Aloe Vera is one of the most amazing and important plants in the world. In fact, it has so many uses that the Egyptians even referred to it as the ‘plant of immortality.’
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that grows in tropical regions but can also be grown in your very own home. It brings forth antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, and even antiseptic properties. The gel within the leaves of this plant has very strong healing capabilities and it can work wonders in our bodies. The gel within the leaves is overflowing with things that our bodies need and can benefit from big time.
According to Dr. Mercola within the gel of these leaves you will find as follows:
These capabilities come from aloe vera’s many compounds and phytonutrients, such as vitamins A, C, and E, choline, folic acid and B1, B2, B12 and B3 (niacin). Minerals include selenium, zinc, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium and chromium.
Polyphenol antioxidants — These help combat free radicals, which contribute to disease, infections and hasten the aging process.
Fatty acids — Aloe contains plant sterols, which are valuable fatty acids, including campesterol and B-sitosterol, as well as linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids.
Amino acids — There are about 22 amino acids, called the “building blocks of protein,” that are necessary for your body, and aloe vera contains 18 to 20 of them, including all eight of those considered essential for human health.
When we use aloe vera in our lives be it through topical use or oral use we can resolve lots of issues within our bodies. For instance, when ingested we can reduce inflammation, lower our blood sugar, and help our digestive tract to operate more properly. One study even found that aloe vera juice itself, when used as a mouthwash, could remove plaque just as well as the mouthwash you would buy at a store.
Aloe produces lots of anti-aging effects on our skin and is one of the best possible treatments that we can add to our lives. It will reduce scarring and even help work to rid you of wrinkles. The number of things you can use Aloe Vera for is as noted above truly endless. You can use it as a lotion, moisturizer, and even an exfoliant depending on the effort you want to put forth. It could easily be the key to having the softest skin around if you really wanted to put forth the effort and use it daily.
How To Take It:
You can take Aloe straight from the plant, either by ingesting it as is or by blending it into your favorite smoothies. If you were looking for an easier solution, you can by Aloe water at most stores. Keep in mind that it does have a naturally bitter taste, so masking it by putting it into your favorite juices or smoothies will be the most appetizing method. You can also apply it topically to your skin, mix it into your favorite moisturizer or make your own natural exfoliant.
You really cannot go wrong with adding it to your life. When we use Aloe in our day to day lives we are boosting our immune systems, improving our skin, detoxing properly, and improving our cardiovascular health in general. That being said, when it comes to products that claim to have Aloe in them you should be aware that they are not always what they seem. Raw is the best way to go. For more information on the benefits of Aloe please check out the video below.