Ancient Egyptians revered the aloe vera plant and considered it to be the Plant of Immortality. Aloe vera comes with a wide array of amazing healing properties — some of which you may already be aware.
There are two parts to an aloe vera leaf — the gel, and the juice. The gel is used to help soothe chapped skin. The juice is what seeps from the leaf when it’s cut.
But, did you know that you could feel the biggest benefits of AloeVera is when you eat it?
According to The Journal of Environmental Science and Health, aloe vera also possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties that assist the immune system in cleansing the body of toxins and invading pathogens. But that isn’t all aloe vera juice/gel has to offer.
And that’s not all.
Aloe vera has loads of minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. These minerals work together to boost metabolic pathways.
Aloe Vera contains important enzymes like amylase and lipase which can aid in digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules. One molecule in particular, Bradykinase, helps to reduce inflammation.
One study showed that aloe vera actually contains vitamin B12, which is required for the production of red blood cells.
The immortality plant is also rich in:
– Vitamins A, C, E
– Folic Acid
– B1, B2, B3, and B6
Aloe vera contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids that are required by the human body. It also contains salicylic acid, which fights inflammation and bacteria.
Aloe gel has been used for treatment of wounds, minor burns, and skin irritations. Most consumers are familiar with aloe’s use in skin-care products, but aloe can also be used as a drink.
How to consume it?
Aloe can be consumed straight from the plant, but the easiest and most palatable option is probably aloe juice, which you can find in most health food stores. You can also buy the leaves from many common grocery stores, or harvest your own, and juice them yourself.
You can buy the juice and mix it into your juices and smoothies or just drink it straight up.
Make sure you are buying pure aloe juice which is either of the whole leaf or just the inner filet.