It is widely known as the plant for immortality in Egypt, while the ancient Indians called it Heaven’s stick. These names are not given by chance since the aloe vera has many health benefits and we are already familiar with some of them.
We assume you already know about applying aloe vera leaves when having burns and cuts on your skin, but did you know that this plant is not limited for external use only?
The aloe vera contains over 200 biologically active components among which are polysaccharides, vitamins, amino-acids and minerals that encourage absorption of nutritional material. Also, it contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties, it helps in improving the immune system and detoxifies the organism.
Among the minerals which are contained in this plant are: the calcium, magnesium, zinc, tin, selenium, sodium, iron, manganese and copper. These minerals improve the metabolism and help in digestion, so the aloe vera is commonly used in the diets and meals of people who want to get rid of their extra pounds.
Among the other elements there are the enzyme amylase and lipase that help in reducing sugars and fats. This plant is one of the rare ones that contains the vitamin B12 that is vital for the production of red blood cells. This is a great news for all vegetarians. Along with B12 there are also the vitamins: A, C, E folic acid, B1, B2,B3 and B6.
In its chemical composition the aloe vera has all of the essential amino acids as well as the salicylic acid which fights against bacteria and inflammation. In some research, it has been shown that this plant is excellent in removing layers from teeth and gums and it is also useful for healing mouth sores.
It can be consumed as a gel and if you decide to use it as a drink it better be combined with another drink since it has a bitter taste. You can find the aloe vera juice in any healthy food store and pharmacy. Use its benefits!