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Aloe Vera : A Miracle Plant

In today's fast moving life, like many things, it's easy to take our health for granted-until we lose it. And it doesn't take much to make us recognize that our health is really something we should treasure and protect as best we can. Even a bad cough or a cold can make us feel lousy enough to swear we'll do something about 'keeping healthy' as soon as we feel better. Many of us know exactly what we 'should'do,yet often seem to do the exact opposite. Most of us know we should drink at least 2 litres (yes litres!) of pure water a day... But how many go to see the doctor !

There could be an answer however, in a natural plant - Aloe Vera. Historically Aloe Vera is considered beneficial for skin complaints and digestive upsets, it can actually help in both preventing and treating a wide range of illnesses, conditions and diseases. As more and more research was carried out on Aloe Vera, people started to recognize the wide range of properties that the aloe plant contained. And in turn, those properties, could be used by the body to help heal a wide range of conditions. Firstly, Aloe Vera in its natural state is full of a densely-packed blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids - all essential building blocks to repair and heal the body.

Most people know something about Aloe Vera. When someone burned by the stove or cut him or herself, part of leaf would be sliced off and the soothing gel applied to the wound. Nowadays, we know more about cosmetic use of Aloe Vera where 80% products world over uses aloe vera as the basis agent.

This Synopsis is intended to further our understanding of what Aloe Vera can do for our health & well- being. So we could say that Aloe Vera works as a layer of protection against common illnesses and possibly from more serious conditions as well. The plant one must keep planted around in the house like Tulsi, Neem etc. It is magic for many things together !

Today, there is a growing and mature awareness that personal health and happiness are inextricably entwined. In today's fast forward life we are increasingly getting surrounded by diseases and pains. Since ancient age Aloe Vera is the nature's sift to humanity which has miraculous power of healing. Other than its curative power, it is also one of the best cosmetic treatment . But cronically, the awareness or knowledge about this miracle plant is very little among people in India.

This Synopsis explains every aspect of Aloe Vera. It provides a complete insight into the medicinal properties of Aloe Vera useful and a knowledge for all age group.

What Is Aloe Vera

History of Aloe Vera

The word 'aloe' has its roots in the Arabic word 'alloeh', which means 'radiance'. A native plant of Somalia with a history dating back to the fourth century B.C, Aloe Vera also figures prominently in Egyptian, Chinese, Greek, Indian and Christian literature. As per legend, it was the miraculous healing power of Aloe Vera that prompted Alexander the Great to conquer the island of Socotra. Cleopatra's famed beauty is also attributed to the natural goodness of Aloe Vera. While the Arabs have a tradition of placing it at graves as a symbol of regeneration and resurrection, the African hunters used its gel as a deodorant. Aloe Vera is also known by different names such as Flor del desierto, Aloe, Aloe de, Sabila, Loto del desierto and Zabila in different parts of the world.

Aloe Vera is a succulent that was classified in lilaceae but now have their own family aloeceae. Called Ghrita Kumari in Sanskrut, Japanese call it Botanic Family Doctor. American call it Century Tree. The American Indians call it 'The wand of heaven'. In Spanish it's known as 'sa'vila', in Malay it's 'jadam', in Chinese it's 'lu-hui' and in Portuguese 'erva-babosa'.

The uses of this plant are known to many civilizations from Persia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India and the African continent. The plant is commonly known in Asia and Pacific which is also found in the folklore of Japan, Philippines and Hawaii.

For over 3,500 years, tales of "healing Aloe Vera" plants have been handed down through centuries by word of mouth. From the Bible's mention of removing Christ from the cross and wrapping his body in aloes and myrrh, (John 19:39), we find Aloe Vera mysteriously appearing in every phase of history, with many testimonials to its great medicinal values. The earliest documented use of Aloe Vera comes from the ancient Egyptians, but it was also grown and used by King Solomon, who was said to have valued it highly.

Mesopotamian use of aloe vera

The ancient peoples of Mesopotamia were said to have used the plant to ward off evil spirits from their homes.

