Do you want to lose weight, detox or boost your health and fitness in 2017? According to a national survey conducted by finders.com.au, 54% of participants want to achieve better health in the New Year. If you’re like most Australians, get one step closer to achieving your health and fitness goals with aloe vera. Aloe vera is a succulent plant with triangular, fleshy leaves and serrated edges. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal purposes. Aloe vera produces two beneficial substances the gel, also known as the “inner leaf gel”, found in the centre of the leaf and the “latex”, located beneath the leaf’s surface. The inner leaf gel is commonly used in skincare, cosmetics and supplements or made into a juice. Evidence suggests latex is often avoided, due to high levels of anthraquinone, linked to strong induced laxative effects.
Here are the top 5 therapeutic benefits of aloe vera:
1. Multiple enzymes – alkaline phosphatase, amylase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulose, lipase and peroxidase
These enzymes act as biochemical catalysts to breakdown fats and sugars in the body. It supports digestive health, weight loss and detoxification.
2. Reduces inflammation
Enzyme bradykinase, hormones auxin and gibberellin, natural sugars, such as polysaccharides help to reduce inflammation, support immune function and promote glowing skin.
3. Nutrient rich – vitamins A, B, C, E, zinc, amino acids, choline and magnesium
Strengthens and maintains healthy muscles, digestion and nervous system function. Promotes cellular healing, glowing skin, detoxification and antioxidant support.
4. Digestive support
The inner leaf gel is used internally to soothe and assist in gastrointestinal conditions, such as peptic/duodenal ulcers and inhibit the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
5. Natural laxative
Aloe vera prevents constipation, as it forces food out of the colon faster, improving digestion and detoxification of the gastrointestinal tract.