by Karen Masterson Koch, CN, President of Aloe Life
Health in the body doesn’t just happen! Building vibrant and lasting health demands regular foundational nutrition, a strong metabolism, and good digestion.(1)
Experts agree that making healthier food choices – such as including superfoods in your diet – can have a big impact on preventing and even reversing the rising tide of conditions like cancer, diabetes, allergies, and more. Today, aloe and greens are coming to light as a true superfood combination.
What are superfoods?
Superfoods contain the health-building extras known as phytonutrients. The phytonutrient category includes antioxidants, amino acids, and other active nutrients that are naturally found in herbs, fruits, vegetables, and some proteins.(2) Each phytonutrient contributes to healthy metabolic function including: immunity, detoxification, energy, weight maintenance, bone density, cardiovascular and breathing function, skin health, and even mental wellness.
According to recent sales in U.S. natural food stores, both aloe vera and greens supplements top the list of herbal superfoods. This is because they offer so much and work very fast, especially if quality products are chosen.(3)
Inflammation in the body is a major factor in over 80 diseases, including the ones mentioned and more, like arthritis and skin conditions. It is not by accident that each of the top 5 herbal superfoods has pathways of action to squelch inflammation.
How does a quality aloe vera support health?
In his book, Aloe Vera – A Scientific Approach, Robert Davis, PhD. explains how powerful the plant’s action is as a catalyst to safely support overall optimum health. Aloe has the ability to increase nutrient bioavailability. When taken with food, nutritional supplements, or even pain relievers, the body utilizes them more effectively.
Several studies revealed specifics. Two of these studies with vitamins C and E showed that aloe vera increased absorption into the cells by as much as 300%.(5) Another study showed improved efficiency and timed release action with B12. A study involving protein revealed absorption improved by 50% with a quality whole leaf aloe vera juice taken before meals.(6) Common results for consumers are increased energy, faster hair and nail growth, and just feeling better quickly.
While the many active constituents in aloe balance and support immunity, allergies, energy, circulation, and well-being, optimizing digestion is the most critical step. As an herbal bitter, aloe contains anthraquinones. This element supports the proper flow of hydrochloric acid, bile, and other gastric juices. It is especially concentrated in whole leaf aloe vera juice concentrate and tablet products. Also, the 4.5 pH is acidic and encourages balance in the GI tract; reducing bloating, gas, constipation, and heartburn tendencies.(6) Taken before meals is best. As the saying goes, a bitter on the tongue is sweet on the stomach!
The synergy of aloe and greens
Take advantage of aloe’s ability to enhance nutrient bioavailability by combining it with inflammation-fighting green superfoods. Start in the kitchen. Do your daily best to fix a variety of delicious greens like broccoli, chard, kale, cucumber, parsley, and other dark greens. Before consuming, take a serving of whole leaf aloe. Eating the recommended daily allowance of 4 cups or more of quality vegetables is not always an easy task. Fortunately, supplements often cost even less than purchasing a nutritionally equivalent amount of vegetables, and many are certified organic. Another benefit of tablet or powder greens formulas are how quick and easy they are to take. A supplement also comes in handy between shopping trips, for picky eaters, or when traveling.
The beauty of the body’s ability to return to a state of health shows when you begin to eat the superfoods, improve your digestion, and detoxify from wastes. What are you searching for: youthful skin, daily energy, healthier body and mind, or just want to turn back the aging clock a bit? Perhaps you’re a natural athlete who scouts out foods to get a better edge on performance and recovery? Try greens and use a quality aloe vera for three months. The fact is that health works at any age for everyone that is willing to experiment. Enjoy!
*Caution: If you are on a blood thinner medication, AVOID greens
formulas. Just focus on all the other great vegetables and uperfoods as tolerated.
Top 5 Herbal Superfoods
• Aloe Vera
Other superfoods include: squash, carrots, berries, papaya, green and red apples, and avocados. Proteins that are highlighted include: fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.), beans, eggs, almonds, chia, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. Even yummy dark chocolate makes the list!
Scientifically Proven Benefits of Aloe(4)
Top 10 Greens in Supplements*
• Sprouted Wheat
• Barley Grass
• Broccoli Sprouts
The Top 10 Greens contain over 60 actives, including powerful phytonutrients like chlorophyll, carotenoids, and enzymes that support the repair of healthier cells. The body is only as healthy as each cell.
Karen Masterson Koch is a certified nutritionist and President of Aloe Life. She is also a health researcher, educator, and the author of Beyond Gluten Intolerance. For more information visit aloelife.com.