The aloe vera is a very popular plant that provides topical treatment for skin conditions, such as the sunburn, cracked lips, sore lips, cold sores, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, shingles, ulcers, burns, scars, rashes, bites and sting. This decorative plant has been the basis of a multi-million dollar industry in anti aging skin care and dietary supplements. At present, scientists and medical researchers have been putting on a lot of efforts discovering more diseases that the aloe vera soothing gel and translucent juice may be able to heal.
Some research indicates the possibility of the aloe vera gel to interfere with the formation of age spots and help those that are already present to fade. Dermatologists even used the aloe vera gel to help clear acne.
In more traditional uses, physicians used the aloe vera based creams to heal serious thermal injuries, such as burns and frostbites. Because it stimulates the dilation of blood capillaries, it can greatly improve local circulation and reach the site of inflammation more quickly as well as stimulate tissue regeneration when wounds are shallow.
The wide range of applications and beneficial effects of the aloe vera gel juice were backed by real users’ testimonials and highly boosted its popularity. In fact, the most famous claim came from people who had tried coating a damaged skin with an aloe vera gel that actually helped and prevented it from drying out.
When applied as a dental paste, it is helpful in treating gingivitis and periodontitis. However, it should not be applied to open wounds because it will increase the time to heal the wounds.
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Aloe vera extracts increase communication between cells. It also increases the proliferation of cells derived from people with diabetes. Researchers agree it may even improve wound healing in people with diabetes.
Some people believed that drinking the aloe vera juice may help treat arthritis, ulcers and diabetes. A 100% pure aloe vera may be taken more liberally. Its strength needs to be at least 40% by volume to be effective.
It is highly recommended to grow your own aloe vera in big pots if you don’t have much space at home. Full grown plants range in size from one and a half to four feet tall. It has an average of 15 leaves.
A mature leaf measures about 3 or more inches in width and weigh at least 1 to 3 pounds each. Depending on the soil and weather, the plant reaches maturity in 1 ½ to 5 years.
The household plants not grown to maturity may not have the same chemical potency as the mature plant. Although, research is needed to test its potency on some known chronic diseases, most people who used it were satisfied with the results they’ve seen.
The aloe vera has been regarded by many as folklore medicine. Well, if a plant has been used for the same thing for generations by different cultures which have no contact, then consider it as a good indication. Regardless of geography, the aloe vera has been serving the people as an effective medicine in many known conditions.
For the treatment of arthritis, bad breath, diabetes, headaches, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers and insomnia, people often take the gel and the juice from the plant internally. Most people suffering from arthritis claimed greater mobility and less pain in addition to a reduced swelling once they started drinking the aloe vera juice.
Used externally and internally, aloe vera is believed to calm the respiratory and cardiovascular system, heal the skin and treat constipation. The miraculous leaf contains at least 200 compounds, which include 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins.
Mexico was one of the first countries to use aloe vera in creating effective treatment methods aiming to cure type 2 diabetes and minimize the symptoms associated with the disease.
The juice of the plant is a powerful laxative that can be used for digestive benefits. In Japan, the juice from the fresh leaves has been promoted as a healing tonic for people with gastric issues.
British studies showed a decreased irritation, enhanced healing as well as repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. The aloe vera juice decreased the inflammation related with IBS, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut. Additionally, aloe vera can increase the healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
The aloe vera transforms lives every day by healing wounds, optimizing system functioning, cleansing the blood, improving immunity and improving the quality of life by preventing illness and degeneration. One study found the aloe vera juice beneficial in the prevention and delay of Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms.
I understand that it is not always possible to get all the nutrients you need through diet alone. Therefore, it is important to supplement the diet with vitamins and minerals, and herbs to reduce cognitive decline.
Aloe vera contains vital minerals that include calcium, zinc, selenium, magnesium, chromium, copper, manganese, potassium and sodium. The aloe vera is packed with vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, phytosterols, antioxidants and amino acids.
Because an immune system dysfunction is said to be one of the causative factors of Alzheimer’s disease, the aloe vera is seen to be the perfect diet that can help restore the microflora in the digestive tract, liver and spleen cleaning, and restoring the immune system.
Aloe vera is nutrient dense. They contain a broad spectrum of synergistic concentrated macro and micro nutrients that enhance the ability of the body to generate healthy cells as well as maintain optimum operational performance.
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2013 has demonstrated that daily supplementation with Aloe vera polymannose complex helped in improving cognitive function and immunity in a few Alzheimer’s disease patients. This is the only pilot study assessing the benefits of Aloe vera in the disease.
Blend or juice
Blending a fresh aloe vera gel is easy to make at home. You can add freshly squeezed orange juice or spinach, broccoli and green apples. Add the aloe vera gel to your smoothie, but do not overdo because it can work as a mild laxative. Blend for a thin consistency.
Use only the gel inside the aloe vera leaf for your smoothie blend or juicing. Cut the leaves into manageable pieces. Trim the serrated edges. Remove the skin on one side of the leaf. Use a spoon to scrape the gel.
How to grow your aloe vera?
Aloe vera can easily be grown, harvested and applied. Requiring little attention and even less effort, your aloe plant can provide year round benefits. The plant can withstand hot and cold weather with excessive or minimal water availability.
Brandon, B. (2015). The everything guide to aloe vera for health: Discover the natural healing power of aloe vera.
The aloe vera plant has green, gel filled leaves you can use in topical application but also available as a juice to help feed your body the nutrients you need to live a better quality of life. Drinking in moderation is important. It may cause an upset stomach and electrolyte imbalances.
There are several studies now claiming an extract of aloe vera seems to improve cognitive and immune functioning in those with dementia. Others suggest drinking the juice may boost the immune system, improve skin and hair quality, increase muscle strength, relieve pain and offer detoxifying effects.
Consult your doctor first before taking the fresh aloe vera juice.