How Aloe Vera is Used in Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel
Aloe Vera, a succulent plant long heralded for its effectiveness in wound care, is a key ingredient in our new Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel. But how does this powerful ingredient work to propel your body to peak athletic performance? Read on to find out!
Multiple studies have indicated aloe vera's effectiveness in wound care, particularly in accelerating the healing process. Numerous substances contained in aloe vera support this function: polysaccharides increase cellular movement, promoting faster tissue regrowth, while glucomannan stimulates the growth of fibroblasts, the most common cell in our connective tissue. This means that the cuts and bruises you sustain during physical activity will heal faster when you apply aloe vera!
Heavily comprised of water, aloe vera hydrates the skin, but that's not all. Its phytosterols, naturally-occurring plant steroids, relieve itchiness and irritation while creating a moisture barrier that prevents water loss through the skin. It has also been used effectively to soothe sunburns, important for every athlete that pursues an outdoor sport.
An effective anti-inflammatory substance, aloe vera inhibits cyclooxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation. Many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin and ibuprofen, use the same mechanism for their soothing effects. Studies suggest that the polysaccharides in plants of the aloe genus are responsible for this anti-inflammatory quality, which can improve recovery from physical exertion as well as reduce soreness afterwards
Reduced Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress, the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, can cause cellular damage resulting in inflammation, and the muscle soreness and damage it may cause can hinder athletic performance. Aloe vera contains numerous polyphenols, antioxidants that help to balance out free radicals and reduce this damage.
Athlete's foot and other irritating, painful fungal infections have a huge impact on athletes, and spread easily in locker rooms and gyms. Aloe vera has been found in multiple studies to have promising antifungal properties, which can help prevent the spread of these infections.
Are you looking to harness the power of compounds like Aloe Vera to boost your athletic performance and improve recovery time from physical activity? Try Mountain Ice Sports Recovery Gel today!