‘Aloe vera helps to balance body’s immune system’

October 24, 2014

 

Aloe vera

HERBAL REMEDIES: Some of the aloe vera products that are available through independent distributors in east Dorset. I am holding the aloe vera tooth gel mentioned in this article and with me is independent aloe vera distributor Vitka Croake. Picture by Lenka Daisy.

 

ARE the leaves and properties of a plant grown commercially in hot climates the key to unlocking the door to a longer and healthier life?

That is the question I have been asking myself after I was introduced to the world of aloe vera. It is a succulent plant that is cited as having been used in herbal medicine since the first century.

The extracts from the plant are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as having healing or soothing rejuvenating qualities.

The species has been widely cultivated across the world and it’s natural range is unclear. However naturalised strands of the species occur on the Arabian Peninsula, through North Africa (Morocco, Mauritania and Egypt), through Sudan and on islands off the West African coast including the Cape Verde, Canary and Madeira Islands.

Aloe vera can be used on facial tissues where it is promoted as a moisturiser and anti-irritant to reduce chafing of the nose.

Cosmetic companies commonly add sap and other derivatives from the plant to other products such as makeup, soaps, sun screens, incense, shaving creams or shampoo.

The plant is ideal for gardens as it can survive in areas of low rainfall – it can thrive in rockeries and other low-water use gardens.

Forever Living Products is the largest global distributor of aloe vera products and has an exclusive line of health and beauty products for nutrition, skin care, weight management, personal care and cosmetics.

Independent distributor Lenka Daisy persuaded me to trial the aloe vera gel drink which is said to have 19 of the 20 essential amino acids required for the human body.

Entering what I perceived to be a female-dominated world of alternative health and knowing full well that guys are not known for looking after their health, it has opened my eyes somewhat and at least two male individuals who I know of could do worse than try out the gel or other products to combat feelings of lethargy.

Three of the biggest claims for the gel are its ability to make digestive tract function more efficiently, particularly nutrients in the bowels. There is a sugar called a polysaccharide that helps to balance the immune system. Salicylic acid and plant sterois are found in the aloe vera plant and allegedly they help soothe muscles and maintain healthy joints, mobility and flexibility.

Having taken the gel twice a day for the past ten days, I have felt my levels of energy are higher than usual and I can do more during the day and I feel it when I have missed my regular dose and have not felt completely good on that same day too. Maybe it is cleaning out the toxicities in my system, but only time will tell.

Another product that I may trial is the aloe vera tooth gel. It does not have fluoride in it and the distributors argued it has the same effectiveness as the commercial brands in fighting cavity-causing organisms as well as being a toothpaste.

Buyers of aloe vera tooth gel must ensure that it contains the stabilized gel located in the centre of the aloe vera plant in order for it to be effective.

If anyone wants to find out more about the products, please click here.

 

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Rebecca October 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

Thank you for posting this Matt. Information I did not know about.

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Lenka Daisy October 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

Thank you for a brilliant article Matt. You utilised most of the information we shared with you and I love your testimonial. Keep going and you will only feel better and better and your immune system will be stronger. I have many testimonials I can share with people that are interested to know more. My email is lenkadaisy@flp.com. Let’s tell everyone how superior and vital our products are!

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Lenka Daisy October 25, 2014 at 8:24 am

I meant lenkadaisy@flp.com for my email. The above is my website. Thanks

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