The Aloe juice (from Aloe Vera, or even better than Aloe Arborescens) besides being highly appreciated in phytotherapy and dermocosmetics for its countless medicinal properties, is considered by experts one of the best natural supplements for our body’s well-being.
That’s not only because Aloe is useful for preventing and treating many health problems, but also because it is a very valuable help to give us that extra gear to overcome the stress and strains of everyday life.
The Aloe leaves (including peel) contain one multitude of nutrients such as vitamins, mineral salts, carbohydrates and amino acids, which make it ideal for all those people looking for an extra supplement, perhaps avoiding synthetic products, such as multivitamins in powder or tablet form.
Why do we need supplements?
The world we live in today has inevitably led us to need integration.
This is due to intensive farming techniques, the indiscriminate use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, due to smog and pollution in general, the fruit and vegetables that we grow today and that end up on our tables, have a very poor nutritional power.
To this we must also add the commercial policies of large retailers, which have everything at heart except the health of the final consumer.
For example did you know that….
Do many fruits and vegetables ripen in cold rooms?
Often the vegetables and fruit that we find on supermarket pallets are not left to ripen on plants or on the ground, but in cold storage. This causes a lack of absorption of nutrients from the soil, which is already depleted if used for intensive cultivation.
Not to mention the…
Transportation and storage timing
For some types of fruit and vegetables, it can take months, or even years, from when they are harvested to when they are placed on the market. For example, apples are often frozen and put back on the market the following year. And it must be said that many of the vitamins (and particularly vitamin C) deteriorate over time. For this reason it is important to consume fresh products.
So what to do?
The ideal would be to have the vegetable garden behind the house, or a farmer, or a greengrocer whom we blindly trust, whose products are indisputably organic, fresh and of the highest quality.
Unfortunately, not everyone has this luck.
Many people live in big cities, perhaps very far from the countryside and surrounded by smog, by the stress of the hectic life and with very little time available for cooking, or even just half an hour a day of physical activity.
In this case having a garden or looking after the vegetable garden won’t be an option!
This type of lifestyle, combined with a poor supply of nutrients, can significantly burden our body, causing tiredness, a lowering of the immune defenses and a greater propensity to get sick and develop even serious pathologies over time.
If unfortunately, you find yourself in the scenario I have just described, you will undoubtedly have great benefits in the daily intake of Aloe juice.
The nutritional properties of Aloe
Now let’s see more specifically why Aloe is considered an excellent natural supplement and a very valid alternative to synthetic multivitamins that you could buy at the pharmacy.
What does Aloe contain?
Although in percentage Aloe contains 96% of water, the remaining 4% represents a real treasure trove of nutrients, such as vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids, enzymes, etc …
In total there are over 200 active ingredients contained in the gel and in the peel of the Aloe leaf.
It must be said that there are over 300 varieties of Aloe, but that of all the one with the greatest concentration of active ingredients is undoubtedly Aloe Arborescens , which contains three times the nutrient content of the more famous Aloe Vera.
Among the various substances contained in Aloe we find:
- Mineral salts : Aloe is extremely rich in mineral salts, so much so that it can boast more than 10 different qualities, including calcium, chromium, iron, phosphorus, germanium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, selenium, sodium and zinc. This prerogative gives Aloe juice properties comparable to the most modern multi-mineral supplements.
- Vitamins : since our body is unable to synthesize them, the regular intake of vitamins is essential for proper functioning and a good state of health of the organism. In Aloe we find almost the entire spectrum of vitamins available in nature, including fat-soluble vitamins A and E, and water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C and the entire complex of group B (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, including B12). For this reason, Aloe is comparable to a real natural multivitamin.
- Amino Acids: amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Of the 22 naturally occurring amino acids, Aloe contains as many as 20, including 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.
- Anthraquinones : are substances present in the outermost part of the leaf. They have a laxative, analgesic, purifying, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal and antitumor action. The group of anthraquinones includes aloin, aloemodin, barbaloin, isobarbaloin, cinnamic acid, aloetic acid, chrysophane acid and aloe ulcin.
- Acemannano: they are polysaccharides, complex carbohydrates with marked immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and protective properties against the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines. It is mainly present in the gel.
- Enzymes : these promote the digestion of some nutrients and it is no coincidence that drinking Aloe juice also helps in the digestion of other foods. In Aloe we find lipase (promotes the digestion of fats), protease (helps the body to break down proteins) and cellulase, which facilitates the exploitation of fibers, present both in Aloe and in other vegetables.
- Salicylic acid : essential component of the well known aspirin. It is an effective pain reliever.
How to take Aloe?
The best way to integrate Aloe into our diet is by taking it in the form of fresh juice, blending the leaf, deprived of the thorns together with organic honey and a little distillate (grappa, vodka, gin, etc.), as well as also recommend Father Romano Zago .
More precisely, the ingredients to prepare the juice are:
- 350 g of fresh Aloe Arborescens leaves;
- 500 g of organic honey;
- 2-3 tablespoons of grappa (or other distillate).
To make the juice, these ingredients are put in the blender and blended together.
To obtain a quality Aloe juice there are some requirements to be respected. If you are interested in self-producing juice at home I recommend reading this article: How to prepare Father Zago’s Aloe recipe
What are honey and spirits for?
Honey and distillate are necessary, because in addition to acting as preservatives and improving the flavor (aloe is very bitter), they facilitate the intestinal absorption of some nutrients, such as aloin.
Dosages and times of intake
Aloe juice should be taken every day, three times a day, 20-30 minutes before main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). This while stocks last and at least once a year. Then it depends on the reasons why you want to take it, if it is just as a precaution, or if for more serious reasons.
For more information I recommend reading the book by Father Zago “Cancer can be healed “, Which speaks precisely of how, when and why to take Aloe juice.
Where to buy fresh Aloe juice?
Unfortunately in Italy there are few realities that make the preparation, following all the indications of Father Romano Zago. One of these is Erbe di Mauro farm , based in Fermo, in the Marche region.
In addition to cultivating and selling Aloe Vera and Aloe Arborescens plants, the company specializes precisely in production of fresh Aloe juices , in the original recipe of the friar.
The plants used, declares the owner Mauro Vallesi, are over 9 years old and are cultivated in the open countryside, among the hills of Fermo, with organic farming techniques, without the use of chemicals.
For more info on our crops you can take a look at Erbedimauro’s Istagram page.
The juice comes made to order , always and only early in the morning before sunrise, collecting the leaves by hand and working them in the dark room, just as the Brazilian monk also advises.
The smoothie contains only honey and distillate (eventually we also provide an alcohol-free version), and it does not contain preservatives, it is not pasteurized and it is not filtered .
Then it is shipped the same day and within 1-2 days, it arrives at the customer's home, ready to be consumed.
You can order it directly from here: www.erbedimauro.it/aloe-juice
Aloe Arborescens juice
Father Romano Zago’s Recipe
Ingredients: Aloe Arborescens, honey and distillate
Price: 35,00 €
Are there any contraindications?
Like any other natural remedy, or supplement, aloe too may have contraindications the.
Due to the presence of aloin, a substance with a strong laxative action (especially during the first days), Aloe juice is contraindicated to all those people who suffer from inflammatory diseases of the intestine and colon, such as: Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis , colitis, diverticulitis.
In these cases it is however possible to assume the filtered recipe, without peel and without aloin .
Furthermore, Aloe is contraindicated for women pregnant, or lactating and to the people who have suffered organ transplant .