All About Aloe Vera
- There may be over 400 species of aloe plant found in dry regions throughout the world, but there is only one species that has been recognised for being particularly beneficial to humans and animals – Aloe Barbadensis.
- This type of aloe is known for its natural soothing, cooling and moisturising abilities, and although it looks like a cactus, this succulent is actually part of the lily family and related to onions, garlic and asparagus.
- The aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skincare properties.
- Aloe vera originated in the Arabian Peninsula, where it evolved in a dry climate to form incredibly succulent properties.
- Today, aloe vera is one of the most popular supplements sold in Europe and for good reason, in fact, humans have been recording the benefits of this plant for centuries. There are examples of aloe vera in Egyptian tombs, the Bible and in famous ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese and Indian herbals texts.
- Once an adult aloe vera plant reaches maturity, its height will be around 30 inches.
- The aloe vera plant is one of the most studied herbs in the natural products category.
- Scientists have identified more than 75 active nutrients in the leaf gel and these compounds work synergistically to provide soothing and therapeutic benefits. These compounds include amino acids, enzymes, lignin, saponins, anthraquinones, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and salicylic acids.
- If aloe vera leaves are harvested by hand, the plant itself will not be destroyed as only the outer leaves will be separated from the plant. About every 2 months, 3-4 leaves of an aloe plant can be taken but the rest must remain to ensure that the same plant can be repeatedly harvested over a period of 8-10 years.
- Once the aloe has been harvested, it can be used to produce aloe-based products. There are many different aloe juices and gels on the market, and taste and purity can depend upon what part of the aloe leaf is used. Aloe vera juice is often made from the whole leaf, including the outer leaf that contains a bitter yellow substance known as aloin. The best ingredient to look out for is pure inner leaf gel as this carries the most benefits and is purer in taste. By cutting away the outer leaf, you are removing most of the yellowish aloin substance making the gel pleasant, healthy, and safe for consumption.
Aloe as nature intended
Forever Living Aloe Vera Drinking Gel
Forever Living is passionate about its products and in particular its flagship product Forever Aloe Vera Gel. This purifying gel drink carries benefits that have literally impacted millions of people all over the world thanks to its nutrient value, purity of its aloe and its patented production process. Forever Aloe Vera Gel contains a high quantity of pure aloe vera and it really is this succulent plant that makes Forever’s products so powerful.
With 99.7% inner leaf gel, Forever Aloe Vera Gel is as close to cutting open a fresh aloe vera leaf as you can get! This means the unique tasting gel is packed with properties and nutrients that will work wonders for your skin, immune health, digestion and overall wellbeing! If you commit to taking a daily shot, it won’t be long before you notice a difference in the way you feel, and that’s because this nourishing gel is a natural cleanser that delivers much-needed goodness; goodness that will have you glowing from the inside out!
Forever Aloe Vera Gel’s formula is completely natural, containing just three ingredients: aloe vera gel, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and citric acid (acidity regulator), and we love that it now has the added bonus of antioxidant vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress as well as contributing to maintaining the normal function of skin, bones and the immune system during and after intense physical exercise. Vitamin C also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and to normal psychological function.
Written by Emily Boylan
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