting aloe can aid in the absorption of vitamin B12.
B12 isn't the only vitamin found in aloe vera, though, it also contains vitamins A,C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), and B6. While one shouldn't rely on any one source of these vitamins for the necessary dose, taking aloe along with supplements can help in increasing one's intake.
On top of being loaded with various vitamins, and minerals, aloe vera also contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids that the human body requires. On top of that, it also contains salicylic acid which fights inflammation and bacteria.
Other Uses for Aloe
Along with being an excellent source of so many necessary vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes, aloe also is perfect for removing toxins from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and color, and it can also offer effective relief from other ailments such as indigestion, upset stomach, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut. Aloe can also strengthen the digestive system as well as relieve joint pain and inflammation, making it wonderful for arthritis.
Aloe juice was found in one study to be as effective as a mouthwash in the removal of plaque. Since aloe is all natural and chemical free, this alternative would be a much better way to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
How to Take Aloe?
Although you can consume aloe right off of the plant, the easier and tastier version is aloe juice, and most health food stores sell it. The leaves can also be juiced at home, providing a quicker and possibly less expensive route for those who prefer to D.I.Y.
The juice can be added to other juices or health drinks, and as long as the juice is pure, you will reap all the benefits of the aloe plant. Specific dosing it based on your personal health, and the benefits you are in need of most.
Aloe is a versatile, all-natural heal-all that is inexpensive and effective. It can be grown at home, in almost any condition. Its benefits are never ending, and it is so simple to start implementing this delightful plant into your diet today to start seeing a difference in your personal health regimen.
Written by Danielle