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Aloe Arborescens: properties and contraindications

aloe arborescens properties

In this article, we will talk about Aloe Arborescens, a plant with important virtues and we will analyze the benefits in depth.

When we talk about Aloe Arborescens we refer to the species of Aloe known above all for the famous recipe of Father Zago. The notoriety of this recipe is certainly due to the incredible richness of the elements that make up this plant and its multiple therapeutic possibilities for the human and animal organism in general. But let’s try to understand in detail what are the main properties of Aloe Arborescens.



Aloe Arborescens Benefits

In recent years, a lot of research has been done on the properties of this plant, until some tangible benefits have been identified.

First of all it should be specified that Father Zago’s Recipe is a formulation for internal use which, in addition to bringing to the fore the use of this plant still little known at the time (early nineties), was the first to use the whole Aloe Arborescens leaf instead of just the Gel.

This important change made it possible to appreciate the properties of the anthraquinone component of the leaf, until then used only for its organoleptic characteristics of bitter, in addition to those of the more famous gel.

There are therefore, within this recipe, two parts of the Aloe Arborescens leaf that have different and complementary contents and functions:

  • The internal gel that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and therefore prevents aging (characteristic due to the high concentration of mineral salts, vitamins CE B2 B6 and cysteine, capable of counteracting the activity of free radicals), and is also a valid ally for the protection and strengthening of the digestive system. Thanks to the properties mentioned above, it is in fact able to counteract the most common gastrointestinal disorders, from heartburn to abdominal pain. In particular, its effectiveness has been studied in fighting some types of gastric ulcer, but also in improving intestinal function.
  • The anthraquinone component which is found in the inner part of the peel and has purifying, antibacterial and antiviral functions as well as useful for lowering the blood sugar level. Among its components we also find Aloe Emodin which has been the focus of numerous studies on the possible anticancer activities of this plant.

Contraindications of Aloe Arborescens

As we have seen, Aloe Arborescens is rich in phytotherapeutic properties, however there are some contraindications.

It is normal that, like all plants it can have some side effects, and we would like to point out and inform you about some noteworthy ones.

First of all, even though there are no specific studied in relation to the possible danger of Aloe in pregnancy, it is still better not to take it in this case. The same goes for breastfeeding, as Aloe juice can make breast milk bitter. Due to the presence of anthraquinones, Aloe can have laxative effects, sometimes unwanted.

Precisely because of its purifying virtues, it can also be responsible for intestinal cramps, so it is good to stick to the recommended doses.

In addition to what has already been said, it is also good to remember the (remote) possibility that Aloe juice interacts with some drugs. Before taking drugs, it is therefore good to ask your doctor for advice and make sure of their peaceful coexistence with Aloe Arborescens.

However, there are no known side effects regarding the local use of the gel.



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