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ALOE VERA (Vera means true in Latin)
What is alfalfa?
Aloe Vera is a plant that looks like a cactus, but is actually a member of the lily family.This Botanical plant is native to Africa and is common in South Africa's Cape Province and the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighbouring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula and islands off Africa, the plant is readily adaptable in warm places. It contains about four hundred species of flowering succulent plants.Most Aloes have a rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves are often lance-shaped with a sharp apex and a spiny margin. Aloe flowers are tubular, frequently yellow, orange or red and are borne on densely clustered, simple or branched leafless stems.
The mucilaginous gel obtained from the center of the leaf contains polysaccharides, chiefly glucoproteins. Glycoproteins are protein-carbohydrate compounds that speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation. Polysaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that stimulates skin growth and repair. These substances are also thought to stimulate the immune system. Aloe latex contains compounds known as anthraquinones that stimulate the activity of the gastrointestinal tract. The biller yellow latex is obtained from the skin of the leaves. This bitter yellow latex contains anthraquinones and other similar chemicals, collectively referred to as aloin. Aloe latex is made by heating aloe juice until all of the liquid evaporates. This process produces large, translucent blocks that contain active ingredients known as anthraquinones.
What is the effective dosage of Aloevera supplementation?
The effective dosage of aloevera is 8 to 12 oz. per day.
What are the benefits of aloevera supplementation?
Aloe vera is mentioned in the Bible and was used by the Greek physician Dioscorides for treatment of everything from constipation to burns.
• The Aloe Vera plant produces at least 6 antiseptic agents: Lupeaol, Salicylic Acid, Urea nitrogen, Cinnomonic acid, Phenols, and Sulphur. All of these substances are recognized as antiseptics because they kill or control mold, bacteria, fungus, and viruses, explaining why the plant has the ability to eliminate many internal and external infections. The Lupeol and salicylic acid in the juice explains why it is a very effective pain killer.
• Aloe Vera Gel includes Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. The human body simply cannot store some of these vitamins; therefore we need to supplement them regularly through our diets. What better way than by drinking a daily dose of Aloe Vera Gel, while at the same time building the body's defense system naturally against oxidative stress!
• The combination of aloe vera and glyburide, a medication used to treat type 2 diabetes, may help control blood sugar and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood. People with diabetes who use aloe latex either alone or in combination with other medications must be monitored closely by doctors to avoid potential complications from low blood sugar levels.
• Aloe contains active compounds that stop pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. It is used in a variety of cosmetics because Aloe Vera can add a rich supply of building materials to produce and maintain healthy skin. Using the nutritional building blocks of aloe vera, the skin can utilize these nutrients daily to help combat the effects of aging. The use of Aloe Vera in cosmetics can be traced all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. The glamorous Cleopatra (the most beautiful woman dead) regarded Aloe Vera as beauty secret of her skin.
• Aloe Vera has natural, detoxifying abilities. Drinking Aloe Vera Gel regularly may improve bowel regularity and increase protein absorption, while at the same time decrease unfriendly bacteria and yeast - all done naturally! Aloe Vera has also demonstrated its ability to assist in soothing.
• Aloe Vera contains at least three anti-inflammatory fatty acids: cholesterol, Campestral and B-sitosterol (plant sterols), which explains why it is a highly effective treatment for burns, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, allergic reactions, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, acid indigestion, ulcers, plus many inflammatory conditions of the digestive system and other internal organs, including the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, kidney and pancreas. B-sitosterol is also a powerful anti-cholestromatic which helps to lower harmful cholesterol levels, helping to explain its many benefits for heart patients.
• If we add that aloe contains at least 23 polypeptides (immune stimulators), then we understand why aloe juice helps control a broad spectrum of immune system diseases and disorders, including HIV and AIDS. The polypeptides, plus the anti-tumor agents aloe emodin and aloe lectins, explains its ability to control cancer. It naturally alkalizes digestive juices to prevent overacidity - a common cause of indigestion. It helps cleanse the digestive tract by exerting a soothing, balancing effect.
• Amino acids are our body's building blocks. Eight which are essential and cannot be made by the body are found within the aloe plant! Drinking Aloe Vera on a regular basis allows you to help maintain your health by replenishing your body naturally with these essential amino acids.
• It is useful for burns and cuts because it contains salicylates, the same pain-killing agents found in aspirin.
• Aloe Vera Gel includes Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. Some of the minerals found in aloe vera include calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. What a powerful storehouse! We all know that adding foods to our diets with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals is recommended for overall health.
• A newly discovered compound in aloe, acemannan, is currently being studied for its ability to strengthen the body's natural resistance. Studies have shown acemannan to boost T-lymphocyte cells that aid the immune system.
What are the side effects of aloevera supplementation?
• Aloe vera is not an essential nutrient and there are no nutritional deficiencies associated with not ingesting Aloe supplements. When using aloe gel products, make sure to use high-quality products that do not contain anthraxqinones. Use-laxative aloe preparations with caution, and for short periods of time, only until your gastrointestinal regularity is restored. Atom-containing aloe products can cause severe gastrointestinal cramping and should not be used by pregnant or lactating.
• Because oral aloe can decrease levels of potassium, aloe latex should not be used by individuals taking diuretics or digoxin (a medication used to treat irregular heart rhythms and congestive heart failure). These medications lower potassium levels in the body, so a combination of aloe and digoxin or diuretics can result in dangerously low levels of this important mineral.
• Each person will respond differently to aloe products depending on the quality and potency of the product ingested. It is best to follow the directions provided by the manufacturer.
• Occasionally, some people develop a mild allergic reaction marked by itching or a rash. If this occurs, discontinue use.
• They should be consulted first if you have any of these conditions, as Aloe Vera usage may be contraindicated:Internal Usage: If you are menstruating (possible stimulation of endometrial activity) ,If you have Crohn's disease ,If you have ulcerative colitis ,If you have appendicitis, or any other inflamed intestinal disease, If you have abdominal pain (from an unknown source) ,If you are taking medication with cardiac glycosides (Potassium loss - a possible side effect- can effect the drugs action) ,If you are taking antiarrythimic medication (Potassium loss - a possible side effect - can effect the drugs action) ,If you are taking thiazide diuretics, licorice, or corticosteroids (Potassium loss may be aggravated with these drugs), If you are pregnant or nursing,
• Unsafe used during pregnancy because Aloe can induce abortions and stimulate menstruation.
• Chronic use of it can lead to dependence.
The usage should be discontinued if any adverse situation occurred.