Hello to all fans of the Blog del Runner. Today we’re going to talk about Aloe Vera or Sábila The name Aloe derives from the Arabic word “alloeh, which means bright bitter substance, while “vera” in Latin means truth. The Aloe Vera or Aloe is characterized by being formed by a variable group of leaves, which start from a trunk that acts as a central root and from which comes out sporadically, 2 or 3 times a year, a long stem crowned with yellow flowers. Its fruit is a triangular capsule containing numerous seeds. The leaves of the Aloe Vera deserve special attention, since from them is extracted the juice used historically to cure all kinds of ailments. Fleshy, with a size of 50 – 60 cm long and a considerable thickness, are able to accumulate large amounts of water. Although the plants of Aloe cultivated in flowerpots have low content in anthraquinone. Two substances that are used in health care products are extracted from the leaves: a transparent gel or Aloe gel and a yellow or acíbar latex of Aloe. Aloe Vera is one of more than 250 species of Aloe known in the world, of which only three or four have important curative or medicinal properties. It lives mainly in desert or semi-desert areas from sea level up to 200 meters of altitude, where the most suitable climate is given for its growth. History and Tradition The plant is native to southern and eastern Africa, grows wild in subtropical and temperate areas of both hemispheres, including the Mediterranean. The first records of the nutritive sap of Aloe vera were made almost 6,000 years ago in Egypt. It was considered a plant whose “blood or sap” provided beauty, health and immortality. In the clay tablets of Nippur (2,200 B.C.) In Mesopotamia there was already a written mention of Aloe. In Asian countries in the third century BC, the Aloe plant was already an integral part of the resources to heal war wounds.The Romans took advantage of the experience of Egyptians and Greeks on the beneficial effects of the Aloe plant. His irruption in America was due to the Spanish colonizers, Christopher Columbus took in his ships flowerpots with plants of Aloe to cure with his juice the wounds of his crew. The Mayas gave the name “fountain of youth” to the juice of this desert plant. Composition and Nutrients According to scientific studies, no single substance has been found to be responsible for the healing effects of Aloe Vera but everything seems to indicate that it is the synergistic effect of all the ingredients. So far at least 160 important components (vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential amino acids and polysaccharides, etc.) have been found in the leaves of Aloe Vera. The Aloe vera variety “Barbadensis Miller” contains a large number of biologically active substances, in particular the following: 👉 CARBON HYDRATES: Like Cellulose, Glucose, Fructose, Mannose, Galactose, Aldopentosa, Glucomanosa and L-Ramnosa. 👉 MINERALS: Manganese, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium,Iron, Zinc, Copper, Chromium, Magnesium and Selenium. 👉 VITAMINS: Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B8, C, β Carotene (precursor vitamin A) and E. 👉 ESSENTIAL AMINOACIDS: Lysine, Threonine, Methionine,Valine, Leucine, Isoleucine and Phenylalanine. 👉 NON-ESSENTIAL AMINOACIDS: Arginine (20%), Hydroxyproline, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Histidine, Proline and Tyrosine. …Other organic compounds: Like Aloin, Barbaloin, Isobarbaloin, etc… They are substances with cathartic effect, they act on the walls of the intestine stimulating the peristaltic movements accelerating the intestinal transit. They have purging effects, are used for slimming purposes and in small doses act as a digestive tonic. 👉 TERPRENOS: Like Cineol, Cariofileno and Pireno. They have anti-inflammatory, bronchodilatory, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-coagulant properties, and are protective of the digestive system. and… 👉 ENZYMES: Cyclooxygenase, Oxidase, Amylase, etc. 👉 FITOSTEROLES: Like β-sitosterol, Estigmasterol, Campesterol. 👉 FITOHORMONS: Like Giberelins. 👉 ORGANIC ACIDS: Glutamic, Formic, Aspartic, Oleic, etc. Properties and Benefits STRENGTHENS THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. The digestive enzymes of Aloe, together with its sedative and anti-inflammatory components, produce amazing and fast effects, strengthening the stomach and regulating the intestinal activity. DETOXIFIER AND BLOOD PURIFIER. The presence not only of depurative elements such as Anthraquinones in Aloe, but also for its richness in nutritional elements necessary to reconstitute reconstitute and repair the body where there is a need, help us recover balance and health. REDUCES STOMACH ACIDITY. For the properties conferred by compounds such as Aloemodine which regulates the functioning of the intestinal mucosa, and Aloeolein which improves duodenal and stomach ulcers by reducing acidity, specifically in areas where there is excessive production of gastric juices, giving relief to ulcers and perforations of the stomach. In addition, Aloe Vera has been shown to be effective in combating alitosis, colitis, hyperacidity and gastritis. BACTERICIDE AND ANTISEPTIC. The presence of Saponins in Aloe Vera gives it an antiseptic effect and the presence of Aloetina neutralizes the effect of toxins released by various germs. HELPS CONTROL CHOLESTEROL. The richness of vitamins and fatty acids present in the pulp of Aloe contribute significantly in the management and control of the relationship between “good” and “bad” cholesterol (HDL / LDL). IMPROVES SLEEP QUALITY. The presence of Inositol and plant Phospholipids in balanced amounts in the Aloe Vera, ensure a perfect balance of energy and proper functioning of neuronal transmissions between the central and peripheral nervous system, which helps stabilize the deficiencies that cause sleep disturbances. