Aloe vera is a type of plant with shallow and intricate root systems that allow for quick water absorption. Aloe vera is part of the succulent species; Succulents can store water for an extended period of time making them an easy-to-maintain plant. Also referred as “burn plant,” “lily of the desert” or the “wonder plant,”
Contents: Vitamins, Minerals and More
Aloe vera is full of good stuff—75 active components to be exact.nNaturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the plant are necessary for good health.
To understand how aloe vera can be a disease-fighter, it’s best to understand what’s exactly inside the clear gel
Aloe vera includes several necessary vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12.
Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants and help fend off free radicals which can contribute to cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
Vitamin A Integral for a strong immune system and bone growth. It helps fight off viral or bacterial threats to the body.
Vitamin C A powerhouse vitamin that is believed to protect against cancer and cardiovascular problems. It also supports the immune system.
Vitamin E May protect against heart disease while promoting a strong immune system.
B1 Vitamin Also known as thiamine, B1 plays a role in digestion and contributes to a healthy nervous and immune system.
B2 Vitamin Goes by the name riboflavin and works as an antioxidant. B12, like other B vitamins, provides the body with energy by creating fuel from food. It also plays an important role in maintaining a strong nervous system.
B3 Vitamin Also known as niacin, B3 vitamins are used to treat high cholesterol, migraines and diabetes. It’s also used to cleanse the body of toxins and promote good digestion.
B6 Vitamin Important to many of the body’s systems, including immune, cardiovascular and digestive. The vitamin is also connected to the serotonin and dopamine process.
B12 Vitamin Primarily found in animal products, B12 is necessary for healthy blood cells and helps make DNA.
Calcium Famous for its role in strong bones, calcium is also vital to the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Sodium Often discussed as a negative mineral, sodium is essential to blood pressure, muscles and nerves.
Iron Makes up blood cells and proteins in the body. It’s necessary for energy.
Magnesium This mineral has a big job; it’s necessary for hundreds of processes in the body, including blood glucose regulation and keeping the immune system strong.
Potassium Helps clean cells out, protects blood vessels and is thought to help lower the risk of heart disease.
Copper Needed for growth and general health. This mineral helps maintain healthy heart function and is thought to help prevent osteoporosis.
There are two parts to an aloe vera leaf: Gel and leaf juice (not to be confused with aloe juice in stores). The gel is what most people are familiar with. It’s the odorless and clear liquid at the innermost part of the leaf. Aloe latex, or juice, seeps from the leaf when cut. It’s yellow in color and has a bitter taste. When ingesting aloe, the gel is the safest part of the plant. The latex has laxative properties and can cause serious health complications if used too often.
To make aloe gel palatable
Prepared by: Dr.Majida Farsana BAMS