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Aloe Vera - The Miracle Plant
Man is a part of Nature. All monotheistic religions agree that God created men in his own image and Nature to suit men's needs. The evolution of the civilizations saw men drifting apart from Nature, resulting in a loss of the natural equilibrium of life.
In his eternal pursuit of happiness, man has created countless ways to make his living easier: replacing a horse with a car, a car with a plane, a plane with a spacecraft. The progress in the field of communications, particularly television, has enabled man to bring home the whole world and has transformed him into a "couch potato". The newly adopted rule: "the quicker - the better" has also affected nutrition: the wood burning stove is replaced by an electrical range, and the electrical range by a microwave oven, which kills the last trace of life in the food. The list could go on and on without the end.
High on the list of the "fruits of modern technology" is the lifesaving pill.
In conclusion, the modern lifestyle has estranged the man from the nature, showered him with unhealthy junk food, exposed him to pollution and daily stress, and offered him the magic pill as a cure-all and salvation. However, it has become a common knowledge that the long-term use of pills, can cause more harm than good.
As man's awareness of disadvantages of modern lifestyle has grown over the last few decades, it is easy to understand his growing interest in organic food and natural medicinal plants. People are now beginning to find a solution for increasing health problems in products based on safer and more natural remedies with no side effects. The plants have again entered our households!
The revived interest in herbalism is focusing on over 30,000 registered plants that have medicinal and nutritional properties. Aloe Vera holds a top position on that list, thanks to its healing and nutritional capacity.
Aloe Vera contains many active nutrients and medicinal compounds which synergistically help complex and interdependent biochemical processes.
Aloe Vera - The Silent Healer
Aloe Vera is one of the oldest medicinal plants. It is native to Africa and is also known as the "plant of immortality". It has a long and illustrious history dating from biblical times (Bible, John, Chapter 19, Verse 39-40).
Ancient Egyptians and Greeks have used the plant throughout the millennia and wars had been fought over it. Aloe has confirmed its "magical properties" for many years and it was rediscovered in the middle of the last century. It was given many beautiful names such as: plant of immortality, fountain of youth, silent healer, plant of life, celestial blessing, harmonious medicine and desert lily.
Throughout history, Aloe was surrounded by many myths and legends. In some ancient cultures it was admired as a divine gift. Nowadays, researchers of the Aloe phenomenon and its healing and nutritional values compare the mystery of Aloe to the mystery of Creation.
Dr. Ivan Danhof states: "If Aloe Vera were discovered in our time, and its healing properties were thoroughly researched, it would have been considered the miracle cure of the century". That should be reason enough to take a closer look at Aloe Vera.
There are over 250 different species of Aloe grown around the world. However, only four species are known to have special healing and nutritional properties. Aloe Barbadensis Miller contains the highest concentration of vitamins, minerals, amino-acids, enzymes and other valuable ingredients, and is rightfully called Aloe Vera, which means the True Aloe.
The Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera was brought to the American continent by the Jesuits during the Spanish invasion in the XV century. It can only be grown in warm tropical areas. It belongs to the Lily family (together with onion and garlic) although it looks more like a cactus. The leaves of the Aloe plant grow from the base in a rosette pattern. They are long, hard and green, shaped like a sword and end in a spike. During its flowering season, Aloe produces a light yellow flower on the stem which grows from the middle of the plant, much higher than the leaves. The clear gel is stored in the succulent leaves. As a member of Xeroids family of plants, Aloe is able to minimize the loss of water after a leaf has been cut or damaged by promptly closing its stomas (minuscule epidermal pores on a leaf). This property enables the plant to survive long dry periods and repair any damage to its leaves.
The highest quality aloe gel is extracted from the inner leaves when the plant is at least four years old. As the gel is highly unstable, the quick and proper stabilizing process is of crucial importance and it is most successfully done when the production plant is located near the plantation.
Forever Living Products (FLP) has been providing supreme quality Aloe Vera products in over a 100 countries all over the world.