Egyptian use of aloe vera

One of the earliest and most detailed accounts of aloe vera's use appears in the Egyptian Papyrus Ebers, which dates back to 1550 BC. This ancient document (the originals of which are located in Leipzig University in Germany) stated that aloe vera had many medicinal values and that they were widely acclaimed and had been for many centuries before. The ancient Egyptians revered aloe vera and called it the 'plant of immortality'. Part of the myth and legend that surrounds aloe vera is the claim that two famous Egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, used extract of the plant in their beauty regimes.

The Roman Physicians

By the end of 2nd century AD it seems that the aloe vera had become an important part of developing pharmacopeia of the age and was used by physicians such as Antyllus, Aretacus, and Galen ( AS 131 - 201) – The later of whom was the physician to the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, Galen's formidable reputation developed not only from his prodigious work as an author ( he is said to have written hundreds of books and his influence on both herbal and conventional medicine over the ages was considerable) but also from his important role as the physician to Rome's gladiators.

Chinese Use of Aloe Vera

Aloevera was used extensively throughout the Arab world to treat a variety of internal & external disorders and was also an important trade commodity. In the seventh century, the Chinese Meteria Medica made particular mention of aloe vera's healing powers for conditions like sinusitis and numerous skin and internal disorders, including worm fever & convulsions in children.

Elixir of Jerusalem

The Knights Templar were said to have developed a brew or concoction of palm wine, aloe vera pulp & hemp – an elixir that they called 'elixir of Jerusalem' and to which they attributed their health, strength & longevity. The elixir may have similar healing & health giving properties to the drink mentioned by Aloe- Empress of the Healing Plants.

Hindus and Chinese use of aloe vera

The Hindus believed that aloe vera grew in the Garden of Eden and called it the 'silent healer'. Ancient Chinese doctors and physicians considered it to be one of the plants that had major therapeutic properties and called it the 'harmonic remedy'.

Aloe vera and Alexander the Great

From around 500 BC onwards, the island of Socotra. which lies off the Horn of Africa, developed a reputation as a centre of aloe vera cultivation. Another belief of aloe vera legends was that Alexander the Great was persuaded to conquer Socotra in order to gain control of the aloe vera plantations, thus ensuring a continuous supply of plants for his wounded soldiers during his extensive military campaigns. Though this legend is highly disputed by few historians. There are reports that aloe trade with countries as far away as Tibet, India and China.

Arabs name aloe vera the 'desert lily'

Aloe vera had apparently reached Persia & India by 600 BC – it was probably introduced there by Arab traders. The Arabs, who called the plant the 'desert lily' has been using it for a range of both internal and external disorders, and had developed a process to separate the inner gel and sap and the outer leaf or rind. This involved using their bare feet (similar to the old way of crushing grapes) to crush the leaves before placing the resulting pulp into goatskin bags. These were then set out in the sun until completely dried and the contents ground to a powder.

Aloe Vera Myth or Medicine

Throughout the age, copious volumes have been written about aloevera and its healing properties, uses and benefits. Its reputation as a natural healer has led to it being given a host of names all associated with its beneficial properties. Aloe vera is sometimes known as the 'medicine plant', the 'first-aid plant', the 'miracle plant', the 'wand of heaven' and many other equally apt descriptions. The different names of Aloe vera, from all parts of the globe, show how great an impact this plant has had over the centuries, as more and more civilizations and cultures discovered its wide-ranging healing benefits.

For centuries aloe vera has been used extensively by many cultures because of its apparently magical properties and effectiveness in treating burns, healing wounds and relieving aches and pains and a whole range of internal and external disorders. Historical documentation from the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Algerians, Moroccans, Tunisians, Arabians, Indians and Chinese reported its use tor both medicinal and cosmetic applications.

Earliest record of aloe vera - circa 2100 BC

Aloe Vera has been used as a medicinal herb from thousands of years. Though AloeVera plant has been used by Indians since years but not that everyone knows much of it like abroad. Most of the known facts are that AloeVera can be used cosmetically. So there is always a question of whether it is a myth or relay it is a medicine.

