Aloe vera may resemble a cactus but there is a lot riding on the pricky thorns of this succulent plant. Aloe vera has been dubbed as the Plant of Immortality in ancient Egyptian text and Aloe has been used in traditional forms of medicine for thousands of years. Even, in modern times apart from its widespread use in home remedies, it is a booming industry for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food sectors.
There are over 240 aloe species and they belong to the family Liliaceae. However, not all have been endowed with therapeutic properties. The most important and sought after species is the Aloe barbadensis miller. In fact, there are certain species that are potentially poisonous, so you need to make sure you’re using the right one.
Typically Aloe vera grows to approximately 2 feet. The leaves are broader at the base tapering to the top and have prickly outgrowths lining the entire length of the leaves. The gel found in the middle of the leaf and the sap embedded just below the leaf’s surface are the components that make Aloe so popular and versatile.
Nutritional Significance of Aloe vera
Aloe vera leaves contains phytochemicals such as acetylated mannans, anthraquinone C-glycosides, polymannans, anthrones, emodin and lectins. Research suggests that these active constituents are responsible for imparting medicinal prowess to the Aloe plant.
Aloe vera is also considered as the powerhouse of nutrients, as it contains many Vitamins including A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid and choline. It is also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, selenium, chromium, zinc, iron, potassium, sodium, manganese and copper.
Potential Aloe vera Benefits
Commercially Aloe vera is used as a key ingredient in several beverages, food preservation, desserts and yogurts. Cosmetic companies use aloe in moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, shaving creams, incense, shampoos, etc.
Aloe can be taken internally or applied topically. It is either used in its gel form or dried and powdered. The aloe gel is normally blended to make Aloe juice and is recommended in various conditions. The potential health benefits of Aloe include:
- Improving the functioning of skin
- Nourishing and Rejuvenating the skin
- Improving digestion and increasing the metabolic rate
- Promoting hair growth and nourishing the scalp
- Maintaining the pH balance of the scalp
- Improving digestion and attenuating heartburn
- Enhancing digestion of fats
- Maintaining oral hygiene
- Building immunity
- Detoxifying the body
- Soothing skin irritation, restoring elasticity and clearing scars
Clinical Evidence on Aloe Health Properties
Various clinical studies have verified the therapeutic proficiency of Aloe vera and growing research has opened the possibility of using aloe vera in managing several medical conditions affecting metabolism, skin, hair and liver. Researchers have also highlighted its role in preventing stomach disorders, cholesterol, diabetes, skin complaints, hair fall, inflammatory conditions and cancer.
Some of the studies conducted include:
GI disorders: An In Vivo study indicated that Aloe exhibited gastroprotective activities and inhibited gastric acid secretion thereby protecting the mucosal lining from injury. Another study result showed that Aloe vera may reduce abdominal pain as well as flatulence in patients with constipation predominated IBS. [1, 2]
Hair and Scalp Issues: Aloe vera is considered to possess emollient properties and is routinely used in shampoos and conditioners for healthy hair and scalp. It contains proteolytic enzymes that are known to repair dead skin cells on the scalp. A randomized double-blinded trial on seborrheic dermatitis patients reported that the patients on treatment with aloe extract had significant decrease in scaliness, pruritus and the number of sites involved in seborrheic dermatitis. 3
Psoriasis and other Skin Concerns: Aloe possesses vital nutrients that help nourish and hydrate your skin. In a clinical set up 83.3% psoriatic patients were considered healed after topically applying an aloe cream for 16 weeks with 12 months of monthly follow-ups. No side effects were reported either. Several studies have indicated that Aloe possesses anti-inflammatory properties and an In Vivo investigation showed that Aloe helped heal wounds faster. In burn injuries, A. vera caused 82% to 85% of tissue healing and similar results were found when Aloe was used on electrical injury, frostbite and intra-arterial drug abuse. [4, 5]
Hyperlipidemia: Aloe vera also seems to be a popular health supplement for weight loss. Oral administration of Aloe vera juice, twice a day for at least 2 weeks in patients with diabetes got their blood sugar and triglyceride levels considerably reduced. 6
Hyperglycemia: Growing research has highlighted that Aloe can considerably control sugar levels in the blood. Clinical evidence suggests that oral administration of aloe vera might be effective in reducing blood glucose in diabetic patients. 7
Infections: Aloe vera is traditionally believed to possess immune boosting and antioxidant properties. Phytochemical investigations have suggested that acemannan, a component of Aloe vera gel, may possess immune stimulating and anti-microbial activities. Clinical studies have shown that Aloe contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties and could be used in the treatment of various infections including skin transmitted infections. 8
Dental Issues: Aloe is also used to preserve dental health. A Clinical study to assess the effectiveness of Aloe vera in maintaining oral hygiene found the extract considerably successful in reducing dental plaque. 9
Thus, Aloe vera has rightly earned the title of a ‘Miracle plant’ because of its numerous health benefiting properties and you’ll find numerous products that incorporate Aloe in their formulations flooding the market. However, Biogetica’s protocols differ from other products since we take meticulous care to ensure that we blend the highest quality of aloe vera found in the market. Our plants are grown in accordance to Siddha agriculture, where planting and harvesting is done in precision with moon cycles and they are fed energized structured water. This ensures that our aloe vera has the highest amount of bioactives, making it more potent, bioavailable and highly assimilated in the body. Moreover, our products are preservative free and don’t contain sodium benzoate, which has been shown to be a known carcinogen that leaches out your body’s nutrients by depriving oxygen at the cellular level. Just as oxygen is indispensable to humans, cells too need oxygen for remaining healthy and warding off infections and diseases including cancer.
To make the most of this awesome, versatile plant with numerous clinically verified therapeutic properties, we’ve combined this natural extract in several of our protocols that help support the stomach, brain, skin, mouth and reproductive organs.
Browse through our Range of Natural Health Protocols that blend Aloe vera with other potent, bioavailable and clinically renowned ingredients:
| 1) Digestive Health Protocol
| 2) Nerve Health Protocol
| 3) Immune Boost Protocol
| 4) Lung Health Protocol
To know more about our protocols or get any health related concern addressed; please visit www.biogetica.com now.
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