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Aloe Vera

by Shalini Singh

The green-cactus like plant that sits out in common house gardens isn’t just a plant with its roots in folklore, it’s the crux of a million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements.

Although Aloe is about 99% water, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful and it is thought this is because the close to 100 compounds work extremely well together (synergistically). Aloe vera contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems. The compounds in Aloe can be grouped into the following categories: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid.


Aloe vera juice is bursting with amino acids, vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers. ‘It can help strengthen digestion and rid the body of toxins, thus internally cleansing the body naturally .Its main property is to soothe, cool and moisten which helps to clear inflammation and regulate internal heat during menopause, inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea. Aloe also regulates IBS and digestive problems.


“Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximise your weight-loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, the amino acids, enzymes and sterols in aloe vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight-loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilisation and promoting overall health as well  weight loss success .”


Aloe vera also contains ‘proteolytic enzymes’ which repair dead skin cells on the scalp. It also is hence widely adopted by the hair cosmetic industry as it acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. “Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur. Aloe vera has a chemical makeup similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage.”

Diabetes :

The new blood sugar regulator is greener than ever.

Studies are currently on to understand the effects of aloe vera to help people with diabetes regulate their blood sugar levels.

A study conducted in Thailand found that two tablespoons of aloe vera juice per day caused blood sugar levels to fall in people with type 2 diabetes, which means it clearly may have a future in diabetes treatment. These results were confirmed with a later study from Turkey that used pulp extract.


According to a new study , aloe-emodin, a compound in aloe vera leaves, could slow down the spread of breast cancer cells. Researchers are currently investigating how aloe could play a role in other types of cancers too.

Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

There is empirical evidence to suggest aloe vera lowers cholesterol and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, meaning it can be useful for treating diabetes and obesity.

Excellent for digestion

Cases of the proven effectiveness of aloe vera in case of digestive problems like IBS due to its healing and soothing properties are very common and it greatly minimizes the painful symptoms.

An easy way to boost your vitamin and mineral intake

Aloe vera juice is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It’s also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium. Sounds pretty good, right?

How much aloe vera juice should should we take?

It depends on the potency of the aloe vera. Start with taking 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel once a day and you can gradually increase it over time .

DISCLAIMER: All of the these are only general guidelines We always recommend consulting your medical practitioner depending upon the intensity of the case and taking a considered medical opinion .

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Shalini has diversified her study and researches food, bioengineering of foods using technology to generate nutrient dense foods, human anatomy at a cellular level, and the real impact of exercise on muscular ageing.


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