After intensive research it has been found that AloeVera contains the gel remarkably similar to human bodies. The percentage of water being virtually same. The protein in Aloe Vera contains 18 to 20 amino acids found in the human body, including all 12 amino acids that our bodies do not produce on their own and must be nutritionally supplemented. Studies demonstrate that aloe Vera includes such organic compounds as glucose, proteins, triglycerides, salicyclic acids and inorganic substances as sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. Additionally, Aloe vera is rich in vitamins, including vitamins A,B1, B2, B3,B6, C & E. AloeVera also contains chains of 8 mannose sugars or polysaccharides (glucose, galactose, mannose, fructose, xylose, N-acetyglucosamine and N- acetylneuraminic acid). The major polysaccharide is a mannoside. Other polysaccharides contain galactose,uronic acids and pentoses. The combination of these naturally occurring substances in AloeVera triggers & supports our bodies abilities to remain healthy and avoid problems.

(Dr Albert T Leun, Ph D Drugs and Cosmetics Journal, June 1977)

Recent researches prove the advantages of aloe Vera is that one can take this in the form of drinks such as juices and gels and also in the form of tablets and capsules which can be taken internally to repair the body. The extracts of aloe Vera are united with many natural ingredients. Nowadays AloeVera is available where bitterness is removed which makes it more comfortably consumable.

Some of the benefits of Aloevera concluded after studies:-

  • It improves the metabolism of the body to offer the greatest energy.
  • It includes no adverse side effects and cures menstrual problems.
  • It also assists in detoxifying the cells and the body and in purifying the blood.
  • It also helps in decreasing pain and swelling and acts as an anti- inflammatory.
  • It also assists in curing the wounds and breaking down the deceased tissues.
  • It also assists in reducing itching and burning. It is very helpful in improving digestion and controlling the functions of the liver and kidneys.
  • It enhances the natural curing of immune system and mechanism of the body.
  • It also promotes the healthy division of the cell.
  • It is also helpful in controlling diabetes and blood pressure.

Aloe Vera is also very helpful in reducing various skin disorders like lip rashes, dry chafed skin, sunburns, fever blisters, minor cuts, acne and allergy rashes. It is also beneficial for constipation, eczema, stomach and colon cancer, ulcers, acidity, joint and muscular pain, kidney malfunctioning, indigestion, asthma, headaches and many other types of diseases.

It also acts as a moisturizer, natural cleanser and toner and is also widely used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. Aloe has been used in various types of medicines and cosmetic products from many years.

Therefore, the uses of aloe Vera have no end as it is widely used in treating various types of diseases.

Aloe Vera In Modern Age

With the recent resurgence of herbal products as a part of 'green movement', Aloe Vera is witnessing a new renaissance across the world. To few people aloevera is a folk remedy, used for the quick relief of minor cuts or burns, while to others it's a decorative house plant. To some, it's the latest wonder in "natural" ingredients, Aloevera is this & more. Today it is the basis of multi million dollar industry of dietary and health supplements, beauty aids and pharmaceutical creams. Not only that, it has captured the interest of scientists and medical researchers throughout the world who are working to discover and identify the source of the healing properties of the soothing gel and translucent juice stored inside the leaves.

We are witnessing a dramatic change in the health of many young people in the developed and more affluent parts of the world. Young people are now overfed, undernourished and lead more sedentary indoor lives than ever before bombarded by advertising for sugary/salty snacks, processed/fast food and computer games. Diet plays a major factor in this frightening new scenario. Fatty, processed foods, with high salt, sugar and other 'unhealthy' substance contents are beginning to take their toll on young people. More and more health professionals, including doctors, medical specialists, nutritionists and dieticians are realising that more and more young people are beginning to suffer from obesity, heart disease, diabetes and numerous digestive disorders — illnesses and ailments normally associated with older people. Young people also take much less exercise than they did in previous generations.

The warning signs are there and unless we all take more responsibility for our own health and that of our children, we will become part of that ticking time bomb, if not directly then indirectly through higher taxes to pay for a huge increase in the healthcare costs of more chronically ill young people. Some health professionals talk about the potential for these types of diseases in almost 'epidemic' scale proportions. No one is suggesting that taking aloe vera can address the causes of such problems. But Aloevera has the ability to prevent many diseases and even cure.

