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Aloe vera and its benefits


Aaloe vera plant is a native of the African continent. The plant belongs to the lily family. When it comes to using it for medicinal purpose, Aloe Barbadensis (Ghrit Kumari) is the most favored. The jelly extracted from it can be used to make juice. According to experts, it contains rich amount of  nutrition. It can also be used internally as well as externally in its gel form, powdered form, capsuled form or as ghansatva form. It is believed that as many as two-thirds of world’s population uses it in one or the other form.

The healing properties of aloe vera are known to the man since the ancient days. For its healing touch, the plant was honored with the titles like the Miracle plant and the Natural healer. The ancient people from Indian, Greek, Chinese, Egyptian, Sumerian and Roman civilizations used it to cure minor skin injuries and similar conditions, because of its soothing properties.

The modern science attributes the benefits to its richness in nutrients. Researchers have identified vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin E and minerals such as iron, copper, and germanium in it. Along with the essential fatty acids (amino acids), it also contains trace elements such as calcium, potassium, zinc, and manganese.

Different Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

Adaptogen
It is believed to increase resistance to anxiety, stress, trauma, and fatigue.

Healing accelerator
As it contains vitamin B, C, and E, it acts as a healing accelerator for cuts, scrapes, and minor burns. Other factors that lend its healing powers are minerals, vitamins, monosaccharides, polysaccharides, enzymes, and lignins.

Anti-inflammatory
It is believed that Gibberellin and auxins (hormons) imparts its anti-inflammatory powers. It also contains plant sterols such as campesterol, lupeol, and sitosterol which helps in reducing edema, redness, and pain.

Antimicrobial
Sulfur, urea nitrogen, salicylic acid, lupeol, cinnamic acid, and phenol present in it perform as a team to provide antimicrobial activity.

Antipruritic
Antipruritic action helps in reliving itching in sunburn, skin rashers, poison ivy, and itchiness.

Antipyretic
It reduces the heat and enables healing of all sores such as canker sores to bed sores.

Bactericidal
Deals effectively with Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus viridans and five strains of Streptococcus mutant that are most commonly found in dental plaque.

Dilates capillaries
Helps in relaxing capillaries which promotes blood and nutrient supply which in turn, leads to the healing of skin diseases.

Fungicidal
Acts as an effective fungicidal against Candida albicans.

Virucidal
It is found to be effective virucidal against Herpes zoster and Herpes simplex viruses.

Immune System Support
It stimulates proliferation of B-cells and lymphocytes and activates macrophages, monocytes, antibodies, and T-cells. It works with the body’s immune system and reduces tumor mass and inhibits spreading in some types of cancer.

Moisturizes
Its chemical composition enables it to penetrate the skin faster than water and vitamin E present in it improves skin condition.

Natural cleanser
It contains mucopolysaccharides (MSPs), long-chained sugar molecules, which enters cell membranes, flush out the toxins and helps nutrients such as electrolytes and water in entering the cells. This enhances the metabolism and energy levels.

Pain inhibitor
Analgesic properties of aloe vera are due to salicylic acid and anthraquinones. These chemicals help in relieving pain and also put a check on the growth and spread of bacteria.

pH factor of skin
Skins pH balance is between 4.5 and 5.5. It helps in maintaining it which is useful in fighting bacteria and fungi.

Digestion
It can be used to initiate the process of loosening and discharging waste materials, such as undigested food residue and the bacteria, which are attached to the inner lining of the colon, the large intestine. These wastes materials cause clogging of the intestinal lining and prevent complete absorption of nutrients from the digested food. The harmful toxins are also washed out during this process, which improves the overall function of the digestive system. It is advised that regular intake over several weeks. The juice also helps in the regulation of the production of gastric acid, which prevents acid indigestion, inflammation of colon, irritable bowel syndrome, and ulcers like, gastric and duodenal ulcers. Drinking this juice leads to improved digestion and blood circulation. Side effects, such as diarrhea and dehydration may be observed because of its excessive intake. A pregnant woman should consult her doctor about consuming this juice.

Anti-inflammatory and Pain Relief
The individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can drink this juice for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. The pain and stiffness of the muscles that a person experiences, while going about the daily business, can be greatly relieved with the help of this juice. Mucopolysaccharides, which are amino sugars necessary in regeneration of the body cells are present in this juice. The individual drinking this juice, benefits from the regenerated tissues of joint muscles which improves their mobility. Because of the improved strength, these muscles are able to reduce the friction among the bones, muscles and ligaments of the joints and surrounding body tissues. Thus, this juice alleviate pains and inflammations in the weakened or aged joints.

Cancer and Blood Disease Prevention
Acemannan, is a D-isomer mucopolysaccharide and acts as a immunostimulant. It is also present in this juice and is believed to boost the production of white blood cells. This helps in strengthening the immune system and promotes body’s ability to fight bacterial and viral infections. Because of this fact, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration authorities have recommended its use in avoiding health problems arises due to the lowered immunity in the HIV patients. The juice is currently being studied for its potential use in treating the cancers such as leukemia, ovarian, and breast cancer, because it has been found to prevent growth of tumors in laboratory rats.

Hair regrowth and skin rejuvenation are also among the other health benefits of aloe vera, which are widely popular and derived respectively from the enzymes and the collagen present in it.

source: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/aloe-vera-juice-benefits.html

Arthritis and home remedies


Arthritis is characterized by pain and inflammation in and around the joint. Arthritis may affect people of any age from child to old aged person. The most common symptom of arthritis are pain, tenderness and stiffness around one or multi joints giving result to reduced movement and function, inflammation, redness and muscle weakness of that particular joint. Following are few steps which reduces the pain and uneasiness caused by the disease and to prevent the disease:

  • Quit smoking as it lead to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Do exercise daily, skipping exercise is can cause contractures in joints which aggravate all the symptoms of arthritis. So do not skip exercise.
  • The person who consume Omega-3 faces less swelling and stiffness of joints. Fresh fish e.g. Salmon, trout and mackerel are great source of Omega-3 fatty acid. For vegetarians there are other alternatives such as flax seeds, walnuts etc. Daily intake of one walnut soaked in water whole night and taken empty stomach is very helpful in production of synovial fluid in joints.
  • A diet rich in vitamin C is also beneficial in arthritis. Consume strawberries, cauliflower, oranges, kiwis, broccoli, and kidney beans in daily routine.

    Diagram of a synovial (diarthrosis) joint.
    Diagram of a synovial (diarthrosis) joint. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Take lots of fruits and vegetables can help in improving osteoarthritis.
  • We should take low fat based diet.
  • Take fresh whole foods including all cereals, fruits, vegetables which supply all necessary antioxidants to our body
  • Ginger contains chemicals which are similar to the anti
    inflammatory medicines. We should use ginger in preparing tea, in our
    meals, as salads or by preparing cookies.
  • Turmeric is another home product which prevents arthritis. It should be taken in quantity of 1/3 tbsp to 1/2 tbsp or can be added with dry ginger powder
    and ashwgandha powder (wethania somnifera). Its dose will remain same as was of Turmeric. These both should be taken with leuke warm milk.
  • Aloe vera juice and amla juice (Indian gooseberry juice) is also very much helpful in curing arthritis. 30 ml of each should be taken before one hour of breakfast and dinner with leuke warm water.