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Nutritional Benefits of Aloe Vera
The aloe vera plant is the best known adaptogen known to man. It enables the human body to endure very stressful environments and/or sicknesses. It does this by providing the body with the necessary nutrients that are needed to boost the immune system. Another benefit of aloe vera is its ability to fully rehydrate the body by virtue of containing the correct proportions of electrolytes that are necessary for basic bodily functions.
Desert travelers swear by the therapeutic rejuvenating properties of this magnificent plant. Aloe vera is also a significant source of energy. The combination of vitamins and minerals provide a synergetic boost of energy. The main nutritional benefit of aloe vera is its ability to provide energy to those that are sickly or debilitated.
Aloe vera is an immune booster, blood neutralizer, energy booster, Antioxidant, Protein source and Anti-inflammatory. We will know examine the nutritional composition of the Aloe Vera gel.
Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids that are in Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera Boosts the Immune System
The most popular nutritional benefit of aloe vera is its ability to boost the immune system. It contains all the necessary nutrients for the development of white blood cells such as the eight essential amino acids. The plant also contains all the vitamins that aid in the cell repair mechanisms of the body such as vitamin C.
Aloe Vera and Detoxification
The detox combination of vitamin A, C and E are very effective by removing free radicals from the body and repairing damaged cells. Free radicals are responsible for cell damage that leads to accelerated ageing, weak immune system and a plethora of other diseases. Aloe Vera also removes toxins that are formed within the intestinal tract. Compared to other herbal detox options, aloe contains all the nutrients needed to successfully detox the body.
Free radicals that are formed in the brain are responsible for short term memory and poor concentration. The benefit of aloe vera is slowing or eliminating the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain degenerative diseases by neutralizing free radicals. The plant also works as an effective calmative.
Most sicknesses have been related to the body being in a high acidic state. This is also associated with the blood being thick and slow. White blood cells are unable to function in such an acidic and sluggish environment. The plant sterols and enzymes help to thin the blood and increase flow.
Aloe vera is one the most potent alkaline based food known to man. Because the nutrients in aloe are bio-available and contains electrolytes (minerals) such as calcium, it helps to reduce the bloods acidic pH level. Without the correct balance, the cells are in a chaotic state.
Aloe Vera as an Anti-Inflamatory
Alkaline foods also double as an anti-inflammatory solution. Inflammations are associated with headaches, arthritis, swelling from trauma, stiffness of muscle and sluggishness. Essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6 and 9 serves as another nutritional benefit of aloe vera. These fatty acids empower the plant with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Omega 3 fatty acids inhibit inflammations associated with muscles, joints and even the brain. The ratio of the fatty acids found in the aloe vera plant also stabilizes cholesterol levels. This also reduces bad cholesterol and triglyceride (fat sludge) in the blood.
Dosage of Aloe Vera
Consumption of aloe vera needs to be minimal. A tablet size cut from the plant is very potent and should be taken once every two days for novices. Long term use encompassing months is not necessary or encouraged. The aloe vera plant is very potent and starts working in the body immediately.
There are health risks associated with overdosing.See disclaimer below.
Aloe Vera for Digestion Problems
It is very popular in Jamaica to use aloe vera to treat almost any illness related to the digestive tract. Jamaicans also believe that most illnesses stem from a poor functioning digestive system. Therefore the aloe vera is widely used for a number of ailments.
For more information about aloe vera and digestion, please refer to the hub
Does Aloe Vera Help Acne?
I have already written an article answering this question. Within the comments from that article, many have testified that they have successfully treated their acne with aloe vera. This article explains why aloe will heal and soothe the skin and the medicinal properties within the aloe vera gel.
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