Aloe Vera the Miracle Plant
Smart people through the millennia have prized aloe plants.
• Hippocrates, father of modern medicine, used at least 14 different formulas containing aloe, 2400 years ago.
• It was King Solomon’s favourite laxative.
• Alexander the Great was exhorted by his teacher Aristotle to conquer the island of Succotra where a rare plant called Aloe succotrina grew, so he could have aloe for his soldiers. At least that’s the story that’s been handed down. This early Mediterranean variety of aloe was known to be so potent that Alexander never left on a military mission without hauling a whole forest of the plants with him.
But we don’t have to rely on ancient legends. There’s plenty of contemporary evidence for aloe:
• Bill C. Coats, expert on aloe vera and author of The Silent Healer: A Modern Study of Aloe Vera, tells the story of the old rancher whose prize bull was bitten by a huge rattlesnake. The bull’s leg was swollen to three times its normal size, and the poison was taking a serious toll. It looked like the animal was going to die.
The rancher sliced two oversized leaves of aloe, wrapped them as a poultice around the bull’s leg. A short time later the bull could walk again. Within 24 hours he was completely healed.
• Father Romano Zago, a Brazilian priest and author of the book Cancer Can Be Cured, tells this story (plus at least 40 more) in his book:
The uncle of one of his parishioners, Giovanni, was deathly ill with prostate cancer.
Father Zago visited the man to administer last rites. But he also knew of a remedy he believed could save Giovanni’s life. Try as he might to convince Giovanni’s wife to give it to him, though, she refused, thinking he was offering false hope.
Later Father Zago happened on the man’s son, and convinced him to prepare this drink for Giovanni. The boy promised to give it to his father. A week later, Father Zago learned that Giovanni was released from the hospital. The family thought the reason was to let him die at home.
But then they told Father Zago that the tennis ball sized swelling near Giovanni’s stomach had shrunk, disappeared even. At which time Father Zago declared Giovanni out of imminent danger, saying this was a sign he was improved.
Long story short, Giovanni improved month after month, resumed his life’s work, and lived to be more than 80 years old.
• Dr. Julian Whitaker reported that a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare brain tumor went into remission after drinking whole-leaf Aloe vera concentrate, 8 ounces a day for three months. Surgeons had been unable to remove the entire tumor, leaving his future uncertain, to say the least.
The child was living a normal lifestyle and participating in sports — but still drinking Aloe vera juice every day — at the time of the Whitaker report.
Is Aloe the Cure for Everything?
Fresh aloe gel used as a topical may be the best skin cream on earth. The yellow bitter part of the leaf is a proven laxative. And whole-leaf extracts can help fire up your immune system, reduce swelling, improve healing, kill bacteria and viruses, and improve communication within and between cells.
But nothing works 100 percent of the time.
Body chemistries vary. And frankly, some people’s biochemistry may be so out of balance that nothing can heal it. However, Bill Coats says that if anything has a chance of working on such folks, it’s probably aloe.
What’s So Miraculous about Aloe?
Aloe is one of the world’s most biologically active plants. It contains life’s basic building blocks — essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids.
Most of aloe’s leaves are filled with gel, about 99 percent of which is water. The remaining one percent boasts at least 75 known nutrients — including 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plant compounds such as phytonutrients, enzymes, proteins, oils, monosaccharides and polysaccharides.
Most people are only familiar with the skin healing aloe offers. But this remedy can do so much more. It has recognized antioxidant, anti-aging, and healing properties.
Some consider it the world’s most impressive herb. Here are the benefits that have been credited to aloe:
• Stops the growth of tumor cells
• Lowers cholesterol / triglycerides
• Oxygenates your blood
• Eases inflammation
• Relieves joint and muscle pain
• Protects you from oxidative stress
• Supports your kidney
• Protects you from oxalates in coffee and tea
• Alkalizes your body, balancing your acid levels
• Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease, and other digestive disorders
• Controls high blood pressure
• Accelerates healing of physical and radiation burns
• Ends constipation
• Supports heart function, boosts physical endurance
• Speeds wound and injury recovery
• Hydrates your skin, speeds skin repair
• Prevents candida infections
• Stabilizes blood sugar / insulin levels
• Controls cell communications
What Aloe Can Do for Cancer
Some alternative cancer experts rate aloe a “Stage IV Supplemental” treatment, to be used with highly potent “Stage IV” protocols, like radiation and chemo (should you choose to use them). Some clinics use aloe to boost the effectiveness of the chemo agents cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar) and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU).
Aloe is an immune stimulant that helps kill cancer and invading organisms.
Dozens of studies confirm aloe’s anti-cancer activity — linked to acemannan’s immune-stimulating properties and glycoprotein, as well as anthraquinone and phenolic antioxidants. Acemannan is a substance found in aloe vera leaves. Aloe also boosts nitric oxide, a potent anti-cancer agent used by your immune cells.
