Absolutely not. There are around 400 species of aloe on this planet and they are definitely not all fit for human consumption or topical use, so, unless you know your aloe, please don’t squeeze your local garden variety all over your skin. In fact, only a handful of species are said to carry any noteworthy benefits, including Aloe Ferox and Aloe Arborescens, but the only one you should really pay any attention to is called Aloe Barbadensis Miller. This is the variety believed to carry the most benefits and nutrient value for humans and animals.
Now that we’ve cleared that one up, it’s also important to mention that not all parts of the aloe plant are equal on the benefits scale. Each aloe leaf is made up of four components: rind, sap, mucilage and parenchyma gel. The rind is a waxy outer layer that acts as protection and just inside the rind is a fluid called sap, this is neither sweet nor particularly sticky and it’s actually quite bitter. Below the sap is mucilage containing acemannan – acemannan carries beneficial properties relating to immune health – and this layer is usually filleted to reveal inner gel known as the parenchyma, a clear, gel-like substance. Scientists have identified more than 75 active nutrients in the leaf gel and these compounds work synergistically to provide soothing and therapeutic benefits. These compounds include amino acids, enzymes, saponins, minerals, vitamins and fatty acids, and it is this inner leaf gel that’s responsible for aloe’s glowing reputation.
There are a lot of aloe products popping up on the market and its global marketplace value is now worth in the region of $465 million according to IMARC Group1, but if an aloe product doesn’t use pure inner leaf aloe vera gel, its beneficial integrity is somewhat questionable. There are many different aloe juices and gels out there, and the taste and purity can depend upon what part of the aloe leaf is used. Aloe vera juice is often made from the whole leaf, including the outer leaf that contains a bitter yellow substance known as aloin. The bitter part of aloe is often used in special nail varnish used to deter biters; it’s used
because it tastes vile! For many companies, removing the unpleasant parts of aloe and extracting just the inner-most gel is a time-consuming and costly process, but thankfully Forever has mastered and patented this process to ensure its products contain the purest and highest quality aloe possible in today’s market.
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International Business Owner and Mentor at Alison's Aloe