The Legend Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera is one of those plants that we offer or easily receive as a gift. You see it on the labels of cosmetics and alternative medicines, and on the internet, you are bombarded with the most fantastic stories about this possible miracle cure of all time: Aloe Vera, the juice from the leaves of a cactus-like plant is said to have an almost magical effect and are a solution for a wide range of complaints, illnesses, and other physical discomforts.
In this article, we will discuss the possible positive influence of Aloe Vera on your health.
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The History of Aloe Vera:
For many thousands of years used the healing properties of the plant Aloe Vera in many different diseases
If we dive into history, it is noticeable that the plant was used in all parts of the world, probably without their knowledge of each other. After all, there was no fast communication.
For example, the ancient Egyptians had known about it for more than 6,000 years. In Egypt, this was mainly used in cosmetics and for the embalming of bodies. The Egyptians also called the plant “The plant of immortality”
Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra, in the Indian Ocean, especially because of the enormous amount of Aloe Vera that grew on the island. This was important to him, as he used it to treat his soldiers’ wounds so they could get back into the field quickly.
The Greeks also quickly realized that the juice from the fleshy leaves of the Aloe Vera had an almost medicinal effect.
African tribes have also used the plant for centuries and centuries for both humans and animals. How to use the plant has been passed down from generation to generation.
For the animals it was usually applied in the form of medicinal tea: For example, a sick horse was wrapped with cloths soaked in the tea. The tea was also used in the treatment of ulcers in sheep and calves and as an internal cleansing agent in the drinking water of poultry.
India and Pakistan have used the beneficial substance for centuries against constipation, to calm the stomach, for menstrual problems, eye problems, gland enlargement and to relieve migraines.
The big problem was the shelf life of the juice.
A solution for this was found in the 1960s. In 1964, Dr Bill C. Coats, a Texas pharmacist, developed a natural stabilization process that made the gel durable, so it could be made available all over the world and not just limited to the places where the plant grew.
Since then, the application of stabilized Aloe Vera gel has grown enormously for use in medicine, sports, health, cosmetics, and animal care, among other things.
What is actually in Aloe Vera?
As mentioned before, more than 3,500 studies have been published on the beneficial effects of the gel since the year 1920. More than 200 active substances were identified during these studies.
The vast majority of the substances have a positive effect on the body of humans and animals.
However, it also contains a few substances that are less positive. In particular, the active ingredient can have a very laxative effect when used internally.
In modern production methods, this substance is filtered out using activated carbon.
A small warning in general: Aloe Vera is not good for the kidneys in case of an overdose. In case of doubt, you can consult your doctor about this.
We will not go through the active substances in Aloe Vera one by one, but they can be grouped as follows:
- • Vitamins are found in large amounts in Aloe Vera. The most important are Vitamins E, C, and Beta Carotene (formerly vitamin A). These vitamins are important antioxidants.• Minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, sodium, iron, manganese, and potassium.
• Sugars, especially polysaccharides that have a strengthening effect on the immune system.
• Plant Sterols are powerful elements that counteract inflammation.
• Enzymes in the form of Proteases and Lipases. These two aid digestion and break down the food.
• Amino acids are the basic elements of protein. Of the 22 amino acids required by the human body, 20 are present in Aloe Vera.
• Sapons have a very powerful effect against viruses, fungus, thrush, and bacteria.
• Lignin gives the Aloe Vera the ability to penetrate deep into the skin.
• Choline Salicylate is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic substance.
• Anthraquinones have an anti-bacteriological effect.
The advantages at a glance:
The list of now known benefits of using Aloe Vera is extensive. But I would like to mention the most important ones. In article 2 of this special, we go into more detail.
- Relieving pain from jellyfish bites and burns
- Reducing itching
- Killing fungi
- Killing Bacteria
- Killing viruses
- Cleaning the digestive tract
- Stimulate the growth of healthy tissue
- Positive contribution to joint pain
- Suppress inflammation
- Reduction of fever
Due to all these advantages, Aloe Vera can be used in a very wide area for a wide variety of treatments. You can think of, for example:
- • Throat problems
• Muscle strain
• Stomach problems
• Skin problems such as acne and eczema
• Intestinal problems (inflammation, constipation, diarrhoea)
• Nerve infections
• Gum Problems
Health benefits of Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera juice contains nutrients that may be beneficial to your health. Aloe vera plants contain beta-carotene, a yellow-red pigment. It works as an antioxidant to maintain eye health, such as retinal and corneal function.
