Aloe belongs to a large family of succulents called Aloaceae, which includes many other diverse species. The most well-known species of aloe cultivated is Aloe Barbanesis Miller.
The plant is known for its adaptability to climatic conditions and therefore can be cultivated in many countries of the world. The aloe leaf consists of a semi-hard casing that contains the beneficial jelly inside.
Aloe has been used since ancient times in the Ayurvedic healing system. Its Sanskrit name is Kumari which means "the beautiful young lady" and this is due to its anti-aging and rejuvenating properties, as well as its ability to have a beneficial effect on the female reproductive system. Ayurveda classifies the plant in the rasayana category. This category consists of plants and herbs that help in cell regeneration, significantly strengthen the immune system and protect the body from daily oxidative stress.
Let's see below how Ayurveda describes the action of aloe.
- Taste = bitter, astringent, spicy, sweet
- Post-digestive effect = Cool (in prolonged use the effect is warming).
- Doshas = Trodoshic – balances all 3 doshas
- Tissues = Acts on all tissues with emphasis on the female reproductive system.
- It stimulates the liver and spleen, enhances the digestive fire without increasing pitta.
- Its juice has a mild astringent effect, strengthens the intestinal flora and helps to relieve intestinal bloating.
- The jelly contains over 75 ingredients, among which are vitamins B, C, E, beta carotene, amino acids, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and manganese.
-Recent studies report that drinking aloe juice helps reduce LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. At the same time it increases HDL the "good cholesterol" which drives fat from the periphery of the body back to the liver, thus preventing its deposition on the artery walls. The above benefits are maximized if aloe juice is combined with turmeric and artichoke extract.
-The high percentages of water found in the leaf of the plant keep the skin very well hydrated and the softening properties of the gel treat dandruff and dryness on the head.
- Finally, it promotes good digestion and improves the image of blood sugar.
Aloe juice can be consumed for a short period of time dissolved in water or juice in an amount according to what is written on the product packaging.
The consumption of aloe in any form should be avoided by pregnant and lactating women, as well as by small children.
*The text is purely informative and in no way replaces the advice of a doctor. A doctor's advice is recommended for any change in your diet.