By Deja Becknell, BSN
nutraMetrix Health & Nutrition Writer
Aloe vera is more than a beauty hack or common houseplant, it’s a splendid botanical with a wide variety of uses. Naturally low in sugar and calories, studies have shown that Aloe consumed internally promotes normal digestion. Myth or fact? Keep reading to find out.
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis), sometimes known as the “wonder” plant, is a succulent native to tropical regions. Despite its popularity, most people only know about the topical applications of Aloe. Some of us may remember Aloe vera from our childhoods, your mother slathering the gel or lotion onto a bad sunburn. If so, it’s probably still your go-to for burns or other skin concerns. Aloe vera has been recognized and used as an herb to support health for centuries, proving itself as a vast resource that helps support numerous functions in the body. In Europe, it is used almost exclusively as a digestive aid. Elsewhere, the gel from the inner leaf is a popular ingredient in many skin preparations and cosmetics, juice drinks and herbal dietary supplements.
Poor digestion is not only uncomfortable, but it can have harmful effects on gastrointestinal function. Aloe vera contains a vast number of enzymes known to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats. The plant also contains a protective gel that promotes a healthy gut barrier and helps to promote a healthy digestive tract.
Aloe works by helping to increase the water content in your intestines and pushing everything through more effectively. If your digestive system is out of balance, you’ll have a hard time absorbing all of the nutrients from the food you eat. Just below the surface of the thick, fleshy leaves is a component of the plant called aloin, with strong laxative properties.
In the nutraMetrix Ultimate Aloe, the aloin has been removed, eliminating the laxative function – so you can consume the juice on a daily basis to receive all of the potent benefits.
It’s widely known that what you eat can cause digestive upset. A diet packed with processed foods and added sugars makes for an unhappy stomach. Incorporating fiber, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and fruit, in addition to beneficial supplement choices, is essential for a balanced lifestyle.
Loaded with Antioxidants
The advantages don’t stop there! Aloe benefits far more than just digestive health, it’s also jam-packed with antioxidants. nutraMetrix Ultimate Aloe contains over 200 different constituents alone, including vitamins, triglycerides, carbohydrates, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. These nutrients are vital in the growth process and essential for the function of all body systems. The vitamins found in Aloe include B1, B2, B3 and B12, choline, folic acid, vitamin C and beta-carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A), which are essential to optimal immune health and the formation of certain key enzymes.
Speaking of immune health, the superhero and most active part of the Aloe plant is the beta glucan. Beta glucans are a type of soluble fiber made of combined sugars (polysaccharides). Beta glucans can be found in many common foods such as oats, barley, certain types of mushrooms, yeasts, seaweed and algae. An Aloe supplement is also an excellent source in addition to good nutrition habits.
Additional Benefits of nutraMetrix Ultimate Aloe:
- International Aloe Science Council (IASC) Certified, ensuring the best Aloe content & purity
- Contains 3x more polymers than Aloe gel and 50% more active components than is required to achieve maximum benefits by being consumed orally
- Our formula uses only the purest ingredients – real Aloe vera juice & pulp harvested straight from the leaf
- 100% Aloe vera concentration in all flavors
- Promotes digestive comfort
The great thing about Aloe, you only need a small amount to benefit from its wonderful properties. To promote normal healing and digestive comfort, you should aim to consume at least 6-8 glasses of water a day and implement a regular exercise program and balanced diet. These lifestyle changes, when coupled with nutraMetrix Ultimate Aloe, can help support optimal digestive health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Olsen, N. 6 benefits of aloe vera juice. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com