Crucial discoveries in recent years have brought scientists even closer to identifying the source of the healing properties within the soothing gel and translucent juice saved inside aloe vera leaves. Studies have revealed that one of several active ingredients is a complex carbohydrate called acemannan. Such new information has opened the doors for potential new applications and uses of aloe's healing abilities in the treatment of cancers, tumors, ulcers, wounds, inflammatory diseases such as HIV & AIDS.

In more traditional uses, physicians use aloe vera based creams to heal serious thermal injuries, such as burns and frost bite. Dentists employ aloe vera gels to reduce swelling and inflammation of the gums. Dermatologists rely on aloe vera products to help clear acne, and optometrists find the products helpful in soothing eye inflammations. Professional sports trainers treat their athletes' muscles aches and pains. Cosmetic companies incorporate aloe vera into skin creams, soaps & shampoos. The wide range of applications, and the beneficial effects of its use, continue the popularity of this ancient plant.

Today, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller is commonly used in cosmetics, food, medicine, and etc. There are dozens of functions of aloe discovered in medical researches and clinical experiments. It is proved by the US and the former Soviet Union researchers that aloe extract is rich in nutrition, and aids in regeneration process and healing function. According to foreign and domestic documentaries, aloe has astonishing nutrients and medical effects.11

Aloe vera products, and especially those that are 'essentially' the same as fresh aloe vera, are now making an even greater impact on overall health and general well-being. This is because more and more health professionals realise the true value of this remarkable plant and the significant contribution it can make to complement the role of allopathy medicine. As we move further into the new millennium, myth and folklore have now been replaced by the growing realisation that plants like aloe vera (and other natural products) can play an integral part in prevention as well as improved health and nutrition. High quality aloe vera products now have a very real and important role to play in the ongoing development and management of good health and in combating numerous internal and external disorders and diseases.

Aloe Vera - The True Aloe

The Plant Botany & Anatomy

ALOE VERA (Barbadensis Miller), is just one of a large genus, of over 400 species, of succulent plants originally from Africa and Arabia. They were once classified in the liliaceae but now have their own family, the aloaceae. Aloe grows typically in semiarid regions but a few have been found in true desert, some in wetter regions and even one species adjacent to a waterfall. The mature plant grows up to a height of twenty- five feet. It has fibrous roots and bright green gelatinous leaves, enveloped in a fine layer of a yellow liquid or sap. Aloe Vera produces flowers and seeds from the same root structure year after year. The yellow to purplish drooping flowers grow in a long raceme at the top of the flower stalk. The fruit is a triangular capsule containing numerous seeds.

Aloe vera is also known as Aloe Barbadensis Miller, though apparently the first name is acknowledged to have priority by about ten days (Newton, 1979). However, the commonly accepted name now seems to be Aloe Barbadensis Miller and that is the description that you will find in most media articles about aloe vera and on the labelling of most aloe vera products.

There are over 400 types of aloe vera of these only 4 or 5 are commonly used in medicines. The most widely used variety of aloe vera is Barbadensis Millar. During the nineteenth century the Aloe Vera plant was brought from Africa to other tropical climates for cultivation. So it came to some of the carrbbean islands, India, Venezuela and Mexico.Today, the plant is grown in India, China, South& Central America, the Carribbean , Spain , Maxico, North America,primarily Texas and Florida – and other tropical and semitropical regions.

It's thick, throan-edged leaves,ranging in colour from grey to bright green, give aloe vera the appearance of cactus.

The dagger shaped aloe vera leaves grow from the base of the plant in a rosette pattern. Full grown plants range in size from one and a half to four ft tall and have an average of fifteen leaves. The leaves of a mature aloe vera plant measure about three or more inches across the base and weigh from one to three pounds each. Depending on weather and soil conditions, the plant reaches maturity in one and a half to five years. Many aloe growers and product manufacturers warn that many immature plants often including household potted plants, do not have the same chemical potency as a mature plant.

Its thick leaves contain the water supply for the plant to survive long periods of drought. These leaves have a high capacity of retaining the water also in very warm and dry climates and therefore this plant can survive very harsh circumstances where most other vegetation disappears. When a leaf is cut, a orange-yellow sap drips from the open end. As a drink this bitter sap has a very strong laxative effect.

