Aloe Vera is one of the most powerful natural miracles, with countless healing properties that have been valued for centuries. Due to it, the ancient Egyptians called it The Plant of Immortality, while the Native Americans referred to it as The Wand of Heaven.
This miraculous plant is commonly used nowadays as well, but you should know that its uses are not only limited to topical application on wounds, scrapes, and burns, as it can also be taken internally and thus improve overall health.
Aloe Vera has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that cleanse the body and boost the immune system.
Christine Ruggeri, CHHC, says:
“The enzymes present in aloe Vera break down the proteins that we eat into amino acids and turn the enzymes into fuel for every cell in the body, which enables the cells to function properly. The bradykinase in aloe Vera stimulates the immune system and kills infections. Zinc is also an important component in aloe Vera — making it a great source to combat zinc deficiency — because it’s essential to maintain immune function.
It helps us ward off diseases, kill bacteria and protect the function of our cell membranes. Zinc is also a key structural component for a slew of hormone receptors and proteins that contribute to healthy, balanced mood and immune function.”
It contains more than 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents, such as minerals, vitamins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids.
Its minerals, such as zinc, iron, potassium, copper, calcium, magnesium, chromium, selenium, sodium, boost metabolic pathways. Moreover, it is high in important enzymes like amylase and lipase which can help digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules.
Among the other vitamins, Aloe Vera is a rich source of contains vitamin B12, which is needed for the production of red blood cells. It is also abundant in vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), and B6, folic acid, choline.
When it comes to amino acids, this plant contains 20 of the 11 essential ones, as well as salicylic acid, which destroys bacteria and fights inflammation in the body.
Aloe Vera is a potent body cleanser, as it eliminates toxins from the liver, colon, spleen, stomach, kidneys, and bladder, and soothes joint inflammation. Additionally, it relieves ulcers, indigestion, upset stomach, and gut inflammation.
If used as a mouthwash, it removes plaque, soothes canker sores, and improves dental health in a natural and safe way.
How to consume aloe?
The easiest way to consume it is in the form of aloe juice, which can be bought in all health food stores. Yet, make sure it is made from the whole leaf or only the inner filet. You can also juice aloe Vera leaves at your own, at home. Add the juice to smoothies or drink it straight up.
The following dose recommendations are based on scientific research and publications, but it would be wise to always read the label on your aloe Vera products before using them:
- “For constipation take 100–200 milligrams of aloe Vera daily.
- For high cholesterol, take one capsule of aloe Vera containing 300 milligrams twice daily for two months.
- For inflammatory bowel disease, take 100 milliliters twice daily for four weeks.”
Consult your doctor or a natural health expert to find instructions on specific dosing in the treatment of other health issues.