By: Jennifer Kays
The use of aloe vera for health and healing is popularly known. We have used aloe vera for health and healing for centuries. The aloe plant is related to the onion/garlic plant and also the lily plant. It’s appearance is very similar to cactus. Aloe vera contains nineteen amino acids, twenty minerals e.g. calcium and magnesium, enzymes, polysaccharides, nitrogen and twelve vitamins. These compounds account for its popularity as a source of nutrition, a healing agent, and valuable cosmetic enhancing agent as aloe aids in the elimination of dead skin cells.
Aloe is most popularly known for it’s external application for skin disorders, wounds, and sunburn. However, many of us are discovering the tremendous health benefits of aloe for internal use taken in juice form. Aloe vera helps heal internal tissue damage as effectively as it helps heal external tissue damage and promotes new cell growth. Aloe vera has been used as an anti inflammatory in treating various stomach disorders. Those of us suffering from indigestion or irritable bowel syndrome have received relief from aloe vera juice. Used for it’s laxative action, aloe vera helps eliminate toxins e.g. heavy metals. Aloe vera also reduces stomach acid which is the cause of heartburn i.e. acid reflux. A healthy digestion system is essential for maintaining optimal health and preventing illness and disease caused by toxins that are reabsorbed into our bodies if they are not eliminated.
Because of aloe vera’s beneficial effects on our digestive system, it has become an efficient and effective aid for weight loss. Aloe vera helps to reduce and stabilize our body mass index as it promotes the metabolism of fat content. As aloe vera juice helps to assimilate protein in to our bodies and provides a high content of collagen protein, it helps promote the availability of more energy for our daily physical activity. Many of us use aloe vera juice before, during and after our exercise sessions as it promotes muscle development which is vital for the burning of fat and weight management. Aloe vera juice also reduces the amount of time food stays in our intestinal system through it’s elimination promoting properties. This greatly promotes cleansing of toxins and waste which is essential when we are participating in a weight loss program.
Along with strengthening our immune system with vitamins and minerals, aloe vera juice balances blood sugar levels and aids in the reduction of cholesterol and blood fat lipid levels. Also vera actually helps our bodies absorb the vitamins and minerals we are receiving from other sources giving greater nutrition to our cells. Aloe vera as an enzyme aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Aloe Vera juice improves our blood circulation by stimulating our capillaries to dilate and helps regulate our blood pressure as well as fighting infection in our blood and body with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties detoxifying our blood. This action in our blood helps our immune system protect us from onset of disease and so gives us a feeling of well being and energetic living.
As an anti inflammatory, aloe vera promotes the healing of our bones and joints. We have used aloe vera externally in gels to soothe sore muscles and joints due to stress, over use, arthritis, etc. Used internally, aloe vera juice promotes the relief of pain and the increase of recovery from the inside.
Drinking aloe vera by itself can be a daunting task because of the taste. However we have available to us various aloe vera juices flavored with natural fruit juice flavors to enable the drinking of aloe vera juice to be a very pleasant as well as a beneficial health experience.
About the Author
Jenny has more than twenty years experience with all natural health care products.