Quite recently I have been enjoying massive amounts of aloe juice. That’s because after being gifted with an aloe plant, people began casually commenting about how amazing aloe juice is. Until this point my knowledge of aloe was that it’s a great relief for burns, but I quickly learned that this succulent plant, when ingested, has some amazing health benefits, too.
The beneficial properties of the aloe plant come from the twenty amino acids it contains. As well as being used to support the natural healing of damaged skin, aloe vera can also be made into juices, gels, powders and it’s is often added to cosmetics and many other common household products. However, the benefits of aloe Vera have yet to be fully researched.
But not all Aloe Vera is created equal; there are over 240 different species of aloe, which typically grows in the dry and arid climate zones of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Of the many different types, only four are identified as fit for human consumption. The Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller is widely considered among plant enthusiasts to be the best.
What makes Barbadensis Miller the leader amongst all aloe Vera?
It contains over twenty amino acids, eight of which are critical for key body process, and a few that our bodies cannot make naturally. Aloe contains all of these eight important amino acids over and above eleven of the fourteen ‘secondary’ amino acids.
As well as being an amino acid frontrunner, it is also enriched with a host of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E.
The manufacturing process of aloe-based products is a crucial factor in determining the overall efficiency of the product. Case and point, the gel of the aloe plant, if exposed for a long time (around four hours or so) oxidizes and loses it’s potency. Therefore the harvest time and the process of removing the outer layer of the leaf to extract the gel should be completed within this time.
The popularity of aloe juice is on the rise, and it’s readily available in most grocery and health food stores. Be sure to check the quality and origins of the product to ensure that you are getting the best aloe juice possible.
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