It takes approximately 3 years for a typical Aloe Plant to grow, when the full grown leaf weighs approximately 2 pounds ( 1 Kg). Aloe Vera is a tropical plant, any exposure to frost & freezing quickly damages & kills the plant.

At the beginning of this century it was the most used raw material for laxatives in the world and although many synthetic laxatives have largely replaced it on the world market there is still a demand for this product as a raw material for laxatives. This raw material is nowadays used as basis for many other pharmaceutical products also. One of the most popular anti-rheumatic medicines has this product as its basis. When the green skin of a leaf is removed a clear mucilaginous substance appears that contains fibers, water and the ingredients to retain the water in the leaf. These ingredients give this "gel" its special qualities as they are known now for many centuries. Among the uses for this gel are acceleration of wound healing, use on skin burns, moisturizing dry skin and it is taken internally for peptic ulcers or gastritis.

Popularity of Aloe Vera

During the end of the seventies Aloe Vera gel became very popular in the USA as a moisturizing ingredient in cosmetics and its popularity has grown to such an unprecedented extent that it is now the most widely used ingredient in skin care products and can be found on the ingredient list of virtually all cosmetic products. Even dog or cat creams contain Aloe and you can now buy tissues impregnated with Aloe. Also in the Far East Aloe is a popular ingredient in skin care products as well as in health drinks. Now its popularity is also coming to Europe where more and more well known companies have started to add Aloe to their established products and also introduced special Aloe Vera product lines.

Aloe Barbadensis

This specie of aloe Vera was grown in the parts of West Indies around 16 th century. It also acts as a topical sedative and a skin moisturizer and is very beneficial in the healing of various diseases such as rashes, eczema, burns, redness, cancer and cold sores.

The latex of this aloe Vera plant is used for healing purposes and is grown in houses for curing various types of skin diseases. The person should only use the pure aloe Vera gel by cutting the inner layer from the aloe leaf which contains the yellow juice and then make use of this specie.

Aloe Saponaria

This specie of aloe Vera plant is mostly grown in sandy or gravel soils. This aloe Vera plant can survive without water for a long time and its leaves shrunken and curled in case of hot and dry climates. If the sufficient water is given to this plant, this will make the leaves fleshy and juicy. The leaves of this specie are utilized as soap alternate and this plant is mainly grown around the seaside gardens.

Aloe Africana

This plant was grown in the 18 th century in many parts of Europe which is considered as a single plant. This is the most famous specie of aloe Vera which acquires its popularity in the world because of strong architectural features, beautiful flowers and simple growth.

The leaves of this plant are mainly dry and its stem is about 2m high. Aloe Africana is extensively grown in subtropical and warm temperate regions of the world.

But now, it is also grown in hills and flats and also in the southeastern regions of South Africa which is located in the Eastern Cape . It is also widely grown in containers and pots and in the coastal gardens.

Aloe Camperi

Aloe camperi was first grown in the parts of Ethiopia and its growth is very simple. It contains a small stem and beautiful flowers. The aloe Vera leaves are in dark green color containing some light spots on the stem. When the flowers of this plant open, they appear in different colors like orange, pink and yellow. This plant requires sufficient water and is fixed in a rich soil.

Therefore, aloe Vera is recognized by many different scientific names and contains different uses.

The Components Of The Aloe Leaf

The components of Aloe Vera can be divided into the following groups:

