Not Just for Burns: Surprising Uses for Aloe

aloeEveryone knows that aloe vera is good for burns. In fact, it’s been used for thousands of years in cultures in every corner of the globe for medicine. Today, people use aloe in cosmetics, lotions, ointments and sunburn remedies. But aloe is better for far more than just the health of your skin. Here are some other uses for aloe that you may not be aware of.

Aloe as an Immune System Booster

Your immune system requires healthy blood with optimum levels of oxygen. When you ingest aloe it helps to support the absorption of nutrients and that helps to support healthy levels of oxygen in your blood. The way aloe works to accomplish this is through your digestive tract, keeping it clean through regularity.

Aloe also helps to keep cells functioning at their best which makes it much easier for your immune system to be more effective. Plus, aloe is a great antioxidant that helps protect your cells from the damage of free radicals.

Full of Vitamins and Minerals

You probably don’t know that aloe is packed full of important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs such as:

  • Folic acid – This assists in healthy brain function, energy creation, and liver health.
  • Choline – This supports metabolism as well as neurotransmitters your brain needs for focus, mood stabilization and memory.
  • Vitamin A – Important for healthy teeth, eyes, bones and skin.
  • Vitamin C – Needed for the creation of energy, immune function, and skin health.
  • Vitamin E – Helps protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
  • Vitamin B12 – Important for brain health and is required for DNA replication.

Aloe also has chromium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, potassium, manganese, zinc and sodium, which are all important for your overall health.

Heart Health

Aloe contains phytosterols, compounds in plants that help your body to balance good and bad cholesterol levels in your blood. Over time, this compound can help to prevent cardiovascular disease and keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range.

As you can see, aloe is good for a lot more than just soothing burned skin. It’s also a superfood that delivers a punch of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs. You can harness the power of aloe through creating a juice or buying it in pill form. You always want to make sure when buying any supplement, including aloe, that there aren’t other ingredients including acemannan. Always read the ingredient list.

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