Getting more out of....using Aloe Vera
When the aloe vera gel is used fresh from the leaf or when it is properly stabilised and processed to retain the essential 'freshness and efficacy' of the raw gel, it has:
- potent healing,
- immune boosting,
- general health-giving and rejuvenating properties,
…..for a wide range of ailments and disorders in both humans and animals alike.
It is no less impressive to see the incredible range of disorders affecting animals which aloe vera can help, from the smallest domestic pets to the largest commercial animals.
So, how do ensure you are getting the right quality of aloe vera?
Over the last few years the growing awareness and subsequent increase in demand for aloe vera products has led to a 'rash' of poorer quality products being introduced to the market.
These products which tend to contain much less aloe vera (as a percentage by volume) are being marketed on the back of the extensive and positive publicity of the effects of high quality aloe vera.
Unfortunately, the huge disparity in quality, potency, purity and efficacy between the different brands of aloe vera it is not always obvious.
This is important when you consider that the largest producer of aloe vera in the world and the company whose products are most often featured in the media only sells its products direct to the end user. In other words, they are not available directly through shops.
This is also increasingly the case as more and more people purchase nutritional supplements, natural products and herbal remedies on a direct sales basis from manufacturers/suppliers or through the Internet.
Bear in mind the old saying 'you pays your money and you takes your choice'. The use of the words 'aloe vera' could simply mean there is a small percentage by volume in that particular product.
Very often there simply is not enough aloe vera content to be of any real benefit but the very presence of the two 'magic' words - aloe vera - on the label is often enough to sell the product.
Potential buyers should take heed of the words of a well known US grower of aloe vera who, when asked to comment on the huge proliferation of aloe vera drinks on the market (and this is now very evident in the UK and many other countries in Europe) said,
'If it looks like water, smells like water and tastes like water, then it probably is mostly water.'
Please note there is a difference between water and the naturally occurring liquid in aloe vera's inner gel.
I have tried well over thirty different aloe vera drinks, in the UK, the USA and Europe. And I know, from personal experience that there is a huge disparity in the stabilised aloe vera gel content, the polysaccharide content and the purity, quality and strength of the products currently being sold (both drinks and topical products).
I also feel that it is important for you as a potential consumer of aloe vera, to receive good and ongoing advice about the aloe vera you are buying, whether it's a drink or a topical product. So, make sure you keep contact with your local supplier and ask their advice if you need help.
Additional criteria to consider are
Other measures of quality include the manufacture's own guarantee. For instance the largest aloe vera grower and manufacturer in the world has a ninety-day, unconditional, money back guarantee.
- The International Aloe Science Council Seal of Approval
- Kosher ratings, Muslim seal of approval etc
- Not testing on animals
- Inner leaf aloe vera gel
- Cold pressed - not reconstituted
These guarantees provide you with the opportunity to trial the products over a good length of time (which is important - given that aloe vera is a natural plant substance).Remember - aloe vera is not a cure all!
Although common folklore would have us believe that aloe vera has 'magical' healing properties, it should never be regarded as a cure-all.
It does however seem to have significant and highly positive benefits when taken internally (as a drink), topically on the skin or both simultaneously on a wide range of seemingly unconnected ailments and disorders.
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