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(a) Aloe Vera for Allergy
- It often arises due to an extreme reaction of the immune system to a certain substance.
- Aloe Vera is particularly known for its more than positive effect on the immune system, thanks to the more than 200 active substances in the gel.
- Due to the positive effect of Aloe Vera on the immune system, the body will show a fewer allergic reaction
(b) Aloe Vera for Babies and Children
- Aloe Vera is never harmful to health, and can therefore also be used with babies and children. A good example of this is the moment when the first teeth come through.
- Very annoying and sometimes painful for the baby, and a powerless feeling for the parents. To provide some cooling, you can smear a little Aloe Vera on the gums.
- Aloe Vera is also very useful for diaper rash, abrasions, and eczema. It not only provides cooling, but also a faster healing process.
- Baby happy, and so are the parents happy!
(c) Aloe Vera for stomach and intestinal complaints
- For use in the stomach and intestinal complaints, Aloe Vera is made for both internal and external use.
- When used externally, the Aloe Vera has an antibacterial and antifungal effect. It quickly relieves these kinds of problems because it is well absorbed through the mucous membranes and through the skin.
- For internal use, there is an Aloe Vera juice from which the laxative element Aloin has been extracted.
(d) Aloe Vera for Hemorrhoids
- Do you know about haemorrhoids?
- It’s not painful for everyone, and most often won’t even notice it. But if it persists, it can be very painful. For those who don’t know: haemorrhoids are swollen blood veins around the anus.
- Aloe Vera seems to be very suitable for treating this. When used internally, the intestines are cleaned.
- This, combined with the anti-inflammatory power of Aloe Vera, ensures that the chance of infections and ulcers will be minimal.
(e) Aloe Vera for Acne.
- There is nothing more annoying than acne. This is a major problem, especially during puberty, when young people are insecure anyway.
- Aloe Vera is said to have the property of making the pimples disappear 5 days after applying the gel.
- Given the list of benefits of Aloe Vera, this also makes sense: Anti-inflammatory and promotes the healing process and the recovery of the skin.
(f) Aloe Vera for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism.
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism are both diseases in which inflammation takes place in and near the joints.
- This can be very painful, and the range of motion becomes increasingly restricted as the disease progresses. Of course, Aloe Vera cannot replace tissue that has been damaged or disappeared, but it can prevent inflammation and reduce pain.
- Also, not unimportantly, the further wearing down of the joints is prevented.
(g) Aloe Vera for Cancer
- How wonderful it would be to have a panacea for cancer.
- Some scientists claim that Aloe Vera stops the growth of a tumour through its anti-inflammatory effect, other doctors say it’s nonsense.
- The opinion of patients is also very different: some benefit from it, others say no. The fact remains that Aloe Vera is indeed anti-inflammatory and can give the immune system a solid boost.
- These two properties are important in the fight against cancer.
(h) Aloe Vera for Diabetes
- Aloe Vera also seems to have beneficial effects for diabetes patients.
- A number of studies in the US have shown that diabetic patients who have taken Aloe Vera for at least 3 consecutive months have a clear reduction in blood sugar levels.
- The Aloe Vera would also ensure a lower cholesterol level.
(i) Aloe Vera for Gum Problems
- Again thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of Aloe Vera, treatment for inflamed gums is also an option.
- Put some Aloe Vera powder on your toothbrush and brush your teeth as you normally would. Drinking the gel can also help with this: Take a sip of the gel, let it swirl around in your mouth before swallowing.
(j) Aloe Vera for better oxygen transport
- If you regularly drink Aloe Vera juice, it has a very positive effect on your blood and circulatory system. Blockages are resolved and thinning blood vessels regain their old proportions so that every part of your body is optimally supplied with oxygen.
- This would directly result in longer endurance and less acidification of the muscles.
- As this list shows, Aloe Vera can be used for a very wide range of ailments, disorders, and diseases. You can actually conclude that you can always try it, if it doesn’t help then it doesn’t hurt.
