Aloe Vera is often called the Miracle Plant, the Silent Healer, the Burn Plant or even the Medicine Plant, goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing medicinal herb has benefited mankind.

Aloe vera gel contains at least 75 known ingredients, and maybe more, which are yet to be discovered. These ingredients can be divided into the groups shown below:

Vitamins - it contains 12 vitamins, but the most imporant ones are the antioxidant Vitamins C and E and betacarotene, the precursor of vitamin A.  It is also one of the very few plants in the world to contain Vitamin B12.

Minerals - About 30 minerals of which include magnesium, manganese, zin, copper, chromium, calcium, sodium, potassium and iron.

Amino Acids - the human body requires 20 amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and aloe vera gel provides 19 of them.  More importantly, it provides seven of the eight essential amino acids that cannot be manufactured by the body and which therefore have to be consumed as food.

Sugars - these include the important long chain polysaccharides which act on the immune system to boost its effects.

Enzymes - lipases and proteases which break down food and aid digesion as well as a carboxypeptidase that is involved in the inflammatory process.

Plant Sterols - the three main types act as powerful antiinflamitory agents.

Saponins - these are soapy substances that exert a popwerful anti-microbial effect against bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast such as candida or 'thrush'.

Lignin - this woody substance bestwos on aloe vera its penetrative ability to reach deep into the skin.

Anthraquinones - the most important ones being aloin and emodin, but altogether they are strong painkillers and are acknowledged to possess antibacterial and virucidal activity.  In their pure form, they are very powerful laxatives.

Salycylic Acid - this aspirin-like compound is anti-inflammatory when taken orally and used topically it helps to break down dead tissue.

The above information was written by Dr Peter Atherton MB.ChB, D.Obst.R.C.O.G, F.R.C.G.P.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN6IpaHvVYU   - aloe vera information 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BukHiQOtNI  - short 2 minute clip of Forever aloe vera with Dr P. Atherton

In order to ensure the highest quality, Forever Living cultivates aloe vera on its privately-owned plantations, avoiding the use of herbicides or pesticides.  Forever’s aloe vera is one of the purest available on the market. Treated with the greatest care, avoiding pasteurisation, freeze-drying and heating, the aloe vera retains its beneficial properties. This is ensured by the thorough and regular checks carried out by Forever, commencing at the cultivation stage, through production and all the way to distribution. The purity of the gel is the foundation of all Forever products.

The key to Forever’s success is a commitment to quality and purity. From planting and tending, to harvesting, Forever’s aloe plants are carefully nurtured with the same level of care and standards that it puts into every one of its products. Forever farmers harvest the aloe by hand, treating it with great care. The leaves are processed within hours, to provide the purest, freshest aloe vera gel with all of its inherent qualities intact.

With over 50 million aloe vera plants, Forever’s aloe vera plantations work to cleanse the earth of two million tons of CO2 every year.

Dr. Peter Atherton, now works as part of Forever Living's advisory board, qualified at Leeds University and after six years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he became an NHS General Practitioner and GP trainer in Buckinghamshire where he practiced for 25 years.  After leaving the NHS he spent two years as a visiting research fellow at the Universtiy of Oxford.  Afer which he was apppointed as Director of the Tyingham Clinic, Europe's largest residential naturopathic clinic. During his medical pratice, he developed an interest in Dermatology, having spent three years in the Skin department of a District Hospital.  This interest combined with an understanding of the power of herbal remedies gained whilst serving in the Far East led to his fascination with aloe veral.  He lectures extensively on the medical aspects of aloe vera and is the author of three books on the subject.  The latest entitled "Aloe Vera the Medicine Plant" is already on the way to being an international best seller. He has just been elected a Fellow of the Roayl College of General Practitioiners, the highest recognition in his branch of the profession.   


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