February 27, 2021 3 min read
You've probably heard of Aloe Vera from its popularity as a sunburn treatment as well as a topical remedy for everything from cuts to scars, 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 6,000 years to early Egypt. Today it grows everywhere in just about any climate and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal purposes worldwide. Aloe Vera is used for a variety of topical applications, including treatment of wounds, burns, relief from rashes/itching, and fading scars - but it’s also being consumed, which begs the question:
Study after study suggests that there are numerous benefits to eating Aloe Vera for everything from digestion, skin, immune support, hydration, and more. Whether drinking Aloe Vera water, taking a concentrated Aloe Vera supplement, or simply eating raw Aloe gel, the leaves consist of 99.5% water with the remaining .5% 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 aid metabolic function. Aloe naturally supports nutrient absorption, supports cardiovascular health, promotes good gut flora essential for supporting brain health, and supports 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 protect cells, and the folic acid can help increase the antioxidants in other healthy foods to absorb vitamins and nutrients. Aloe is 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, too, 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 also buffers stomach acid, which helps to counteract discomfort.
Using Aloe Vera for joint health has become popular due to its research linking gut health the joint health. While the science remains outstanding, the combination of other benefits make oral Aloe Vera a good choice for providing overall joint support.
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. Too much consumption of 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, great care must be taken when harvesting or attempting to eat raw Aloe Vera.
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