When anyone mentions aloe vera, I always imagine a cactus plant from a desert scene, in a movie. However, there is a lot more to this thick short stem plant than meets the eye. It stores so much water and nutrients within its leaves, which surprisingly is very beneficial for you. It is widely used in many industries apart from food, with a global value of around $13 billion. It has medicinal qualities with many beneficial compounds which include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. The nutrients make aloe one of nature’s most effective cleansers, detoxifying the body naturally. It is astounding that something so simple and natural is so good for you.
In addition, I have come across studies which show that aloe is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, potassium, chromium, copper, manganese, sodium, and iron. It also contains numerous important enzymes. These are vital for proper growth and function of our body.
We know antioxidants are important for health. One powerful group of antioxidants are known as polyphenols. These can help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. Aloe is packed with lots of antioxidants including polyphenols.
Aloe being an anti-inflammatory is thought to help the digestive system and has most notably been used to treat constipation, assist in dealing with digestive problems such as IBS as well as helping heartburn. It helps to cleanse, rejuvenate and maintain a healthy digestive system. For me this is a godsend as having a healthy digestive system means having a healthy better you. Especially when you embark on a journey to improve your eating habits for a better lifestyle, it is always good to know that there is natural support for your digestive system.
Moreover, aloe helps with the immune system. The immune system works continuously, it protects the body from attack. If the immune system is weak or not producing an adequate response, your body may not be able to fight an infection or an illness.
Traditionally, aloe has been used as a remedy for diabetes. Some research has shown promising results with aloe reducing blood sugars, vital in dealing with type II diabetes. There is also some evidence to suggest that aloe lowers cholesterol and therefore useful in dealing with obesity.
Having come across the above benefits of aloe, I thought surely that would be enough but there are more benefits of this super plant.
Studies have shown that Aloe Vera is good for the skin and the lining of the throat, nose, stomach, bowel, lungs and genital tract. Some research has shown aloe to have anti-ageing effects on the skin, but more research is needed. Aloe Vera may support the natural mechanism of the body´s purification & toxin elimination, how good is that.
For all the people who want gorgeous locks, the natural vitamins in aloe can help with healthy hair.
The tropical application of aloe has shown to help burns, including sunburns. Aloe has been shown to reduce dental plaque build-up, which means fewer visits to the dentist to have plaque build-up removed. It has also been shown to aid in the recovery of mouth ulcers.
This super powerful natural ingredient has been recognised for its healthy properties from all the way back to Ancient Egypt, where it was known as “the Plant of Immortality.” It was said that the two Egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, used aloe vera as part of their beauty regimes. Although they may not have known all the benefits of aloe, you could see why it is should be a part of your health and beauty regime. They clearly understood how beneficial it was.
I was super excited to learn that aloe vera may help you with weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer, speeding up your metabolism, and helping you burn extra those extra unwanted calories. The vitamin B content of aloe vera plays a key role in enhancing metabolism, putting a stop to fat build-up and curbing appetite.
Well this funny looking plant has gained my respect. Next time you receive this plant as a gift you will look at it in different light.
It would almost be sinful not to include this plant with super-powers in my concoction of super ingredients to help women become thinner, fitter and healthier. I personally do not like the taste of aloe when drinking the liquid form.
So, we at mySisterhood have harnessed nature’s gift in our meal replacement shakes. Amongst other superfoods, like black seed and green tea extract, we have aloe vera with its unique benefits in our protein shakes, designed to help you in your weight loss journey. We know that it helps with healthy hair and is good for your skin so we have gone further and put vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails in our shakes designed to help with weight loss.
Everything in one package for a better, healthier you!