The Egyptians knew it as the plant of immortality. The Native Americans knew it as the wand of heaven. Yes, we’re talking about the aloe vera plant. You might even own an the aloe vera plant in your home and still not know all the benefits you can get from it. Did you know that the aloe vera plant doesn’t necessarily have to be used just topically, but also can be used internally?
Aloe contains 200+ naturally occurring constituents, including polysaccharides, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, as well as minerals promoting nutrient absorption.
The Journal of Environmental Science and Health states that the aloe vera plant also possesses anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties that help out the immune system in the process of cleansing the body of toxins and invading pathogens.
The aloe vera plant has loads of minerals including iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, chromium, sodium, selenium, copper, potassium, and manganese.
The aloe vera plant contains important enzymes like amylase and lipase that can help in the process of digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules.
The was a study showing that the aloe vera plant actually contains vitamin B12 (vegans, hear this out), which is required for the production of red blood cells. But keep in mind that B12 is crucial and even though you can find it in the aloe vera plant, you should also take some supplements or maybe even consult a nutritionist if you are on a meatless diet, because even though vegetarians can get enough B12 from dairy products, vegans really have no other way of obtaining the right amounts if not for supplements
The aloe vera plant contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids. That’s way better than most plants, so keep in mind if you’re not convinced by now.
Other Uses For Aloe
Apart from being an excellent cleanser for the body and it removes toxic matters from the stomach, spleen, kidneys, liver, bladder, and colon, it can also offer effective relief from more immediate ailments, such as upset stomach, indigestion, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut.
The was a study that showed that the aloe vera plant juice, if taken like mouthwash, was just as effective as the common mouthwash at removing plaque from your teeth.
How To Take Aloe?
Aloe can be consumed straight from the plant, but the easiest way is probably to make some aloe juice. You can also buy the leaves from many common grocery stores, or harvest your own, and juice them yourself. There are aloe vera juices in stores too, if you prefer the bought option.
You can purchase the juice and stir it into your juices or smoothies, or if you’re up for some new flavors, just drink it straight up. Make sure you are buying pure organic aloe juice or gel – read the label on the back. It does have a bit of a bitter taste though, so just be ready. But hey, the health benefits are amazing!