Aloe vera (Aloe vera L.) is a rich source of macronutrients (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus) and certain trace elements (i.a. zinc, iron, manganese, copper, cobalt, nickel, molybdenum). It contains proteins in the form of readily absorbable amino acids. Furthermore, aloe vera is rich in natural compounds of anti-inflammatory properties (beta-sitosterol, salicylic acid, campesterol, bradykinase), antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral (phenols, cinnamic acid, chrysophanic acid, lupeol and sulfur compounds). Salicylic acid, lupeol and magnesium lactate contained in aloe vera additionally have pain-killing properties, while the anthraquinone compounds, such as aloe-emodin, boast strong bactericidal properties. Regular consumption of aloe vera therefore boosts natural immunity, effectively reduces inflammatory processes within the body, and generally helps with the tissue regeneration and repair.
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When consumed in large quantities, aloe vera shows laxative properties. Various studies have demonstrated, though, that when properly administered, it promotes more effective absorption of nutrients in the intestine. Cats and small