If you ever eat the inside of an aloe vera leaf… Don’t chew—don’t EVER chew! Just put it in your mouth, take a sip of something tasty, and swallow. After not having the plant around, I totally forgot how bad it tastes. As much as the taste buds resist, the rest of the body welcomes this dietary supplement with enthusiasm!
Some people prefer to just purchase Aloe Vera juice. For those of you that gravitate towards this option, make sure to buy “whole leaf” as it is better for you than the other varieties. Also be careful and do research before choosing a brand, and ALWAYS read the ingredients. Most aloe vera juice providers use a cancer-causing formaldehyde mixture to preserve the juice, rendering the final product more of a hazard than a health supplement.
This is exactly why I buy the plants, line them all up on my windowsill and harvest them as needed. You don’t need to have a green thumb for these plants to thrive… Just don’t over-water!
“You ask me what were the secret forces which sustained me during my long fasts. Well, it was my… simple and frugal lifestyle and the Aloe, whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa at the end of the nineteenth century.”
Here are some benefits of ingesting this vibrant plant:
Aloe vera contains powerful nutrient compounds that help to soothe and even heal our biggest organ: the skin. When ingested, it also has similar health-giving benefits on the lining of the digestive tract. An in-depth review included in the British Journal of General Practice states that aloe vera decreases irritation and amplifies the healing and repair of ulcers in the both stomach and intestines.
The incredible super powers of aloe vera don’t stop there! In addition, it has the ability to decrease inflammation in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, and numerous other inflammatory gut. My favorite benefits is the fact that it can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines, thus aiding in overall digestion.
Yup. Much to nobody’s surprise, aloe vera is heart-healthy and is known to improve blood circulation. A clinical study that was published in Angiology came up with the following groundbreaking finding: aloe vera may help decrease the total fat levels of patients with high cholesterol. This ultimately helps to reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the arteries. Furthermore, the clinical study claimed that diabetic patients showed the highest improvement in their overall cholesterol levels.
Immune System Support
Extensive research contained within the Journal of Environmental Science and Health states that aloe vera is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal powerhouse that helps the immune system rid the body of toxins, reducing the effects of seasonal allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, and more!
So, there you have it! Aloe vera isn’t just meant to be grown, it’s meant to be eaten.
Have you ever tried using aloe vera?
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