Nutrition facts and health benefits of Aloe Vera
I have used aloe vera so many times for my skin and hair. Face pack for my skin and an excellent conditioner for my hair! But it never occurred to be to use it internally I mean to actually eat it. I never gathered the courage because it is very bitter in taste! You get aloe vera based jams that are more palatable 😛 Anyways, you should try including aloe vera in your diet (maybe its juice) as it has a whole lot of benefits to offer.
Health benefits of Aloe Vera
Helps in lowering cholesterol and protects the heart
A recent study found that a compound called beta sitosterol found in aloe vera helps in reducing cholesterol levels. Also, a large number of fatty acids are found in aloe vera that help in breaking down of fats, thereby reducing the body’s overall cholesterol. These effects improve blood circulation and the blood pressure is regulated thus protecting the heart.
Aloe vera offers a lot of digestive enzymes. Consuming the pulp or drinking its juice would be beneficial for those who have digestive troubles. Aloe vera can work well against acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.
Gets rid of intestinal worms
Aloe vera is known to be very effective in killing the worms of the stomach and intestine. It also helps in keeping the natural flora (good bacteria) inside the gut in balance and protects from infections.
Helps in detoxifying
Aloe vera is mainly made of gelatin like material and is an excellent way of detoxifying your body. When aloe vera is consumed, it passes through the stomach and absorbs the toxins. The toxins are eliminated from the body. In Ayurveda also aloe vera is used to get rid of toxins in the body.
Being rich in polysaccharides and monosaccharides, aloe vera boosts immunity by strengthening the white blood cells that helps in fighting against disease causing bacteria and virus.
Aloe vera beats oxidative stress as it is packed with antioxidants. It boosts the body’s immunity and also repairs damage.
It is anti bacterial and anti fungal
The active ingredients in aloe vera prevent disease causing microorganisms from growing and helps in wardingoff infections. The compounds in aloe vera also work against viruses and fungus. This makes aloe vera an effective anti bacterial ,anti fungal and anti viral.
Reduces inflammation of joints and enhances flexibility
Aloe vera contains certain compounds that are proven to be effective against easing internal and external inflammation. It is particularly effective in reduction of joint inflammation. It can be also applied externally to cure burns and skin infections. Certain studies have also shown that aloe vera can help in lubricating the joints, reducing the chances of pain due to joint troubles and arthritis.
Good for skin health
Aloe vera is known to soothe the skin. It treats acne, blemishes and other skin ailments. The gel of aloe vera can be applied to the skin and it is beneficial in delaying signs of ageing (wrinkles). Regular application of aloe vera gel softens the skin and makes it smooth 🙂
Nutrition facts of Aloe vera juice (1 cup)
An easy way of consuming it is in the form of juices. Aloe vera juice is widely available in health stores.
Net carbs- 31.42 g
1 cup (roughly 240 ml) of aloe vera juice has 131 calories. It is a rich source of potassium as it contains 322 mg of the mineral. It has virtually no fat. It is also low in sodium. 1 cup of the juice of aloe vera has net carb content of 31.42 g.
Will you make aloe vera a part of your diet?
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