Why Aloe Vera called the “plant of immortality.”
For thousands of years Aloe Vera has been widely used to treat many health aliments. The Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality” because of its diverse applications for literally everything.
I’m sure you that most of you who are reading this article are aware of the amazing healing properties contained within the Aloe Vera plant. When I was growing up, my mom kept an Aloe Vera plant around the house for years, she used it mostly as a topical ointment. Even back then I was aware that the gel inside could be consumed to benefit our bodies internally. In those days, drinking Aloe Vera juice was becoming quite popular among those who were making an effort to become more health conscious.
Research published in the “Journal of Environmental Science and Health” notes that Aloe Vera contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that aid the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and invading pathogens.
Below are six health benefits and reasons to incorporate Aloe Vera Juice into our daily life.
Aloe Vera juice is crammed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers. ‘It can help strengthen digestion and rid the body of any nasty waste, thus detoxifying the body naturally,’ says Sebastian. ‘Its main property is to be soothing, cooling and moistening which helps to clear inflammatory and irritating heat, such as in menopause, plus inflammatory skin and digestive problems, such as acne, rosacea and IBS.
- Supports the immune system
Aloe Vera is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides which help the immune system to behave properly. ‘Too much inflammation in the body can cause problems within the immune system and can cause conditions like asthma, eczema and Crohn’s disease. Soothing herbs like Aloe Vera juice can slow the inflammatory cascade and help reorder the immune response to prevent these conditions.
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
There is some evidence to suggest Aloe Vera lowers cholesterol and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, meaning it can be useful for treating diabetes and obesity.
- Excellent for digestion
It’s worth trying for anyone who suffers with digestion problems like IBS. Its healing and soothing properties can help with the painful symptoms.
An easy way to boost your vitamin and mineral intake. Aloe Vera juice is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It’s also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium. Sounds pretty good, right?
- Hair growth
Full of natural vitamins and enzymes that can directly promote healthy hair.
- Good for burns, acne and hydrating skin
When used topically Aloe Vera can soothe inflamed skin and enhance collagen and hyaluronic acid to help rejuvenate skin.
It sounds amazing, but are there any side effects you should know about?
‘If you use an Aloe Vera leaf product it may have high Aloin levels and Aloin is a laxative which can cause diarrhea if too much is used.’ Of course, you should always consult your doctor before undergoing any complementary or alternative treatments for health problems.
It is a very versatile plant and it has a resume of health benefits , this is why drinking Aloe Vera Juice should become another healthy habit.