In my experience as a family doctor, I have found aloe vera gel to be particularly effective when used on burns, where it soothes, relieves pain, reduces inflammation and promotes healing, with minimal scar formation.
I have also seen several of my patients with conditions such as chronic leg ulcers, chronic itching, eczema, psoriasis and acne benefit from the treatment, which can sometimes be used as a safe alternative to steroid cremes. This is important because the prolonged use of more powerful steroids has several undesirable side effects.
Aloe Vera is also extremely useful to the cosmetics industry, partly because of its ability to penetrate tissue due to its lignin content, and partly due to its anaesthetic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects.
Aloe Vera's effect on the skin is therefore as a healing and anti-aging agent, because of its ability to moisturise, reduce wrinkling through increased formation of collagen and elastin, and to reduce pigment formation. It can also be formulated as a sunscreen, when it not only blocks ultraviolet light, but also enhances the skin's immune reaction to these damaging rays.
Other traditional uses for Aloe Vera, as if all the above weren't enough, include conditions involving damaged tissue found in asthma, where the lining of the bronchioles becomes inflamed and swollen, as well as stomach and bowel problems. Irritable bowel syndrome, for example, responds particularly well to aloe vera gel.
Dr Peter Atherton.
MB Chb, Dobst RCOGFRCG
Top TEN Reasons to drink Aloe Vera Gel
Dr Peter Atherton's
MB Chb, Dobst RCOGFRCGP
Imagine slicing open an aloe leaf and consuming the gel directly
from the plant. Forever's Aloe Vera Gel is as close to the real thing
as you can get and was the first of its kind to receive certification
by the International Aloe Science Council. This rich blend of pulp
and liquid gives us a product as near to nature as possible.
1) A wonderful drink for good health
By drinking the Aloe Vera Gel with all its important ingredients (often now deficient in food) including 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the human body and seven of the eight essential ones that just cannot be made, the body is able to get enough to allow complex enzyme systems to work really well. This means the body can function at 100%. The net result to the individual is a wonderful feeling of wellbeing.
As you can see from these 10 great reasons, taken daily either alone or mixed with fruit juice - Aloe Vera Gel is one of the best nutritional supplements available!
This means that the body can function at 100%."
2) A useful source of vitamins
Aloe Vera Gel contains a large range of vitamins - even trace elements of vitamin B12 which is rarely found in plants. Apart from vitamin A, it contains B-group
vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid. Many of these vitamins cannot be stored by the body so we need to constantly top them up from the food that we eat. What better
way than by drinking a daily amount of Aloe Vera Gel while at the same time building up the body's defence system against oxidative stress naturally?
3) A useful source of minerals
Some of the minerals found in aloe vera include calcium,sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. This is because the plant tends to grow in areas where soils are rich in these minerals and its roots are able to absorb and deliver them to us in a very available form.
4 ) Effect on gut flora
Aloe vera is a natural 'balancer' in many areas and now here more so than inside the gut, where it tends to regulate the various bacteria and yeasts that inhabit it. For example, if a person were to suffer with too much yeast in the gut, regular ingestion of the gel would tend to reduce this overgrowth. The same can be said of the more unfriendly bacteria that can accumulate in certain conditions.
5) Effects on the Musculoskeletal system
Certain substances in the aloe, such as the salicylic acid and the plant sterols are able to soothe muscles and maintain healthy joints, mobility and flexibility.
6) Increases the activity of fibroblasts
Fibroblasts are specialised cells found in the skin. Their job is to produce fibre such as collagen and elastin. These fibres give the skin its structure and of course, make it look plump and elastic. The more you have, the younger your skin looks.
7) Effect on the skin
When they are first produced deep in the epidermis, skin cells are rather large and very much alive, but by the time they reach the surface after 21 -28 days (in normal skin), they are a shadow of their former selves and are transformed into just thin flakes of keratin which eventually fall off. Aloe Vera Gel provides the essential nutrition to feed the basal cells. Therefore the skin remains healthy and is able to perform its vital functions more efficiently - as well as looking much better!
8) Balances the Immune System
Among the substances identified in aloe vera is a long chain sugar (polysaccharide) that is known to have an effect on the cytokine system -the chemical messengers of the immune system. Therefore it can act in a way that balances the system and so it can be considered and can be called an immunomodulator. In the U.S.A. this sugar has been extracted from aloe vera and made into a drug.
9) Assists in healthy digestion
A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed into the bloodstream. There is clear, clinical evidence that by drinking Aloe Vera Gel the bowel is able to absorb these nutrients more efficiently, especially protein. I also suspect that many other substances are much better absorbed under its influence.
10) Effect on the gut
Aloe vera has a wonderfully beneficial action on bowel function which results in smooth and efficient transit of contents resulting in a softer, bulkier stool, making it easier to pass.
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