Healing and Anti-aging Effects of Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera Health Benefits

Inside the aloe vera leaf is a thin, clear, jelly-like material that is famous as a skin salve. Skin healing requires the increase of blood flow to the injured area, and aloe vera dilates capillaries, which increases blood circulation and speeds healing. Aloe vera is an especially effective treatment in cases of frostbite. It helps heal all sores, from canker sores to bed sores, as well as burns, abrasions, herpes lesions, hives, insect bites, stings, scalp itchiness, psoriasis, and sunburn pain. Wounds heal more quickly, and infection and scaring is often prevented. Aloe vera also protects our skin from exposure to ultra-violet radiation. There are even claims that it can eliminate warts.

Aloe vera has amazing anti-inflammatory action in the digestive system. It reduces heartburn, soothes peptic ulcers, eases constipation, and has potential as a treatment for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

In our immune system, aloe vera juice may help reduce tumor mass and inhibit metastasis (spreading) in some types of cancer. It has the ability to stimulate our immune system capacity owing to its high content of acemannan, the major carbohydrate in aloe leaves and gel. Acemannan may even mimic the function of AZT, making it a treatment for aids patients. Aloe "shows preliminary signs of boosting aids patients' immune systems and blocking the human immune-deficiency virus'spread without toxic side effects. Aloe juice made from both the skin and gel of the plant can also reduce blood sugar and triglyceride levels in diabetes mellitus patients.

Aloe Vera Health Nutrients

Aloe vera juice contains a wealth of vitamins, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and choline, plus minerals, calcium, chlorine, copper, germanium, iron, magnesium lactate, manganese, potassium, silicon, sodium, and sulfer. But its uniqueness lies in its wealth of phytochemicals such as the organic acids chrysophanic, salicylic, succinic, and uric, polysaccharides such as acemannen, enzymes such as glutathione peroxidase, and various resins.

There is an extra bonus with aloe vera: you can grow it indoors. No green thumb required. It is attractive and easy to maintain, and when you want to try its magic, just break off a piece and rub the gel on your skin. Or, throw some in your juice along with your favorite fruits. Aloe vera juice is easy to add to your homemade smoothies or fresh squeezed juices.

Above extracts on aloe vera from Power Juices Super Drinks, by Steve Meyerowitz

Aloe Vera Foods Aloe Vera Aloe Vera has been used medicinally since ancient times. It is mentioned in early Egyptian writings as an effective treatment for infections, skin ailments and constipation. Alexander the Great is said to have fought a war to obtain a supply of this plant for his wounded soldiers. We have several natural aloe vera concentrates for internal and external use.