Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let’s talk about...Aloe

Aloe vera is a species of succulent plant that originated in North Africa and has been used for over 2,000 years for the treatment of a wide range of external and internal conditions.

Today aloe plants are grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions, including Mexico, China and parts of Asia.

Although valued for its soothing and moisturizing effects on the skin, aloe also delivers benefits inside the body. Most notably, aloe is used to promote a healthy digestive system, the process by which food and liquid are broken down into small molecules that the body can use to build and nourish cells and provide them with energy.

This impressive plant supports nutrient absorption, thereby enabling our bodies to take full advantage of the various nutrients we consume. Aloe also offers antioxidant support, which helps to protect cells and reduce free radical tissue damage by preventing the formation of radicals.

Aloe vera has also been used traditionally to soothe the stomach from occasional discomforts, such as indigestion and upset stomach.

Although commonly an ingredient in topical lotions and gels, aloe vera is also incorporated into many food products, including beverages and teas, thanks to its many digestive health benefits.

Key Facts
• The main chemical constituents in aloe are polysaccharides, of which the main compound is Acemannose
• Aloe vera enhances absorption of Vitamins C and E

Key Benefits
• Supports healthy digestion
• Contributes to good intestinal health
• Aids in nutrient absorption
• Provides antioxidant activity

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