A large epidemiological survey of lung cancer and smoking in Japan suggested that drinking aloe juice prevented lung cancer, as well as stomach and colon cancer. Its impact on existing cancers was unclear.
A Word about Cellular Communication
Aloes contain unique sugars called mannans, which enhance cellular communication — both within and between your cells.
These mannans are part of a crucial “telegraph” system capable of preventing or slowing down cancer. Mannans are responsible for billions of messages… and the implications of poor messaging are staggering.
Dramatic Story about AIDS and Cancer
An AIDS study provides one of the most dramatic clinical proofs about aloe. Nearly everyone in the study who was on the daily aloe regimen got better, as indicated by skyrocketing white T-cell counts.
One patient from this trial also had advanced liver cancer and was given less than two months to live. His liver was four times normal size. He kept drinking the juice, improved gradually… one year later his tumors were gone.
Pathologist H. Reginald McDaniel, MD, also involved with this trial, was initially skeptical. Seeing seriously ill patients improve was good. But what really sealed it for him was a disease of his own — viral pneumonia which conventional medicine couldn’t cure. He drank aloe, and his cure made him an aloe advocate.
Keep Aloe Handy in Case of Trauma Too
In 2004, researchers discovered that an aloe compound called drag reducing polymer (DRP) could help patients with trauma and severe blood loss. DRP enhances the diffusion of oxygen in the red blood cells supporting your tissues — and allows a traumatized patient to live on less blood.
This could potentially save many lives from car wrecks, war injuries, and other traumas. Perhaps this was Alexander the Great’s experience too.
How to Choose the ‘Right’ Aloe
With 300 species of aloe and a host of products all claiming to be the best, how do you choose?
Aloe vera is certainly the most well-known. Most store-shelf aloe juices don’t go much beyond soothing minor cuts. They’re processed, heated, and diluted. Nor do you have control over previous light exposure. Also, it’s perfectly legal for aloe juice products to claim “Made with 100% Aloe Vera” on the bottle, when in reality, it may be 99% water and just 1% aloe vera juice.
The processing method has the largest effect on the number and amount of active ingredients in an aloe vera product. The commercial production process of aloe vera products typically involves the crushing, grinding or pressing of the whole leaf to produce juice, followed by various steps of filtration and stabilization to achieve the desired extract. Although this is easier for the manufacturers, it can result in a product that contains little or no active ingredients.
It turns out, after extracting the gel, heating it and using fillers to make aloe vera products, the health benefits are minimized. In order to stop the common misrepresentations in the industry, and the false idea that all aloe vera products produce the same benefits, the International Aloe Science Council developed a certification program that validates the quality and quantity of aloe vera in approved commercial products. When looking to purchase aloe vera, read the labels carefully and look for this important certification.
Forever Aloe Vera is grown at our plantations in the Dominican Republic and Texas. Forever Aloe is carefully grown and cultivated, ensuring the highest quality plant possible.
With the perfect balance of soil, the ideal temperature and just the right amount of rainfall, we grow quality into the Aloe plants. On our Dominican Republic plantation, we have over 30 million plants and harvest over 1 million pounds of Aloe per week!
From planting to tending to harvesting, our Aloe plants are carefully nurtured with the same level of care and standards that we put into to every one of our final products. Our farmers harvest our Aloe by hand, treating it with great care.
Raw materials can vary up to 500% based on method of harvest, climate, season and storage conditions. To minimize variations and to ensure the quality of our Aloe, the leaves are processed and packed for shipping to our manufacturing facilities within hours of harvest in order to ensure that you get the purest, freshest Aloe Vera gel as it was intended, intact with all its inherent qualities. Forever Aloe Vera Gel is the first to receive the International Aloe Science Council’s certification.
Recommended Doses of Aloe Vera
These recommended aloe vera doses are based on scientific research and publications. Make sure to read the label on aloe vera products before using them, and notify your doctor if you experience any side effects:
• For constipation, take 100–200 milligrams of aloe vera daily.
• For wound healing, psoriasis and other skin infections, use aloe propolis cream three times daily.
• For dental plaque and gum disease, use a toothpaste that contains aloe vera for 24 weeks.
• For high cholesterol, take 2 ounce of aloe vera gel twice daily for two months.
• For inflammatory bowel disease, drink 100 millilitres aloe vera gel twice daily for four weeks.
• For skin burns, use a 97.5 percent aloe gel on the burn until it’s healed.
• For dry scalp or dandruff, use a shampoo with a high content of aloe vera.
• To protect your skin from infection and bacteria, use a skin lotion with a high content of aloe vera gel.