Vitamins
It is rich in all vitamins excluding Vitamin D. It contains antioxidant Vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E and even contains a trace of Vit. B12, one of the very few plant sources of this vitamin. This is important for vegetarians and vegans.
Enzymes
Several different types of these biochemical catalysts when taken orally aid digestion by breaking down fat and sugars. One in particular, Bradykinase, helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically and therefore reduces pain, whereas others help digest any dead tissues in wounds. Lipases and proteases which break down foods and aid digestion are present.
Minerals
Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Chromium and the anti-oxidant Selenium. Although minerals and trace elements are only needed in very small quantities, they are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways.
Sugars
These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant which surrounds the inner gel and are known as mucopolysaccharides, which enhance the immune system and help to detoxify. Aloe Vera contains both mono and polysaccharide, but the most important are the long chain sugars involving glucose and mannose or the gluco-mannans. These sugars are ingested whole from the gut, not broken down like other sugars, and appear in the bloodstream in exactly the same form. This process is known as pinocytosis. Once in the blood stream they are able to exert their immuno-regulating effect. Some of these polysaccharides are not absorbed but stick to certain cells lining the gut and form a barrier preventing absorption of unwanted material so helping to prevent a "leaking" gut syndrome. In topical preparations the sugars are also the main moisturisers.
Anthraquinones
There are twelve of these Phenolic compounds which are found exclusively in the plant sap. In small quantities, when they do not exert their purgative effect, they aid absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract and have anti-microbial and pain killing effects. In some commercial health drinks, the anthraquinones are removed because of the fear of producing abdominal pain or diarrhoea, but I feel that they are actually beneficial in small amounts. The important ones, Aloin and Emodin, act as painkillers. They also function as anti-bacterials and anti-virals.
Lignin
This in itself is an inert substance but when included in topical preparations it endows Aloe Vera with a singular penetrative effect so the other ingredients are absorbed into the skin.
Saponins
These soapy substances form about 3% of the Aloe Vera gel and are capable of cleansing, having antiseptic properties. These act powerfully as anti-microbials against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.
Fatty Acids
Cholesterol, Campesterol, b. Sisosterol and Lupeol.
These four plant steroids are important anti-inflammatory agents.
Salicylic acid
An aspirin-like compound possessing anti-inflammatory and anti- bacterial properties.
Amino Acids
The body needs 22 amino acids – the gel provides 20 of these. More importantly, it provides 7 out of the 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot synthesise.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and affect brain function, including emotions. Twenty amino acids are considered necessary for good health (in human beings) and the body is able to 'manufacture" only twelve, all except the eight 'essential' (essential because the body does not manufacture them itself) ammo acids, which we have to introduce through our food and drink intake. All of the eight essential amino acids can be found in aloe vera and they are: Isoleucine, Leuciiie, Lysine, Methionine, I'hcnylabmnc, Threonine, Vahne, Tryptoplun, Argininc, Aspiragine, Cysteine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, IlistidillL-, Praline, Serine, Glutamine, Asparticacid.

The uses of minerals which are available in aloevera

Calcium-essential for the healthy formation of teeth and bones and in muscle contractions and heart function
Chromium-helps to balance blood sugar through GTF – glucose tolerance factor - and helps in protein metabolism
Copper-essential component of red blood cells, pigmentation of skin and hair
Iron-essential component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, involved in the transportation of oxygen
Magnesium-helps strengthen teeth and bones, helps maintain healthy muscles and nervous system, helps to activate enzymes
Manganese-helps activate enzymes, helps form healthy bones, nerves and other tussues
Potassium-helps regulate and maintain fluid balance in the body
Phosphorous-helps form and maintain bones and teeth, aids metabolism, helps maintain body pH
Sodium-helps regulate body fluids, aids nerve and muscle function, aids in the transport of nutrients into body cells
Zinc-present in most tissue and scores of enzymes, essential for good health, accelerates healing of wounds, essential for growth, mental alertness, aids healthy teeth and bone growth, is essential in the normal functioning of the skin, immune, digestive and reproductive systems

Mono- and polysaccharides

Aloe vera contains simple sugars that include glucose, fructose and mannose and are known as monosaccharides and more complex, long- chain sugars, known as polysaccharides. The monosaccharides are simple structures that are readily broken down by enzyme action and then absorbed by the body.

The more complex, long-chain sugars, where glucose and man nose are linked, are known as polysaccharides or gluco-mannans. It is these unique long-chain sugars that researchers such as Dr Ivan Danhof in the USA (see references to him later in this chapter) and medical practitioners, such as Dr Gregg Henderson (he has been using aloe vera for over twenty years), Dr Peter Atherton, a UK doctor, and David Urch, a UK veterinarian (the latter two have both been using aloe vera for over seven years) and many others in the USA, the UK, Europe and other parts of the world, believe are the key to aloe vera s unique healing and immuno-stimulating properties.

Aloevera Facts

The objective of this study was to initiate a systematic and scientific investigation of the effects of long-term aloe ingestion on laboratory rats. The objective of this study was to initiate a systematic and scientific investigation of the effects of long- term aloe ingestion on laboratory rats.

