Aloe Vera

The proven workability of Aloe vera has created over 4,000 scientific papers to be written on the subject. There is no other plant that has been so thoroughly studied for its beneficial qualities to the human system.
No one is sure when Aloe was first used medicinally, but it is known that Chinese doctors were prescribing it at least 3,000 years ago and the Egyptian healers wrote of Aloe’s powers in the 4th century B.C.

In the scientific community there has been divergent theories on the application and workability of Aloe vera. But in the last 20 years with the advent of intensified scientific research, evidence has been fully established, demonstrating it’s diverse medicinal properties.

Aloe is second only to vitamins and minerals in respect to the amount of research conducted in the medical and nutritional communities. Over 4,000 scientific papers have been written to date, document this.
This compilation of abstracts is to remove Aloe vera out of mere folk lore and health fad and clearly show it has a full spectrum of healing benefits evaluated in a clinical environment.

In the final analysis, it will be clinical data which will clearly demonstrate that Aloe vera is a credible health alternative.

An article from The Journal of the IASC
Excerpt from a study by Dr. Faith Strickland, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

In years past it was popularly supposed that a deep suntan made us look better than the pale look we wore during the winter months... as though a mahogany tan meant that we could afford to go south for the winter, or to some sun-drenched island, instead of having to work for a living like our contemporaries. It set us apart from the drudges who worked all winter, unable to afford the sunny climates.

Well, we may have looked better (although some would dispute the fact), but it turns out that what we were really doing was bringing about potentially serious damage to our skin and immune systems.

Recent studies have shown that a bad sunburn, even one that we might have suffered many years ago, can turn into cancer in later life. Not all of these cancers turn out to be melanoma, the really serious form of skin cancer, and may be surgically removed. But melanoma can metastasize, or spread through the body, and that becomes a serious problem, indeed.

Now we have information that sunburn can, and often does, wreak havoc with the body’s immune system, leaving us vulnerable to other diseases. The immune system helps keep us well by providing the body’s primary defense against those germs and viruses that it recognizes as “foreign bodies.” When it is functioning well, we may expect to remain reasonably healthy. When it is compromised, illness results, in most cases, since our bodies are constantly being bombarded by things that can make us ill.

Exposure to Ultra Violet-B light, from the sun, has been shown to impair the cellular immune response of the skin, which may lead to tumor formation. But the work of Dr. Faith Strickland, of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, suggests the possibility that Aloe vera can not only stop the damage done to the immune system, but can actually restore the system to full working order.

Obviously this doesn’t mean that we can go out and get a worry-free sunburn, then apply some Aloe to our skin and forget about it. Nevertheless, if you do happen to get a bit more sun than intended, it makes good sense to get yourself some Aloe vera gel and gently massage it into the affected area. It won’t hurt, and it may well make you feel a good deal better.

The research done by Dr. Strickland and hundreds of other researchers and scientists is mounting up, resulting in a more complete understanding of the therapeutic value of Aloe vera gel and the many ways in which Aloe can contribute to the health and well-being of people throughout the world.


Aloe Vera is a wonderful detoxifier. Its anti-cancer value has been demonstrated in study after study. It is also an immunomodulator, meaning it will balance your immune system. .

There are many Aloe Vera products on the market, and the FDA hasn't helped much by allowing companies to claim 100% Aloe Vera juice if they add only one tablespoon of 100% Aloe Vera juice to a gallon of water. Additionally, companies can claim their product to be cold processed if they use HTST (High Temperature Short Time) processing.

Here is an excerpt from a testimonial sent to Simply Natural Products by a user of their AloeMin (Aloe Vera plus liquid minerals):
A friend of mine... was diagnosed last fall with malignant prostate cancer. They ran tests twice. I immediately urged him to start taking AloeMin. He did, for about six weeks, and stuck with it very well. His family was urging him to get it surgically removed, but he resisted. Eventually, pressure from his mother influenced him to get the prostate taken out anyway, 'for the sake of his family.' After the surgery they ran tests on the removed prostate and found it [was] NOT MALIGNANT…. THEY REMOVED A PROSTATE WHICH WAS…HEALED!

Here is still another:
I have been drinking AloeMin for 3 months. I had not told my family that I had found a skin cancer on my arm and on my leg, the year before. When the new AloeGel first came out I jumped and started applying my AloeMin directly on the spots and then rubbing the AloeGel on throughout the day. Six weeks later, the spot on my arm totally disappeared and the spot on my leg has decreased to half the size. Thank you for this product.

