Known to the Egyptians as the ‘plant of immortality’, Aloe Vera is the original superfood which has been used for over 5,000 years for its powerful healing properties, even by Cleopatra herself!
Aloe Vera contains over 200 active constituents including amino acids, vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides. Aloe Vera is well known for its high polysaccharide content, which activates aloe’s many nutrients and helps the body absorb them. Read on to hear about Aloe Vera’s almighty benefits...
For those who are looking for good digestive health, aloe vera is a natural prebiotic and therefore helps to establish the natural bacterial flora in the digestive system. We think of it as food for your good bacteria!
Not only that, but aloe vera's soothing gelatinous properties help food move through the intestinal tract with ease, absorbing toxins along the way to aid the detoxification process.
Aloe vera’s naturally occurring anti-inflammatory enzymes help those with gut issues such as IBS.
The polysaccharides within aloe vera stimulate white blood cells to help strengthen the body’s immune system and support in fighting against viruses, thus making aloe vera a restorative essential and a boosting tonic for those under the weather.
It doesn’t stop there! Aloe Vera’s antibacterial properties combined with its anti-inflammatory factors can prevent and reduce skin inflammation. When consumed, they provide the skin with a natural source of moisture that can contribute to a glowing complexion and the high levels of antioxidants can help combat free-radicals that are known to contribute to the ageing process.
Libby Limon is a degree qualified, London based Nutritional Therapist as well as fully qualified and experienced yoga teacher.
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“Aloe Vera has an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut environment, soothing inflammation and helping to heal ‘leaky gut’ – a condition where the gut lining becomes inflamed, often causing the body to develop food intolerances. It also contains prebiotics – friendly fibres that feed your ‘good’ gut bacteria. We know that a healthy gut flora, not only in turn, helps your digestion, but also play a major role in our bodies health, supporting everything from our mood to immunity and hormone balance.
I would recommend you add a little Aloe to your diet every day, especially combined with a nutrient dense meal such as delicious smoothie to get the most from its nutritional benefits as it supercharges what is absorbed from other foods”
FAQs with Libby
Aloe Vera can heal and support your digestive system in a number of ways. Your digestive tract, like your skin, is one of the main barriers to the outside environment and it works as a filter for the things we need and the things we don’t. Often our modern environments, lifestyles and diets can lead to low levels of inflammation in our gut and this is in turn can lead to digestive discomfort or systemic food intolerances. Aloe Vera has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, soothing the gut lining and allowing it heal. Additionally it contains prebiotic fibres, which feed your beneficial gut flora and are a key element to a healthy functioning gut, as well as your overall health and wellbeing. Lastly it contains enzymes that help you digest and absorb nutrients more efficiently, getting more nutrition from other foods.
Aloe Vera’s main component, polysaccharides, have special properties that help the immune system, by stimulating production of your white blood cells, the primary cells used in your immune system. Thus the immune system can cope with invading pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, helping your body to prevent them taking hold and develop into a full blown illness.
Aloe Vera enhances the efficiency of absorption of vitamins C and E, two major nutrients for glowing and young looking skin. Vitamin C is primarily used for collagen production in the body, plumping the skin and preventing wrinkles appearing. Vitamin E is a key anti-oxidant for skin which has an anti-aging effect on the cells. In addition, Aloe Vera, with its anti-inflammatory and detoxing effect on the body, will help keep skin looking clear and healthy.
Aloe Vera contains over 200 active nutrient ingredients. These include B vitamins, folate, vitamins C and E, beta carotene, minerals including, calcium, chlorine, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, amino acids and proteins, polysaccharides and carbohydrates.
Polysaccharides [Greek poly = many; sacchar = sugar] are complex carbohydrates, and are composed of between 10 and up to several thousand monosaccharides arranged in chains. Often in plants they are the structural fibres of the plant cells. In human health they often have benefits when consumed. Aloe Vera contains a particular polysaccharide called acemannan, this is where many of Aloe Vera’s gel health enhancing qualities comes from.