We Love Aloe discusses the benefits of aloe vera during cold and flu season:"
"It’s time to beef up your cold and flu arsenal- the temperatures are dropping and we’re spending more time together in poorly ventilated spaces, sharing germs. Nutrition is key, and a diet rich in nutrients, micronutrients, and antioxidants maintains the body’s ability to fight disease and repair itself. Aloe Vera makes a great addition to a healthy diet/defense regimen and has the added bonus of easing cold and flu symptoms and speeding recovery.
"Aloe Vera is nutritionally rich, containing a variety of essential vitamins and minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper, magnesium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, folic acid and niacin) and defends the body against oxidative stress, which can weaken the immune system.
"In addition to consuming a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and foods rich in certain fatty acids, some foods have been credited with especially effective strengthening immune response. Shiitake and other varieties of mushrooms, for instance, are thought to enhance immune functioning through certain polysaccharides, which interact with receptors expressed on several types of immune cells. Similar forms of polysaccharides are also found in oat, barley, and yeast cell walls.
"Polysaccharides in Aloe have also been proven to enhance immune system response, stimulating white blood cell activity and increasing the number of T-helper cells.
"A compound called acemannan, has been shown to be particularly effective in inhibiting the functioning and spread of certain viruses, including influenza."
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