The uses of Vitamins which are available in aloevera

Vitamin A
Beta carotene and retinol
Essential for healthy skin and tissue, bones, sight, anti-oxidant, boosts immune system, one of the so-called ACE or anti- oxidant vitamins that combat free radicals.
Vitamin B1
Thiamine
Essential for tissue growth, energy, brain function.
Vitamin B2
riboflavin
Essential, for energy production, healthy skin and tissue.
Vitamin B3
niacin
Essential for energy production brain function, helps regulate the metabolism.
Vitamin B6
Pyridoxine
Essential for brain function, hormone balance (PMS, menopause), metabolism.
Vitamin C
Ascorbic acid
Essential to the immune system, helps in the production of collagen, helps to maintain healthy skin, joints, tissue and bones, helps fight infections, cancer and heart disease, one of the so-called ACE or anti-oxidant vitamins, essential to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is the most important of the immune boosting nutrients and helps in the production of T- cells that in turn help destroy cancer cells.
Vitamin E
Tocopherol
Essential for healthy skin and tissue, aids fertility, promotes tissue healing, one of the three so-called ACE or anti-oxidant vitamins, essential to combat free radical damage.
Folic acid
Essential for healthy nerve and brain function and in the production of red blood cells, critical in pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects such as hare lip and spina bifida.
Enzymes - the keys to life
Enzymes arc critical to both human and animal life and their function is quite simply to break down the proteins in die food we eat into amino acids. These are then absorbed by the body and converted back by the enzymes into body protein. Essentially, enzymes turn the food we eat into fuel for every cell in our body, so enabling those cells to function and our body to operate efficiently. However what is it that fuels the enzymes and allows this ongoing and complex chemical process to continue? The answer is vitamins and minerals, without which the whole process would come to a grinding halt. For example, the body cannot break down or utilise protein without zinc and vitamin B6, and vitamins B1,B2, B3 (niacin) are essential for the production of energy.

Just as aloe vera's powerful healing properties seem to be attributable to the highly complex and synergistic action of all of its nutritional components, so the body is a complex mix of ongoing and continual chemical processes and nutrient interactions, a good example of this is in the movement of muscles. In order for this to take place effectively the body needs fuel — oxygen and carbohydrate — plus an array of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, and vitamins B1,B2, B3 and B5.The vitamins A, C and E (the so-called ACE or anti-oxidant vitamins), plus the minerals zinc and selenium, are potent anrioxidant nutrients. Vitamins B3, B5 (pantothenic acid), B6andB12,in combination with choline, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, chromium, selenium and the vitamins A, C and E, have a positive effect on brain

Facts About Aloe Vera

  • Aloe Vera has been used for health, beauty and skin care purposes from several centuries.
  • Aloe's herbal use started dates back to 1500 BC
  • There are mentions about Aloe Vera in Charak Samhita. It is recognized by various different names by Ayurveda such as Viryavardhak, Madhur, Rasayan, Vranropan and Shital. The word 'Aloe Vera' has been obtained from the Arabic word known as 'Alloeh' which refers to 'Shining bitter substance'.
  • It is considered that ancient Egyptians initially used aloe Vera. King Solomon firstly cultivated aloe Vera plant.
  • This plant has been used by Alexander the Great as a medicinal plant to treat the soldier's wounds.
  • History says that the great Napolean could wage war and take care of his soldiers with this aloe and nothing else the cut healed on their own very fast in any condition.
  • Ancient Persian and Indian healers have utilized different species of aloe Vera.
  • Greek and Roman Physicians explained the aloe Vera uses to treat numbers of disorders.
  • This herbal plant is also used as a moisturizer for the skin by Cleopatra.
  • In 1996, the FAO of United Nation did detail compare and research on wild plants all over the world. They found Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller is best to people's health and named it as "the best health product in 21st century".
  • The gel inside the Aloe Plant is remarkably similar to what we find within our own bodies. The percentage of water is virtually same.
  • The Protein in Aloe Vera contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in human body.
  • Aloe Vera includes such organic compounds such as glucose, proteins, triglycerides, salicyclic acid and inorganic substances.
  • It is proven that Aloe Vera contains vitamins & minerals which supports human bodies' abilities to remain healthy and avoid problems.
  • Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body's systems.

