Originally from Africa, Aloe Vera is a succulent plant of the lily family, which stores its hydrating energy beneath the protection of its tough cactus-like leaves. Science has not done very much research on the benefits of aloe, but since prehistoric times it has been revered as a healing plant, used to combat inflammation both within and on the surface of the body. It counts among its ingredients almost 20 amino acids, vital minerals like calcium, magnesium and sodium, enzymes, vitamins, polysaccharides, nitrogen and others. Aloe juice is a perfect example of synergy. The whole is something far greater than the sum of its parts.
Here are six health benefits of aloe vera juice.
Recent studies also have shown that aloe vera juice may help boost the circulation, lower cholesterol and decrease triglycerides and blood fat lipid levels, all factors which contribute to coronary heart disease. It also may have stress relieving properties, helping to lower blood pressure and maintain a healthy heart.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, aloe vera juice soothes and heals mouth ulcers and guards against tooth decay and gum disease.
Skin and Hair Health
Aloe vera has an astringent property that tightens skin. Drinking the juice can boost production of and repair elastin and collagen, slowing the aging of skin. As a moisturizer, aloe vera removes dead cells and helps the entrance of healthy substances. The cosmetics industry has been exploring its potential for reducing blemishes and lightening dark spots on the face. Drinking aloe vera juice can also help psoriasis sufferers as it reduces itching, and it can be applied directly to the skin of psoriasis and acne rosacea patients causing notable improvement in the severity of lesions. Containing as many as 75 nutrients, aloe vera juice is a popular remedy for burns and wounds. Cuts, bruises and scrapes heal quickly on application of aloe. Aloe vera juice is also a useful aid against shingles, providing relief from itching, and helping to heal the blisters and sores.
Aloe Vera juice may help people lose weight. It works well to reduce and stabilize the body mass index by stimulating the metabolic rate in our liver cells, causing more fat and carbohydrate stores in the body to be burned. Aloe vera juice works well as a weight loss supplement due to its high content of collagen protein. Drinking aloe vera juice every day makes the body burn additional energy to assimilate its protein into your system and reduces the amount of time food stays in your intestine, meaning less energy is absorbed from the food you consume.
Digestive Tract Health
Aloe Vera juice is said to be a potent detoxifier, cleansing the stomach, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder and colon and improving digestion. Acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, it can assuage common digestive problems such as candida, irritable bowel syndrome, acid indigestion, colitis, diarrhea and constipation. Several Japanese studies and clinical trials have shown it also promotes a healthy balance of stomach acids, relieving discomfort from heartburn and ulcers.
Aloe vera juice fights infection and boosts the immune system. It is famous as an antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent. It helps the immune system fight a host of illnesses and aids the body in repairing tissue injury. Aloe contains a complex carbohydrate called acemannan with properties which may work by enhancing immune cell function. The juice may also kill yeast and parasites, as well as promote the growth of new, healthy cells.
Consuming too much aloe vera juice may cause allergic reactions, nausea, and liver problems, so it is important not to exceed the recommended daily dosage. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not drink aloe vera juice nor should children. Generally speaking, however, the benefits of taking aloe vera juice more than make up for any potential side effects.