The scientific epithet Vera means true or genuine. This makes aloe vera the most genuine and versatile panacea to all your health woes. You must have seen an aloe vera plant in a kitchen garden and must have wondered how this ornamental plant can help to improve your health. Well, that is nature’s most jealously guarded secret!
Many of us must have also used facial creams and shampoos enriched with Aloe juice.The sap derived from the stems of this succulent plant is used to make the aloe vera juice. With so many benefits to offer, no wonder why Aloe Vera was considered the plant of “immortality” by the Egyptians. Aloe vera has been used since time immemorial for its soothing and curing properties.
But do you know why this short cacti plant is known as the ‘miracle plant’? To know the miraculous properties of aloe vera juice, you have to know how to make aloe vera juice at home. Always use organic aloe vera juice to reap maximum benefits.
Aloe vera is succulent plant species that has thick fleshy stems with spiny leaves. The fleshy stem contains the aloe juice which is being used for various purposes since the beginning of the first century as an excellent home remedy. The juice and the gel are used in numerous medicinal, cosmetic and health treatments.
How To Make Aloe Vera Juice:
- Cut and open a few stems of the plant from the middle section. Choose the outer stems as they are the most mature of all and have the highest concentration of antioxidants.
- The liquid which oozes out is the fresh aloe gel.
- Squeeze out the entire gel from the stem and store in a bowl.
- Put the gel in a blender and add 1 cup of water.
- Blend them to get pure Aloe Vera juice. Use the extracted juice within 3-4 days; otherwise the juice will lose the antioxidants.
Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals:
Both the aloe juice and gel are powerhouses of antioxidants, antibiotics, work as stimulator of cell growth and have scar and pain inhibitor properties. They are rich in the following vitamins and minerals:
- Folic acid
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E
- Amino acids
Aloe vera is the most bioactive of all aloe species. There are more than 75 active constituents in the plant, this includes, polysaccharides like acemannan, anthraquinoes like barbaloin, enzymes, lignin, saponins and salicylic acids.
Aloe vera gel can be used for its laxative properties. Sometimes the aloe vera gel and the entire leaf are used to treat ulcerative colitis, metastatic cancer, infectious disease and chemotherapy treatment.
Aloe Vera Juice Benefits:
Aloe Vera produces two substances called gel and latex. Aloe gel is the clear jelly like substance that is found inside the plant. This aloe juice comprises of the pulp extracted from the fleshy plant stems. Aloe juice can be applied on the skin and hair or consumed to get relief from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammation, osteoarthritis and stomach ulcers. It is also a general health tonic that you can consume every morning to reap all its benefits.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Health:
1. Digestive Cure:
Aloe Vera is very useful for curing bowel problems due to its high anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera also helps in the growth of good bacteria in the gut, this keeps all digestive disorders at bay (1).
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2. Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment:
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune disease which affects the entire body. The immune system attacks the body tissues, especially, the membranes lining the joint. There is inflammation and stiffness.There is fluid buildup in the joints that makes the matter worse.Since, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease; the patients generally have conventional drugs like painkillers, non-steroidal drugs and corticosteroids. These medicines have a harsh impact on health.
Whereas, having aloe juice for two weeks can help reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of ears and eyes and arthritis. Aloe juice contains anti-inflammatory compounds like plant sterols that help to reduce the pain and stiffness to a great extent. The plant sterols function like the steroid painkillers, without causing any harm to body (2).
3. For Muscle and Joint Pains:
Applying the gel externally can ease muscle and joint pains. But do not forget to use freshly prepared gel (3).
4. For Heart Reflux:
Having severe digestive problems? Drink Aloe Vera juice as it reduces symptoms of heart reflux and stabilizes the alkaline levels of the body. It has soothing effect on the stomach walls and reduces heart burn and discomfort. Due to its laxative properties it also treats constipation (4).
5. Reduces Cholesterol Level:
Aloe is great for maintaining the cholesterol level by reducing triglycerides. Include fresh Aloe juice in your daily diet to maintain your cholesterol level and increase the level of good cholesterol.By reducing cholesterol you are protecting your heart from damage (5).
6. Healthy Weight Loss:
You must have taken slimming tablets or tried all the exercises and diets to lose weight. However, you didn’t get the desired results. Do you want to lose weight naturally? Aloe vera juice is the easy and natural weight loss solution (6). It reduces weight by stabilizing the metabolic rate, reducing lipid levels and helping burn fat.
[ Read: Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Health ]
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