What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera or Aloe Barbadensis is a succulent plant that has many health benefits. It has been used in alternative medicine to treat many diseases. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant that thrives in hot, dry climates. Aloe gel, which is the main part of the plant, used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
The use of aloe vera dates back to early Egypt about 6,000 years ago. Aloe vera, also called “plant of immortality”, was once given to the funeral of the pharaohs. Besides Egypt, other countries have used aloe vera for its health benefits. These include Greece, India, Mexico, Japan and China.
Aloe vera contains active ingredients that offer the health benefits of the plant. Aloe Vera leaves contain at least 160 essential ingredients. Some experts say there are at least 300-400 important components. For example, aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, E and B, antioxidants that avoid free radicals to prevent oxidative stress. Aloe vera also contains monosaccharides, polysaccharides, hormones, enzymes, and phytochemicals.