Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe plant and it was found that the aloe gel does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, cosmetic ailments, hair & scalp problems and many more. It is also said to be useful in treating wounds & burns, minor skin infections, cysts, diabetes and elevated blood lipids in humans.
Aloe contains beneficial compounds such as polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones and lectins. The secret of the aloe plant is in the transparent, juicy substance contained in it's long, thick skinned leaves--the aloe vera gel. This gel has antimicrobal properties that kill bacteria and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring. As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of lines and the loss of elasticity in our skin. The vitamin C and E present in aloe gel can improve our skin's natural firmness and keep our skin hydrated. Aloe vera can lessen the visibility of stretch marks by actually healing them, because they are actual tears in the layer of the skin. It's an awesome burn & sunburn healer as well.
Taken internally, aloe gel can:
*Halts the growth of cancer tumors
*Lowers high cholesterol
*Repairs "sludge blood" and reverses "sticky blood"
*Boosts the oxygenation of your blood
*Reduces over-all inflammation and can soothe arthritis pain
*Protects the body from oxidative stress
*Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee & tea
*Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits
*Helps with ulcers, IBS, Crohn's and other digestive disorders
*Reduces high blood pressure naturally, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms
*Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes & glyconutrients
*Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns
*Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete
*Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract
*Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics
*Prevents and treats candida infections
*Protects the kidneys from disease
*Helps to cure acid reflux
*Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance
*Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion
*Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair
*Can enhance the effectiveness of anti-cancer herbs
Truly, there is nothing that compares to the medicinal potential of aloe vera gel. Yet, most people only know about the topical applications of aloe vera. It's totally safe to be eaten like a food. Aloe vera is a succulent and it's only the inner gel that we're focused on, because this inner gel has all the medicinal properties. For starters, there's the fact that ALL succulents have self-repairing abilities! Their internal gel repairs any cut or tear by automatically shrinking the wound and creating a new water-tight seal. This gel matrix is comprised of hundreds of different phytochemicals that not only store water and repair injury, they also grant notable medicinal effects to humans who consume them.
Fresh aloe vera gel has virtually no taste. Other forms of aloe will have a slightly bitter taste. Use fresh, raw aloe vera right out of your yard if possible. Nothing is superior to the living, raw plant, but there is a low-temperature dried aloe vera that is the next best thing. Aloe gel is antibacterial, antiviral & anti-fungal. Be wary of the kind in big containers at the big box stores, they have many additives to them. Read your ingredients!!!