Health Benefits of Consuming Aloe Vera

The plant people know and love for healing burns, abrasions and rashes can be ingested, but they might not know that. Aloe vera can be used by infants, adults and even animals. It is natural and not chemical so its benefits will vary because natural remedies tend to do many things and do them very well indeed. What heals on the outside will heal on the inside when it’s ingested. It is an excellent colon cleanser, for instance, and there is some evidence that many health problems may benefit from its use.

A highly respected clinic whose treatments are sought after gives aloe vera a cautious thumbs up regarding treatment of ulcerative colitis, diabetes, psoriasis, seborrhea, cancer prevention, herpes and many more health concerns. Indeed, a medical journal of note reports the success of aloe vera treatments in the case of severe dermatitis. Respected medical authorities note that aloe vera is useful in many divergent health concerns and may help with many more. Over 200 scholarly papers have been published concerning aloe’s benefits as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent.

So what is it about this little leaf that can benefit cancer patients? People can’t read the ingredients on the leaf like they can on a label but research is still ongoing concerning aloe’s components and their possible health benefits. Some of aloe’s components are protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B12 and E, but aloe vera is also rich with:

  • vitamin C – helps with circulation
  • amino acids – form the links in the chain of proteins
  • enzymes – the particle contained in anything that lives
  • germanium – a mineral that could have benefits for the immune system, cardiac problems and pain

When taken as a juice internally this plant tastes awful but can be mixed with other juices without detriment to its healing properties. As a healing tonic it is naturally going to benefit stomach upsets from ulcers to ulcerative colitis. Following the body’s systems, aloe can heal intestinal problems as well as constipation. It is said to be a good vaginal douche. These conform to aloe’s properties as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. Indeed, claims of healing arthritis, bladder infections, kidney problems, hemorrhoids and insomnia have been made.

Some cancers such as skin or mouth cancers, prevalent among that portion of the population who dip snuff, benefit from the use of aloe, notes the medical journal mentioned above. Some cancer patients have reported less nausea, more energy; it could lessen blood count following radiation therapy. As aloe is not a chemical, it could be combined with anti-cancer treatments to complement their healing properties. Since this little plant strengthens the immune system it could very well be the building block upon which eradication of cancer begins.

Aloe juice can be bought in its bare essence in health food stores, grocery stores and pharmacies. It comes in quart bottles and half-gallon bottles. It is available mixed with juices such as cranberry and orange juices. It can be taken as a capsule or tablet as well as liquid. However it’s taken, whether it tastes bad or not, this little plant is going to fight for the health and well being of the user, even in addition to medical treatments. An inexpensive natural remedy, aloe vera has many healing benefits.

Nicole Rodgers has been blogging for 3 years. She blogs about a variety of topics such as how to prep for the DMV test and where to find insurance quotes.

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