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You've probably heard of Aloe Vera from its popularity as an after-sun treatment as well as a topical remedy for a wide assortment of skin conditions, but did you know that it can do so much more? Read on to learn why this plant is one of the most powerful natural health discoveries in existence and the benefits of eating Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller is one of more than 400 varieties of the Aloe species and a member of the succulent family. What makes Aloe Vera unique is a special compound known as Acemannan as well as dozens of other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that naturally occur within the inner gel of the leaves.
Native to the Arabian Peninsula, usage of this evergreen perennial for its health benefits can be traced back at least 6,000 years to early Egypt. Today it grows everywhere, outdoors in just about any climate that stays above freezing, and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal purposes worldwide. Aloe Vera has historically been used for a variety of topical applications, including for after-sun skin care as a moisturizer, soother, and as part of people's daily beauty routines. It should be noted that medicinal us of Aloe Vera has not been approved by the US FDA and it is not officially recognized by the FDA to be used for the treatment or prevention of any potential skin conditions and it should be used in place of any medications prescribed by a doctor. Given how common topical applications are, it begs the question:
Study after study suggests that there are numerous benefits to eating Aloe Vera for everything from supporting digestion, skin, the immune system, hydration, and more. Whether drinking Aloe Vera juice, taking a concentrated Aloe Vera supplement, or simply eating raw Aloe gel, the leaves consist of 99 to 99.5% water, with the remaining solid material containing a wide range of compounds that include water-soluble and fat-soluble minerals, vitamins, enzymes, polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, organic acids, and glyconutrients that can supplement the body.
Loaded with minerals, Aloe Vera supports a healthy cellular enzyme system and helps maintain natural metabolic function. Aloe is a bio-enhancer and naturally supports nutrient absorption, supports cardiovascular health, promotes good gut flora which is also a key part of supporting brain health, and helps promoting healthy blood sugar levels.
Aloe vera naturally provides a source for vitamins A, C, D, E, B, B-1, B-2, B12, and folic acid. Vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants that help to support cells, and the folic acid can help promote the antioxidants in other healthy foods to absorb vitamins and nutrients. Aloe is also a natural prebiotic that works by supporting a healthy environment for gut flora, an essential part of maintaining a healthy immune system.
Consuming Aloe gel can also improve the health of your skin. Applied topically it also helps keep your skin supple and hydrated.
Aloe vera has 20 amino acids essential for the production of muscle tissues, 8 of which are not naturally produced by the body and must be supplemented in your diet. There are also 7 key enzymes that can enhance nutrient absorption and helps break down food.
Studies have found Aloe Vera is beneficial to the digestive system and overall gut health as well. It is also alkaline, so it helps support balanced stomach acidity, which helps promote digestive health.
Using Aloe Vera to support joint health has become popular due to research linking gut health to joint health. While the science is still being flushed out, the combination of other benefits make oral Aloe Vera a good choice for overall health and may also help support overall joint wellness.
Nearly the only possible side effects from eating Aloe Vera occur when people accidentally or unknowingly consume the aloin-containing outer skin of the leaf. Consuming too much aloin can cause stomach cramps, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, or kidney issues which is why it is important to opt for an organic pure Aloe Vera product that has been specially processed to remove any aloin.
Note: As with nearly any substance, a very small percentage of people may have an allergic reaction to Aloe Vera. Always begin with a small dose to see how you react and speak to a healthcare professional if you have pre-existing medical conditions or dietary restrictions.
Aloin occurs naturally in the latex skin of Aloe Vera leaves. It is a type of anthraquinone glycoside, which has powerful laxative properties. Some people eat that part of the plant to relieve constipation. However, health professionals generally do not believe it as a safe or effective laxative. Aloin concentrations vary throughout the plant so results may be unpredictable. For this reason, we advise against harvesting or attempting to eat raw Aloe Vera yourself if you have a sensitivity to it or are not familiar with how to prepare it.
What makes AloeCure (as well as our sister company, ALODERMA) products special is how we process our inner gel. Nearly all other Aloe Vera products on the market utilize charcoal filtration or enzymes that they add to ground up Aloe Vera leaves to help remove the aloin. While that might sound fine, it also strips a large amount of the other components naturally found in Aloe Vera during the process. When you see other Aloe Vera Juices that are clear or don't have any smell or taste, that is almost certainly a sign they have used one of these two methods. While the taste of Aloe Vera isn't for everyone, if you aren't tasting it, you probably aren't drinking what you think you are.
At AloeCure, we have developed an entirely natural and proprietary process by which we remove all Aloin from our products without the addition of outside ingredients or enzymes or charcoal filtration. AloeCure process all of our aloe within 12 Hours of Harvest from our Organic plantations in order to ensure maximum preservation of nutrients found in wild Aloe Vera.
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