You can find a variety of products containing aloe extract at any health food store, drugstore, or cosmetic section of the supermarket, from skin care products to medicines, from dishwashing liquid to yogurt.
In this article, you will find out what benefits aloe brings to the immune system and not only, because this amazing plant has other useful properties.
All types of aloe, and there are more than five hundred of them, have similar characteristics. Most species grow in small endemic populations and, with the exception of aloe vera, are endangered.
Researchers were interested in the question of the reasons for the global dominance of aloe vera: is it due to evolutionary differences from other species or due to historical factors.
The results of the study showed that the type of aloe vera originated in the Arabian Peninsula. This is the northernmost natural habitat of aloe, where conditions are very hot and dry. Moreover, the composition of aloe vera is not very different from its counterparts growing in this region.
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Therefore, scientists identify the historical reasons for the popularity of aloe vera. The Arabian Peninsula is located close to the ancient trade routes between Asia and the Mediterranean. Most likely, people pragmatically chose the native plant with large, succulent leaves and did not see the need to test similar species from other places. So aloe vera just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
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Aloe juice benefits
What are the benefits of aloe for the body?
Aloe juice is known as a natural laxative. This action is possessed by the outer part of the plant, which contains anthraquinone and aloin. However, at the moment there are no studies showing the presence of side effects when using the plant as a laxative.
Decrease in sugar levels
Aloe may be beneficial for people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a 2016 study. The experiment was conducted on volunteers who consumed various aloe vera preparations, including juice. The addition of aloe juice helped lower blood sugar levels.
Prevention of gastrointestinal diseases
Aloe juice improves digestion, relieves heartburn and is a good prophylactic agent for stomach ulcers. This is facilitated by anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants found in aloe juice, such as vitamin C.
Source of vitamin C
This vitamin is vital for human health, from reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease to improving the function of the immune system. Having enough vitamin C increases the body’s ability to absorb iron from plant foods.
Reduces Gum Inflammation
Research has shown that rinsing your mouth with aloe juice can help reduce gum inflammation after treatment or prophylaxis. Scientists hypothesized that the plant’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties helped to achieve the results.
Treatment of skin diseases
Aloe creams soothe the skin and help reduce itching and inflammation from breakouts, acne, and psoriasis. The plant has the ability to suppress the production of prostaglandins – lipids that are active in the sebaceous glands.
Aloe helps with minor burns thanks to its cooling and soothing properties.
How to get juice from a plant
Aloe is a short-stemmed to medium-stemmed plant that contains a sticky gel that is the source of nutrients. Aloe vera contains about 200 biologically active components, including essential vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, E), minerals (magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, choline, selenium, potassium) and amino acids.
Skin damage, burns, acne, acid reflux, constipation – this is not a complete list of problems that this amazing plant acts on. Aloe gel can be turned into clear juice and varied in a healthy diet. Ready-made aloe juice is sold in stores. However, chemicals are often added to it to extend the shelf life.
The recipe for aloe juice is simple and you can make it yourself. Homemade aloe juice contains valuable nutrients that are often lost during storage and transportation.
To make the juice, you need 1 large aloe leaf, a sharp knife, a spoon, a glass, a blender and water.
Making aloe juice:
- Cut off the outer thorny layer with a sharp knife.
- Cut the sheet lengthwise and spoon up the inner clear gel. This can be done with the tip of a knife.
- Pour the gel into a glass.
- Remove any remaining leaves from the liquid.
To juice, take two tablespoons of the gel, transfer it to a blender and add 3 cups of water. Beat for 3-5 minutes. Aloe juice is ready. You can dilute it with other juices or water.
Some helpful tips
- Aloe vera juice should be drunk twice a day to feel the benefits.
- Do not exceed 2 tablespoons of the gel at a time.
- Fresh gel retains its properties for 24 hours.
- Store unused gel or prepared juice in the refrigerator.
- Removing the gel from the leaf and juicing should be done as quickly as possible due to the oxidative reaction. Oxidation reduces the benefits of aloe vera drink as it breaks down the plant’s nutrients.
- It is necessary to remove from the gel all particles of the outer layer of the sheet that may cause diarrhea or severe stomach discomfort.
Can Aloe Vera Be Cooked? Yes, you can. Boiling the aloe vera gel gives it a smooth texture and makes it easier to juice. But, as is the case with most plants, high temperatures reduce the beneficial properties, destroying most of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
How to cook aloe with honey for immunity
Honey is known to enhance the action of other medicines, increasing their healing power. The combination of aloe vera with honey has been used in folk medicine for a long time and successfully. Check out these recipes for boosting immunity.
- 30% honey
- 70% aloe gel.
Place honey and aloe in a glass jar.
Shake well or stir the contents with a wooden spoon from time to time for an hour.
Leave at room temperature for 12 hours, continuing to stir every 1-2 hours.
Store the mixture in the refrigerator.
Take 1 tablespoon three times a day for 2 weeks, half an hour before meals.
Take a break for 2 weeks and repeat the course if necessary.
This infusion is indicated for diseases of the stomach, kidneys, liver, angina pectoris, anorexia, arthritis, constipation, cough, parasitic infection, respiratory diseases, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis.
- 40% aloe gel,
- 60% honey
- juice of 1 or 2 lemons for every 0.5 kg of honey
Stir the gel in a blender until smooth.
In a glass jar, combine aloe, honey and lemon.
Leave to infuse for 7 days at room temperature.
Take 2-3 teaspoons 2-3 times daily 30 minutes before meals.
This recipe for aloe with honey will strengthen the immune system, give vigor and energy.