In an article by Dr Bruce Eric Hedendal, D.C., Ph.D. he points out the effects of orally consumed Aloe Vera juice: "Urinary indican values decreased, indicating lowered bowel bacterial conversion of tryptophan and possible improved protein digestion and absorption, as well as reduced bowel putrefaction. This change, by itself, could help prevent colon cancer."

And finally, Dr. H. R. McDaniel, M.D., pathologist and researcher at the Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center, has said, "The use of Aloe Vera will be the most important single step forward in the treatment of diseases in the history of mankind." Top


Why Aloe Works!

It could be said that it works because the Aloe Vera plant produces at least 6 antiseptic agents: Lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamonic acid, phenols, and sulphur. All of these substances are recognized as antiseptics because they kill or control mold, bacteria, fungus, and viruses, explaining why the plant has the ability to eliminate many internal and external infections. The Lupeol and salicylic acid in the juice explains why it is a very effective pain-killer.

Next, it could be said that Aloe Vera contains at least three anti-inflammatory fatty acids, cholesterol, campersterol and B-sitosterol (plant sterols) which explains why it is a highly effective treatment for burns, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, allergic reactions, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, acid indigestion, ulcers, plus many inflammatory conditions of the digestive system and other internal organs, including the stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, kidney, and pancreas. B-sitosterol is also a powerful anti-cholestromatic which helps to lower harmful cholesterol levels, helping to explain its many benefits for heart patents.

If we add that Aloe contains at least 23 polypeptids (immune stimulators), then we understand why Aloe juice helps control a broad spectrum of immune system diseases and disorders, including HIV and AIDS. The polypeptids, plus the anti-tumor agents Aloe emodin and Aloe lectins, explains its ability to control cancer.

If the SYNERGISTIC RELATIONSHIP between the elements found in the sap, gel, and throughout the entire plant does not explain why whole leaf Aloe works, then NOTHING DOES! All of which explains why "Across Time" lay persons and physicians alike, have proclaimed that Aloe has the ability to heal, alleviate, eliminate, or even cure a monumental list of human diseases and disorders. Therefore it truly deserves the name, "Medicine Plant".


