Aloe Vera – The Plant of Immortality

You may not realize that Aloe Vera is  one of the oldest medicinal plants.  Ancient Egyptians and Greeks have used the plant throughout the millenia and wars have been fought over it.

Aloe vera has been given many beautiful names:  The Silent Healer, Plant of Immortality, Fountain of Youth, Plant of Life, Celestial Blessing, Harmonious Medicine, and Desert Lily.

Did you know that aloe vera plants can be found in over half the homes in theUnited   States?  Most people are familiar with the power of aloe vera in treating burns and scrapes.  You simply break off a leaf and rub the inner leaf gel on the injury.

But in addition to external use, powerful health benefits come from ingesting the inner leaf gel which is rich in vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides?  Polysaccharides are long chain sugars that help in cellular rejuvenation.

So how can you ingest aloe vera? 

One way is to grow and harvest your own aloe vera and make aloe vera juice using some of the recipes that can be found on the internet.  There are books available with aloe vera juice recipes.* (Important – See footnote at article end.)

Or you can buy various consumable products available which contain aloe vera.

Whichever route you take, it is critically important to realize that how aloe products are manufactured is extremely important.

If the gel of the aloe plant is exposed to oxygen for a prolonged time (about 4 hours) it oxidizes – rendering it useless.

Aloe must be “stabilized”.  That’s a process that assures the Aloe (such as the final juice, jelly, lotion, or other ingestable product) is essentially the same as if you freshly filleted the leaf yourself.  If it is not stabilized, the gel loses it’s nutritional value.

Also, there are a number of products available in the market that may be labeled as ‘Aloe Vera Juice’ but contain only a small amount of actual inner leaf gel.  Beware if water is listed as the main ingredient.  According to the US Food and Drug Administration you can call a gallon water “Aloe Vera Juice” if it contains two tablespoons of aloe vera in it.

One of the best ways to take advantage of the benefits of aloe vera is in Mannatech’s Ambrotose dietary supplement.  The process by which prime aloe vera is harvested and stabilized for Ambrotose is shown here.

You can purchase Ambrotose here and it comes with a 6 month satisfaction guarantee.  The same is true of Mannatech’s skin care products that provide the benefits of aloe, Firm and Emprizone.

*Footnote:  One of the recipe books available online claims that Aloe Vera can cure over 80 disorders.  That is patently false.  Aloe Vera has an exceptionally large number of nutritional properties, but it does not “cure” anything.  Aloe contributes important nutrients needed by the body and immune system in the healing process.  In the very literal sense, only the body can cure itself.  Aloe Vera provides raw materials needed by the body to effect its own cure.

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