Aloe vera is a specific kind of aloe, which is widely used for medical and cosmetic purposes. The plant includes galactomannans (acemannan), as well as glucose, mannose, glucuronic acid, lignin. It contains proteins and free amino acids (7 of 8 essential amino acids); organic acids, sterols, vitamins, mineral substances.

The magical healing properties of aloe depend on allantoin, which is contained in the plant. In addition to allantoin, this miracle medicine contains natural antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E, B vitamins, and beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A. All of these nutrients are very important for the health of the skin.

What is aloe vera used for?

For more than three thousand years, it has been used for treatment of wounds, burns, inflammation, exterior and interior of ulcers, for the strengthening of the organism’s resistance to various diseases. Many people are looking for a diet for lowering cholesterol.

Aloe vera and diet

Many nutritionists recommend using aloe as the main product for this diet. This medicinal increases the metabolic processes in tissues, increases the immune resistance of the organism, regulates the level of glucose in the blood, improves microcirculation, reduces the hypoxia of the brain tissue.

Aloe reduces cardiac output, reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood, increases the oxygenation of the heart muscles.

General principles of a diet for lowering cholesterol

– The proportion of total fat in the total energy value of diets should be 30% or less.

– Animal (saturated) fats should make up not more than one-third of the total number of fats in the diet.

– Limitation of daily consumption of cholesterol – up to 300 mg.

– Increase in the use of mono – and polyunsaturated fats from vegetable and marine fish.

– Increase the consumption of carbohydrates, which are found in fresh fruits, cereals and vegetables.

Hypertensive patients and people with excess body weight should reduce the consumption of salt up to 5 g per day or less; limit the use of alcohol and calorie food.

Products, which are recommended in the diet against cholesterol:

Recommended foods to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood should contain little fat and/or a lot of fiber. They should be used as regular a basis of the diet. The exceptions are vegetable oils, which are recommended due to the presence of useful fatty acids, but they should be limited because of the high caloric content.

Grains in the diet: wholemeal bread, porridge flakes, various cereals, pasta, whole grains, brown (dry) rice, dried bread.

Dairy products in the diet: low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese.

Soups in the diet: vegetable.

Fish in the diet: boiled, smoked, fried without the skin fish.

Seafood in the diet: oysters, and scallops.

The meat in the diet: turkey, chicken, veal, game meat, rabbit meat, young mutton. One-two times a week lean beef, pork.

Fats in the diet: polyunsaturated oils (sunflower, corn, peanut); monounsaturated oils (olive oil). «soft» (not hydrogenated) varieties of margarine, which contain a lot of mono – and polyunsaturated fats.

Fruits and vegetables in the diet: all fresh and frozen, especially legumes – fresh and dried beans, beans, lentils, sugar corn, boiled potatoes.

Desserts in the diet: fruit ice-cream, jelly, puddings, fruit salads.

Confectionery products in the diet: caramel candy.

Nuts in the diet: almonds, chestnuts.

Beverages in the diet: tea, fresh vegetable and fruit juices.