- 100 ml aloe,
- 500 g chopped walnuts;
- 300 g honey
- juice of 4 lemons.
Mix all ingredients well.
Store the mixture in the refrigerator.
Take 1 teaspoon 3 times daily 30 minutes before meals.
The benefits of aloe with honey lie not only in enhancing immunity, but also for cosmetic purposes – it soothes irritated skin and smoothes wrinkles.
Aloe juice for immunity can be prepared any time of the year using seasonal ingredients.
Aloe and orange
- 2 tablespoons of gel;
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar (optional)
- 1 glass of water;
- 1 glass of orange juice
Place the aloe in a blender, add a glass of orange juice, water and beat for a few minutes on low speed until the gel is completely dissolved. Any citrus juice can be added instead of orange juice.
Aloe and watermelon
- 4 cups fresh watermelon juice
- 3 tablespoons of gel.
Place the ingredients in a blender and beat until the gel pieces dissolve. Add some lemon or lime juice. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Aloe and Fruit Smoothie
- 1/2 cup strawberries or blueberries
- 1 banana;
- 1.5 cups of vegetable milk;
- 4 tablespoons of aloe gel.
Whisk all ingredients until smooth, creamy. For a richer flavor, use nut milk or add 1 tablespoon of nut butter.
Aloe and green smoothie
- 240 ml of green freshly brewed tea;
- 1 tablespoon of gel;
- 240 g fresh spinach;
- 1 banana,
- 120 g pineapple
- 1 pitted date.
Whisk the mixture until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for omega-3 fatty acids.
Aloe and tropical fruits
- 4 tablespoons of gel;
- 180 g pineapple
- 180 g of papaya.
Place the ingredients in a blender and whisk. Add 1 teaspoon honey for sweetening.
How to take aloe for immunity
Aloe has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. The presence of polysaccharides and antioxidants in this plant explains its immunostimulating properties.
Regular consumption of aloe juice is good for the heart: B-sitosterol prevents the absorption of cholesterol and helps lower triglyceride levels.
The immune system is a complex structure that protects people from external biological influences. When the immune system is working properly, it protects the body from bacteria and viral infections by destroying cancer cells and foreign matter.
If the immune system weakens, its ability to defend the body is also weakened, allowing the pathogens that cause colds and flu to develop in the body.
Aloe juice stimulates a part of the immune system called macrophages. Macrophages are cells that are involved in phagocytosis and absorb pathogens in the bloodstream. Research into aloe juice shows that the polysaccharides in aloe vera can help suppress inflammation.
It is best to take aloe as a juice or as part of a healthy drink. Juices and smoothies will support the immune system and help the body in the event that the disease could not be avoided.
Contraindications and precautions for taking funds with honey and aloe
For all their positive effects, beverages made with aloe juice and honey can cause side effects. If you are allergic to honey, eliminate this ingredient from your aloe drink. And you can use raw sugar or natural syrup as a sweetener.
Aloe gel is generally safe. Care must be taken with the green part of the leaf, which is highly toxic:
- causes cramps and diarrhea;
- reduces the effectiveness of drugs;
- causes allergies;
- leads to impaired renal function;
- dramatically reduces blood glucose levels.
The study found that consumption of aloe extract, which contained the tops of the leaf, was associated with the development of bowel cancer in male and female rats.
Researchers are not entirely sure what caused the risk, but they speculate that the reason is the anthraquinones found in the waxy part of the leaves.
In particular, they identified the aloin compound as a potential cause of cancer. However, the rats drank daily water containing aloin, 6 times the norm for humans. Therefore, with moderate use, the person is not in danger. However, according to this study, many manufacturers of aloe juice began to indicate the content of aloin in the product.
A look at aloe Ayurvedic medicine
According to Ayurveda, aloe vera has four flavors: bitter, pungent, astringent and sweet. The taste after digestion (vipaka) is sweet, the effect is cooling. Aloe is one of the few plants that has a pure, bitter taste. Although the plant has other flavors, in terms of medicinal properties, the bitter taste combined with the pungent is the most valuable.
Ayurvedic medicine classifies this plant as a sattvic type of food. This means that people who are engaged in spiritual practices and strive for self-improvement can use it in their diet. Aloe juice balances all three doshas , but has a stronger effect on pitta dosha due to its cooling nature.
In Ayurveda, aloe is often used for the virechana treatment. This treatment is part of Panchakarma and is a natural method of cleansing the body with laxatives.
The pure bitterness of aloe helps in Ayurvedic therapy to remove ama (toxins) from body tissues and especially from the blood. In this case, the plant is suitable for all doshas, but a representative of the vata type should be used in small quantities.
Ayurveda recommends this herb for treating various skin conditions or skin lesions such as wounds, insect bites, bruises and eczema. Aloe increases blood flow to the affected area, thereby promoting healing.
In addition, the plant stimulates skin cells responsible for wound healing and promotes the production of collagen, a protein that controls the aging process of the skin.
Aloe vera is easy to grow at home. This plant is a succulent plant that prefers a dry and warm climate, so it does not need to be watered every day. The plant is unpretentious and grows well at home. A prerequisite for growth is sunlight.
When planting the plant, use a shallow and wide pot so that the roots have enough room to grow. New seeds will grow around the base of the plant and can be transplanted elsewhere.
In conclusion, it can be noted that aloe has been used as a natural remedy for treatment and prevention for over 6,000 years. The plant is mentioned in Egyptian tombs and on Sumerian clay tablets dating back to 2100 BC.
If the plant did not have powerful potential for human health, it is unlikely that it would still remain on the list of natural medicines.