3 Reasons to Love Aloe Vera: Plus a Bonus Recipe!
Aloe vera is a succulent plant. It grows all over the globe and has enjoyed centuries of fame.
One of the most common ways to use aloe is straight from the plant. Slice open a leaf, and you’ll find a slimy, clear gel that soothes burned skin.
3 Amazing Aloe Vera Health Benefits
Here are our top 3 favorite reasons to love aloe:
- Aloe Manages Blood Sugar.
Aloe vera in a smoothie will quench and cool in the hot summer season. Aloe vera can balance blood sugar, regulate a leaky gut, and ease constipation.
Type 2 diabetes is marked by inflammation, obesity, and insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar molecules to enter the cell. When cells are insulin resistant, they no longer respond to insulin—this means that these cells starve and even die.
Research has found that aloe helps to manage insulin sensitivity. It also lowers blood sugar (high blood sugar is a byproduct of insulin resistance). (1)
According Akira Yagi, emeritus professor at Fukuyama University, extracts of aloe may improve signs of Alzheimer’s disease and some forms of dementia, when the brain has become insulin resistant. (2)
- Aloe Assists in Regulating a Leaky Gut.
In animal studies, scientists have found that aloe can reduce markers of inflammation in the colon, or large intestine. (3) These markers include signals from the immune system that regulate inflammation and kick-start inflammatory pain or hypersensitivity.
Inflammation makes gut tissue permeable—or leaky. Research tells us that aloe may help reduce inflammation in the gut and mend a leaky gut.
- Aloe Relieves Constipation.
Aloe has a long history as a medicinal plant—including use in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, which is over 2,000 years old! In Chinese herbal medicine, aloe is an herb used to address constipation and parasitic infection.
Scientists at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine note that the purging nature of aloe—which relieves constipation—comes from gut bacteria that metabolize plant chemicals found specifically in aloe vera. (4)
According to Chinese herbal medicine, aloe has a cold and bitter nature, allowing it to drain fire and unblock stool. Because of its cold nature, aloe addresses constipation associated with heat.
Signs of heat include:
- Red eyes
- Headache or dizziness
Aloe “Mountain Dew” Smoothie Recipe
Aloe vera’s cooling and cleansing nature makes it a refreshing addition to the diet as we enter into the warmer months of the year. The addition of coconut water kefir and Vitality SuperGreen means that the smoothie will energize you while it cleanses and cools the body.
To make this blended Aloe “Mountain Dew” smoothie, you will need:
- 6 ounces of coconut water kefir or CocoBiotic
- 2 ounces of aloe vera, or the pulp from one large aloe leaf
- 1 tablespoon Vitality SuperGreen
- 1 ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 squirt of Stevia liquid concentrate
- A pinch of mineral-rich Celtic sea salt
- ½ cup of ice
Blend until smooth and enjoy!
What To Remember Most About This Article:
Aloe vera is a popular plant used as a natural sunburn remedy, and that’s not all—aloe vera offers 3 important health benefits to:
- Balance Blood Sugar. Type 2 diabetes is marked by insulin resistance. Aloe vera can help to manage insulin sensitivity and lower high blood sugar caused by insulin resistance.
- Regulate Leaky Gut. Research supports aloe to reduce markers of inflammation in the large intestine, which can lead to leaky gut.
- Ease Constipation. Aloe has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to alleviate constipation and parasitic infection.
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- Shin, S., Shin, E., Do, S. G., Park, Y., Kim, S., Lee, C. K., … & Kim, K. (2011). Aloe complex improves insulin sensitivity via inhibition of obesity induced inflammation in diet-induced obese type II diabetes mellitus. The Journal of Immunology, 186, 54-5.
- Yagi, A. (2014). Possible Efficacy of aloe vera gel Metabolites in Long-Term Ingestion to Insulin Sensitivity. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research, 3(3).
- Park, M. Y., Kwon, H. J., & Sung, M. K. (2011). Dietary aloin, aloesin, or aloe-gel exerts anti-inflammatory activity in a rat colitis model. Life sciences, 88(11), 486-492.
- Yang, X., Yuan, M., An, Y., Wu, X., & Wang, R. (2012). Relationship of Intestinal Bacterial Biotransformation and Active Components of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Med Aromat Plants, 1, e139.