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5 Miraculous Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a predominant therapeutic plant that people have been using for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt. Aloe vera is one of the most archaic plants that provide tremendous benefits for skin, hair, weight loss, heartburns, strengthening immunity and much more that could benefit health. In this article,
Dr Kausthub Desikachar enlightens his readers with the 5 miraculous benefits of Aloe vera.

Aloe vera is a spiky, pulpy and juicy plant with succulent leaves in which water is gathered. It blossoms abundantly in tropical atmospheres, up to 30–50 centimetres in length. Dr Kausthub Desikachar says both the juice and the gel are considered to have therapeutic results. In Ayurveda, Aloe vera, also known as Kathalai, has a cooling impact on our body and balances heat disturbances, also comprehended as pitta dosha, which leads to disorders in our health. 

Dr Kausthub Desikachar says that the Egyptians named the Aloe vera the “plant of immortality” thousands of years back because it has earned its name as a home remedy for many diseases. There are no edibles that include Aloe vera. Hence, they must be taken from a fresh aloe vera stem directly, which are available even in vegetable marts and supermarkets these days. Kausthub, just like Ayurveda, does not recommend taking Aloe vera in any supplement or gel form.

Before we get to the 5 miraculous benefits Of Aloe vera, Dr Kausthub Desikachar highlights the hazardous effects of consuming aloe vera juice for a long span. Aloe vera extracts possess a potent laxative effect which may cause disturbances in our body if consumed for an extended period like:

  1. Diarrhoea
  2. Abdominal cramps
  3. Severe loss of potassium
  4. Fatigue
  5. Muscle weakness
  6. Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia)
  7. Kidney damage

Safety Recommendations Of Consuming Aloe Vera Juice

Dr Kausthub Desikachar suggests drinking Aloe vera juice for 7 days and giving a month’s break before consuming the aloe vera juice again. Take 20 ml of the aloe pulp and mix/ grind it with 150 ml of plain water or buttermilk, jeera, peppercorns and coriander leaves to give it a twist. While preparing aloe juice, it is recommended to thoroughly wash off the sticky yellow residue present just under the leaf’s skin. Applying aloe gel to your skin or hair every day is beneficial and does not harm you in any way.

5 Miraculous Benefits Of Aloe Vera 

1. Aloe Vera Is Brimful With Nutrients

Aloe vera comprises essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and supports battling preventable diseases. Drinking aloe vera juice is an incredible way to make sure your body does not become deficient with vital vitamins, minerals, and amino acids like:

  1. Vitamins B, B12, C, E
  2. Folic acid
  3. Calcium
  4. Copper
  5. Chromium
  6. Sodium
  7. Selenium
  8. Magnesium
  9. Potassium
  10. zinc
  11. Isoleucine
  12. Leucine
  13. Lysine
  14. Methionine
  15. Phenylalanine
  16. Threonine
  17. Valine
  18. Tryptophan

2. Keeps Your Digestive System Healthy

Dr Kausthub Desikachar says that if your digestive system isn’t serving perfectly, the body will not absorb all of the nutrients from your diet. Aloe vera has several enzymes in it, which helps break down sugars and fats to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Aloe vera is also known to help decrease irritation in the stomach and intestines. Studies have shown that aloe vera juice has helped people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gave relief from heartburn attacks, fought gastric ulcers and other inflammatory diseases of the intestine. 

3. Hydrates, Detoxes And Alkalizes The Body

The Aloe plant is crammed with water and is the perfect gift from nature that prevents or treats dehydration. Staying well hydrated helps your body detox and flush out impurities. For a proper detox, a healthy liver is the key. Aloe vera juice is rich in phytonutrients allowing your liver to be healthy. Dr Kausthub Desikachar adds that a balance between acid and alkaline in our body allows the body to perform flawlessly. Aloe vera juice produces alkaline to our body and helps keep the optimum ratio required for serving flawlessly. 

4. Lowers Blood Sugar, Cholesterol Levels, Promotes Heart Health

Studies reveal that aloe vera juice has compounds such as lectins, mannans, anthraquinones, and beta-sitosterol, which can help in lowering both your sugar and cholesterol levels. This sterol has a chemical composition that allows blocking cholesterol absorption in the body, reducing the body’s overall fat and boosting good cardiovascular health.

5. Improves Skin Health And Promotes Hair Growth

Dr Kausthub Desikachar has a hearty laugh while he says that he’s sure that people are aware of the beauty blessings of Aloe vera, if not the health benefits 🙂

Compounds like auxin, lignin and gibberellin present in Aloe vera helps in alleviating skin problems like acne, skin blemishes, dark spots, fine lines and also help in regenerating new skin cells. Aloe vera gel penetrates the skin up to seven layers, removes toxins, and helps subdue skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema. 

Aloe vera not just benefits the skin but also promotes long and shiny hair. Aloe vera juice helps retain the moisture in the scalp and reduces the occurrence of dandruff, keeping the scalp healthy, which encourages hair growth. Applying the Aloe gel directly to the scalp can help clear dead skin clogging and remove excess sebum giving you lustrous hair.

Conclusion

Aloe vera has numerous therapeutic benefits, but Dr Kausthub Desikachar strongly recommends taking advice from your healthcare professional before drinking aloe vera juice to treat any medical condition. Pregnant and lactating women are strictly prohibited from consuming aloe vera juice because of its laxative and irritant nature. It may also prompt uterine contractions in women. It is also unsafe for babies and kids below ten years of age.

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Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr Kausthub Desikachar

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar is the successor and current lineage holder of the classical Viniyoga tradition of T Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikachar. He is an acclaimed yoga teacher, yoga therapist, healer and spiritual adviser. He is also an avid photographer, inspirational writer and poet.

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