Beneficial properties of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a plant that has appeared in a centre of attention of consumers all over the world in the recent years. Numerous books and online publications were written about its benign influence on human health. A growing amount of new scientific research proves its priceless medical properties and wide variety of uses. The huge amount of potential that Aloe Vera has lets us assume that many of its secrets haven’t been revealed yet. It’s a succulent – a plant that adjusted to living in conditions of limited water access by developing water-storage parenchyma and numerous other structure and physiology adaptations.
People have been using Aloe Vera therapeutically for over 5000 years! Interest in the immortality plant dates as far back as to 1550 BC, as proved by Egyptian papyruses called Book of medicine which describes uses of various medicinal means. Aloe Vera was well-known in times of Alexander the Great. According to the legend, when Alexander the Great was wounded, he experienced medical properties of the succulent himself.
Aloe Vera belongs to the Aloaceae family and comes from Mediterranean countries, however, it is also fond of warm and dry climate. It has the ability to transform sunlight and mineral salts into energy, so it can survive longer in difficult conditions. According to various literary sources, there are 300-420 species of aloe, among which 20 species have medical properties, aloe Vera being the most popular one.
Aloe Vera contains small amounts of fatty acids with anti-inflammatory properties, used in the treatment of autoimmune, metabolic, hormonal, and skin diseases. Particularly interesting is gamma-linolenic acid. It’s in the one of the phospholipids building cell membranes, responsible for transport of nutrients throughout the body. It strengthens skin’s lipid protective barrier. It easily penetrates deeper layers of the skin, where it is transformed into prostaglandins, which protects skin from infections, prevents allergies, eliminates inflammation, and prevents premature aging of skin. Thanks to that, Aloe Vera found numerous uses in cosmetics. Aloe Vera contains 7 out of 9 necessary exogenous amino acids. Exogenous amino acids, on the contrary to endogenous amino acids, can’t be synthesised in the human body, and thus should be provided by nutrition means.
Aloe Vera is an extraordinary medical plant full of nutritional values. Aloe Vera leaves are filled with light gel substance that consists of about 95% of water and 5% of dry mass, in which most active ingredients are contained. According to the World Health Organisation, Aloe Vera is a biologically active plant, and it identifies with 75 active ingredients.
75 active ingredients in Aloe Vera, which are hard to remember but worth knowing:amino acids:
- alanine, arginine, glutamic acid, asparaginic acid, histidine, glycine, hydroxyproline, leucine, lysine, isoleucine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, threonine, tyrosine, and valine. Amino acids construct proteins, which are delivered to the body with nutrition.
- mineral nutrients: calcium, chrome, copper, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and zinc. Minerals present in the Aloe Vera gel are part of two enzymes: glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase, which just like antioxidants neutralize free radicals and decrease aging rate of organism’s cells. Calcium is beneficial for the skeletal system, iron prevents anaemia, potassium participates in electric impulses conducting and controls muscle filaments spasms, magnesium supports brain activity, copper oxidise polyunsaturated fatty acids and helps with rheumatoid arthritis, zinc is an immunostimulant, sodium maintains water balance, chrome regulates cholesterol level and supports adipose tissue breakdown.
- vitamins: A, C, E, choline, all B-group vitamins, including folic acid (B9) and vitamin B12, which is a rarity in plants
- pain killing substances: lupeol (natural salicylic acid), magnesium lactate
- proteins: lectins
- unsaturated fatty acids: linolic, linoleic, caprylic, palmitic, and stearic
- anti-inflammatory substances: bradikinase, beta-sitosterol (decreases cholesterol level in the blood), campesterol (protects joints and bones from degradation)
- antibacterial substances: cinnamic acid, lupeol, sulphuric compounds, and phenols
- anthraquinones and derivatives: anthraquinones, aloin, barbaloin, izobarbaloin, anthracene, anthranol, aloacetylenic acid, emodin, cinnamic acid esters, chrysophranic acid, resistanol
- enzymes: peroxidase, amylase, cellulase, oxidase, carboxypeptidase, alkaline phosphatase, and others
- lignines: their main ingredient is cellulase. Research shows that thanks to these ingredients, Aloe Vera penetrates deep layers of skin.
- saponines: compounds from the glycosides group of astringent, anti-bacterial, and cleaning properties
- carbohydrates: clear and acetylated mannan, acetylated glukomannan, glucogalactomannan, galactan, arabinogalactan, pectic substances
- saccharides: mannose, glucose, L-rhamnose, aldopentose.