Important Links


  1. What is Aloe? -- This Word file provides an overview of the nutritional components of aloe vera, with special emphasis on aloe polymannans -- broken down into short chain, medium chain, large chain, and very large chain. Discusses what polymannans do in the body and why these nutrients have been disappearing from our diet in the industrial age.
  2. Aloe's Growing Acceptance -- A short, three page Word file that discusses the increased acceptance of aloe vera, particularly on account of our better understanding of the effects of polymannans. These include immunomodulation effects and the anti-viral effects of acemannans -- with mention of the inhibition of HIV infection of lymphoblasts and the selective binding of HIV infected cells.
  3. U.S. Patent No. 5,786,342 -- A clear leader in the research of mannans is Carrington Laboratories of Irving, Texas. (They have been the principal supplier to Mannatech , a popular multi-level marketing company in the U.S.) This patent, filed in June, 1995, and issued in July, 1998, discusses the known medicinal effects of acemannans in its corpus.
  4. Effects of aloe vera preparations on the human bioavailability of Vitamins C and E . This study, conducted at the University of Scranton (Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA), demonstrates how the inner gel fraction of the whole leaf (which would contain acemannans) effected a substantial increase in the bioavailability of vitamins A and C in the subjects tested. Be sure to view the tables at the end of this four page paper.
  5. Compliments Using Mannose -- This interesting graphic shows how protein enzymes in the blood called Compliments orchestrate immune system responses. Compliments coat invasive agents with mannose containing molecules so phagocytes can engulf them.
  6. Aloe, Immunity, and Health Care -- This is the third page of the July, 2001 issue of "Inside Aloe," put out by International Aloe Science Council, Inc. Of particular value is the content, expressed in clear layman's terms, of the value of mannan glycoproteins (GP), which help the body identify "nearly all dangerous micro organisms," and the nature of their signal structure.
  7. The biological activities of mannans and related complex carbohydrates (Doc, 9 pages) -- This study was conducted at Texas A & M University and probably funded by Carrington Laboratories. The study's abstract says it all: "Complex polymers containing mannose (mannans) possess significant biological activity when administered to mammals. When given orally, they inhibit cholesterol absorption and induce hypocholesterolemia. If administered by other routes, they bind to mannose-binding proteins and induce macrophage activation and interleukin-l release, inhibit viral replication, stimulate bone marrow activity, promote' wound healing, and inhibit tumor growth. This range of activities makes the mannans potentially important biological-response modifiers and therapeutic agents."
  8. The Importance of Harvesting and Manufacturing Premier Aloe Vera -- This document like many of the links on this page were provided by colleagues and associates of Dr. R. Siegel, M.D., one of the foremost authorities on aloe research and the medicinal properties of its diverse nutrients. The dehydrate powder sited in this document is what you are purchasing from Alpha Omega Labs.
  9. Aloe: The Source of Master Glyconutrient -- Dr. H. Reginald McDaniel (M.D.), like Dr. R. Siegel, is another pioneer in the field of aloe glyconutrients. This paper is a technical read, but it contains a level of depth on the importance of mannans in human physiology not contained in other documents. Despite being only slightly over a page in length, it gives both a chronological overview of what has happened since initial discoveries were made in the mid-80's through accepted principles now in vogue in the early 21st century. Among its elucidating points: (1) "Cell relationships from attraction of the sperm to the egg, embryological growth development and differentiation, cell adhesion, defense, healing, and programmed cell death with regeneration (apoptosis), is regulated by a sugar-coding domain in activator molecules." (2) "The medical and scientific community is now rapidly accepting the power of dietary sugars low or absent in the modern diet, to support restoration of health." (3) As always, the corrupt influence of the pharmaceutical industry to short-circuit advances in this field and the dissemination of both product and the knowledge behind it. On this same line of thinking is a two-page overview by Dr. R. Siegel on The Science of Immunity and The Regulation of Immunity.
  10. Natural Plant Molecules -- Mannans are critical to immuno-function. This five-page paper, with ample footnoted references, provides technical descriptions of their mechanisms of action. A good primer on the subject for those who will appreciate the technical detail.
  11. Innate Immune Mechanisms: Non-Self Recognition -- Abstract: "The innate immune system contains a range of cell-bound and soluble proteins which eliminate pathogens by recognizing unique molecular patterns expressed by microorganisms, but not by host cells. Alternatively, host cells express proteins that protect them from attack by the alternative pathway of complement activation whereas foreign organisms lack these protective proteins and are, therefore, susceptible to complement attack." This twelve page, 1999 paper was written by Christopher R. Parish with Australian National University and is a good primer on the critical importance of recognition molecules.
  12. Carbohydrate Research Headlines -- This is a good four-page summary of findings up to the 2001-2002 time frame; however, the contents are largely covered in other links above. Check out the graphic on inflammatory protein disposal and the role of mannans in the process on page two.
  13. Inside A White Blood Cell -- Excellent graphic demonstrating the the effects of mannan deficiency and the mechanics behind mannose assistance in producing the right enzymes necessary for the immune system's white blood cells to do their assigned job.

    Sunscreen

    The sun has taken a lot of blame for our increased rates of skin cancers (along with the depletion of the ozone layer), but research uncovered by Dr David G Williams [Alternatives, April 1993; 4: 22] shows that the sun might not be the culprit, and hiding from the sun by using sunscreens can not only increase your chances of skin cancer, but it can increase your chances of all sorts of problems by interfering with vitamin D synthesis.

    According to Dr Williams: "Despite what you may have been led to believe, there is not adequate scientific data to support the belief that sunscreens prevent skin cancer (melanomas or basal cell cancers)."

    Melanin, Dr Williams points out, was thought to be only the pigment responsible for tanning, however, it has other important roles: it absorbs the UVA’s, UVB’s, and UVC’s in ultraviolet light, and neutralized oxygen free radicals during the invasion of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, and from exposure to light. When you use a sunscreen, the melanocytes are not stimulated to produce melanin, which actually interferes with the skin’s natural ability to protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Additionally, without melanin, the UVA’s are allowed to penetrate deeper and bombard blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues.

    Your primary source of vitamin D comes from the sun. The use of sunscreens interferes with our body’s natural synthesis of this vitamin. The increased use of sunscreens has created such a deficiency of vitamin D that some researchers feel that mother’s milk is nearly devoid of vitamin D and that newborns need extra supplementation to avoid rickets.

    In addition to a rise in rickets in America, Dr Williams describes a number of problems associated with vitamin D deficiencies: hearing loss at high frequencies, increased dental cavities, increased hip fractures, increase in colorectal cancer, breast cancer.



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