Volunteer Blogs from Klarissa (5) - Aloe Vera


(Puerto Escondido)

This week I decided to do a little research on the benefits of Aloe. While taking care of the plants here, I have noticed our abundant supply of aloe! We have at least twenty plants growing in pots around the property. Curious as to what it could be used for, I did a little internet research and found some useful information.
I also found when ingesting the plants it is best to soak it in some water overnight to remove some of the bitterness.

What Is In Aloe Vera?
9) Vitamins
Aloe Vera contains the following vitamins:
Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Choline
Folic Acid
Vitamins A, C and E provide Aloe Vera’s antioxidant activity and neutralise free radicals.
The “B” Vitamins and Choline are involved in amino acid metabolism, Vitamin B12 is required for the production of red blood cells, Folic Acid is required in the development of blood cells.
After detailing what vitamins are in Aloe Vera, next is a breakdown of the minerals and sugars contained in Aloe Vera:
What Is In Aloe Vera?
10) Minerals
Several different minerals have been found in Aloe Vera, following are the 10 most important ones:
Calcium
Chromium
Copper
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Potassium
Phosphorous
Sodium
Zinc
These minerals are essential for good health and are known to work in synergistic combinations with each other, vitamins and other trace elements
What Is In Aloe Vera?
11) Sugars
Aloe Vera contains 2 Monosaccharides:
Glucose
Fructose
They provide anti-inflammatory activity. Aloe Vera also contains Polysaccharides:
Polysaccharides are normally found in all cells of your body. However your body stops producing polysaccharides around the age of 10, after which your body relies completely on outside sources for these vital compounds.
Aloe Vera is an extremely rich source of polysaccharides such as Gluco-mannans or Polymannose, molecules of Mannose linked to molecules of Glucose. This is a polysaccharide which provides the anti-viral, immune modulating activity of Acemannan.
In discussing the components of Aloe Vera, Acemannan deserves a special mention because of the very important role it plays. It stimulates the body’s macrophages to produce Interferon and Interleukin, which stop viruses multiplying.
Macrophages are the deep cleansers of the immune system that can destroy small particles such as toxic chemicals and tumours. Acemannan also helps lubricate the joints and line the colon.
The long chain Gluco-mannans are ingested whole from the gut, not broken down like other sugars, and appear in the bloodstream in exactly the same form. This process is known as pinocytosis.
Once in the blood stream they are able to exert their immuno-regulating effect. Some of these polysaccharides are not absorbed but stick to certain cells lining the gut and form a barrier preventing absorption of unwanted material so helping to prevent a “leaking” gut syndrome.

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