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Aloe Vera Health Benefits

Aloe vera  is a plant enjoyed medicinally. Because of the succulent characteristic of its leaves, which inside creates a gel resembling a drool, it was popularly known as aloe vera. Native to North Africa, there are over 200 cataloged species of Aloe, but only 4 are safe for use in humans. Among them, Aloe arborensis and Aloe barbadensis Miller stand out.

Aloe vera is one of the most popular medicinal plants on the planet and widely used in cosmetics and for skin problems such as acne, burns, psoriasis, leprosy, among others. This plant has been used by man for over 5,000 years and there are reports of its medicinal use by ancient civilizations such as the Greek, Egyptian, Macedonian, Chinese, Japanese and even quotes in the Bible.

Composed mainly of water, about 95%, the plant is rich in vitamins A, C, D, B1 and B2, minerals, amino acids and phytosterol nutrients, which confer the properties of aloe vera, such as regenerating, natural antioxidant, antibacterial and healing.

One of the benefits of aloe vera is its soothing and rehydrating effect that helps to remove the pain of burns by repairing burned tissue. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, aids in digestion and is very beneficial for the health of skin and hair.

WHAT IS ALOE VERA FOR

Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, C, D and the B complex, mucilages, minerals, tannins, oils, fatty acids (oleic and linoleic) and amino acids and brings several health benefits. Among them, its performance on the skin, its ability to regenerate cells and accelerate the healing of various problems such as burns, preventing premature aging is highlighted.

It also has digestive properties, helps fight viruses, bacteria and fungi, acts as an analgesic, has a strong anti-inflammatory action and strengthens the immune system. Other medicinal benefits of aloe include its use for respiratory problems such as flu, cough, bronchitis and for mouth health. You can buy Aloe vera as pure gels, in capsules, as an active ingredient in creams, shampoos, conditioners, oils or in natura.

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA

  • Benefits of Aloe Vera for the Skin : Aloe vera is extremely beneficial for the skin and is widely used in various cosmetic products. It can be applied to burns, cuts, wounds and irritations and helps cell regeneration. It helps to kill bacteria present on the skin and dry out pimples.
  • Benefits of aloe vera for hair : aloe vera nourishes and stimulates hair growth. Aloe vera gel has been shown to be effective when applied to bald areas, helping to remove dead skin, which helps nutrients to better penetrate the scalp.
  • Helps to fight cancer : aloe vera  contains polysaccharides that have anticancer properties and have been shown to be efficient in reducing tumors.
  • Beneficial for the digestive system : aloe vera juice has laxative properties and can help in cases of constipation and in the elimination of toxins. It is also useful in the treatment of gastritis and ulcers, as it neutralizes digestive acids.
  • Beneficial for blood pressure: Aloe vera lowers blood pressure by dilating capillaries, decreasing tension, promoting better blood circulation and proper blood flow. The vitamin C present in aloe vera also helps in strengthening veins and arteries.
  • Beneficial in controlling diabetes and blood sugar level : aloe vera  helps control the body’s sugar level by limiting the absorption of insulin in the body. Because it has fiber, it improves the use of glucose and avoids spikes in the blood.
  • Helps reduce cholesterol : aloe vera is a source of antioxidants that protect the arteries and prevent various heart problems, in addition to helping to reduce the accumulation of cholesterol in the walls of the arteries, protecting the cardiovascular system.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties : aloe vera  helps fight inflammation in various parts of the body. When applied to the skin, it acts directly on the tissue, killing microorganisms, calming the affected region and stimulating cell regeneration. But it is not just about skin inflammation that it is beneficial, aloe vera is a source of salicylates that reduce the inflammatory process.

ALOE VERA JUICE

It has been used for a long time and the benefits of aloe vera in topical applications for hair and skin have been known. The novelty is the consumption of plant juice, which is rich in compounds that favor our organism and regulate the digestive system and helps to eliminate toxins.

The gel extracted from the aloe acts as an alkalinizer of the blood, cleaning impurities, helping to eliminate the fat in digestion and helping the metabolism of nutrients, in addition to improving ulcers, gastritis and constipation, and helping to nourish the skin and hair.

For the preparation of aloe vera juice, it should first be known that fresh gel oxidizes quickly when in contact with air. For this reason it is recommended to extract it only when preparing the juice. To do this, cut the prickly edges of the leaf, divide the stem and extract the gel inside.

Put the gel in a blender and add citrus juice such as orange, tangerine or lemon and blend for two minutes. The use of citrus juice is recommended, as it helps to stabilize the aloe vera gel and improve flavor. This preparation can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. For consumption, use two scoops per glass of water to obtain a glass of aloe vera juice.

The consumption of aloe vera juice is beneficial for many functions of the body. People who suffer from constipation can drink a glass of the juice on an empty stomach to improve digestion and bowel movement. Those who have other intestinal problems can also benefit, for example in cases of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers.

As the juice is rich in antioxidants and other essential nutrients, its consumption helps to strengthen the immune system and prevent different types of illnesses. It can be consumed as an aid in the treatment of diabetes as it helps to lower blood sugar levels. However, consumption of the juice must be done with caution, as in some people it can produce unfavorable reactions such as loss of electrolytes and an imbalance of fluids.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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