Aloe Vera How It Works

After four decades of intensive analysis, laboratories around the world can only partially explain Aloe Vera's remarkable non-toxic potency. Quoting from a report by Dr. Albert T. Leun, Ph D:

" It is commonly believed that the moisturizing emollient and healing properties of Aloe gel are due to the polysaccharides present , it is probable that the gel's beneficial properties are not due to the polysaccharides alone, but rather from a synergistic effect of these compounds with other substances present in the gel"

Taking the analysis a step further, Dr. H R McDaniel, M D has spent 16 years exploring the therapeutic nature of AloeVera ; in particular, its ability to stimulate the immune system and normal cellular activity. Dr. McDaniel reasons that the active ingredients in Aloe are the polysaccharides ( chains of eight mannose, fructose, xylose, N- acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamyne, and N-acetylneuraminic acid ), and that these super carbohydrates, frequently missing in the diet , are important to intercellular and intracellular communication. He then further reasons that Glycoproteins found on the surface of every cell serve as signals to tell other cells who they are and what they need. If the cells do not have enough of the right sugars, they cannot make the correct glycoproteins, and the cell to cell messages become disrupted.As a result, he immune system cannot effectively wage an offensive against bacterial and viral pathogens or rapidly dividing cancer cells. Dr. McDaniel concluded that the sugars of Aloe may also ensure that internal networking ( cell-to cell communication) is swift and accurate.

Dr. McDaniel also believes that a number of enzymes ( endonucleases, hydrolases, estereses, and lipases) are produced from the sugars of Aloe. These enzymes power up lymphocytes, white blood cells that bear the major responsibility of immune system and supporting the body's ability to heal itself.

Another important compound contained in Aloe Vera juice that is important to mention is a natural acid buffer, malic calcium and/or calcium malate. This means that drinking natural and organic Aloe Juice will not only reduce the acid level in your stomach immediately upon drinking, but it will continue over time to neutralize the hydrochloric acid that your stomach produces. Organic certification virtually assures that the calcium malate in the Aloe Juice has been preserved.

It is the complexity and mixture of agents in Aloe that explain its overall effectiveness in promoting healing.

The Processing Of Aloe Vera

Because Aloe Vera is a tropical plant that is extremely sensitive to freezing weather, it is not widely grown outside the tropics. This is probably a primary reason that northern European cultures lost contact with the advantages of this plant. Thus, to deliver Aloe Vera juice that contains all of the natural benefits and ingredients of fresh Aloe Vera to areas where it is not grown has required special processes.

These processes, in turn, have been dictated by the Aloe Vera plant itself. The leaf of an Aloe Vera plant consists of three components : the green rind; the clear gel inside he leaf; and, a substance found between the rind and the gel called aloin.

Aloin is a very interesting substance with two purposes. First, it is extremely bitter to the taste so that no animal ( insect, cow, man, etc.) will eat the leaf. It does this very well, and Aloe Vera has very few natural predators. Secondly, when the leaf is cut, aloin immediately flows to the cut and helps to seal the wound. It is bright yellow in its undisturbed state inside the leaf, but upon exposure to air it oxidizes and rapidly darkens so that within and hour it can be the color or blood.

The bitterness of Aloin is memorable. If you were to cut and Aloe leaf off a plant in your kitchen and make your own fresh juice, leaving the aloin in, and then drink it, we would be surprised if you could finish it. And for sure you would not enjoy it. You would also soon learn why aloin is today the most widely used laxative in the world.

Some Aloe Vera juice producers leave the aloin in and sell their juice primarily as a laxative. They also work to mask the bitterness by adding large quantities of sweeteners. Other producers attempt to remove the aloin using chemical filtration and enzyme treatment. Other producers proceed further to concentrate the juice and freeze dry it or spray dry it in order to produce a powder or concentrate. This is done to save money on shipping long distances and to further preserve the product. At the point of destination, water is added to the powder to make the juice. Neither of these methods leaves you with a natural and unaltered juice. Well, there is natural & organic process to remove the aloin consistently.