Aloe Vera for health
American scientists determined that ingredient responsible for the miraculous medical properties of Aloe Vera is a polysaccharide called acemannan, which:
- works as natural antibiotics and strengthens immune system
- quickens healing of wounds and skin reconstruction by supplying cells with oxygen and stimulating antibodies to remove damaged tissue and produce new one
- decreases skin aging rate by increasing amount of collagen and elastin, thus improving skin elasticity
- has properties of an antioxidancontains 12 substances, beta-sitosterols among them, which can slow or stop inflammation
- can help with joints paints caused by their stiffness and improve their flexibility
- regulates body mass and glucose level
- works against bacteria, viruses, and fungi by creating antibodies
- improves bowels movement, regulates pH in the stomach, and thus alleviates gastroesophageal reflux – drinking 50ml of aloe juice once a day before a meal for 2 weeks suffices to alleviate it
- works against migraines
- regulates blood pressure (potassium contained in Aloe Vera is beneficial for blood circulation)
- decreases urticaria
- alleviates itching from bug bites and scares off mosquitos
- alleviates sunbur
- helps in treatment of haemorrhoids
- alleviates upper respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, laryngitis, cold).
Aloe Vera exerts a benign influence on human digestive system by stimulating creation of beneficial Lactobacillus and simultaneously stopping development of fungi such as Candida albicans, Helikobacter pylori, Salmonelli, and Shigelii. Aloe Vera regulates pH in the stomach and duodenum, has antiulcer properties, alleviates symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux, and increases healing rate of erosion thanks to its mucopolysaccharides content. It supports treatment of ulcerative colitis,
irritable bowel syndrome, and Crohn’s disease. Clear aloe pith effectively resolves chronic constipation problem – regular consumption of aloe juice results in regulation of evacuation frequency thanks to the tonic properties of Aloe Vera. It decreases amount of unfavourable bacteria in the intestines and maintains intestinal flora balance. It also has anthelminthic properties – it helps the body with getting rid of parasitic worms (taenia, ascaris lumbricoides, threadworms, and trematodes). Thanks to its fibre content, it stimulates metabolism, influences appetite and satiety feeling. Aloe juice is recommended for children suffering from the lack of appetite in amount of one tablespoon of aloe juice twice a day before a meal.
Aloe Vera helps to cleanse the body by increasing efficiency of intestinal villi, responsible for nutrients absorption. Biologically active polysaccharides contained in Aloe Vera combine themselves with certain toxins which are not water-solvent and thus can’t be removed from the body using the usual detoxication method, such as certain heavy metals and their salts. Aloe Vera supports natural cleansing functions of liver, kidneys, and skin, and moreover, it absorbs toxins when going through digestive tract, which then are excreted by the colon.
Digestion improvement and organism detoxication will result in the better possibility of body weight loss, since they cause every slimming cure to be more effective. Organism detoxication results in more energy and not feeling tired all the time, which may lead to bigger investment in achieving the perfect body weight.
Aloe Vera alkalises the body. Treatment of most diseases is more effective in alkaline environment. Unfortunately, most of human nutrition products have acid pH. To maintain good health, we should follow the 80/2- rule – 80% of food with alkaline pH (e.g. most of fresh vegetables) and 20% of food with acid pH. Aloe Vera is one of the foods with alkaline pH, so it alkalises the body and helps it to balance too many acid food products present in the diet.
Aloe Vera in the diabetic’s diet
Research on clear Aloe Vera pith impact confirms its benign influence on diabetes and irregular glucose tolerance conditions. Aloe Vera contains zinc and manganese, which together with the B6 vitamin stimulate pancreas to produce insulin (which controls blood sugar) in a balanced way. Diabetics regularly consuming Aloe Vera pith experienced gradual decrease of blood sugar level. By regular consumption of Aloe Vera, diabetics improve also other parameters which are often abnormal due to diabetes.
In stores of Kuchnie Świata, besides refreshing Aloe Vera drinks, other attractive products created on the basis of this unique plant are available.
Aloe Vera Original and Aloe Vera Sugar Zero – 500ml and 1,5l Aloe Vera drinks,
available in stores and through the website of Kuchnie Świata..
Honey Aloe Tea – 580g of Aloe Vera preserves,
available in stores and through the website of Kuchnie Świata.
Aloe Vera King – 500ml or 1,5l Aloe Vera drink,
available in stores and through the website of Kuchnie Świata.
Aloe Vista – 300g of diced Aloe Vera in syrup,
product available in stores and through the website of Kuchnie Świata.