Aloe vera, also known as Aloe Vera, has been used medicinally since antiquity. Its active ingredients are found in the gel , its famous drool, while the bark is potentially toxic. The Egyptians and Greeks already used aloe vera, and it is even mentioned in the Bible, which indicates a wide use in several ancient civilizations.
ANVISA prohibits in Brazil that food products contain aloe vera, because there are several species of the plant and some are toxic for ingestion. The species used as a herbal medicine is Aloe vera barbadensis, considered safe, with many benefits to skin, hair and digestive health.
Aloe Vera Benefits: What is it for?
Aloe vera serves as a natural digestive, has astringent, anesthetic, anti-hemorrhagic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal properties , and on the skin acts as a healing, moisturizing and fungicide. It can still help in the fight to cure cancer.
Aloe Vera Components
Aloe gel is a food rich in active plant components . Its nutritional composition includes:
- 12 vitamins, including vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and B13
- 20 minerals
- 18 amino acids
- 200 phytonutrients, which includes 15 enzymes, terpenes, gluconutrients and glycoproteins.
- Phenolic Glycosides
The greatest use of aloe vera is topical, for problems related to the skin, from milder ones like acne , to psoriasis, leprosy , etc. Already in internal use, as in green juices, aloe vera strengthens the immune system and has anti-inflammatory and antiviral action , which means that it can inhibit the multiplication of certain viruses, acting as an adjunct in the treatment of STDs.
As for the cure of cancer, there is still not much research, but some isolated tests have shown that the oligosaccharides that aloe contains can destroy malignant cells, present in tumors.
Other known effects of consuming aloe are:
- Blood glucose control preventing diabetes
- Reduction of inflammations
- Cholesterol and triglyceride balance
- Helps heal ulcers and other chronic injuries in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chron’s Disease and Celiac Disease
- Strengthens immunity with the Acemannan component
- Increased life expectancy
- Heals physical and radioactive burns
- Improved gum health
- Reduced cardiovascular problems and increased physical endurance
- Digestive Enzymes
- Treatment of kidney stones
- Decreases oxidative stress.
How to consume slug
The aloe gel must be extracted properly, discarding the toxic peel. The extracted drool is transparent and practically tasteless, and can be added to a juice blended in a blender. The amount can be approximately one tablespoon for each glass of blender.
Thus, aloe gel can be used to prepare juices and vitamins. There is no ideal amount to take, but to reduce the risk of undesirable effects on digestion, it is best to start by drinking a small amount and then, if well tolerated, increase it.
To preserve the leaf that contains aloe vera gel, it is best to keep it in the refrigerator, as it is very large and fleshy, containing a lot of gel. Or alternatively, the collected gel can be frozen and thus last up to six months .
The purifying properties that improve metabolism are enhanced by mixing aloe vera with lemon , obtaining detoxifying properties. Aloe juice with lemon helps improve immunity, as well as being an energetic juice to drink in the morning. Here’s how to do it:
- 1 tablespoon of Aloe vera gel
- 1 dessert spoon of honey
- 1 lemon
Squeeze the lemon and beat the ingredients together with a glass of water in the blender. Take preferably on an empty stomach.
Aloe Vera on Skin and Hair
The most common use of aloe vera is in cosmetic products based on Aloe vera . There are several possibilities: facial and hair creams, scalp strengthening lotions, skin tonics and cleansers, deodorants, aftershave lotions, shampoos, acne and dandruff creams.
That’s because Aloe vera on the skin acts to prevent the formation of wrinkles, moisturizing and healing wounds , deflating acne pimples, itchy mycoses and even burn spots. Aloe vera improves blood circulation around the lesion . It also helps to deflame and control oiliness.
In the same logic, aloe vera acts on the scalp skin, reducing itching and irritation caused by oil and dandruff. Therefore, it is also used within shampoo formulas. It cleans, combats hair loss and seborrhea , moisturizes and even strengthens hair growth, as it helps to open the pores of the leather and penetrates it, stimulating blood circulation, favoring healthy growth. Its properties are similar to keratin, nourishing and giving flexibility to the hair strands. Finally, it can act as a sunscreen, protecting your hair against ultraviolet rays.
See also: Selenium
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.