What is so good about Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a popular medicinal plant that is used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries. Its leaves are full of a gel-like substance that contains numerous beneficial compounds
Aloe Vera definitely has some unique therapeutic properties, especially when applied as an ointment for the skin. Hard to believe, there are over 1,000 different types of Aloe Vera, Barbadensis Miller Aloe is the most effective on the skin.
Where Does the Healing Come From?
It's the gel inside the leaves that contain the highest levels of bio-activity, but here's what's really amazing, according to holistic nutritionist and author Laura Dawn, who launched Happy and Raw. Aloe Vera's got you covered at least eight different ways, as it's:
These capabilities come from aloe vera's many compounds and phytonutrients, such as vitamins A, C and E, choline, folic acid and B1, B2, B12 and B3 (niacin). Minerals include selenium, zinc, calcium, iron, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium and chromium. You'll also find high amounts of:
Fatty acids — Aloe contains plant sterols, which are valuable fatty acids, including campesterol and B-sitosterol, as well as linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic and stearic acids.
Amino acids — There are about 22 amino acids, called the "building blocks of protein," that are necessary for your body, and aloe vera contains 18 to 20 of them, including all eight of those considered essential for human health.
"Aloe alkalizes the body. Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule — 80 percent alkaline forming foods and 20 percent acidic. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits." Dr. Mercola
Whether it's a burn, puncture wound, cut, psoriasis or bug bites topically applied aloe vera exerts powerful healing benefits.,
Some things to look for when shopping for Aloe Vera products
- Aloe Vera should be the first ingredient.
- Aloe Vera leaf juice or Aloe Vera leaf juice Extract (not Aloe Vera powder.)
- Preferably the Aloe Vera is the Barbadensis Miller Aloe, this is the most effective Aloe for the skin.
- Water should not be the first or second ingredient. This usually leads to the Aloe in the dehydrated form.
What happens to the Aloe when it is harvested. Usually the higher grade Aloe will go straight from the harvest to the manufacturer in its gel form.
To make shipping cheaper as the Aloe Vera leaf gel is rather heavy, some harvesters will dehydrate the aloe into a powder form and then the manufacturer will add water to bring it into a mixable form.
Couple issues I have with this process it that the quality of the water. And although water is good to drink and essential in staying hydrated, it can actually block the natural oils on your skin and other oils from getting in and doing the proper job. Last issue I have with this process is that on a microscopic level this process extremely alters the natural structure of the Aloe, maybe even weakening the aloes healing potential.
At the end of the day try to use a product that has Aloe Vera leaf juice as its primary ingredients and one that doesn't have water listed in the first 2 or 3 ingredients. If the dehydrated powder form is all you have access to don't fret as it is still effective.