There is lots of interest in aloe vera juice. Many people have been using it successfully and also recommend it. Here are some interesting facts about this plant and its various use.
This succulent plant has been valued by many cultures for thousands of centuries for its numerous cosmetic and medicinal properties. It is often advised for such digestive issues as heartburn, ulcers, constipation, irritable and inflammatory bowel disease. It is also used externally as it has antibacterial and antifungal activities. Aloe is also commonly used to heal burns.
Aloe juice (100 grams) contains 12 calories, which are carbohydrates. This liquid also offers a wide range of minerals and vitamins.
History and Legend
The Greeks, Egyptians, Romans and Chinese included the description of aloe vera plant in their ancient writings. These ancient records described medicinal properties of this succulent, the earliest mention about this plant was found on a Sumerian tablet (2100 B.C).
There were writings about Egyptian Queens who used this plant for their physical beauty. It was also recommended by ancient for healing a wide range of ailments.
Even Alexander the Great made his troops conquer the island of Socotra so as to get an access to its enormous supplies of aloe. Then he used this plant to treat his soldiers who got battle wounds.
Thus since the ancient times aloe has been most known as a treatment for wounds and burns. But it happens to act as a perfect moisturizer which hydrates the skin well during healing. The vitamins and minerals contained in this medicinal plant nourish the cells and stimulate their quicker regeneration.
A lot of research was performed on this succulent. They have proven that it is good for various skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Its medicinal properties reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.
Internal benefits of this plant are very helpful digestive issues (Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of them) . It also has been used as a laxative for ages.
Aloe Vera Juice for Diabetes
The latest studies have reported that this succulent can be taken to control blood-sugar levels and lower them in patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers gave diabetic rats aloe for one week during this study, the result showed that the rats’ glucose levels changed. The reduction was from 250 mg/dl to 130 mg/dl.
Similar results were achieved in other studies as well. They found out the histological changes in pancreas, small intestine and liver. Thus this succulent not only lowers sugar in the blood, but it also makes considerable improvements in the organs that control the level of sugar in the blood.
Every day the rats were given aloe. The amount of the plant was very large. If a human took such an amount, it would result in cause diarrhea, since the plant has very strong colon-stimulating properties. Researchers agree that more work is required, but the initial results are rather promising.
Minerals and Vitamins
This medicinal plant is high in vitamins and minerals. The levels of vitamin A, C, D, B1, and B2 are very high in it. It also includes all the vital minerals and its juice is recommended as an electrolyte replacement. Moreover, all the nutrients are very easily absorbed by the organism.