The benefits of aloe vera have been known for thousands of years. It has long been used by ancient cultures because of its wide variety of healing properties. Native to Africa, aloe vera has dated back to the early Egyptian era. It has been said that aloe vera gel was used by Cleopatra in her beauty creams.
Today, the aloe plant is commercially grown in the Southwest region of America and the West Indies. Historically, it’s been used as a balm to sooth external burns, scrapes and cuts.
The effects of the nutritional qualities supplemented by the aloe plant are evident on our skin’s epithelial cells, connective tissue, digestive system, external appearance and energy levels. Over 75 nutrients are contained in aloe vera, and an additional 20 minerals and 12 vitamins including folic acid. 20 amino acids are in aloe vera, including 7 of the 8 amino acids our body must derive from food.
Aloe vera also has an anti-septic effect by destroying the bacteria, fungi, and viruses within the body. It has dis-infective capabilities and can also stimulate the cell renewing process.
Drinking Aloe Vera Daily
One of the most important health benefits of aloe vera juice is its ability to function as an anti-fungal and antibacterial agent (also a plant that’s anti-viral).
Drinking 2-4 ounces of aloe vera juice a day is usually enough to feel the difference. If you drink aloe vera daily, it can improve your circulation, aid in digestion, act as a colon cleanser, and detoxify the bloodstream. If you have Crohn’s disease or a related problem of the digestive tract, it can help it work more smoothly.
Topical care is a great benefit of using the gel from aloe vera, being great for burns, skin irritations and abrasions. It also helps skin recover faster in addition to preventing scars from some minor surgeries.
People take aloe vera to boost their immunity to diseases, bacteria, and illnesses.
The “Miracle Plant”
Aloe vera has a long list of health benefits and healing properties, some of which include to:
-Alkalize the body, helping to balance out dietary habits that lead to an overly-acidic environment.
-Heal the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
-Prevent early signs of aging
-Reduce triglycerides and reduces blood sugar (in diabetics)
-Kill the body’s fungus and bacteria
-Boost physical endurance and cardiovascular performance
-Lower high blood pressure
-Penetrate the tissue from the skin to the bone
-Repair, hydrates and softens the skin
-Balance out the bodies electrolytes
-Protect the body from oxidative stress
Aloe vera juice strengthens the immune system due to the plant’s 23 peptides. It also regulates and accelerates the metabolism, improves digestion, and purifies the body from toxins, bringing about a feeling of calm and wellness.
Should you use the aloe juice or the gel?
It depends on what you’re using it for. If it’s going to be used externally, then get the gel. If you’re using it internally, then go for the juice. When you buy aloe vera juice or the gel, make sure you buy the kind that’s in the dark brown, glass bottle. Otherwise look for the plastic bottles where light cannot penetrate through. When you open up a bottle of aloe, make sure you refrigerate it to keep it cool. The same should be done after cutting the gel out from the leaf. Store it in a container and keep it refrigerated.
Aloe vera plants are also easy to take care of. Watering the plant once a week is usually all it requires.
For those who like their aloe vera fresh, you can either grow or buy the actual plant. Filet it like a fish, and use the gel for whatever purpose you want, internally or externally. Dice it up, throw it into a blender, or do a super food mash-up!