The particular aroma and taste of this infusion make it a delicacy suitable both hot and cold. Created with a base of candied aloe vera, it provides succulent ingredients rich in vitamins: fruit to be savored in the infusion.
Aloe vera and lime infusion: properties and benefits
Drinking an aloe vera infusion can be a great way to take a tasty drink and defend gastrointestinal well-being, as well as a number of other benefits. This fruit and vegetable drink is created by infusing the sap of the aloe vera plant. The sap is particularly rich in antioxidants and active ingredients that are useful to our body. Aloe vera is a good source of vitamins A, B, C and E, and numerous amino acids that can be obtained through this infusion. The main benefits are due to the ability of aloe to regulate digestion, relieve inflammation due to the digestive and metabolic process. Furthermore, it is known to strengthen the immune system, thanks to the minerals and vitamins that can act as antioxidants within the body. By taking this infusion, therefore, the benefit of aloe vera can be obtained to regulate intestinal transit with a slight laxative and purifying effect with respect to accumulated toxins. A factor which, combined with pineapple, also makes the infusion useful for those who want to counteract swelling and water retention. The diuretic properties of the ingredients help cleanse the body. The combination of pineapple and aloe vera allows for a detoxifying action, reduces inflammation and helps those suffering from digestive heaviness and colon irritations. Even coconut, added to the infusion of aloe vera and lime, has properties useful for counteracting digestive irritations and provides various minerals.
Origins and History of cultivation
The blend features several natural elements that help well-being and enrich the drink with taste. To create this infusion, various ingredients have been used: pineapple, candied aloe vera, orange peel, toasted coconut flakes, coconut, safflower. Aloe vera is a cactus-like plant that has been used for thousands of years for religious, cultural, medicinal and gastronomy purposes. It was considered by the ancient Egyptians the plant of immortality, due to its regenerative properties, which stimulate cell growth and repair wounds. Aloe vera juice is a powerhouse of antioxidants, used in ancient times to treat infections, burns, and skin and hair health. Today it is appreciated for its beneficial qualities on the skin, and as a detoxifier for the intestine.
Plants, flowers and fruits
The components of the infusion are many, and the mixture contains leaves and flowers of different origins. The Aloe Vera plant is Aloe barbadensis, a shrub of the Liliaceae family. It is recognizable by its long, pointed leaves, superimposed on several floors with a shape similar to that of succulents. The essential part of the Aloe, hidden inside the leaves, gives an internal gelatinous pulp used in human nutrition and cosmetics. The pulp is made up of several vesicles that retain water, useful in times of drought. The coconut tree, Cocos nucifera L., belongs to the family Arecaceae (order of palms). It is the only species in the genus Cocos, and grows up to 30 m tall in the tall version. It produces a lot of coconuts, which are botanically a drupe and not true nuts. They are distinguished from other fruits by the large amount of water, called coconut milk. When ripe, the nuts can be processed into coconut oil, dried as in coconut flakes. Ananas comosus is a popular plant in tropical countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia or Australia), and belongs to the Bromeliaceae family. It is a not very tall plant, which grows well in rich and well-drained soil, exposed to full sun. The fruits are the pineapple we know, which resembles a pine cone in shape. In reality, this fruit is made up of the flowers and berries of the plant, which combine to form a single shape. The orange tree is Citrus sinensis L. belonging to the Rutaceae family. As a height it can reach 12 meters, with the famous white flowers and the fruits are round and orange. Gives the fruits of sweet oranges, to be distinguished from bitter oranges. Many scholars think that the orange is a hybrid plant, a cross between the pomelo and the mandarin, of Chinese origin. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) is a highly branched annual herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. Similar to a thistle, it was used in ancient times as a substitute for saffron.It is grown for the vegetable oil extracted from the seeds. The plants, 30 to 150 cm tall, display yellow, orange or red flowers. Safflower is native to arid environments with seasonal rains, where it survives thanks to its deep roots.
Nutritional values of aloe vera and lime infusion
The main active ingredients of the infusion are vitamins and antioxidants, present in the ingredients. A good source of vitamins A, B, C and E, and numerous amino acids, mineral salts such as selenium, manganese. Provides elements such as pineapple bromelain and coconut fatty acids. How to use the ingredients in the infusion The infusion of aloe and lime is obtained by placing about 3-5 grams of the mixture with water at 100 °C in a cup (250 ml). Leave to infuse for 10 to 12 minutes before drinking. Add honey or sugar, if desired.
Aloe vera and lime infusion: side effects and contraindications
If taken in excessive doses, the aloe vera infusion can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea, due to its laxative qualities. It is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.