HAVE you heard of aloe vera? Do you take aloe vera?
This week I would like to take a look at one of the original super foods, discuss what it might actually be helpful for, and note for you all the things to check to ensure you are getting a good quality aloe vera product, giving good value for money.
What is aloe vera? Aloe vera is a cactus-like plant which naturally contains up to 200 active nutrients. It has been used for centuries to promote good health, with Cleopatra apparently using it as a beauty therapy.
What does it do? Aloe vera is naturally calming, cooling and nourishing. It also contains mucopolysaccharides (MPS), which are said to have natural anti- inflammatory benefits.
The main reasons why we suggest people try aloe vera is to support skin health and ease digestive discomfort. We have one lady who suffered quite badly with psoriasis, who found that a combination of aloe vera and liver supportive nutrients really helped to give her clearer skin.
Another lady also used it for an horrific case of eczema on her hands, which she had been seeing a specialist for, with no improvement.
She swears that the addition of a really good aloe vera juice started turning things around for her, and that, within 10 days of starting to take the aloe vera, the skin on her hands had improved.
These improvements continued and I have to say that now you would not know there had ever been anything wrong.
We also know several people who use it to maintain bowel regularity and ease inflammation in the gut, with one girl saying her tummy had never felt so happy and settled.
What makes a good aloe vera product?
See The Visitor (03-08-11) for full story.