Here is a real panacea for health and against oxidation



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Here is a real panacea for health and against oxidation

"Many studies have proved that bioactive components of Aloe vera have an anti-inflammatory effect and support lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, helping to maintain normal sugar and cholesterol levels in blood and normal body weight.

When aloe is applied externally, it accelerates the regeneration of the damaged skin. Aloe contains antioxidants, which may increase the shelf-life and nutritional value of food; therefore, it is widely used in cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industry.

An antioxidant activity was shown for leaf's skin, flowers and gel of aloe. In this work the future of A. vera as effective antioxidants is primarily discussed and expected trends are Furthermore, the bioactive components and the health-promoting effects of A.

vera are investigated." This was said by the study: Aloe vera (L.) Webb: Natural Sources of Antioxidants - A Review, published on the Plant foods for human nutrition.

About the Aloe

The study of this plant began only in 1959 thanks to the Texan pharmacist Bill Coats, who developed a process to stabilize the pulp, paving the way for the commercialization of aloe without oxidation and fermentation problems.

In parallel, the American government officially declared the healing properties of this plant for the treatment of burns. Since then, aloe studies have been very active all over the world. From a chemical point of view, three major classes of components in aloe can be distinguished: complex sugars, in particular glucomannans, among which acemannan stands out, in the internal transparent gel with immuno-stimulating properties; anthraquinones in the green leathery part of the leaf with a strongly laxative action and then various other substances such as mineral salts, vitamins, amino acids, organic acids, phospholipids, enzymes, lignins and saponins.

The use of aloe is very ancient, as evidenced by the cuneiform text of some clay tablets found in the late nineteenth century by a group of archaeologists in the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, near Baghdad, Iraq, and datable to around 2000 B.C.

It is a self-sterile plant, therefore it reproduces only with cross-pollination, as the male and female flowers of the same plant do not cross each other. Open aloe flowers always face downwards, and the buds open as the flowers drop. Flowering is in February-March in the tropics.