Aloe Vera Blog

A blog dedicated to the healing powers of the Aloe vera L plant.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Aloe Vera - The Herb of Wonders

Aloe VeraAloe Vera is the herb of wonders, possessing numerous beneficial uses. It can be used as an all natural ingredient in beauty and cosmetic products or it may be consumed as a nutritional supplement in pill, powder or liquid form.

Aloe Vera is chock full of various beneficial nutrients, including vitamins like B12 and most amino acids, iron, manganese, calcium, Zinc mineral, enzymes etc. There are many Aloe Vera products available like Aloe Vera drinks, moisturizers, cleansers, wound healing creams etc. Today’s Aloe Vera is also widely used in beauty products.

According to some reports Aloe Vera is found to have many medicinal as well as cosmetic properties. Aloe Vera liquid ingested as a drink may be used to provide relief for patients suffering from digestive problems, arthritis, diabetes and high cholesterol because of the dietary supplement properties. It has also reportedly used to boost the immune system. Many doctors say Aloe Vera is not a medicine, however it is found to have certain curing properties. Aloe Vera is also found effective in treating wrinkles, stretch marks and pigmentations. The medicinal properties of Aloe Vera are still on debate, but the beauty and cosmetic properties have been highly accepted all over the world for centuries.

However, in recent years clinical research studies have produced sufficient evidence to support Aloe Vera health claims. These clinical studies have concluded that Aloe Vera may be used as a: laxative, immune system stimulant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Many scientific studies now support the usefulness of Aloe Vera both as an internal nutritional dietary supplement and an external topical healing aid.

Now after all that "official" speak…I’m off to enjoy a glass of my favorite Aloe Vera juice!


Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Aloe, Immunity and Health Care

Health problems today are becoming chronic, complex, and resistant. Our immune system is burdening by increasing toxins, stress, aging, sedentary life, financial worries …

No penicillin quick cure Immune drug can be found in today’s drug store. Half of Texas medical internist report extreme frustration with a practice limited to symptom therapy not cures. Half our population seeks alternative health answers. “Our health care system is broken.”

And yet, answers for our health are growing literally right under our feet. Consider aloe Vera plants acknowledged for health benefits across the globe… and through the ages.

What are the benefits (documented) to when we take aloe into our body?

Modern laboratory technology finds hundreds of nutrients in Aloe Vera and a remarkably high level of mannan saccharides. What are the benefits to our health when we take mannans into our body? What is special for our health is that functional mannan/mannose molecules (MMM) are found throughout the major signal pathways of our innate immunity.

Literally all organs in our body are protected by mannan glycoprotein (GP) which distinguish patterns of Self versus Non Self. GP mechanisms [signal-ligands-receptors] identify nearly all dangerous micro organisms by their membrane signatures – mannan-molecular badges of identity worn by bacteria, virus, toxins, tumors, disease tissue and more.

Functional mannans are traced through our immune Domains of Recognition, of Binding, and of Activation- and through our body’s innate strategies of inflammation, pluripotential macrophages and acute phase reactants, and detoxification mechanisms. Our genetic scripts map for total (MMM) absorption’s and renal conservation,specific enzymes for transport and chaperone functions and sophisticated biosynthesis [glyco conjugations within cell organelles] building “smart” glycoproteins (GP) signal structures.

And now we are discovering the molecular language of the first wave immune defenses-especially the Lectins carbohydrate super family---with intense research exploring the serum Mannan Binding Protein. And remarkably, we are discovering a core code of the amino acid sequence required by mannose sensitive proteins.

Therefore, the window of opportunity opens as Aloe Immune science now translates into practical, easy to use, safe nutrient products. Research now describes clinical conditions of allergy, asthma, arthritis, auto- immune suggesting an A-Z possibility of health care products.

*Reference: Science papers by Dr Siegel presented to the Annual International Environmental Conference, 1998. Suggested focus papers from research groups including Drs LR Tizard, I. Danhof, R. McDaniel, S. Gordon, A. Ezekowitz

Further Reading: Acemannan by Carrington Labs

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