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BASICS
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Why Aloe?
What is Aloe?
History
Nutrients Common Uses

Nutrients

Nutrients of Aloe vera

  • Acemannan
    • Acemannan and other polysaccharides boost T-lymphocyte cells which help promote skin healing and neutralize many of the enzymes responsible for damaging the mucosal wall.
  • Polysaccharides
    • Polysaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that stimulates skin growth and repair.
  • Mucopolysaccharides
    • MPS, long-chain sugars, are found in every single cell in the body. The human body stops manufacturing its own mucopolysaccharides around puberty and from then on must rely on outside sources. Mucopolysaccharides work in the body by assisting the transfer of gases in the lungs,facilitating absorption of water, electrolytes and nutrition in the gastrointestinal tract and maintaining fluid movement, generating healthy intestinal flora, lining the colon to keep out toxic waste from the body, lubricating the joints, protecting each cell from microbial invasion (especially viruses), and stopping damage and leakage of the intestinal wall.
  • Anthraquinone Glycosides
    • These molecules are split by the normal bacteria in the large intestines to form other molecules called aglycones), the main one being aloin.
  • Aloins
    • Aloins, also known as Barbaloin and Isobarbaloin, is a bitter, yellow-brown colored compound, the compound is present in what is commonly referred to as the aloe latex that exudes from cells adjacent to the vascular bundles, found under the rind of the leaf and in between it and the gel.
  • Aloe-emodin
    • Aloe emodin is an anthraquinone present in aloe latex, an exudate from the aloe plant. It has a strong stimulant-laxative action.
  • amino acids
    • Amino acids are the structural units that make up proteins. They join together to form short polymer chains called peptides or longer chains called either polypeptides or proteins. An essential amino acid or indispensable amino acid is an amino acid that cannot be synthesized by the human body and therefore must be supplied in the diet. Aloe cantains the eight essential amino acids, extremely rare in plants, all eight are needed in the construction of proteins.
  • enzymes
    • Enzymes are proteins that catalyze (i.e., increase or decrease the rates of) chemical reactions. Almost all processes in a biological cell need enzymes to occur at significant rates. Since enzymes are selective for their substrates and speed up only a few reactions from among many possibilities, the set of enzymes made in a cell determines which metabolic pathways occur in that cell.
  • Essential fatty acids (anti-inflammatory).
    • Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest for good health because the body requires them but can't make them from other food components. The term refers to fatty acids required for biological processes, and not those that only act as fuel.There are only two EFAs: alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid) and linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) In the body, essential fatty acids serve multiple functions. In each of these, the balance between dietary omega-3 and -6 strongly affects function.
  • Essential Oil
    • An essential oil is a concentrated, hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Essential oils carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not, as a group, have any specific chemical or pharmaceutical properties in common. Instead, they are defined by the fact that they convey characteristic fragrances. Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades with the popularity of aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine, where specific aromas carried by essential oils have curative effects. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer or by heating over a candle flame, or burned as incense.
  • Galactomannans (long chain sugars derived from plants)
    • Galactomannans are polysaccharides consisting of a mannose backbone with galactose (Galactose is a type of sugar that is less sweet than glucose. It is considered a nutritive sweetener because it has food energy.) Galactomannans are often used in food products to increase the viscosity of the water phase.
  • glycoproteins
    • Protein-carbohydrate compounds that speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation.
  • minerals
    • A chemical element, as opposed to an organic compound such as vitamins, necessary for the health and maintenance of bodily functions. Minerals are defined in three categories; Macro, Micro and Trace. Each category defines the amount needed in the body by; Macro, greater than 5 grams, Micro, less than 5 grams and Trace, small concentrations.
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E
  • Zinc