- But the fact always stands that the anti-inflammatory effect and boost that Aloe Vera can give to the immune system are very important for general health.
(k) How can you use Aloe Vera?
- Aloe Vera is sold in many forms: gels, concentrated liquids, powders, and drinks, just to name a few. In addition, there are countless products available that contain Aloe Vera, whether or not in high doses.
- To give your general health a big boost, it is best to make drinking Aloe Vera Juice part of your daily eating routine.
- Made directly from the interior of the leaves, these juices promote weight loss and aid in digestive health, eliminating all toxins from your body.
- So, drink a mix of fruit juice, water, and Aloe Vera juice every day.
- Another way to use Aloe Vera is through dietary supplements. These supplements combine the power of Aloe vera with other essential substances such as, for example, Vitamin C.
- This is particularly effective for stomach and intestinal problems and constipation.
(l) Aloe Vera for Burns
- Ok, a burn is also a skin problem, so this should have been in the previous paragraph. But Aloe Vera has so much effect in the care and recovery of burns that it must be given special attention.
- Both the juice and the gel of the plant are used to treat burns.
- After application, you will immediately notice the cooling and pain-relieving effect. Healing is positively influenced by the anti-inflammatory effect of Aloe Vera so that the skin will heal faster.
- Crohn’s disease mainly affects younger people and can be life-threatening. It is a chronic inflammation of the intestines. Several studies would prove that the internal use of Aloe Vera can inhibit the inflammatory process and promote healing.
(m) Aloe Vera for the skin
- There are numerous Aloe Vera-based products on the market for external use.
- They not so surprising, because in many scientific studies it has already been proven that Aloe Vera has a positive effect on your skin in many ways.
- Did you know that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra also used Aloe Vera to care for her skin?
- According to the legends, she owed her famous beauty to this, among other things.
- Aloe Vera is nowadays used in the treatment of, among others: burns, inflammations, insect bites, abrasions, eczema, neurodermatitis, skin rashes, and psoriasis.
- If we talk in general terms about the benefits of Aloe Vera for your skin, we come to the following list:
- Aloe Vera stimulates cell metabolism
- Aloe Vera keeps the skin supple and smooth
- Aloe Vera protects and strengthens
- Aloe Vera cools and soothes the skin
- Aloe Vera has a positive influence on the general moisture circulation of the skin. This prevents premature ageing of the skin.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ALOE VERA:
As you have read in the previous two parts of this special about Aloe Vera, there are many benefits of using this natural product.
Some applications have already been scientifically proven, others are still under investigation. The positive results of this will not belong in coming, given the number of high-quality substances in the gel.
Below we have made a list of the most frequently asked questions about Aloe Vera and its use:
 Why should I drink Aloe Vera every day?
Of course, you don’t ‘have to’ anything, but if you drink Aloe Vera every day, it can have a very positive effect on your general health. Let’s summarize them briefly:
- Aloe Vera has a positive effect on the functioning of your intestines, which results in a smooth and especially efficient transit of your intestinal contents.
- Aloe Vera ensures that the ingested nutrients are absorbed faster into the bloodstream.
- Aloe Vera brings a better balance to your body, especially in your intestinal flora. A correct balance between bacteria and yeasts is of great importance in your intestinal flora.
- Aloe Vera is already widely accepted as a skincare product. The gel contains a very wide range of necessary nutrients as nutrition for your basic cells. The direct result is that your skin is healthier and remains more elastic. And, not unimportant, your skin looks much younger!
- Aloe Vera stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. This is not only important for the health of your skin but especially necessary for promoting the healing capacity of the skin.
- Aloe Vera is also able to increase your resistance. Thanks to the long chain of polysaccharides (multiple sugars), the resistance against unfavourable bacteria from the intestinal flora are increased.
- Aloe Vera is an excellent source of minerals such as sodium, calcium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and manganese. The plant extracts these minerals from the rich soil, stores them in the gel and passes them on to us in this way.
- Aloe Vera is a good source of vitamins such as Vitamin C and vitamin A. Eight vitamins from the B group, including the rare Vitamin B12, are also present in the gel. Most of these vitamins cannot be stored by the body, so it is necessary to supplement them daily.
- Aloe Vera gives you the opportunity to let your entire enzyme system function optimally, thanks to the high number of amino acids present in the gel.
