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All about Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, an herb, has been used by mankind for over 4,500 years. Often referred to as the “medicine plant,” Aloe Vera is truly a natural pharmacy because of its wide range of therapeutic properties.

There are over 200 varieties of aloe that are in the lily family of botanicals. Aloe Barbadensis Miller is the species that is most commonly grown commercially and known as Aloe Vera. Vera being Latin for “true” or the species of aloe that has all the beneficial medicinal properties.”

Having originated in the cradle of civilization, Africa, inhabitants would take the Aloe plant with them as they moved to other parts of the world until finally being brought to North America by the Spanish Conquistadors.

It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that Aloe Vera began to be grown commercially in the U.S., primarily in South Texas. In a relatively short period of time, Aloe Vera has become the number one herb of preference for both external and internal uses. It seems to be a paradox that at a time of so many breakthroughs in science and medicine more and more people are seeking natural alternatives for many of their health problems.

Today, as we look for more natural methods of treatments, researchers are beginning to verify that the ancients were justified in their use of Aloe Vera. They have shown that the polysaccharides, glycoproteins, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and other active ingredients that are present in aloe vera, do in fact have therapeutic properties.

It is encouraging to know that there is a natural plant product (Aloe Vera) available that is regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. A product that has been consumed by millions of people around the world and has stood the test of time. Indeed, time has shown that Aloe Vera is truly one of nature’s miracles.

Learn to grow your very own Aloe Vera!
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What are the active ingredients in Aloe Vera Juice?
Aloe Vera Leaf Juice is approximately 98.5% naturally occurring water and 1.5% solids.  The solids are what give Aloe Vera Juice its therapeutic properties.  Over 200 constituents have been identified within Aloe Vera Juice.
 

Sugars
Monosaccharides: Glucose and Fructose. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate.
Polysaccharides: Glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. The most prominent polysaccharide is Acemannan

Amino Acids
Essential: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Valine, and Tryptophan.
Non-Essential: Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine, Glutamine, and Aspartic Acid.

Vitamins
A, C, E, B12, Folic Acid, and Choline.

Minerals
Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Selenium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc.

Enzymes
Aliiase, Alkaline Phosphatase, Amylase, Bradykinase, Carboxypeptidase, Catalase, Cellulase, Lipase, and Peroxidase.

Fatty Acids
Cholesterol, Campesterol, Beta-Sisosterol and Lupeol.

Hormones
Auxins and Gibberellins.

Others
Salicyclic Acid, Lignins, and Saponins

Anthraquinones
Anthraquinones are a group of compounds located within the rind of the Aloe Vera plant that have laxative properties. Since 1971, these compounds have been removed to less than 1 part per million.



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