A common household plant with beautiful thick leaves is becoming more than just a “plant” these days. Of course its nothing new to consume the flesh inside this powerful plant but its just becoming more popular and its benefits are proving to be quite amazing. Have you tried it? We think you should. The Aloe genus contains over two hundred species that grow across the desert and subtropical regions of Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Aloe is a member of the lily family and is one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet.
These benefits include the content of many vitamins including C, A, and E. As well it is packed with minerals including calcium, zinc, magnesium and much more. Antioxidants, fibre, enzymes and polysaccharides are also abundant.
The polysaccharides are particularly important because they have an amazing lubricating effect on the joints, brain, nervous system and skin. Another great thing that polysaccharides do for us is that they have immune-modulating effects. This means they allow our immune systems to fight back against viral, fungal and bacterial infections. A great defence with the cold winter season upon us 🙂
One of the most well known uses for Aloe Vera is that it helps create digestive wellness. It can be useful for so many digestive complaints such as, colitis, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome. Aloe can also help with nutrient absorption. Aloe Vera is very hydrating making it so perfect in its liquid form for athletes and really anyone looking to stay hydrated who may not enjoy drinking water quite as much. ( The hydrating effects are also great for our skin!!)
Inflammation has also seen some remarkable results, it has been shown to inhibit arthritis, edema and inflammation in general. Aloe contains stimulating healing properties to speed up tissue damage healing. So many amazing qualities this beautiful plant/vegetable carry, we are lucky to have it in our presence.
When purchasing aloe vera be sure to look for organic sources, you want leaves that are thick and free of white speckles. Bottled aloe vera is great for drinking. The flesh can be enjoyed both internally and externally. A great topical lotion for burns, rashes and general moisturization, there are so many great uses for this plant. Why not give it a try 🙂 🙂