Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

The health benefits of aloe vera are virtually unsurpassed by any other plant.

Aloe vera gel is a source of hundreds of nutrients which act in synergy to provide an incredible range of health benefits. For this reason aloe vera is regarded as one of the world’s most nutritious plants.

If you knew that you had the opportunity to increase your lifespan by 10%, wouldn’t you jump at it? Scientists estimate that by regularly eating aloe vera you can do just that!

Here’s a run-down of the nutritional make-up of raw aloe vera gel:

  • 20 minerals - including calcium, magnesium, selenium, chromium, zinc
  • 12 vitamins - including Vitamins A, C, E and B complex
  • 18 amino acids
  • 200 phytonutrients- including enzymes, polysaccharides, phosphates, glycoproteins, anthraquinones, sterols and lignin
  • Fiber
  • Water 95%
Not only is aloe vera a nutritional powerhouse, but consuming fresh aloe vera also enhances the nutritional value of other foods.

Fresh, raw aloe vera gel increases the bio-availabilty of antioxidants found in other foods we eat, enabling the body to absorb their nutrients more easily. Research has shown that levels of vitamins B12, C and E are elevated for up to 24 hours after consuming the raw gel.

Just imagine that by simply adding fresh aloe vera gel to your healthy fruit smoothie recipes you are potentially increasing their nutritional benefit! It’s no wonder that consuming aloe vera regularly, on a daily basis if possible, can greatly improve your health. Take a look at some of the many health benefits of aloe vera.

One of the benefits of aloe vera is that it boosts the immune system and makes the body more resistant to disease. Due to the ability of polysaccharides to fight tumors, aloe vera can play a valuable role in the battle against cancer.

Other aloe vera benefits include normalising blood sugar levels for those suffering from diabetes. Consuming aloe vera reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels and also has the potential to improve blood circulation, which reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease.

On top of that, including aloe vera in your diet also leads to an improvement in intestinal health. Fresh aloe vera gel is very soothing to the intestinal tract and as well as having the ability to reduce symptoms of IBS, it also assists in the healing of precancerous growths such as colon polyps. As it has a laxative effect aloe vera helps relieve constipation and s very effective as a colon cleanser.

If you suffer from stiff or swollen joints with reddened, inflamed skin, these painful and damaging effects of arthritis can also be alleviated by aloe vera. Taken internally or applied externally, aloe vera has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. It not only relieves the pain and swelling, but also helps promote cell growth and repair damaged tissue.

Aloe vera also stimulates the metabolism, so drinking aloe vera for weight loss can be very effective. That’s another reason why I include it in my smoothies every day and probably goes some way to accounting for the 15lb weight loss I experienced in a month!

Want to know more about the health benefits of aloe vera?

Read more here about how aloe vera juice benefits your health.

Learn how to make aloe vera juice or prepare fresh aloe vera for smoothies and find more uses for aloe vera here.

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