Did you know Aloe Vera was the “plant of immortality” during the ancient Egyptian period as early as 4,000 BC?
Benefits of Aloe Vera
You can’t believe that a Aloe Vera leaf contains more than 200 different bio-active components, including vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, lignin, saponins and salicylic acids. Scientist, Robert Davis, Ph. D., using the conductor-orchestra concept, explains the relationship that exists among these 200 bio-active components within Aloe Vera. One of these components, a polysaccharide acts as the conductor that leads a symphony composed of 200 active compounds working as the orchestra molecules to work synergistically.
Here are the orchestra molecules.
- Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, B4 (as choline), B9 (as folic acid), B12 and E, which are antioxidants and neutralize free radicals.
- Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase specially targets to reduce excessive inflammation.
- Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme in human metabolic systems. They also are antioxidants.
- Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glucosyl chromone, has been isolated from Aloe Vera gel. They empower our skin and promote healthy glowing complexion.
- Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
- Fatty acids: It provides 4 botanical steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
- Others: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 8 essential amino acids. They are Lysine, Valine, Methionine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylaianine, Histidine and Glutamin acid which help the production of elastin, cell regeneration and metabolism. Also Aloe Vera contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
(Reference source from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763764/)
Although Aloe Vera is rich in bio-active components, these active components are easily degraded during the production process, involving crushing, grinding, pressing, filtration and stabilization. Manufacturers have never stopped to advance the production process to assure the active components are perfectly and entirely preserved and maintained. It is only within the last decade, scientists have found the best production process – cold processed.
The best products should be cold processed using the whole leaf. The freshly removed leaves must go directly into production and prevent the extended heat sterilization which damages the active ingredients and reduces its efficacy. Cold processed Aloe Vera therefore has to be sterilized by ultraviolet light and micron filtration.
Various studies found that there are many benefits of using Aloe Vera, including minor sunburns, skin moisturizing, soft scarring, anti-inflammation, fighting aging and supply of nutrients. Nowadays, Aloe Vera may be one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States to produce pharmaceutical, cosmetic or food products.
I love this Aloe Vera orchestra! KATHLEEN’s Silk Miracle Essence infused with Aloe Vera, Marine Collagen, Silk Amino acid and Marula oil which all work in synergy to boost the skin’s natural defence and promote a healthier, smoother and more glowing complexion.
Finally, readers must realize that Aloe Vera is not a panacea! You are encouraged to consult your physician or your local healthcare doctor if you have any suspect health or skin problem.
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