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Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine; packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, the extract is most commonly known for being a topical skin treatment. However, these capsules are ingested and can help to relieve stomach problems and improve the immune system due to the plant’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is used in skin care products that play a vital role in skin clearance. It is also used in medicines aimed for regulation of the digestive system. It is taken by mouth as a remedy for constipation.
It is also applied on the wounds to improve the speed of recovery.
- Can aid digestion and relieve constipation due to compounds containing laxative effects
- Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, it is useful for nourishing the body
- Can strengthen and support the immune system
- Can regulate cholesterol
- Due to its anti-oxidant properties, it is powerful for fighting infection
- Used for healing and soothing skin complaints such as burns and acne
- May enhance insulin sensitivity which helps to regulate blood sugar levels
- Generally good for skin, Aloe Vera can be used as a moisturiser to improve skin elasticity
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe is a genus of plant that produces around 500 different species of flowering plants - Aloe Vera being one of these. Originally found in Northern Africa, the Aloe Vera plant is cultivated worldwide and is typically used either for its gel, or its latex. The gel - which is typically used as a topical ointment - is sourced from the inner parts of the plant’s leaves; the latex is a product of the rind of those leaves. Both parts of the plant are often used in supplements, however, research has shown that some chemicals in the Aloe latex may be harmful in large doses, and so it should only be consumed in supplement form.
Aloe Vera is famous for its two components, jelly like substance known as Gel and Yellowish substance present just beneath the surface of leaves which is called Latex.
Gel: Gel resembles jelly in consistency. It is found in the leaf of aloe plant. It is used for skin medication because some chemicals present in it smooth the circulation of blood cells. Due to this property it is also used to cure the sun burn, Psoriases, cold sores and frostbite. People take this medicine for ulcerative colitis, itching, osteoarthritis, fever, inflammation and as a general tonic.
Latex: The second important product of this plant is the Aloe Latex which is present in the inner surface of leaves. It is a yellowish substance which is used as medicines. This component of Aloe is mostly used for application on the wounds because it improves healing and stops cells from dying. However, some people take this latex by mouth as a remedy for constipation. Many medicines are prepared by crushing the whole leaf. This means inclusion of both gel and latex in the new product. Often it is used for epilepsy, colds, asthma, diabetes, varicose veins, multiple sclerosis, depression, hemorrhoids, colitis, glaucoma, and absence of menstrual periods. Many patients use it for the treatment of visionary problems. Some chemicals present in the Aloe latex can be dangerous in large quantities.
What is Aloe Vera used for?
Aloe Vera is often used externally to treat skin complaints such as sunburn, however, the plant’s healing properties also work when ingested. Aloe Vera supplements can be taken to help relieve pain in the muscles or joints, improve digestion and aid waste elimination, lower cholesterol, help treat stomach ulcers and speed up recovery process by fighting infections.
How does Aloe Vera work?
The main constituents of Aloe Vera are the enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, saponins, polysaccharides, mono saccharides, anthraquinones, lignin, salicylic acid, minerals and sterols. These components work together for fighting against disease.
Amino Acids: The human body needs twenty two different types of amino acids, of these eight are not created by body rather these are taken by food and other supplements. Luckily Aloe Vera contains all of these eight essential amino acids. These include leucine, isolucine, phenylalanine, theriomine, tryptophan, mathionine, valine and lysine. Many non-essential amino acids are also present in this plant which includes glutamine, serine, histidine, glumatic acid, cystein, asparagines, aspartic acid, arginine and aspartic acid.
Anthraquinons: Twelve anthraquinons are found in the juice of leaves of aloe Vera. These have stimulating antibiotic and pain killing properties. These anthraquinons kill the lifeless cells, puss and bring blood the wounded area, and also flush out the harmful material from the wounded parts.
Enzymes: Enzymes are also useful for digestion because these help in breaking vitamins present into amino acids. In this way enzymes help in converting the food into a fuel that brings life to all cells of our body. The main enzymes which we found in the Aloe Vera are Amylase, Bradykinase, Cellulose, Catalyze Lipase, Oxidize, Proteolysis, creatine phosphokinase and carboxypepsidase. Enzymes are fueled by vitamins and minerals (zinc and selenium) included in the aloe Vera.
Vitamins: Aloe Vera also contains vitamin A, C and E. These vitamins work as antioxidant materials. Vitamin A is very beneficial for increasing efficiency of immune system and for increasing the visionary abilities. Vitamin A is also used for increasing the male and female reproduction abilities. Vitamin C is helpful in food digestion.
Minerals: Minerals usually work with vitamins for strengthening the immune system. Aloe Vera contains calcium (helpful in bone and teeth formation, heart functioning, and muscles contraction), manganese (which activates nerves, tissues and enzymes), Chromium (helps in maintaining sugar level in our body), Selenium (helps in improving the brain performance) and copper (a tonic for skin and hair pigment). Other minerals included in the Aloe Vera along with their functions are described in the following list.
- Iron--helpful for taking oxygen in the blood cells. It creates hemoglobin.
- Phosphorus--Useful for building bones, teeth.
- Sodium -- effective for improving nerves performance.
- Potassium -- work for fluid balance in the body.
- Saponins: Aloe Vera contains Saponins, these are cleansing material because of their soapy properties. These components fight against germs and bacteria. Aloe Vera also contains Salicylic acid. This is successfully used against fever. It is also very useful for its anti-bacterial properties. Among other constituents of this plant are tannins, resins, proteins (lectins, gibberlin and mono sulfonic acids) and mannins.
Who should use Aloe Vera?
It is not recommended that children use Aloe Vera, the same applies for pregnant or breast feeding women. However, Aloe Vera can be used by anyone who is looking to detox their body or boost their general health and wellbeing.
People who suffer with illnesses such as constipation, arthritis and high cholesterol may benefit from its use. Acne sufferers are also known to use Aloe Vera due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
How to take Aloe Vera?
One tablet a day (100mg) is recommended – preferably taken in the evening with food.
Taken orally for the recommended dose is 100-200 mg aloe taken in the evening.
Aloe Vera Ingredients
What studies have been conducted on Aloe Vera?
Medline Plus: National Institute of Health
RxList: The internet drug index
WebMD: Vitamins and Supplement Centre
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Safety And Quality
- Manufactured to GMP protocols
- Uses pharmaceutical grade ingredients
- Manufactured in the UK
- EFSA compliance (European Food Safety Authority)
- Manufactured in an Informed Sport registered facility
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