The more we learn about aloe, the more we love it. Let’s look at the nutritional value of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera. Keep in mind these nutrients are found in trace amounts, but WOW this is a long list of goodness! Most consumers know aloe as a topical skin soother, many know it as a juice, or a whole-leaf juice concentrate for the savvy consumer. No matter what, think of aloe as a super food that we should ingest regularly!
Why Aloe Vera is a Super Food
Vitamins: I am counting at least 7
Minerals: 11! Including a really nicely balanced dose of calcium, magnesium, and potassium – from a food!
Fatty Acids (healthy ones): Needed for transport of fat-soluble vitamins, and growth of healthy tissue, especially the skin. Providing good energy throughout the body, and supporting body’s healthy inflammatory responses.
Amino acids: Hello complete protein! 20 total amino acids, with 9 essential.
Enzymes: 12 enzymes. Remember without enzymes or enzyme activity, you are dead. No joke.
Fancy Elements (yes this is a new technical term we just made up): There are lots of these present. Some of the most recognizable are salicylic acid, saponins, sterols, lignans, anthraquinones, and maybe the MOST treasured of them all – the polysaccharides!!
To be sure you get ALL of these nutrients remember that quality = quantity! Make sure you buy Whole Leaf Aloe Vera, with no water added yielding a light yellow color, with a slightly bitter taste.
Cheers to good health!
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