Seeing all these benefits now, you probably now realize that you can reap a major health benefit by simply drinking one glass of Aloe Vera per day.
 In what forms is Aloe Vera available?
Aloe Vera is available in liquid form (Juice), powder form, and capsules. All these forms are available on the market, supplemented or not with other ingredients such as extra vitamins or folic acid.
 Where can I buy Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera in its purest form can be ordered online. A Google search for the words “Aloe Vera” will give you a whole list of distributors.
Given the proliferation of distributors, it is important that you take a good look at whether the distributor in question is still active, and therefore guarantees correct processing of your payment and delivery.
It is also nice to know that you can rely on your supplier in the future.
In normal shops, especially in cosmetics, you can buy many products that contain Aloe Vera.
Please take a moment to read the label, as the amount of Aloe Vera used is sometimes very minimal. The latter is especially the case with the cheaper products.
With a very minimal amount of Aloe Vera in the product, the effect of this is very minimal and probably negligible.
 How Much Aloe Vera Can I Drink Per Day?
This very much depends on the goal. If you are taking Aloe Vera Juice to improve your overall health, a minimum of 60 ml. To be enough.
But if you really want to give your body a big boost, this can go up to 180 ml or more per day.
 Can I mix the Aloe Vera juice with other juices?
This is even recommended! Many people don’t like the bitter taste of Aloe Vera, so they mix it with orange juice or another fruit juice. You can also add a little honey for a sweeter taste.
 When is the best time to drink my Aloe Vera mix?
The best time to drink Aloe Vera is in the morning, on an empty stomach. Then wait 20 minutes before you start your breakfast.
In this way, all active substances are first absorbed by the body, without it being ‘polluted’ with your breakfast and your coffee.
Tip: Have your glass of mix ready next to your bed. When you wake up, drink it first. In the 20 minutes that you can’t eat anything, you can shower, shave and brush your teeth. This way you don’t lose time waiting.
 When can I notice the effect of Aloe Vera?
This depends on the amount you take, in addition to the fact that it is different for every person anyway. Some people already feel a marked improvement in 2-4 weeks. But in general, it is longer.
If you start drinking Aloe Vera, do this for at least 2 months.
 What is the best way to store Aloe Vera juice?
As with all-natural products, this should be kept in the refrigerator after opening the package.
Don’t forget to shake the bottle before pouring. The pulp, just like with fresh orange juice, always sinks down.
 What are the possible side effects of Aloe Vera?
In excessive amounts, Aloe Vera can have a laxative effect.
In the first days of use, you may have a mild headache, a rumbling stomach, or a few pimples.
This is all harmless and disappears after a few days. Your body is adapting.
 Can I also take care of my dog with Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is also very suitable for (domestic) animals. Adjust the dose to the weight of the animal, otherwise, the laxative effect (if the dose is too high) will play tricks on you.
 Can I use Aloe Vera while pregnant?
Aloe Vera contains substances that can potentially harm an unborn fetus. It is therefore wise not to use Aloe Vera if you want to become pregnant, or if you are pregnant.
 Which plant gives the best quality Aloe Vera Gel?
The Aloe Barbadensis Miller gives the highest quality gel.
There are also other Aloe plants used for production, but these are of lower quality and are generally used in cheaper and sometimes inferior products.
 Can I grow and process these myself?
Yes, that is in principle no problem at all. Keep in mind that they can get very large, so putting them inside in the winter to protect them from frost will stop at some point and the plants will die.
Therefore make sure that you always take small cuttings from the plant so that you always have new growth.
It is also important that they get as much sun as possible and as little water as possible. Too much water is at the expense of the plant and the quality of the gel.
In order to be able to use the gel, it is in principle sufficient to cut off a leaf and immediately process it in a juice to drink immediately afterwards. The beneficial effect starts to wear off within 6 hours, and within 12 hours the gel has become worthless.
Conclusion: now what?
Does it all sound too good to be true? Everyone has their own thoughts on that and in some areas, the gel will be more effective than others.
But after reading these three articles, it’s inevitable to conclude that in any case, it can’t hurt to try. It is a completely natural product with no side effects.
I hope you will get some knowledge about the Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera by reading this article. Comment down your thoughts on this article below. If you have any queries, then ask My Voice.