Aloe vera qualities

Composition and active ingredients of Aloe vera

The pulp extracted from the Aloe vera leaf is of a jellylike consistency and with a bitter taste. On contact with air it oxidizes and turns a reddish color.

The components that provide the Aloe vera its characteristic properties are:

  • Polysaccharides (acemannan, galacturonic acid, etc.)
  • Organic acids (glutamic, malic, citric, etc.)
  • Enzymes (cellulase, catalase, carboxypeptidase, etc.)
  • Amino acids (valine, methionine, lysine, etc.)
  • B Vitamins
  • Minerals (copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, etc.)
Fresh Aloe vera pieces

The concentration on the ground of different components depends on the environmental conditions and cultivation (amount of received sunlight, rain, harvest time, etc.)

The acemannan or also known as aloverasa, is a polysaccharide found in the Aloe vera leaves and is one of its most important active ingredients. Several scientific studies have shown its stimulating effects on the immune system as antiviral: it increases the resistance of our body against parasites, viruses and bacteria. Recent studies have identified another active ingredient, aloeride, that has the same effects as the acemannan.

Aloe vera properties

The combination of all the components of Aloe vera lead to its properties:

  • Hydrating
  • Regenerating
  • Nutritious
  • Healing
  • Antibacterial
  • Soothing
Fresh Aloe vera slices

Recent studies in this field indicate that the amazing results of Aloe vera are not due to the action of one of its components in particular, but to the combined action of all of them.

Use and application of Aloe vera

Wounds

Professor Davis, et.al. checked the astonishing result that aloe has in diabetic patients with ulcers in the lower limbs. It should be recalled that only in USA 14% of diabetic patients require hospitalization for lower extremity problems (Davis, R., M.G. Leitner. and J.M. Russo, "Aloe vera is a natural method of treating wounds, edema and diabetes pain" Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association 78 (1988:68.)

Scars

Studies carried out by Dr. Peter Atherton showed that aloe accelerates healing effect on the skin.

Other studies have also revealed that aloe acts on epithelial cells to accelerate the regeneration of the deeper layers of the skin.

Hydration

The broad content of active substances in the aloe such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals and nutrients help achieve extraordinary results.

Acne

Studies by Dr. Lawrence Meyerson showed the healing effects of Aloe vera in cases of acne vulgaris. It concluded that apart from improving the state of the skin, Aloe vera also helps reduce the marks that this disease often leaves on it.