Aloe is one of the greatest houseplants you can have. It purifies the air so well it made it on to the NASA list for best air cleaning houseplants. In addition there are many medicinal effects that have been used for 1000s of years. Even as far back as the ancient Egyptians of 3500BC people have used aloe for many purposes and even revered it on a level with the gods.
Why is Aloe such a potent and versatile remedy?
Although the ancient civilizations new that aloe had many applications in medicine they did not really know why. Modern science has since discovered that there are over 75 nutrients present in aloe plants.
There are 8 amino acids that we cannot produce in our bodies, that means we have to get them from somewhere else. Aloe not only has all 8 of these essential amino acids as they are commonly called, it also has 12 other non essential ones.
Enzymes increase the rate that we can turn the proteins we eat into amino acids the cells in our body can use. Aloe contains 10 enzymes that help to break down sugars, starches, protein and fats.
Quite a lot of people now take vitamin supplements to fill in any nutritional gaps that their diet may be lacking. This can be expensive and the tablets can have potentially harmful additives. Why not grow your own vitamin supplement, Aloe has not only vitamins A, C, E and the full range of B vitamins it also has essential minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, and many more making it a natural multivitamin.
Other amazing properties
Polysaccharides are long chain sugars that are used by the body to build immune responses.
Salicylic acid can reduce fevers and swelling, has antibacterial properties and is an antiseptic agent.
Saponins can aid in nutrient absorption and increase your metabolism.
Plant sterols are cholesterol like substances that block cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream. They are also anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic.
As you can see aloe is one of the most nutritious things in the world. Incorporating some Aloe into your diet could be the healthiest thing you do all year.