The Composition of Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera's gel contains a treasure of nutritional and healing phytogenic compounds. The plant contains over 250 bio-available active ingredients naturally balanced in the most efficient way. Its composition has been a subject of considerable scientific research and further development continue to reveal new components.
Aloe Vera's natural gel contains 12 vitamins, 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 16 enzymes, mono and polysaccharides, anthraquinones and their derivates, lignin, saponins, sterols, mono and polyesters and non saturated essential fatty acids. The presence of all these compounds in its composition explains Aloe Vera's supremacy among medicinal plants and its many pharmacological properties.
12 vitamins, including: A (beta carotene), C (ascorbic acid), E (tocopherol and tocotrienol), B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), and B12 which is rarely found in plants.
More than 20 minerals: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, iron, chromium, copper, zinc, selenium...
Aloe contains 18 out of 22 amino acids required by the human body, as well as, 7 out of 8 essential amino acids, which the body cannot synthesize and which must be present in the nutritional intake.
Many enzymes required for proper functioning of the human body are contained in Aloe Vera: peroxides, amylase, katalase, lipase, cellulase, carboxipeptydase, amylase, alkalin phosphatase.
The Healing Properties of Aloe Vera
Over the centuries people have successfully used Aloe Vera for improving and preserving their health. Numerous positive experiences have proven the many benefits and the effectiveness of taking Aloe Vera products. The science has not yet fully explained all the mechanisms by which Aloe Vera acts on human body. It is hypothesized that the "magic" powers may arise from the synergetic interactions of many bio-active compounds present in the plant.
Aloe Vera is known to have a soothing effect on the skin, but it can also be used as a food supplement (nutritional drink) for improving the health from within. During the last 30 years the industry has developed a proper stabilizing process, which enabled Aloe gel to become an essential product in promoting and enhancing people's health.
The Many Uses of Aloe Vera
Lately, the cosmetic companies have shown an increased interest in using Aloe Vera in skin care, hair and dental hygiene products.
When taken orally, Aloe Vera improves the balance of almost all body functions, from improving digestion to providing a good night sleep. It provides the vital elements necessary for proper body functions. It detoxifies the whole body and stimulates liver and kidney functions. It regulates digestive tract, food absorption and bowel movements. It helps the endocrine system including pancreas, thyroid gland and blood circulation. It helps to reduce fatigue and tiredness, increases immune system and has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It reduces inflammations in joints and muscles. It rejuvenates and slows down the process of aging.
Aloe Vera gel is non-toxic, has no adverse effects and cannot be overdosed.
How to Find True Aloe Vera and What Does Its Quality Depend on?
There are currently dozens of companies manufacturing Aloe Vera products world wide. However, only a few of them offer pure and true Aloe Vera products. Among them, FLP ranks first. Only the Aloe Vera that has retained after processing all beneficial natural ingredients in their unchanged state is the true valuable one - the one with therapeutic effects on the human body.
Important: Aloe Vera products that contain only a small percentage of pure Aloe Vera, or have not been manufactured using the correct processing technology, are of poor quality and have little or no therapeutic effects.
The quality of the processed Aloe Vera products depends on the raw material, as well as, the extraction and stabilizing processes. The extraction of the gel from the inner leaves eliminates the need for filtering and enables the gel to retain all of the active components in their natural balance. Aloe Vera Gel, like most natural juices, is unstable and requires proper stabilizing procedures in order to avoid degradation and preserve nutritional and medicinal properties over a longer period of time. This is been achieved using the process of cold stabilization, which avoids thermal decomposing of active ingredients. During cold stabilization, natural extracts from papaya, seaweed, corn silk and lemon are used as preservatives.
The above described process is used by FLP (Forever Living Products) for manufacturing all Aloe Vera gel based products. The FLP company is the owner of the patent for cold stabilization of Aloe Vera. It is also the largest manufacturer and distributor of Aloe Vera in the world. The biggest consumer markets for Aloe Vera products are Germany and Japan.
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