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Known to the Egyptians as the ‘plant of immortality’, Aloe Vera is the original superfood which has been used for over 5,000 years for its powerful healing properties, even by Cleopatra herself! The Indian name for Aloe Vera is ‘Kumari’ meaning ‘Young Maiden’ in lieu of its reputation for keeping our skin young and healthy.
Most people use aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores, but there is a host of other aloe vera benefits. Aloe Vera juice is used for treating osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, fever, itching and inflammation.
Aloe Vera contains over 200 active nutrient ingredients. These include B vitamins, folate, vitamins C and E, beta carotene, minerals including, calcium, chlorine, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, amino acids and proteins, polysaccharides and carbohydrates. Aloe Vera is well known for its high polysaccharide content, which activates aloe’s many nutrients and helps the body absorb them. Aloe Vera contains a particular polysaccharide called acemannan,
Aloe Vera can heal and support your digestive system in a number of ways. Your digestive tract, like your skin, is one of the main barriers to the outside environment and it works as a filter for the things we need and the things we don’t. Often our modern environments, lifestyles and diets can lead to low levels of inflammation in our gut and this is in turn can lead to digestive discomfort or systemic food intolerances. Aloe Vera has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, soothing the gut lining and allowing it heal. Additionally it contains prebiotic fibres, which feed your beneficial gut flora and are a key element to a healthy functioning gut, as well as your overall health and wellbeing. Aloe vera’s soothing gelatinous properties help food move through the intestinal tract with ease, absorbing toxins along the way to aid the detoxification process. Aloe vera also contains some bitter properties which stimulates the liver into producing bile, helping to cool and decongest an overloaded liver. Lastly it contains enzymes that help you digest and absorb nutrients more efficiently, getting more nutrition from other foods.
Aloe Vera’s main component, polysaccharides, have special properties that help the immune system, by stimulating production of your white blood cells, the primary cells used in your immune system. Thus the immune system can cope with the invading pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, helping your body to prevent them taking hold and develop into a full blown illness.
Aloe Vera juice enhances the efficiency of absorption of vitamins C and E, two major nutrients for glowing and young looking skin. Vitamin C is primarily used for collagen production in the body, plumping the skin and preventing wrinkles appearing. Vitamin E is a key anti-oxidant for skin which has an anti-aging effect on the cells. In addition, Aloe Vera, with its anti-inflammatory and detoxing effect on the body, will help keep skin looking clear and healthy.
Aloe Vera Quality
Not all Aloe Vera juices are the same. Both the inner and outer leaf are used by some suppliers which are of good nutritional value but with the added benefit of a mild laxative effect. This effect comes from latex which is a component of the leaf rind. With this leaf combination the gel tends to have a bitter taste.
For best overall benefit and nutritional support it is advised to obtain an organic product containing the inner leaf only. This selection is also easier on the palate. Aloe Vera juice – Simplee Aloe is highly recommended.
Care should be taken when consuming products which contain both inner and outer leaf of aloe vera. It is not recommended for pregnant and breast feeding women.