Aloe Vera Plant Care and Health Benefits - Aloe Vera Plant Care

Aloe Vera Plant Care and Health Benefits

Aug 23, 2013

Why Care For An Aloe Vera Plant? Simple, Aloe Can Do Miracles For Your Health

 Did you know?

  •  Aloe Vera leaf is just 0.5 – 1.5% solid, with an average pH value of 4.55!
  •  Aloe Vera is in the same family as Lilies and Onions!
  •  Aloe Vera contains over 75 different nutrients and vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.
  • Aloe Vera contains 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body for good health. The human body however produces only 12 of these. Then 8 outstanding amino acids (also known as “essential” amino acids) have to be consumed as food or drink.

 

Why Drink Aloe Vera?

Aloe Vera contains 12 anthraquinones.   These 12 Phenolic compounds are found exclusively in the sap of the Aloe Vera plant. In small quantities, when they do not exert their purgative effect, they aid absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract and have anti-microbial and pain killing effects.   Anthraquinones also provide anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral activity. In high concentrations on their own they can be toxic, but they are not toxic within the complex environment of the Aloe Vera plant.

 

Helps Break Down Food and Aid in Digestion

Aloe Vera contains 8 enzymes.  These enzymes contained in Aloe Vera help the breakdown of food sugars and fats aiding digestion and enhancing nutrient absorption.  One enzyme in particular, kinase, helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically and therefore reduces pain, whereas others help digest any dead tissues in wounds. Lipases and proteases which break down foods and aid digestion are also present.

 

Aloe Vera Health Benefits – Minerals

Several different minerals have been found in Aloe Vera, following are the 10 most important ones:

  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorous
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

These minerals are essential for good health and are known to work in synergistic combinations with each other, vitamins and other trace elements

Aloe Vera is Great for Your Skin

Aloe Vera contains Salicylic Acid which is an Aspirin like compound that works as a pain killer. It possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.    Saponins which are Glycosides form about 3% of what’s in Aloe Vera gel. They are soapy substances which provide cleansing and antiseptic activity.    They act powerfully as anti-microbials against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.

 

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