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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, often called the plant of immortality, is a medicinal plant that is full of nutritional benefits. It belongs to the lily family (same family as onion and garlic) and is well known for its plethora of external as well as internal uses.

Benefits of taking Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has endless benefits ranging from its skin renewing and anti aging abilities, to its digestive properties. Here is a list of its wide ranging uses:

  • Aloe Vera is most famous for its skin repairing properties. It is extensively used, not just for that, but as a remedy for cold sores, burns and itchy rashes. Besides that, research shows that it makes skin look younger not just from the outside, but also from the inside. It has properties that help in blood circulation
  • It is a great source of fatty acids and amino acids, which help balance the cholesterol level, fight allergies, stress, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea
  • Aloe Vera is also well-known for its properties as an adaptogen. It improves the ability of the body to adapt to environmental changes, balances changes in the body and boosts the body’s defense mechanisms
  • Another important benefit of consuming Aloe Vera is its benefits of detoxification. It helps in the elimination of waste from the body

Natural Sources of Aloe Vera

  • Aloe Vera gel: This gel is easily obtained from processing the inner sections of the Aloe leaves
  • Aloe juice: It is made from Aloe Vera gel. It is an easy way to consume Aloe and if taken twice a day, can help boost the immune system
  • Aloe Vera Oil: This can be obtained by mixing Aloe Vera juice with oils like almond oil and soya bean oil. It can be used as aromatherapy oil as well as for skin softening purposes

When should you take Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera juice is best effective when consumed right in the morning after emptying your bowels. It must always be consumed at least 20 minutes after of having any meals.

When should you avoid Aloe Vera?
If you are already on a medication, especially medication for diabetes, which gives a laxative effect or lowers any possibilities of blood clotting, Aloe Vera should be avoided. In any case, monitor the effect Aloe Vera has on your body for any disturbances and consult a doctor if there is any problem.

Quantity to be taken
One can start by taking 2-6 ounces per day (depending on what you are looking to accomplish) and decrease the dose depending on its effects. If you are supplementing it with any medications, it is best to consult a doctor first.

Expert Tips/Precautions
Aloe Vera does not come with too many warnings, but it must not be taken in very high quantities. High dosage can lead to cramps and stomach aches. If you continue to take a high dosage for a very long time, it can cause serious problems like diarrhea, kidney problems and even heart problems. Therefore, it must be taken in a balanced way and the dosage must be monitored.