Aloe's Ancient Elixir

Reduces tumor replication, tightens skin

Aloe Vera - HealthylivinG magazine

Aloe Vera - HealthylivinG magazine

Researchers have isolated over 100 active compounds from Aloe barbadensis or aloe vera, a succulent, spear-leafed plant now grown almost entirely on farms but once indigenous to northern Mexico, the southwest US, the island of Aruba in the Caribbean and northern Africa. Although people assume this succulent is a member of the cactus family, it belongs to the garlic clan.

Stimulates Stomach Pancreas Gallbladder

Aloe works foundationally by improving digestion. (I liken its impact to that of a full spectrum enzyme formula and, therefore, find it best taken before meals.) It triggers activity throughout the digestive system. It stimulates enzyme production in the pancreas; bile release from the gallbladder; and hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. Aloe brings the body back into functioning the way it should: to digest and absorb nutrients from foods for production of energy. Its mucopolysaccharides, especially acemannan, improve immune function.

First And Relief

Aloe, containing anti-inflammatory and infection fighting agents, may decrease pain on contact from cuts and burns. Internally, it soothes occasional or chronic bloating, gas, burning and irregularity through pH balancing and stimulating peristalsis or the internal involuntary movement of waste through the gastrointestinal system. I know people who after indulging on foods, suffering bloat and gas, reach for a glass of aloe vera juice first thing in the morning to relieve the overwrought sensation that they experience from overeating.

New Cell Growth Diminishes Scarring

Aloe is good medicine for the body in need of repair, whether we are referring to the skin or gastrointestinal tract. It contains growth factors that work directly at the cell site to encourage fibroblasts required for new cell growth while diminishing scarring. Other actives and nutrients may be carried deeper into skin layers, working with core nutrients and emollients to moisturize, soothe and restore troubled or damaged skin.

Aloe For Alexander The Great

Ancient use dates to 4000 BC to Egyptian drawings and later to 2000 BC to a Sumerian clay tablet found in Mesopotamia, listing aloe as the most useful of herbs. A manuscript called the Papyrus Ebers, dated 1500 BC, was found in an Egyptian tomb and listed a variety of physical and spiritual healing applications using aloe. In 25 BC, a detailed and lengthy text from Greek pharmacology, written by Celsius, surpassed the Egyptian writings on aloe, listing multiple uses especially its importance as a purgative (laxative).

With its strong reputation, aloe was sought after and given as a house warming gift. Explorers traveled with it on land and sea, and its power to fight infections made it popular for common burns and sickness. Aloe’s broad use by physicians and common folk alike caused Aristotle to encourage Alexander the Great to conquer the Isle of Socotra (in the area of the horn of Africa) primarily for the aloe fields.

Wound And Ulcers Healing

In Vienna, a museum houses the Greek physician Dioscoride’s text De Materia Medica (41-68 AD) that alerted physicians like Galen (credited as the father of medicine) to the versatility of the succulent. This ancient text was translated into English by Goodyear in the 15th century, indicating aloe’s uses for ulcers, wound healing, hair loss, stomach disorders, insomnia, kidney ailments and more. The old text also spoke of the warming tendency of aloe when consumed, suggesting mixing it with honey or wine to mask the bitter taste. The astringent disinfectant qualities on the skin that cause a tightening and youthful effect (like a mini-face lift) were described.

FDA: Aloe Regenerates Skin Tissue

Aloe research abounds over the past six decades with hundreds of published papers from scientists in Japan, Russia, Germany, the UK, South Korea, China, India and the US.

From 1930 to 1979, US researchers demonstrated efficacy of aloe for x-ray dermatitis, radiation burns, wounds, mouth ulcers and eczema. In 1959, the Food and Drug Administration reported that “upon review of research” aloe ointments “actually regenerate skin tissue.” Burn patients recovered three times faster without scarring. In 1979, the University of Chicago Burn Center reported aloe contained anti-inflammatory agents and pain relievers (when not over-processed) less toxic and more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs.

Cinnamonic And Salicylic Acids Ease Pain

In the 1950s, Russian researchers indicated the best results were coming from fresh or stabilized aloe that included the rind. They isolated many bioactive compounds responsible for easing pain, inflammation and having antibacterial actions due to cinnamonic and salicylic acids.

In the 1980s and 1990s, research focused primarily on the “polysaccharide actives” referred to as glyconutrients. Dose dependent, these long chain carbohydrate sugars have proven to be an immune stimulant, resulting in reduced viral and tumor replication in HIV, measles, pneumonia, shingles, cancer and more. Aloe was also found to increase absorption of vitamins B12, C and E; reduce cholesterol; induce Phase II enzymes for detoxification: liver antioxidants; and reduce blood glucose.

Reduces Medication

Over 300 variants of the species grow on our planet; each gives extraordinary health support. Green-, red- and pink-colored plants range in size from miniatures in Japan to the enormous North American varietals with leaves up to three feet long. Each is safe to consume with some of the most therapeutic compounds found primarily in the outer leaf rind (latex). The active compounds vary slightly from plant to plant. Good results for consumers rely on the type of processing of the plant and the percentage of aloe used in the final juice, tablet or lotion. The ancient texts and research point specifically to the use of the rind of the whole leaf for exceptional impacts. Do not be swayed by any negative mention about aloe; it is safe, according to unbiased research. Children thrive on quality aloe as do adults, seniors, athletes and even pets.

Aloe is safe to take with medications, yet can reduce the daily requirement, so be prepared to test and review with your doctor. The only precaution with ingesting aloe comes from the aloin actives located in the anthraquinone complex in the rind. It may cause a mild to medium cathartic (laxative) effect in some people; yet, this active is very valuable. If a child, adult or pregnant woman experiences loose stool, reduce the amount taken.

Ancient Elixir

Tens of thousands of people take aloe daily and clearly intend to stay on the ancient elixir. Having counseled countless individuals over the past 25 years, including one California woman, Patricia Falk, a retired RN with whom I’ve worked, she’s convinced of aloe’s potent health support, advises, “Drink aloe vera if you want to feel good!” At 88 years young, Pat has been drinking aloe juice daily for over 20 years and recommends it if you want to stay off medications. Pat’s confidence comes from conquering conditions including diverticulitis, gastric esophageal reflux disease (GERD), hypertension, depression and diabetes. She lived with aggravating headaches and sinus issues as well that are all in the past, thanks to aloe. Isolated case too good to be true? Actually Pat’s story is a common one. The abundance of positive responses I receive weekly from aloe users—kids, athletes, seniors, and my own vibrant health is convincing enough to highly recommend it.

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