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Thanks to the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of Cinamic Acid and Chrysophanic Acid, Aloe Vera is able to treat arthritis by reducing and, in some cases, diminishing pain and recovering the freedom of movement of the joints. ANALGESIAN and ANTIFEBRILE. The compounds of Anthraquinones, Emolina, Emodina and Barbaloina present in the sap of the Aloe Vera contribute to the production of “Salicylic Acid”, with recognized analgesic and anti-fever effects. ANTI-CAAGULANT. For the ability of the plant Aloe Vera to generate among many other substances Salicylic Acid, substance which in turn has the known property of helping to improve blood flow. ANTI-ANOMIC. Aloe Vera acts as a bioenergetic stimulant in the formation of hemoglobin. The immunostimulant function of Acemanano predisposes the cell walls of the body, particularly the bone marrow, an organ that forms red blood cells, for a better reception of magnesium and iron, two salts that always act as a couple. IMMUNE SYSTEM STIMULATOR. The enzymes present in the sap of Aloe Vera together with Carracin and Germanium intervene in the stimulation of the body’s defences, and the compounds of Anthraquinones, Aloin and Barbaloin strengthen the entire immune system. CELLULAR REGENERATOR. Due, among others, to the presence of a polysaccharide, Glucomannose, which stimulates the receptors of the skin cells, which have the function of repairing lesions, and to the growth hormone called Giberelin, which interacts with the growth receptors of the skin cells and stimulates their reproduction. It also cares for the skin and hair. FIGHTS CYSTITIS. Acemanane in Aloe ensures a significant anti-inflammatory action and Lignins, together with Saponins, ensure an effective antifungal action, which limits the spread of the inflammatory state and leads to a faster resolution of this condition. ANTIFUNGAL AND ANTIFUNGAL PROPERTIES. The presence in Aloe Vera of substances such as Lignins, Saponins, Chrysophanic Acid and Cinamic Acid, together with the stimulating and strengthening properties of Acemanane which ensure an effective antifungal action, making Aloe Vera useful in a wide range of skin alterations, such as in the treatment of acne and acne rosacea. EFFECTIVE AGAINST DYSMENORRHOEA. The Aloe Vera is useful for those women who may experience a painful menstruation. The variety of vitamins, mineral salts and other molecules present in Aloe make it a unique and very effective blend to restore general well-being. TOPICAL MOISTURIZER. The mucopolysaccharides present in Aloe Vera are responsible for its excellent properties to hydrate skin cells. HEALING POWER. The vegetable substances present in Aloe Vera promote and stimulate cell growth and healing. The mechanism of action in spite of the variety and complexity of its components By blocking endotoxins or exotoxins, Aloetin prevents the wound from continuing to become infected and therefore favours the effect of amino acids in the formation of new tissue. From now on, Carracin, Germanium, minerals and Mannose Phosphate will favour tissue formation with amino acids. EFFECTIVE AGAINST HEMORRHOIES. The superficial external application of the sap of Aloe Vera on hemorrhoids help relieve pain and soothe irritation. All these numerous properties make “Aloe Vera” an exceptional and miraculous plant. How to consume it AS CREAMS OR OINTMENTS. Generally, the transparent Aloe Vera gel is used directly as a topical treatment, or in the production of creams and ointments, to treat burns, psoriasis and even acne. AS AN ALOE VERA DRINK 👉 Start or cut a BIG LEAF of the plant from its base, being very careful not to damage the rest of the plant. 👉 Wash it well, cut the tip and a small piece of the base, and remove with a knife a small strip of skin on each side to remove the thorns. 👉 Peel the blade, separating the skin on both sides with the blade of the knife, try to make the most of all the pulp, but without reaching the green skin. 👉 Pour the gel in a container with ONE LITER OF WATER and BATIRLO. 👉 Add to the drink if you want citrus juice or sweeten with honey. Precautions Aloe Vera gel is generally considered safe only when properly applied to the skin. It may be safe when corresponding doses are taken orally for a short period of time. On the other hand, whole leaf extract or aloe latex taken orally may not be safe and may not be safe at high doses. Raw Aloe latex contains chemicals that appear to cause cancer, and processed Aloe latex may have cancer-causing compounds. Other side effects may include colic and diarrhea. Contraindications Taking 1 gram of aloe latex a day for several days can cause acute kidney failure and can have serious consequences. Oral use of whole leaf extract and aloe latex is not recommended for children under the age of 12. During pregnancy. Oral use of Aloe vera during pregnancy requires certain precautions, as the entire leaf contains anthraquinones, such as aloin, Barbaloin and aloetic acid, which have a strong purging action and can stimulate uterine contractions, . possibly inducing miscarriage. 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