Lately I have been exploring the benefits and the idea of putting Aloe Vera into my juices and smoothies.
I don’t know why but Aloe Vera got lost into the shelves of health food stores. It was huge in the 80s but lost its appeal.
Not any more.
I would put Aloe into the wild food category that you can find anywhere and save money.
Yes, it is available anywhere…if you live in Australia. Sorry for the folks that live in cold climates, but in Sydney it is a wild plant that is part of many Aussie backyards.
I have seen people peeling it and just using the internal gel of the plant, but I have been using the whole thing. I have to admit that it is a bit bitter , but no pain no gain. Like everything in nature most of the nutrients are in the skin of the plant, so I am using it, eating it, blending it. I add a bit a of apple or lemon to it and it is all good.
If you have a high speed blender, like Vitamix, just use the whole plant, add coconut water, apple and lemon…and done…in a few seconds you will have your medicine done, oops, I mean your shake.
I am not a big fan of saying, this food has this and that food has that….we even don’t know all the properties of all foods. There is always an unknown healing aspect to it, and I like that.
But if you like data, here is a bit of what I found about Aloe :
Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals:
vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, B12.
20 minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids
Aloe has 20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids.
Alove Vera also includes quite an impressive range of fatty acids. Aloe contains three plant sterols, which are important fatty acids- HCL cholesterol (which lowers fats in the blood), campesterol, and B-sitosterol. All are helpful in reducing symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion. Other fatty acids include linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic.
Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen and helps with Digestion
Aloe is a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms and parasites
Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System
The polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages, which are the white blood cells of your immune system that fight against viruses.
It has a high level of anti-oxidants, which help combat the unstable compounds known as free-radicals, contributing to the aging process. Aloe helps in detoxification and alkalizes the the body
Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin
Because of aloe’s well-known healing properties for the skin, aloe is one of the primary compounds used in the cosmetic industry
Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation
Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation. This may be able to help with painful joints due to stiffness and help improve joint flexibility.
It is also a great Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral
So go for a walk around your neighbourhood and get some Aloe ! Let’s start a health revolution
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