The Aloe vera plant has been used for more than 5000 years. The ancient Egyptians called it â€œthe plant of inmortalityâ€ and other civilizations like the Mesopotamians, Greeks and India knew its beneficial properties. The Aloe genus belongs to the family Liliaceae. The most popular and used species is Aloe barbadensis Miller.
The fresh juice obtained from the leaves of Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) contains more than 160 different substances. Among them we should mention vitamin A, C, E, group-B vitamins, minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, etc), amino acids (lysine, threonine, valine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, arginine, leucine, ect), enzymes, with a high content of polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides are the most abundant carbohydrates. They co-operate with natural body processes in holding water in intestinal tract, making stool softer and increasing bowel movement frequency. Polysaccharides are important because they serve as energy source and as structural constituents of our body. Therefore, when buying Aloe vera juice it is very important to choose the one with a very high polysaccharide content.
Aloe vera is a cleanser and detoxifier, acting on the digestive tract and its cells. It cleanses intestinal tract, helping restore water level in colon and promoting the daily renewal of millions of cells in this organ of our body every day. At the same time, by contributing to cleansing the intestine, it favours absorption of nutrients from food, improving this way our nutrition.
Aloe vera is also used in cosmetics. It is very rich in nutrients and other interesting substances that have wound scarring, coagulating, moisturizing, antiallergic and disinfectant properties. It contains lipids that keep skin smooth and healthy, help keep cells together and stimulate moisture retention.
It is not recommended during pregnancy, menstruation or lactation (It can cause diarrhoea in pre-weaning babies). Not suitable for children under 6 years.