I think that everyone knows, even vaguely, that aloe vera has impressive healing properties. Aloe plant has about 200 components that make it a powerful drug. The most well-known properties are soothing for various skin irritations such as burns, corns, scars, and herpes. Moreover, it also has significant cosmetic properties: keeps the skin soft and used for body and hair care, as well as hydrates, increases collagen production and strengthens their natural defenses. It is considered effective treatment for acne, slows down the aging of skin and combats itching, skin allergies, insect bites, eczema and fungal diseases, and can even restrict psoriasis.
Aloe Vera Juice:
All this I knew so far. What I haven’t considered yet is that aloe is also suitable for internal use, in form of juice or gel. I started researching about this and wanted to know more about aloe juice when Mr Fetokakis kindly send me the natuevo biological ALOE VERA juice with lemon and mastic to try. I admit that I was very happy and that is for two reasons. The first, and most important, is that the product is 100% Greek and those who read me firmly know how much I like to support Greek products of such quality. The second reason is that it contains the beloved and magical mastic! Aloe juice has a “grassy” and a slight bitter taste. The smell and the aftertaste of mastic is what will make the juice stand out, especially to those of you who pay attention not only to the healing properties of a supplement but also in taste. Moreover, mastic reinforces aloe with its own amazing beneficial properties.
Each week, natuevo aloe juice, is produced on the same day of the harvest, to be the next day fresh in the refrigerator shelf, without chemical preservatives. It contains 99% gel from the fresh leaves of organic aloe vera barbadensis miller, 1% organic concentrated lemon juice and mastic oil, which enhance the antioxidant and antimicrobial effects of aloe. I should, also, note that the aloe vera juice is pasteurised through cold and not hot procedure, to keep all the nutrients intact. You can drink the natuevo aloe vera juice either straight or diluted with water or another juice.
Aloe Vera is a source of vitamins, mainly B, C, E and beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A). It contains minerals and trace elements, especially magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron and selenium, and amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of proteins. Also, it is rich in polysaccharides, enzymes which help in breaking the feed, sterols, anthraquinones (painkillers substances) and salicylic acid.
Beneficial properties of aloe juice:
The beneficial properties that aloe juice seems to have are really impressive:
- It is rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals and enhance the activity of the immune system. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
- It has a high content of vitamins and minerals and helps in the elimination of toxins from our body.
- It acts substantially on digestive disorders such as heartburn, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It specifically soothes the esophagus and reduces the discomfort of acid reflux. Moreover, aloe helps to improve bowel function and constipation. It contains anthraquinones glycosides A and B, which are potent natural laxatives.
- Enhances oral hygiene and significantly improves gum health. Studies have shown that can aid in rapid healing after surgery on the teeth.
- Laboratory studies have shown that the aloe juice acts beneficially in chronic diseases such as diabetes, or heart disease. According to these studies, the daily consumption of half a spoon of juice for a period of 14 weeks, can reduce blood sugar levels by 45%. Something similar applies to the levels of cholesterol.
- It contributes to the best health of a skin and helps internally improving its elasticity and protects against environmental pollutants and neutralizing free radicals.
Precautions and side effects of aloe vera juice:
Although aloe is considered a safe plant it should be used properly and follow the instructions of the physician or pharmacist, because prolonged or excessive use can have side effects or cause any interaction with other herbs and medicines. Many scientists are skeptical about aloe’s use because the investigations are still ongoing.
When aloe vera is used for skin application, is considered safe, as long as its juice won’t come in touch with an extensive open wound. The potential to cause an allergic reaction is rare. On the other hand, aloe’s oral consumption should be taken with caution, because it can cause cramps and diarrhea.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, and those who have problems such as abdominal pains, ileum history or an allergy to garlic, onion and other plants of this family, should avoid aloe vera.
Aloe Vera can interact with hydrocortisone, diuretics, anticoagulants and drugs for diabetes. So it may, for example, improve the pancreas functioning, resulting in need of adjusting insulin dosage. Because of its laxative action, it can might lower potassium levels in the blood and cause arrhythmias or, even affect the absorption of many drugs.
Note: The ideas and information presented in this blog are for informational purposes only and in no case can replace the advice of a specialist in nutrition and health. Before starting any diet or exercise or before adding a special food in your daily intake, you should contact a specialist doctor or dietitian; especially if you suffer from a serious illness.