Aloe Barbadensis Miller
The Lily of the Desert.
Composition of Aloe
Aloe is a genus containing over 500 species of flowering succulent plants .
The most widely known species is Aloe vera, or “true aloe”, so called because it is cultivated as the standard source of so-called “aloe vera” for assorted pharmaceutical purposes.
Other species, such as Aloe ferox, also harvested from the wild are used for similar applications. Aloe vera is used both internally and externally on humans, and is claimed to have medicinal effects, which have been supported by scientific and medical research.
The leaves hold a gooey translucent gel, also extremely bitter, and known all over the world for it’s unbelievable healing properties. This translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, Vitamin A, B, C and E.
One of the most crucial elements found in aloe vera gel is a complex carbohydrate known as acemannan. It allows nutrients to reach the cells, nourish them and at the same time relieve them of toxins.
Aloe Vera is a natural detoxifier, it boosts the immune system, increases beneficial intestinal flora, soothes and repairs damaged and inflamed tissue both internally and externally. It has often been seen as a “cure-all” because it has so many uses.
As for minerals, iron, copper, zinc, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and chromium are present in varying quantities. The amount of vitamins and minerals in the limited quantity of Aloe vera juice you consume may not meet the daily recommended dosage, but regular supply is the key here.
Health benefits of Aloe
Aloe shows potential in slowing the growth of breast cancer. A study in Japan showed that taking Aloe Vera regularly may be effective in preventing the onset of lung cancer in smokers. Research has also been carried out into whether Aloe Vera can play a role in the treatment of cancer. Aloe Vera appears to cause the release of tumor necrosis factor Alpha that blocks the blood supply to cancerous growths.
Aloe vera can be used to relieve constipation, but sparingly. They advise that a dose of 0.04 to 0.17 grams of dried aloe is sufficient. Because of its anti-inflammatory and laxative components, another aloe vera benefit is its ability to help with digestion. Aloe vera helps digestion, normalizes acid/alkaline and pH balance, lessens yeast formation, encourages digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing.
Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximise your weight-loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, aloe vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilisation, improving overall health as well as weight-loss success.
It is also an excellent natural lubricant for women who suffer of lack of vaginal lubrication, and it helps combat vaginal yeast infections.
Aloe regulates the circulatory system, improving blood supply, prevents heart disease as well as vasodilatation and erections, though it is necessary to complement it with other products. Dr. Morton Walker and Joan Walker, authors of the book Sexual Nutrition, suggest Aloe Vera as an “excellent aphrodisiac drink.”
Believe it or not, allergies all start with the nutrition we give our bodies and the healthiness (or unhealthiness) of our gut. Aloe can help to provide relief from allergies and hay fever due to pollen, dander, chemicals, perfume, dust mites, foods, molds, etc. There are many varied causes of the discomfort caused by allergies. Some of the factors influencing the severity and length of allergies, include digestion, nutrition, environment and hereditary weakness.
The number one support in helping to reduce the constant challenge of allergies is to strengthen connective tissue called Collagen. Weak collagen tissue in nasal passages, lung tissues, and intestinal tract cell walls allow foreign invaders to enter the blood stream and cause an allergy response. By taking Aloe Vera juice daily, you are providing the body with needed protein and flavonoids, and you may begin to reverse allergy sensitivity .
Many allergy sufferers have weak digestion which does not allow the body to receive the nutritional benefits from foods and supplements. Once these proper nutrients are received at the cellular level, the body can build up the collagen and tissue structure to screen out the allergies. The glycomannan complex present in aloe vera helps to provide additional help to strengthen the tissue cell walls. Natural anti-inflammatory and analgesics, found in the yellow sap, help to reduce swelling, pain and skin irritation. Campesterol, B-sitosterol, lupeol, and salicylic acid help to promote additional allergy relief.
Aloe Vera is filled with a gel containing vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E, and folic acid. There are also a variety of minerals found in Aloe Vera , like copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese. All these nutrients have tremendous health benefits.
The strong antibacterial properties of the plant make it a perfect element of complex treatment of numerous fungal, bacterial or viral infections. Aloe vera is one of the many herbs or plants that offer multiple benefits. It can help improve blood circulation and digestion, and it’s great for detoxification.
Aloe vera is one of the most effective means when it comes to regulating blood sugar naturally. Regular consumption of aloe vera regulates the glucose in the bloodstream. Aloe vera has a strong hypoglycemic ability and is beneficial for patients diagnosed with both IDDM (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus) and NIDDM (non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus). Aloe vera is packed with glucomannan, a soluble dietary fiber (polysachharide), and thus reduces glucose levels. This hemicellulose component acts as a hypoglycemic substance and reduces blood sugar efficiently.
Anthraquinones, organic phenols with distinctive aroma, and lectins, proteins that bind carbohydrates together, are some of the compounds found in aloe vera that reduce blood glucose and regulate its level. Aloe vera can reduce blood sugar by 50 %.
It cleanses the body and eliminates excess glucose in the bloodstream.
Aloe vera has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect from ulcers, wounds, infections and other diabetes-related conditions.It stimulates the secretion of insuline, and thus alleviates the symptoms of diabetes.
Aloe vera is all-natural, meaning it causes no side-effects in the treatment of diabetes.
Aloe vera has a chemical composition similar to that of keratin, the primary protein of hair that helps to nourish and rejuvenate the hair It reduces excess oil from the scalp and clears the blocked pores that impede hair growth.
The natural enzymes in aloe vera rejuvenate the hair follicles and reduce hair thinning. It also promotes hair growth by locking in moisture and nutrients in the hair follicles.
Many ailments are thought to be caused by an accumulation of body toxins. Antioxidants and alkaline foods help neutralize toxins and limit its accumulation. An intestinal tract free of build-up can absorb nutrition properly. The blood will get all the essential nutrition and transport it to the different body systems including the brain.
History of Aloe
The use of aloe vera can be traced back 6,000 years to ancient Egypt. It was known as the “plant of immortality” and was presented to deceased pharaohs as a burial gift.
In South Africa, indigenous peoples have utilized the healing and regenerative powers of Cape Aloe through the ages.
Aloe Vera has been used medicinally for 5,000 years. It has been called the “miracle plant”, the “medicine plant” and the “wand of heaven”.