Aloe vera is a plant of the cactus family originating in Africa. The medicinal properties are her leaves that are long, green, juicy, with spines at the edges. The leaf contains 15 to 18 layers of cells and contains over two hundred biologically active substances. Some of them are polysaccharides, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glycoproteins, growth factors, enzymes, etc.
Aloe vera as a supplement and as a cure
This plant is mostly used in case of digestive disorders and gastritis, stomach ulcer, for detoxification of the organism, for the health of the joints and ligaments, in arthritis, diabetics and for pancreatic regeneration.
There are indications that some of the active ingredients of aloe gel have an anti-inflammatory effect and that they can act positively to healing wounds. Data suggests an antibacterial and antiviral effect (Womble and Helderman, 1988), and it is also known that aloe gel stimulates immunity (Zhang and Tizard, 1996) by increasing permeability of cells, thereby allowing better nutrient flow and elimination of harmful (detoxifying effect). Oral administration of aloe is approved by the FDA as a dietary supplement. Now it is well known that aloe vera is the main ingredient in some of the best supplements for the immune system.
This plant has become inevitable as a supplement not only for athletes and those with health problems but also for all the people who care about their body. Considering that most of us live in large stagnant cities and that modern food choice is such that they do not fully feed all the cells of our organism, aloe vera is a natural and safe choice as a supplement. This plant is the main ingredient in every face and body cream, and a lot of different tea packages have aloe vera in them.
Why Aloe vera is so important
Aloe is particularly rich in vitamin C and minerals potassium, calcium, sodium, manganese, magnesium, silicon, iron, lithium, and copper. The primary ingredients of aloe gel are polysaccharides and water. In aloe juice, there are also famous glycosaminoglycans, compounds that participate in the formation of gelatinous building material which forms the basis of the tissue necessary for strong and elastic cartilage and healthy joints.
Dr. Robert Davies, a renowned researcher of aloe activity, has set up a theory that explains the interaction of all active components, where the role of mucopolysaccharide is particularly emphasized. This holistic concept has been accepted by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC), an independent international scientific organization, which according to this principle sets quality, purity and activity standards based on aloe based products.
Fresh Aloe leaves contain gel (inner body of leaves) and latex (leaching fluid when a leaf is cut). Application of aloe gel is much wider and practically unlimited, while latex aloe is used only in special laxative preparations, strictly according to the dosage instructions and duration of use. Aloe vera supplements are quite common to use in everyday life.