Ingredient Showcase: Aloe Vera Posted on 21 Mar 15:58
Last time we talked about coconut water, one of our new ingredients for the Wild Berry pre-workout formula, and why it is key to getting a good workout. Staying hydrated is paramount before and after your workout. This week we’re talking about the Aloe Vera plant.
Many will remember the summers of our childhood and the nasty sunburns we would get after a busy day playing in the sun. When we came crying to our parents, we were told to rip off an arm of the fat, spiked plant that grandma had sitting on the porch and rub the sticky gel into the burn to relieve the pain. Nothing compared to the all-natural cooling effect of Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has been used as topical relief for burns for eons and is even listed in Egyptian medical edicts of herbal knowledge dating to 1550 BC! Since then, we’ve discovered several beneficial applications of the Aloe Vera plant.
Because of its many nutritional qualities, Aloe Vera has made its way into many health-conscious products. Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components, but for our purposes, we’ll focus on the vitamin, mineral and amino acid contents. Important vitamins related to your pre-workout found in Aloe include Vitamins A, C and E which are important for immune health, and Vitamin B1, B2 (Riboflavin), B3 and B6 which are all essential in your body’s energy production. Along with around 20 amino-acids found in the plant, Aloe Vera also contains all 8 essential amino acids, which are essential for maintaining your energy during your workout.