History of Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera has been used in the fields of medicine and cosmetics for Centuries. Ancient records show that the medicinal properties and healing advantages of Aloe Vera have been known for over 5000 years. The Bible mentions Aloe Vera in over a dozen passages, referring to it as the “bitter herb”.

The Biblical account of Christ’s burial states that his body was anointed with bitter Aloes.

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Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used Aloe Vera to treat burns, wounds, and to reduce fever. Cleopatra, the Egyptian Queen, credited her irresistible charm and vibrant beauty to regular use of Aloe Vera. American Indians, who called Aloe “The Wand of Heaven”, believed that anyone touched by the inner sap (what we call the gel) would be cured of their skin disorders. Legend reports that Alexander the Great, upon the advice of Aristotle, conquered the island of Socotra off the coast of Africa to secure supplies of Aloe Vera in order to treat the wounds of soldiers.

In 1944, the benefits of Aloe Vera were firmly established in the United States, when it was learned that the Japanese who were exposed to the “A” bomb. The injured that applied Aloe gel to their wounds reported faster healing of their wounds than others and had significantly less scaring.

Today, it appears that science is re-discovering what our ancestors knew. New studies continue to provide proof of the benefits of Aloe Vera both when applied externally and ingested INTERNALLY. It is currently one of the most studied herbs in the Natural Products category.

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Fights Digestive Disorders

Daily consumption of aloe vera juice is believed to fight and cure a range of digestive disorders including poor digestion, constipation, acidity and gas. It is also beneficial in boosting appetite and keeping a check on weight gain. (1)

In recent times, Aloe Vera has been called a “miracle plant”, “the silent healer”, and the “first-aid” plant. In fact, Aloe Vera is taking its rightful place among these natural remedies, as many in the medical profession have come to understand and appreciate the curative powers of this remarkable plant.

 

What Is Aloe Vera?

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller) is a succulent plant used in alternative medicine. The name aloe vera was derived from the Arabic word “Alloeh”, meaning a “shining bitter substance” and vera came from the Latin word “vera”, meaning “true”. For years, aloe vera has been widely used in several cultures – Egypt, Greece, Mexico, India, China, and Japan. The plant belongs to the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family that thrives in dry regions in Asia, Europe, America, and Africa.

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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE ALOE VERA PLANT

   There are over 400 species of Aloe Vera plants

   Aloe is the most studied herb

   Aloe Vera plants reach maturity at 3-4 years

   An adult plant can reach a height of 30 inches with up to 21 leaves

   Aloe contains over 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents

   Aloe Vera directly absorbs water from the surrounding soil system

 

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The Active Qualities of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has three layers to each leaf which are filled with nutrients; the leaf or outer rind, the Aloin or thin, slimy mucilage layer commonly known as the “yellow sap” and the inner gel.

Aloe Vera contains 18 amino acids, plus Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E. It also contains sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and chloride, as well as traces of magnesium and zinc. In addition to these major constituents, Aloe Vera contains numerous other naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.

Aloe Vera is filled with Aloe Polysaccharides which are the naturally occurring active components that promote absorption, digestive health, immune qualities, anti-inflammatory, and overall health benefits.

 

What Aloe Vera Does

We now know that Aloe Vera gel, sometimes in combination with other ingredients, can help reduce inflammation at wound sites, relieve pain, speed wound healing by accelerating cell replication, improve vascular (blood) flow, inhibit the production of thromboxanes that interfere with healing, reduce scarring and, when properly applied over time, can lessen the unsightly “age spots” that appear on skin that has been over-exposed to sunlight. Given all this, it is hardly surprising that many in the medical community have suggested the possibility that Aloe Vera gel may well turn out to be the next “wonder drug” of our age! Adding to all the above, Aloe Vera gel has the same pH reaction as human skin, it is hypoallergenic, has anti-itching properties, is a superior skin penetrant and an effective skin moisturizer.

 

Polysaccharide Importance

While Aloe researchers report that Aloe Vera contains over 200 biologically active constituents, the aloe polysaccharide is the main naturally occurring active constituent in Aloe Vera that allows all of the benefits to be activated in the body. Polysaccharides are very safe in all toxicity studies, showing no side effects. In the makeup of the total solids found in Aloe Vera, polysaccharides represent approximately 20-25%. Most commercially produced Aloe Vera contains very little polysaccharides as they are destroyed in the processing by heat and enzymes. When they are broken in processing, they become simple sugars, and the body will not absorb them.

   These glycol-nutrients are sugar molecules linked together like a string of beads.

   Size varies based on molecular weight from 10,000 Daltons to 7 Million Daltons.

   Lower Dalton weights (10,000 – 100,000) are most effective for supporting skin regeneration.

 

Higher Dalton weights (100,000 – 7 Million) are most effective with immune, anti-inflammatory, and absorption support.

The highest molecular weight ever studied were the Aloeride polysaccharides from 4 Million – 7 Million Dalton weight found in our Aloe Vera juice.

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It is important that aloe products have the full range of polysaccharides to provide maximum health benefits.

Aloe polysaccharides are very efficacious both orally and topically.

Scientific studies confirm that Aloe Vera contains approximately 200 naturally occurring biologically active constituents. Most of Aloe Vera’s biological activity is attributed to the polysaccharide fraction.

The higher molecular weight polysaccharides are found in the Aloe Vera inner gel while the highest total polysaccharide (volume) is found in the whole leaf Aloe Vera.

Most commercial Aloe Vera products contain very little polysaccharides as the sugars are destroyed in the processing by heat, enzymes, etc.

When the long chain polysaccharides are broken in processing, they become simple sugars; the body will not absorb them.

 

Aloe Constituents

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Certified Organic Aloe Vera

As Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, it directly absorbs water from the surrounding soil system. If the soil contains herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals, the artificial chemicals would be directly absorbed into the leaves and could cause damage to the nutrients in the plant. Our Organic Aloe Vera does not contain any herbicides, pesticides, or harsh chemicals.

 

REFERENCES

  1. https://food.ndtv.com/health/7-reasons-to-drink-aloe-vera-juice-everyday-1627032
  2. https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Aloe-Vera.aspx