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Nutritional Benefits of Aloe Vera

Updated on June 29, 2017

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

Vitamins
Minerals
Amino Acid
A
Calcium
Alanine
B1
Chromium
Cystine
B2
Chlorine
Glutamin acid
B3/Niacin
Copper
Histidine
B6
Iron
Isoleucine
B12
Magnesium
Leucine
Beta-Carotine
Sodium
Lysine
C
Zinc
Phenylaianine
Choline
Manganese
Proline
E
Selenium
Methionine
Folic Acid
 
Valine

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.

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Blood Neutralizer

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.

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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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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, I never knew all of this about the aloe vera plant! I always only used it topically for sunburn and such. I never thought that one could digest it for other health reasons. Very interesting.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks DDE for giving me your approval. I really appreciate it.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible facts here about Aloe vera and it uses. Worth a read.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Stessily. It is also my favorite healing plant. It is so easy to grow. I keep learning new things about aloe every day.

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      stessily 4 years ago

      rasta1, It's always nice to see aloe vera in the spotlight. I have long appreciated its many fine qualities as a therapeutic remedy for internal and external uses. It is also one of my all-time favorite plants: it is beautiful in its color and shape.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Careermommy. The aloe vera plant has a good reputation. I keep finding new information about it every day. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      rasta1, this is a good education for me. I knew Aloe Vera was good, but I had no idea it contained all of these wonderful health benefits. Thank you for the valuable information.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Janshares. Aloe vera juice is popular in the supermarkets in Jamaica. Most people drink it to rehydrate.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect AudreyHowitt. It is especially good for any problems related to the stomach and is also a great detox.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      I love drinking the aloe vera juice. Thank you for confirming the health benefits. Informative hub, voted up and useful.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I have never ingested aloe, but it seems to be a really helpful aid to digestive issues. Thank you for a really informative hub!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I have never cooked it or seen anyone do it before. I am pretty sure it is possible. I would love to get my hands on that recipe. Respect tirelesstraveler.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for the information. Have you ever cooked aloe? I has a lady tell me she cooks it.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you MartieCoetser for the compliment. Your mom is wise.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I prefer natural remedies and remember my mother believed in the nutritional benefits of Aloe Vera. Excellent article!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Rose. I am happy to have jogged your memory.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi rasta, great information about Aloe Vera, I remember using it years ago, but totally forgot what for, so this is great! thanks for reminding me, its always nice to get the full picture before buying, thanks!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Lastheart. God is good all the time. This plant is indeed magnificent.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Great job! I have use it and it is part of my garden but I did not knew it was so magnificent. God is good. Voted up and across.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect LongTimeMother. The species do differ, based on country, climate and also culture. Herbal care is not for the novice. This type of information has been passed down to me verbally because of my culture. I know realize that the aloe vera that I grow here may be different from the ones in Canada. I shudder to think that stores will sell the wrong versions for consumption. I did make a disclaimer and add references for the novices. Thank you for your input.

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      Hi Rasta1, I grow and use aloe vera and it is one of my most useful plants. There are hundreds of species of aloe and some are poisonous. The medicinal type is called Aloe Barbadensis in Australia and I think it is called Aloe Barbadensis in the UK as well. Many plant nurseries sell the medicinal type with the label 'aloe vera' but sadly I have been in some stores where the aloe vera tag is placed on different types of aloe. The safest way of buying it is to look for barbadensis on the label, here in Australia at least.

      I always tell my friends to wash the yellow aloin away before eating the flesh/gel of the leaf. It is the aloin that tastes bitter and the aloin can be upsetting to the stomach. Cutting chunks of gel and then rinsing them in fresh water makes them much nicer to eat.

      For people who are reluctant to swallow the actual gel, the clean chunks can be placed in a glass of cool water and stirred with a spoon then let sit in the fridge for a while. The water takes on some of the good qualities of the aloe vera and many people find it easier to get used to the slight taste in the water before swallowing the chunks with the last mouthful.

      One of my friends mashes the clean chunks with banana and honey. :)

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Mhatter99. Aloe probable is most potent herb known to man.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Arlene introduced me to Aloe Vera, but I had no idea it had this many benefits.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Billybuc. Of course you would know, your a nature expert. I am glad to have shared some new information with you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information my friend; some of it I knew, but there was some new info....thank you!