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Aloe Vera is a plant that can be easily found in the composition of cosmetics and other products for dermatological use, as well as possibly present in your home garden. In addition to its properties that promote skin regeneration and rejuvenation, Aloe Vera offers improvements in the immune system, weight loss and greater control over chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes and, due to these benefits, it is now consumed as a beverage .


Cultivated in countries such as Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and China, the millennial plant is of African origin and its name comes from the words “Alloeh”, which in Arabic means “shining substance”, and “Vera”, which in Latin translation it means “Truth”. Called the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians, Aloe Vera was used by Cleopatra and Nerfetiti in their beauty treatments and by Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus to relieve wounded soldiers, according to some historical records.

But, after all, what does Aloe Vera contain?

The plant has a triangular shape and serrated leaves. It is not a very friendly format, however, it brings the benefits of vitamin A, which helps fight skin aging, hair recovery and good eye function, vitamin C and E, which are two antioxidants that maintain youth skin care and vascular health, and vitamin B12, which improves metabolism and prevents heart disease. Aloe Vera also has mineral salts (such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and zinc), fiber, enzymes, hormones and other nutrients. All in all, there are 75 active components.

Scientific literature shows that the plant has positive effects on digestion, reducing blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action, in addition to bringing relief to the respiratory tract and acting in the prevention and combat of cancer cells.

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Aloe Vera is also capable of boosting weight loss, as its medicinal properties help to eliminate impurities that accumulate in the body, speeding up intestinal transit and increasing nutrient absorption. The result of a body functioning in a cleaner and healthier way should be felt in weight loss, as long as a light and balanced diet is followed.

Remember that Aloe Vera juice is an extra resource for health and fitness. Even with all the advantages that Aloe Vera offers, it is always important to consult a health professional to assess whether it is necessary to consume the plant and what would be the best way of ingesting it to enjoy its benefits.

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Aloe Nutrients

Leaves are the best source of aloe vera actives
The gel is rich in therapeutic actives, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, selenium and zinc. It is rich in vitamins, A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and C

how to use aloe

Aloe has been widely used for topical use, in creams, lotions, ointments, soaps, shampoos, as its assets contribute to enhance hydration and healing.

Aloe vera has been used as an indicated supplement and sold for the treatment of obesity. According to the legislation of some countries, only cosmetics and herbal medicines can be industrially manufactured with this plant.

Foods such as juice and sports drinks are sold in other countries but are not authorized for production in some countries.

Homemade recipes for the consumption of aloe are not recommended, as the outer bark of the aloe contains toxic substances that can trigger serious stomach poisoning problems.

aloe juice

Aloe vera juice has healing power. That is, in addition to not being harmful, it also contributes to the healing of the stomach wound. The juice is already sold ready and 50 ml ingested on an empty stomach or before bed daily are enough

The use of aloe should be topical and in cases of hydration and/or scarring. Follow specific product recommendation on application.

Aloe Side Effects

There are reports of diarrhea, kidney dysfunction and dermatitis due to ingestion of aloe. Topical use of the plant can cause allergies, irritation and local swelling.

Aloe vera has potentially toxic biotransformation products. Thus, they do not only have immediate effects and are easily correlated with their ingestion, but also effects that install themselves in the long term and asymptomatically, which can lead to a severe clinical picture, sometimes fatal.

Risks of excessive consumption of aloe

Aloe contains substances that can alter the functioning of the digestive system, if consumed in excess.


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