The words aloe vera typically bring to mind hot summer afternoons, or in many cases, the days after that hot summer afternoon as it is usually used to soothe burnt, itching or irritated skin. The magic concoction that is derived from the aloe plant, has long since been used in traditional medicine for a multitude of purposes from dietary supplements to skin health.
In the form of a juice drink, aloe vera contains leaf pulp from the plant that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber. It is being touted as one of the better and more healthier options to drink for its large amounts of health benefits. Much of the hype surrounding the drink is however, still up in the air as far as proving 100 percent that it aids helping the body more than when compared to any other healthy drink. This being said, the ingredients found in the aloe vera plant, do have a big and lasting effect on the body, so tying the two notions together isn’t out of the question totally.
When ingested, aloe vera cleanses and repairs, just as it does when applied externally to the skin. Aloe vera decreases irritation and enhances healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the gut. Additionally, aloe vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion.
Due to the fact that the aloe vera plant does contain anti-bacterial, ant-viral and anti-fungal properties that aid the immune system, it is a great helper in cleansing the body of toxins. It also reduces the effects of allergies and other inflammatory issues within the body.
The heart benefits greatly from the ingestion of aloe vera too, as it improves blood circulation and levels out cholesterol levels. By reducing fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries surrounding the heart, aloe juice is good for keeping the general healthy flow of the body going.
Like other herbal supplements, taking aloe vera internally can cause adverse interactions with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Knowing if something such as aloe vera is healthy to ingest should be something that is looked into before doing so, as with all medications and supplements.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.
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