Aloe Vera is known as ‘the plant of immortality’ among Egyptians, and ‘a heaven wand’ among Native Americans. It has numerous health benefits. People have used Aloe Vera to treat external health issues, like skin cuts, burns, sunburns, but they did not know that it can be also used internally.

Aloe Vera contains over 200 biological active phytochemicals, like vitamins, enzymes, minerals, monosaccharides (fructose and glucose), polysaccharides, amino acids, saponins and other nutrients.

The Journal of Environmental Sciences and Health studies have shown that Aloe Vera has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, which eliminate toxins and pathogens from the body and boost the immune system. However,

Aloe Vera has other health benefits, too. In fact, Aloe Vera gel is used to treat bowel disease, osteoarthritis, itching, fever and inflammation. It also works as a natural remedy for stomach ulcers, asthma, diabetes, constipation and depression.

NUTRITION FACTS OF ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera contains:

1. Minerals

Aloe Vera is rich in minerals, like selenium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, chromium, iron, potassium, copper and manganese. These minerals in Aloe Vera improve the metabolic processes.

2. Vitamins

The studies have shown that Aloe Vera contains vitamin B12, a vitamin necessary for the production of red blood cells. Vegans and vegetarians do not take sufficient amounts of vitamin B12, so Aloe Vera is a good source of vitamin B12. In addition, it contains folic acid, choline, Vitamin B6, vitamin E, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2 and vitamin B3.

3. Enzymes

Aloe Vera has 8 essential enzymes, such as: aliiase, catalase, lipase and amylase, which improve digestion by breaking down sugar molecules and fat. Bradykinase, for example, reduces body inflammation.

4. Amino acids

22 amino acids are needed for proper functioning of the body. Aloe Vera has 20 amino acids. In addition, it has salicylic acid, an alternative to Aspirin, which eliminates bacteria from the body and prevents body inflammation.

5. Hormones

Aloe Vera contains hormones, such as: gibberellins and auxins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and aid in healing wounds.

6. Laxatives

Aloe Vera contains laxatives, also known as anthraquinones, such as: emodin and aloin, which have antiviral, analgesic and antibacterial properties.

USES OF ALOE VERA

Not only is Aloe Vera used to cleanse the body and remove toxins from the colon, liver, stomach, spleen, kidney and bladder, but it is also used to treat other health issues, like gut inflammation, constipation, indigestion, ulcers and upset stomach. In addition, Aloe Vera is recommended for people, who suffer from arthritis.

Moreover, a recent study has shown that Aloe Vera effectively removes plague, so it can be used as a mouthwash. Therefore, Aloe Vera can be used to treat canker stones, which represent ulcers in the mouth.

HOW TO USE ALOE VERA?

One way to use Aloe Vera is directly from the plant. However, it is much easier to use Aloe Vera juice, which can be found in all health stores. You can also buy Aloe Vera leaves and juice them yourself.

Moreover, you can drink Aloe Vera on its own or you can add it in juices and smoothies. When you buy Aloe Vera, make sure it is 100 % natural. Before using Aloe Vera, you should consult your doctor to determine the right dose.