Nourish - What’s The Scoop On: Aloe Vera
Here are 6 amazing properties of Aloe Vera that you should know about!
No. 1 – Nutrient rich
A member of the Lily family, the Aloe Vera plant contains within its inner leaf a mucilaginous gel that is a nutrition powerhouse. This inner leaf gel contains polysaccharides (long-chain sugars, meaning they are slow-burning carbohydrates keeping energy levels stable), fibre, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins A, C and E, as well as minerals sulphur, calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc and selenium.
No. 2 – Aids digestion
Aloe Vera is beneficial for almost all types of digestive problems, including irritable bowel, ulcers, acid re-flux and bloating thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory properties which helps to soothe and heal the gut.
When the polysaccharides (contained in the inner leaf) are converted into oligosaccharides, they can also help to protect the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, shown to be effective in fighting e.coli strains and streptococcus pneumonia.
Taken 30 minutes or so before each meal every day may help digestion and absorption, and taken before bed after an over-indulgence of food and drink may save you from a night of uneasiness due to acid reflux.
Aloe has even been shown to improve food digestion and absorption, some say by as much as 200%!
Aloe Vera has been shown to help encourage and enhance the growth of friendly bacteria within the body, in part due to the fact it is being pre-biotic, aka the food for probiotics.
A happy gut is the key to good health and optimal digestion.
No. 3 – Supportive to your immune system
Another benefit of aloe vera is its immune enhancing effects. Aloe vera has been shown to be antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, therefore not only can it help your health this winter by combating colds and flus, it can also help to kill yeast (candida) and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.
No. 4 – Herbal first aid for burns
If you happen to burn yourself, which can happen to the best of us, Aloe Vera is handy to have in the kitchen as an emergency helper.
Cutting off a leaf and scraping out the inner gel, or squeezing pure aloe vera gel from a tube and putting it directly on to the fresh burn will help reduce inflammation and stimulate the production of white blood cells, which in turn will aid healing.
Aloe vera is also soothing on sunburn should you turn that one shade too close to lobster red on your holidays! It is not just burnt skin that aloe helps, however. Aloe vera has been known to help with rashes, psoriasis, stretch marks, sunburn, scarring, eczema and acne.
No. 5 – Joint health
Another point to mention is Aloe Vera’s lubricating effect on the joints. During cold and damp weather, joints can become swollen and uncomfortable.
Aloe vera can help reduce the inflammation in the joints which causes the pain. This is because Aloe Vera contains natural steroids that reduce inflammation, such as salicylate and bradykinin, as well as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, E and C.
No. 6 – Overall tonic
Traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine, Aloe Vera is thought to be rejuvenating, nourishing and replenishing, and often used as a general tonic to support the digestive system, skin, and female reproductive system.
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