Aloe Vera is such a magical plant! As a desert plant, it can thrive in the most harsh environment (it’s known as “plant of immortality” in Ancient Egypt), and produces a jelly-like substance that’s packed with minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes that are beneficial to us. It’s widely used in folk medicine throughout the world as remedy for skin conditions, digestive issues, diabetes, asthma, and so much more.
The gel from Aloe has incredible healing power to the skin – it’s well-known as a remedy for sunburns and wounds. Interestingly, the skin and gut lining have many similarities in terms of their structures and how they react with our resident microbiome and our immune system – think of how dairy and sugar can promote inflammation and affect both our skin and gut health! Similar to how Aloe heals the skin, it also works wonders to the gut lining by with the following mechanisms:
- Heals and prevents peptic ulcers and relieves heartburn due to the anti-inflammatory mechanism of Aloe Vera and its ability to inhibit gastric acid secretion;
- Alleviates constipation by increasing intestinal water content with the compound anthraquinones;
- Supports the immune system and reduces inflammation;
- Hydrates the body, which helps with detoxification;
- Stimulates the growth of good bacteria by providing prebiotics, which in turn helps with digestion;
- Aids in the control of candida (yeast) overgrowth and some bad bacteria;
- Provides a wide range of micronutrients and antioxidants, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C & E, and the minerals sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, chloride, and traces of magnesium and zinc – some these compounds are natural relaxants, others promote detoxification and boost immunity;
According to a 2013 human trial, Aloe Vera can reduce abdominal pain/discomfort as well as flatulence in patients with constipation predominated IBS. However, be cautious of the amount of Aloe Vera you consume as some people may experience diarrhea and stomach cramps after consuming high does of Aloe Vera.
Here’s a video of how you can safely prepare fresh Aloe Vera Juice and some discussions of the benefits of Aloe Vera:
I added some freshly squeezed lime juice and honey to my aloe vera juice – it’s so refreshing especially on a hot summer day! Other than juices and smoothies, you can also use Aloe “meat” in salads and even desserts!
Fun fact – Aloe vera has long life expectancy. It can survive over 100 years in the wild! It’s such a magical plant!
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