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Aloe Vera

June 30, 2017

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera was always something I used to see on shampoo bottles and other cosmetics and when I was in Japan it was a very popular ingredient in drinks. It, therefore in my mind had to consist of a lot of nutrition, but what is aloe vera and how can it benefit our health if chose to incorporate it into our diet? We did some research and put together a new Product Highlight with some interesting facts!

  • The Aloe vera plant might look like a cactus, but it’s actually a member of the Lily family (Aloe Barbadensis). It was held in such high esteem by the Egyptians that it was even used in the embalming process, to which the plant received its alias ‘the plant of immortality’.
  • Aloe vera can be consumed and serve as a treatment for diabetes and arthritis. It’s also known as a treatment for asthma, when heated and inhaled as a vapor.
  • The thick, clear gel inside the leaf contains over 75 different key nutritional compounds such as minerals, vitamin B12, amino acids and enzymes.
  • Aloe gel is a very popular ingredient for skin treatment for psoriasis, (sun) burn and dry skin. Cleopatra used to apply aloe on her face and body. So if it was good enough for Cleo, it’s certainly worth a try!
  • Drinking aloe vera juice helps increase the water content in your intestines, which positively stimulates digestion.
  • The gel of the aloe vera plant can be used to prevent itching from bug bites! Something to bring along your next tropical holiday destination!
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