About Aloe

HISTORY
Often called the miracle plant, the natural healer or the burn plant, many people have  become familiar with Aloe Vera recently. In fact, it has been around for thousands of  years, many ancient civilizations recognising its enormous health benefits.

Legend has it that the Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra are said to have rated it highly as beauty therapy.

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that flourishes in warm and dry climates. it looks rather like a cactus, but is in fact a member of the of the Lily family, related to Onion, Garlic and Asparagus.

USES
Although there are over 200 species of Aloe, the most nutritionally potent is the Aloe  Vera Barbadensis Miller – the only variety that we cultivate and use in our products.

It takes approximately four years to reach maturity upon which the content of its leaves, a mixture of inner gel and sap, can be harvested, preserved and bottled as a nutritional drink or combined with other ingredients to produce topical creams and lotions to nourish and improve the skin.

BENEFITS
As a drink, Aloe Vera works within our immune system, replenishing nutrients from the vast range of vitamins, minerals amino acids and enzymes it contains.

Poor diet, stress, Caffeine, over-processed food and pollution can lead to less than optimal health. Aloe, with its wealth of essential nutrients, can help redress the balance.

ALOE VERA – A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE

Aloe Vera contains over 75 known active ingredients which can be divided into the following groups:

Vitamins
It contains a wide range but the most important ones are the antioxidant  vitamins C, beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, and vitamin D .It is also  one of the few plant sources of vitamin  B12.

Minerals
These include Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Copper, Chromium, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium and the important antioxidant Selenium.

Amino acids
The human body requires 22 amino acids, these are the building blocks of protein and are indispensable for growth and repair of body tissue. Aloe Vera gel provides 20 of them.
More importantly, it provides 7 of the 8 essential Amino acids that cannot be manufactured by the body and therefore have to be consumed as food.

Sugars
These include the most important mucopolysaccharides which act on the immune system as well as help to detoxify the body.

Enzymes
Lipases and Protease which break down food and aid digestion.

Lignin
This woody substance bestows on Aloe Vera its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin.

Saponins
These are soapy substances that exert a powerful anti-microbial effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts such as Candida or ‘thrush.’

Anthraquinones
The most important ones being Aloin and Emodin.

Why does it work?
It works by providing a rich cocktail of nutritional elements whose combined action and balance work synergistically to enhance each other’s effect.

Also, the adaptogenic properties of Aloe Vera means that different individual bodies take from it what they need, therefore the benefits vary from person to person.

Where does it work?
Aloe works, firstly, to prevent  injury to epithelial tissues and when they are damaged, it promotes healing.

How does it work?
Its natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, combined with its nutritional constituents, promote cell growth and therefore healing.

However, it is not only helpful for people with problems - some people have reported feeling calmer and less anxious.

Clinical Trial Of Aloe Vera For Ulcerative Colitis (2004)

Professor Rampton’sIn 2004, Forever Living Products announced positive results of UK’s first ever clinical trial using Aloe Vera as a treatment for ulcerative colitis

Forever Living Products (FLP), the UK’s leading supplier of Aloe Vera products announced the results of what is recognized as the first randomised, placebo-controlled, double blind, clinical trial for ulcerative colitis ever to be undertaken in the UK, using a herbal approach in the form of an Aloe Vera drink.

The trial, involved 44 patients who suffered with the serious inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis. The trial was designed to test the effects of Aloe Vera (in this case Forever Living Product’s Aloe Vera drink) on this potentially life threatening condition. It was set up as a randomised, double blind, placebo-controlled trial, i.e. both the prescribing doctor(s) and the patient(s) were unaware as to whether they were using the real Aloe Vera gel or a placebo. The trial, instigated by Dr. David Rampton, a Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Royal London Hospital, used volunteers from two major teaching hospitals - The Royal London Hospital in Lambeth and The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Professor Rampton’s conclusion was:

“Oral Aloe Vera taken for 4 weeks produces a clinical response more often than a placebo and it also improves histological disease activity (the histological disease refers to what is seen under the microscope when a biopsy is examined) and appears to be safe. These encouraging results suggest that further evaluation of the therapeutic potential of Aloe Vera drink in inflammatory bowel disease is warranted.”

The trial was completed in January 2004 and three different criteria were used to measure the results. Clinical improvement occurred in an average of 38% of patients given the active Aloe Vera Gel, as opposed to an average of 8 % of patients on the placebo.

Dr. Peter Atherton, a former G.P. and now the medical consultant on FLP’s Advisory Board, commented on the news of the trial results. He said, “I feel this is a ground breaking piece of research as it is the first randomised, placebo controlled, clinical trial to evaluate a herbal approach to the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Its importance is signified by the fact that the trial and the results were presented at the AGM of the British Society of Gastroenterologists this year.”

“However, the jury has been out for a long time, as our first ever clinical trial to reach a conclusion was actually started way back in 1998. I am now delighted to report at last that there is a positive outcome with this trial.

