Tuesday, March 28, 2006

WHY Aloe vera?

"Why aloe vera?" is the topic today.

Aloe vera has been used in early cultures for centuries for their medicinal properties. There are over 240 different species of Aloe, growing mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Although Aloe vera is a member of the Lily family, it is very cactus-like in appearance.

Of the 240+ species of Aloe, four are recognized as having nutritional value, with Aloe barbadensis miller leading the group. Aloe barbadensis miller is the type of Aloe used in most commercial products with aloe content available today.

The aloe species commonly contain over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins.


Aloe vera works because the green skin of the plant produces and the sap stores at least 6 antiseptic agents: lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenol, and sulfur. All of these substances are clinically recognized for their ability to eliminate infection because they kill or control microorganism including fungi, bacteria, and viruses.

In addition, the plant also produces at least 23 proteins; (polypeptides) and at least 4 mannan sugars, which regulate cell growth and stimulate the immune system (biogenic stimulators). These agents greatly increase the skin's own defenses against infections by improving immune function. Polypeptides and mannans are the building blocks for new, healthy cells. They are more abundant in young skin cells. As aging occurs, the amount of polypeptides and mannans in the cells diminishes.

Topical application of an Aloe product helps provide ample concentrations of these agents for the proper formation of healthy cells. Polypeptides and mannans are two of the reasons Aloe helps to heal skin injuries with reduced scarring.

The skin and yellow sap (latex) of the Aloe Vera plant contains at least 3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids (HDL cholesterol, campesterol, and beta-sitosterol). They represent cortisone-like compounds, which make Aloe extremely effective in treating the inflammation associated with burns, cuts, abrasions and skin diseases, as well as a treatment for ulcers of all kinds.

The presence of beta-sitosterol explains why topical Aloe vera is effective in skin allergies and irritations, and why it helps to balance out the HDL and LDL cholesterol of the skin. Cholesterol, campesterol, and beta-sitosterol are plant sterols that are responsible for Aloe's effectiveness as an excellent moisturizer.

Traumatic acid and allantoin (FDA approved for minor skin problems) are also found in the skin and sap, is wound healing agents. Lupeol, Salicylic acid, and plant magnesium are highly effective analgesics, which explains why Aloe is a topical painkiller.

Aloe contains at least three cancer fighting compounds. Lectins induce systemic anti-tumor immunity. Aloe-emodin and Aloe mannans have been shown to control many types of skin cancers. Aloe also contains small amounts of PABA (para-amino benzoic acid), a natural sunscreen, which lessens the likelihood of sun-induces damage.

Aloe's acemannan has received FDA approval for AIDS treatment trials in Canadian double blind, placebo controlled study. The USDA as a veterinary treatment for fibrosarcoma has approved injectable acemannan.

The Aloe vera plant is classified as a vegetable and like all plant products, the juice must be preserved or will rapidly decompose when the leaves are processed. Therefore, preservatives are added during processing to retard the growth of microorganisms. Potassium sorbate (from Mountain Ash trees) and sodium benzoate (from benzoin gum) are used in minute quantities as preservatives, and ascorbic and citric acid (from citrus) as antioxidants to stabilize and provide pH balance.

A chemical analysis shows that Aloe vera contains vitamins, minerals, triglyceride, carbohydrates, amino acids, enzymes, and of course, water.

Vitamins: The vitamins found in Aloe include B-complex, B-1, B-2, B-3 and B-12, choline, folic acid, vitamin C, and beta carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A) - all of which are vital to general good health in body systems and some of which are vital for the formation of certain enzymes.

Minerals: Aloe has been shown to contain as many as 13 of the 17 minerals needed for good nutrition. Minerals found in Aloe include calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, chromium, sulfur, aluminum, strontium, boron, silicon, lithium, phosphorous, nickel and sodium. All these minerals are vital in the growth process and essential for the function of all body systems.

Triglyceride: Triglycerides include fats, oil, and waxes. They carry the fat-soluble vitamins, supply the fatty acids essential for growth and general health of all body tissue and help supply energy.

Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates assist in digestion and assimilation of nutrients in food and supply energy for muscular exertion. They also control protein breakdown, the distribution of sodium, potassium, chloride, and water for electrolyte balance. Identified carbohydrates include glucose, mannose, and acemannan.

Amino Acids: Aloe Vera juice contains twenty of the twenty-two amino acids known to be needed for good nutrition; nine of these essential and must be supplied from an outside source because the body cannot manufacture its own. The body from the essential or nine can synthesize the other thirteen. Aloe has been shown to contain all of the essential nine. The complete list of amino acids known to exist in Aloe include lysine, histidine, arginine, aspartic acid, asparagine, threonine, serine, glutamine, hydroproline, proline, glycine, alanine, cystine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, glutamic acid, and phenylalanine.

Enzymes: Without enzymes, the chemical reaction of vitamins, minerals, and hormones cannot take place. They also aid in reducing indigestion and inflammation of ulcers. Enzymes present in Aloe include alkaline phosphates, SGO transaminase.

Take 2 to 4 ounces daily. Tastes best cold. You can mix with a neutral juice like apple.

Ultimate Aloe Ingredients: Aloe vera concentrate, citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate, and sodium benzoate. CranApple Ultimate Aloe Ingredients: Aloe vera concentrate, citric acid, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, honey, fructose, and natural cranberry and apple flavor.

Strawberry Kiwi Ultimate Aloe: (the most delicious aloe juice) Whole leaf Aloe vera concentrate, purified water, fructose, natural strawberry kiwi flavor, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate. I recomend this flavor.

The reason for taking aloe juice for the ADD person is because of the detox properties, anti-inflammatory properties, health benefits, amino acids, vitamins and nutrients, and various active compounds (that has not been thoroughly investigated yet). Once the body has the appropriate raw material to work with, things will function better. Thus, impulsivity is lessened. Hyperactivity may be curtailed to acceptable "societial standards". And the ease of distractability may now be transformed into the ability to focus. All the above are good things to have to enhance one's ability to handle the stresses of life. So go to the following site and order your Ultamate Aloe.

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