Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Aloe Vera for a Healthy Body

Epithelium, as mentioned above, is the anatomical term for our skin, gut lining, genital tract and the bronchial tubes. Aloe Vera does not necessarily work on the solid organ but on surfaces and membranes which means it works just as well on damaged skin as it does for an inflamed bowel or asthma.
Aloe promotes cell growth and therefore healing by its natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action along with its nutritional constituents. Most people who take Aloe generally feel a sense of well-being and of just feeling 'better', as well as calmer, less anxious and generally healthier. Aloe also has a positive effect on the body's immune system making it more efficient at defending the body from attack.
Aloe is not a magic remedy to cure all ills however it does work on two main areas as already mentioned, the epithelial tissue (inner and outer skin) and the immune system. There are numerous reports throughout the centuries advocating the benefits of Aloe for various skin complaints such as ulcers, acne, psoriasis, eczema, bites, stings and burns, it provides relief for bowel disorders like colitis, diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Sufferers of arthritis, asthma, ME and lupus have also claimed positive results from regular ingestion of Aloe Vera gel.
Aloe Vera therefore plays a complimentary role in managing various ailments and conditions as well as promoting general health and well being. Medicines and drugs can be a very effective way in the treatment of many ailments, however many side effects can also be brought on through long-term prolonged use. As a result large numbers of scientists and consumers are now turning to more natural therapies, Aloe is one of these and is becoming more and more popular.
It is the inner gel of the plant leaf which is most beneficial and contains at least 75 ingredients making it the most potent of nature's cocktails. Mineral content of the leaf gel include;
CALCIUM: Important for bone and teeth structure as well as cell structure and nerve transmission.
MANGANESE: Is in many enzymes and needed for the activation of others.
SODIUM: Responsible for the bodies fluids from being too alkaline or acid, facilitates the uptake of nutrients by individual cells.
POTASSIUM: Involved in nerve and muscle electrical conductivity.
COPPER: Facilitates the action of iron as an oxygen carrier in red blood cells.
MAGNESIUM: Involved in the metabolism of calcium during bone formation and also needed by nerve and muscle membrane.
ZINC: Involved in major metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates (sugars) and fats. Inadequate amounts would have an adverse effect on the rapid renewal of skin, gut lining and the immune system. Zinc is important in the male reproductive function and a lack of zinc may play a part in schizophrenia.
CHROMIUM: Needed for the proper function of insulin, which in turn controls blood sugar levels.
IRON: Is the 'haem' of haemoglobin in red blood cells and enables oxygen to be transported around the body.
Vitamins A, C & E are important antioxidant vitamins which are essential in the fight against damaging free radicals, the immune system is positively influenced by all three of them with vitamin C assisting in particular to wound healing and keeps bones, skin and joints strong and firm through the production of collagen. Normal night vision is maintained through vitamin A. Vitamin E helps with the utilisation of oxygen in the body, prevents blood clots, thrombosis, atherosclerosis and improves wound healing, fertility and is good for the skin.
Free radicals are constantly being formed by the body's normal processes but are also formed by other forms of combustion such as exhaust fumes, radiation, smoking and even burnt food. They will oxidise tissues causing a great deal of damage triggering everything from cataracts to cancers, premature ageing and arterial disease. These oxidising free radicals can be neutralised by Vitamins A, C & E. antioxidants need to be included in your daily diet, of that there is no doubt.
The B Vitamins are associated with amino acid metabolism and the production of energy, this also helps develop muscle mass. Aloe Vera is one of the rare plant sources that contains Vitamin B12 used for manufacturing red blood cells, a deficiency of Vitamin B12 will lead to anaemia as will a deficiency of Folic Acid.
The human body needs 20 amino acids to maintain good health and 12 of these can be manufactured in the body. The other 8, known as essential amino acids, need to be taken as food, these then form the building blocks of protein which is used to repair and manufacture muscle. Aloe Vera provides 19 of the 20 required amino acids including 7 of the 8 essential ones.
Aloe contains many enzymes such as Alliiase, Amylase, Alkaline Phosphatase, Carboxypeptidase, Catalase, Cellulase, Lipase and Peroxidase, these can be split into two groups, those that aid digestion and those which are anti-inflammatory. Those that aid digestion help break down starch, sugar and fats, consequently the nutrition in our food is more efficiently absorbed through the regular drinking of Aloe gel.
Also contained in Aloe are sugars such as glucose and fructose and a long chain sugar known as Acemannan, Sterols such as Campesterol, Sitosterol and Lupeol, these are anti-inflammatory agents and Lupeol is an antiseptic and analgesic agent. Salicylic acid is metabolized in the body and together with Lupeol provide some of Aloe's pain killing properties.
Using Aloe Vera products, and in particular the drinking gel, has greatly improved our health and general well-being, we know it will work for you too.By


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