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The Ins and Outs of Aloe Vera

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Pardon the pun but did you know that Aloe Vera can be used both internally and externally for different effects on the body?

It is an incredible plant with many health benefits! Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides, and fatty acids.

10 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera juice supplementation

1. Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals

Aloe Vera contains vitamin A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. It is one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12. Aloe Vera also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.

2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids

Aloe Vera contains 18-20 amino acids, including all of the 8 essential amino acids. These amino acids are the building blocks of the human body! Aloe Vera has an impressive range of fatty acids that helps lower fats in the blood and reduces symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion.

3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen

An adaptogen boosts our body’s ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness. That means it helps you cope with physical, emotional and environmental stress.

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4. Aloe Helps with Digestion             

Aloe soothes and cleanses the digestive tract. Not only does aloe improve your digestion, it also helps with both constipation and diarrhea. Bottom line, aloe helps to keep you regular!  As an added bonus, aloe helps to rid the body of intestinal worms since it's a vermifuge.

5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification

Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, like seaweeds and chia, so when the gels move through the intestinal tract it absorbs toxins.

 6. Aloe Alkalizes the Body

 Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food and disease cannot manifest in an   alkaline environment.

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 7. Cardiovascular Health

Research suggests that Aloe Vera juice may be able to help lower the risk of heart disease.

8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System

Polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate the white blood cells of your immune system that help fight against viruses. In addition, Aloe has a high level of anti-oxidants which enhances the immune.

9. Aloe Vera is Therapeutic

Aloe is a disinfectant, anti-biotic, anti-microbial, germicidal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory!  Needless to say, aloe has an extraordinary list of therapeutic benefits!

10. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin

Aloe Vera squeezed directly from the leaves of the plant can be put straight onto your skin. It helps heal wounds and is a great topical treatment for burns, abrasions, psoriasis and bug bites. Aloe is also an analgesic which helps relieve wound pain.

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People with diabetes should not take aloe vera because of its glucose-lowering effects. You should always talk to your health care provider before taking an aloe vera supplement.

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Angelica Driskell is a former personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder. She now channels her desire to see people live their best lives through cosmetology as a professional hair and make-up consultant.

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