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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Aloe Vera - Our MD in a Bottle?

Aloe, or Aloe Vera has been well known for centuries for its healing properties.

Descriptions of the use of aloe has been discovered in written history of many different cultures and as far back as the Greek, Egyptians, and Roman eras. References have also been found in writings from the Indian and Chinese early cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries, with its therapeutic advantages and healing properties surviving for over 4000 years. The earliest record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC.

In the 1930s and 40s, extensive research in Britain and the former Soviet Union showed that aloe vera gel when applied topically had an ability to aid in healing wounds, ulcers and burns by 'sealing the damaged flesh with a protective coat and speeding up the rate of healing'. Researchers believe that this is partly due to a compound called aloectin B that stimulates the immune system and thus promotes healing within and outside of the body.
Use of the raw gel has been reported to be effective in treating blisters, insect bites, rashes, sores, herpes, urticaria, athlete's foot, fungus, vaginal infections, conjunctivitis, sties, allergic reactions, and dry skin.

Further Other topical uses include acne, sunburn, frostbite (it appears to prevent decreased blood flow), shingles, screening out x-ray radiation, psoriasis, preventing scarring, rosacea, warts, wrinkles from aging, and eczema. According to the same source, Internally, aloe is showing real promise in the fight against AIDS, and the virus has become undetectable in some patients who used it on a regular basis, due to its immune system stimulant properties. It also seems to help prevent opportunistic infections in cases of HIV and AIDS. It appears to be of help in cancer patients (including lung cancer) by activating the white blood cells and promoting growth of non-cancerous cells. The National Cancer Institute has included Aloe Vera in their recommendations for increased testing because of these apparent cancer fighting properties. Taken orally, aloe also appears to work on heartburn, arthritis and rheumatism pain and asthma, and studies have shown that it has an effect on lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics. Other situations in which it appears to work when taken internally include congestion, intestinal worms, indigestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, liver problems such as cirrhosis and hepatitis, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, prostate problems, and as a general detoxifier. Most recently, researchers have discovered that aloe is also effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome. Is there any condition it can not combat? Definitely, aloe is an item that belongs in every medicine cabinet.

Product Review: Aloe Gold

Aloe Gold® by Hilltop Gardens®
Protection throughout.
Good health begins with the gastrointestinal (GI) tract because any damage that occurs there goes throughout the body. Aloe vera is known predominantly for its topical benefits when applied to a scrape or a burn. However, it is actually just as beneficial when ingested. Using Aloe Gold® on a daily basis can help reduce the damage and help increase the repair of the GI system.*
For added defense, active botanical compounds – Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and green tea extract are added to help support the growth of beneficial intestinal flora, promoting healthy digestion.*
Supports nutrient absorption*
Supports digestive health*
Boosts immune and antioxidant defense*

Suggested Use: Drink one to two ounces before a meal, up to three times a day or as needed. Keep in a cool, dry place before opening. Best served chilled. Shake well. Refrigerate after opening. This product is best used within 60 days after opening.
Warning: Not intended for pregnant or lactating women. As with all nutritional products, consult your physician before using this product if you are taking medications. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 ounce (29.6mL) Servings per container approx. 30
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 5
Total Carbohydrate 1 g <1%*>
Stay well in mind and body,

1 comment:

  1. Amazing post! Thank you, I tried this and vouch for it's taste and results!


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