Facts about the plant Aloe vera

History

There are more than 240 different varieties of Aloe vera and they grow mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Four species are considered to have especially nutrient rich content, of which Aloe Barbadensis Miller is the foremost and therefore most used in products manufactured today.  The Aloe gel extracted from the plant contains more than 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins. Aloe vera is one of the most nutritious plants in the world and has been used for thousands of years mainly for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to quickly penetrate all our skin layers. It is only quite recently that Aloe vera’s other uses in areas such as dental care has been noted. The Aloe Barbadensis Miller used in our toothpaste, Aloe Vera Original The High Performance Toothpaste is IASC-certified.

Certification / IASC

IASC stands for International Aloe Science Council and is a cooperation and control organization, in part to protect the consumers interests and in part to provide a quality certification that guarantees a certain minimum quality of Aloe vera marketed worldwide.

What is used from the plant

At the time of extraction of Aloe vera gel from the Aloe plant, either the whole Aloe leaf is used or sometimes only the inner part, the fillet, depending on the intended use for the gel. The most important factor in either case is the quality and the amount of percentage by volume of Aloe vera in the gel offered.

Why does Aloe work

Aloe vera contains a large array of nutrient ingredients whose combined effect and equilibrium yield a more powerful effect than can be expected when looking at the ingredients individually. The ingredients in Aloe vera work together and increase each other’s effect, giving a so-called synergistic effect.

Content

Vitamins
The gel contains a diversity of vitamins. The most important are the antioxidant – vitamin C, E and Beta-carotene – the precursor to vitamin A. Aloe vera is also one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12.

Minerals
In the Aloe plant is found a variety of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, calcium, sodium and iron.

Amino Acids
The human body needs 22 amino acids to produce proteins. Aloe Vera gel contains 20 of these. Most importantly, the gel has seven of the eight essential amino acids the human body alone can not produce and therefore must be supplied through food.

Sugars
Aloe vera contains the important long chain of polysaccharides that affect the immune system and increases the bodys absorption rate. Read more about polysaccharides at the bottom of this page.

Enzymes
There are substances in Aloe Vera – lipase and proteases – which break down food and helps digestion. There are also so-called caroxypepitedius affecting the inflammatory process.

Plant Steroids
Aloe contains the main groups that have powerful anti-inflammatory components.

Lingnibu
This tree-substance gives Aloe its ability to penetrate deeply into the skin.

Saponin
Aloes soap compounds have a strong anti-microbial effect on bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast candida and cod.

Antraquinoner
The key ones are aloin and emodin. These are strong pain killers and are known to combat bacteria and viruses. Antraquinoner is, in pure form, a strong laxative.

Salicylic Acid
This aspirin-like component counteracts inflammation and helps to break down dead tissue when used externally.

Summary of what is known about Aloe vera

  • Gives the body nutrition (contains essential vitamins, enzymes and essential amino acids)
  • Adds moisture
  • Has a natural cleansing effect
  • Stimulates production of new cells and accelerates wound healing
  • Is a pain killer
  • Is fungicidal
  • Breaks down dead tissue (contains proteolytic enzymes)
  • Is naturally anti-inflammatory (contains plant steroids)
  • Penetrates tissue
  • Increases blood flow to the skin
  • Prevents and relieves itching
  • Contains six antiseptic action of substances
  • Supports the immune system, especially with the help of acemannan and other polysaccharides

Polysaccharides

We live in a hostile environment, but we dont really think about it. Every day we are exposed to potentially dangerous toxins, diseases, bacteria, viruses and cells within our own body that during unfavourable conditions can be transformed into cancer cells. The body degenerates in pace with our ever increasing consumption of nutrient poor foods.

Fortunately, we have a defense against such enemies. It is called the immune system and the bodys survival is highly dependent on that this system works well. When the immune system is failing it weakens our health, we get infections and other diseases. An immune system that is under high pressure, such as during stress and other forms of oppression, is in great need of a constant flow of nutrients, or it will collapse and we become seriously ill or “spent”.

Vitamins and minerals are of the utmost importance, but there are other substances that are equally important. Aloe vera provides a variety of these substances and thus can stimulate the immune system back to an optimal level.

Research shows that few plants can do this better than Aloe vera. It contains most if not all, of the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other numerous nutrients, including special, very important sugars and enzymes necessary for the body to function well, so really it is a food supplement – a concentrated nutritional juice.

There is no plant that has been subjected to so much research.

Should we point out one ingredient that is more important than any other then it is undoubtedly a sugar called mucopolysaccharider, also known as MPS. Poly means many and relate to the long nature of the sugar species (Sacha riden). This sugar does not affect insulin content, rather it seems to stabilize it.

MPS is measured in mg / liter. Aloe vera contains more MPS than any other known plant.

It is only in recent years that researchers have started to recognize the important role MPS plays in human health. They are as necessary for the body as bricks are for a brick-house, say researchers. If you use a brand with low MPS it seems as if the Aloe vera has no effect. And to the extent it does not have any effect it hinges on this or that not enough Aloe vera has been used. According to the Aloe Science Council, the intake should be approximately 1200 mg MPS per day. If you have a medical condition your intake should be up to 3000 mg. We see therefore the importance to use a Aloe vera product with a high MPS content.

Aloe vera extract cold-pressed from the plant contains the most MPS. Scientific research has shown that mucopolysaccharides are most concentrated just inside the shell, where there is 200% more MPS, and therefore the juice from unpeeled plants is more efficient. The reason why some only use extract from the inner filet is because the shell contains substances which are strongly laxative. The latest technology for refining of Aloe vera does however effectively filter out these substances.

“Aloe vera is so effective in its natural state that there is no reason to spend time and huge sums of money to produce a synthetic version,” says Bob Hayward, who researched the plant’s history.

Researcher Dr. Reginald Mcdaniel at the Medical Center says that “the increasing use of Aloe vera is one of the most important steps in human history in terms of disease treatment.”

“If Aloe vera was discovered today, and its spectacular healing properties would be investigated properly, it would be hailed as the medicine of the century” says Med. dr.Ivan E. Danhof.

It is difficult to grasp the impact that a family from lilium plants, akin to garlic and onion, can do for humans. But the multi-thousand-year experience coupled with today’s scientific research are clear.