“I first met Dr. David Rampton, the instigator of the trial in December 1997. Now a Professor in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Royal London Hospital, he was then a Senior Consultant. His interest was initially aroused by the dramatic effect FLP’s Aloe Vera drink had on his daughter’s psoriasis.

Apparently, he had witnessed the stunning results after his daughter started using our products and the condition had virtually cleared up. As psoriasis is a disorder of the immune system he postulated that Aloe Vera might work on other disorders of the immune system such as ulcerative colitis, in this case an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself. So here we had a conventional medical specialist prepared to evaluate an alternative therapy in a way that would be accepted by the medical fraternity at large. If only all specialists were so open-minded but at the time this was ground breaking.

“In those days I was getting extremely frustrated trying to persuade my medical colleagues to look at the possibility of any trial and getting absolutely nowhere, so you can imagine my delight and surprise when, out of the blue, this doctor rang me up and asked if I would help him set up a trial - would I?!!”.

Because of the unusual nature of this trial, the lead researcher Dr. Louise Langmead was invited to present the findings at the annual meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterologists in Glasgow on March 23rd 2004 and then at the American Gastroenterology Association meeting in New Orleans in May 2004. The full paper has been published in the medical journal “Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2004 Apr;19(7):739-47”. It will be clearly stated that the Aloe Vera drink that was used in the trial is manufactured by Forever Living Products.



10 reasons to drink Aloe Vera Gel

Imagine slicing open an aloe leaf and consuming the gel directly from the plant. Forever Living’s signature product, Aloe Vera Gel, is as close to the real thing as you can get! The first of its kind to receive certification by the International Aloe Science Council, this rich concoction of pulp and liquid authenticates this product just as nature intended. The proof is in the aloe – after reading our top 10 reasons why we think you should drink Aloe Vera Gel, you will see why aloe vera has earned the nickname, “the miracle plant.”

10. Dental Health and Hygiene
Aloe Vera is extremely healthful for your mouth and gums.The gel acts as a scavenging agent for mercury and an immune enhancer for overall mouth wellness. Take that to your next dental appointment!

9. Provides Rapid Soothing
Aloe Vera enhances fibroblast function. Fibroblasts are those remarkable little cells responsible for collagen formation. They also assist in the soothing of minor burns, cuts, scrapes and skin irritants.

8. Assists in Healthy Digestion
A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the foods we eat are absorbed into the blood stream. Aloe Vera has natural detoxifying abilities. Drinking Aloe Vera Gel regularly may improve bowel regularity and increase protein absorption, while at the same time decreasing unfriendly bacteria and yeast – all done naturally! Aloe Vera has also demonstrated its ability to soothe heartburn and other types of digestive upset.

7. Immune Support and Function
Aloe Vera provides natural support for the immune system. Since the immune system works around the clock protecting the body, aloe vera, with its natural immune nhancers, gives the body a continual arsenal from which to draw. Drinking 2 to 4 ounces of Aloe Vera Gel regularly can possibly produce the steady support your immune system needs.

6. Regulates Weight and Energy Levels
Aloe Vera Gel naturally, and with regular use, allows the body to detoxify the digestive system. Our diets include many unwanted substances which can cause lethargy and exhaustion. Taken regularly, Aloe Vera Gel ensures a greater feeling of well being, allowing energy levels to increase and helping to maintain a healthy body weight.

5. Collagen and Elastin Repair
Aloe Vera can add a rich and steady supply of building materials to produce and maintain healthy skin. The skin replenishes itself every 21 to 28 days. Using the nutritional building blocks of aloe vera, the skin can utilize these nutrients daily to help combat the effects of aging! A daily dose of Aloe Vera Gel can be just what your skin is thirsting for.

4. Daily Dose of Minerals
Some of the minerals found in aloe vera include calcium, odium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, opper and zinc. What a powerful storehouse! We all know that adding foods to our diets with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals is recommended for overall health. Drinking Aloe Vera Gel is a natural and healthful way to replenish the body’s supply.

3. Daily Dose of Vitamins
Aloe Vera Gel contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. The human body simply cannot store some of these vitamins, therefore we need to supplement them regularly through our diet. What better way than by drinking a daily dose of Aloe Vera Gel and at the same time building the body’s defense system naturally against oxidative stress?!

2. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Aloe Vera Gel has 12 natural substances that have been shown to inhibit inflammation without side effects. Aloe may help soothe joint and muscle pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Just think –all that, and in just 2 to 4 ounces a day…

And the number one reason for Drinking Aloe Vera Gel is….

1. “ Body Building Blocks”
Amino acids are our body’s building blocks. Eight of which are essential and cannot be made by the body are found within the aloe plant! Drinking Aloe Vera Gel on a regular basis allows you to help maintain your health by replenishing your body naturally with these essential amino acids. An analysis of the aloe vera plant shows that it comes closer than any other known plant to the duplication of life’s essential amino acids. Life’s building blocks found within one nutritional drink – Aloe Vera Gel!

As you can see from these 10 great reasons, taken daily – either alone or mixed with pure fruit juice – Aloe Vera Gel is one of the best nutritional supplements available!