What does aloe vera do, well… aloe vera is a desert plant that contains in excess of 95% water that, without a proper water-tight container, would evaporate in a jiffy. That is why one of the things an aloe vera plant is acutely focused on, is the preservation of that ‘container’ which in biology terms is called ‘Epithelium‘.
People also have epithelium as do horses. It is our skin, our hair and our nails. It is also the lining of our digestive tract, the lining of our respiratory tract and the lining or our urogenital tract. That is an enormous area of very differently looking tissue. But anatomically it all is covering epithelial tissue. In horses some epithelium is named differently e.g. coat, mane, tail, hooves but structurally it is the same as in humans and it is responsive to the same nutritional building blocks. As a desert plant, aloe vera also contains a pharmacy of nutrients that boost and maintain the plant’s immune competence necessary to fight of pathogens.
When you ingest properly-grown (Organic is best), properly-processed whole leaf aloe vera (you do not wish to eat homegrown aloe vera because this will give you diarrhoea), you ingest molecules that focus on the repair and renewal of epithelial tissue. Small wonder what flourishes… skin, hair, nails, digestion and to a lesser degree breathing and bladder.
When an aloe vera plant gets damaged, there’s a breach that needs to be seen to quickly before its water evaporates. When people get skin damage (including sunburn) or a breach along the digestive tract (the further down the tract, the more decomposed its content), the ingested aloe vera does what this plant is so superbly good at, it swiftly supports the body’s fixing of the breached area. Stopping you from ‘evaporating’ in a way. As well you know, the best and always the safest way to repair anything is from the inside out. Hygiene on the outside and feed your body cleverly to support repair to happen better. For people we advocate daily clever smoothies (raw veg/fruits) and taking Aloeride aloe vera to fuel repair. Good grazing, appropriate feed for work/age and Aloeride for horses.
There is however a strong caveat to aloe vera! How good and how useful a by-mouth aloe vera food supplement is, depends totally on the species you grow, on how aloe vera was grown/irrigated, how it was harvested/processed, how it was preserved and what the serving quantity is. ‘How good and how useful’ doesn’t at all depend on aloe vera being a liquid, or a gel or a powder although, with the latter, it is much easier to concentrate. For instance, the Seal of Approval initiated by an MLM company turns out to have little meaning when you do – like we did – comparative laboratory measurements of the same aloe vera gel brand. Poorer year on year laboratory values that you would never know from the product label or the marketing. A German Institut tests aloe for harmful constituents (broadly useful) but they’re not equipped to measure the quality of the aloe vera, so even their label means much less than people think it does. Smoke and mirrors aplenty… We deploy processing co-designed by Consultant Gastroenterologist, researcher and world-renowned authority on aloe vera Dr. Ivan Danhof MD PhD and we employ a British pharmaceutical clinical trial company to finish everything. We do not and will never compromise on quality. Only the best will do.
We like multiple independent laboratory tests (see results below) and we share these because we think it is in the public interest. Aloeride is Soil Association Certified Organic, is grown under optimal conditions, is processed in multiple stages to the ultimate extraction, is served without additives in meaningful quantities, and we make this proven best in whole leaf aloe vera barbadensis miller as affordable as we can possibly make it. So, when someone asks you what does aloe vera do , you now can give a well-informed answer.
What does aloe vera do it with
The magic of aloe vera is not in its water, it is in the working solids of the plant. Aloe vera barbadensis miller is the most nutrient-dense aloe vera species on the planet, so this is the species we use to make Aloeride. The below table shows you the list of known constituents (working solids) in aloe vera:
|Plant Substance||Physiological Effect|
|Auxins Gibberellins||Plant hormones for growth (wound healing) including stimulation of enzyme production (α amylases) it also delays plant senescence (anti-ageing anti-inflammatory action)|
|Amino Acids 20 of the 22 necessary (e.g. Alanine, Arginine, Asparagine, Cysteine, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine, Glutamine, Aspartic Acid) and 7 of the 8 essential (Lysine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Methionine, Threonine, no consensus on Tryptophan yet)||Vital building blocks for the building of cells, DNA, enzymes, muscles, hormones… anything|
|Inorganic Ions: Calcium Magnesium Sodium Potassium Zinc Copper Selenium Iron Manganese Molybdenum Chromium Boron Phosphorus||Absolutely vital for too many physiological functions to list here – Magnesium for instance is a necessary part to make 200 different enzymes work whilst Chromium for instance is vital for building Glucose Tolerance Factor|
|Vitamins: B1 B2 B6 Choline B12 vitC vitA vitE Niacin Folic Acid||Absolutely vital for too many physiological functions to list here|
|β [1-4] linked glucomannan polysaccharides||Different lengths of these polysaccharide have different functions and they direct other nutrients to assist in their task – their functions: immunomodulatory intracellular antioxidant anti-inflammatory and blood sugar support; a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound C-glucosyl chromone have been isolated from aloe vera|
|Enzymes such as Aliiase Alkaline phosphatase Amylase Bradykinase Carboxypeptidase(Zn) Catalase Cellulase Lipase Peroxidase||Absolutely vital for the transformation of one substance into another|
|Steroids||Plant steroids (Cholesterol Campesterol β-Sisosterol Lupeol) help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue whilst lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties|
|Sterols||Plant sterols are a subgroup of the steroids and help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue|
|Unsaponifiable phytosterols: cholesterol lupeol β-sitosterol campesterol||Help aloe vera quench inflammation within its tissue|
|Lignins||Help transdermal penetration|
|Lectin like substances||Have a role in plant germination and in mammals regulation of cell adhesion to glycoprotein synthesis and control of protein levels in the blood|
|Salicylic acid||Increases the plant’s response to stress conditions (biotic and abiotic e.g. environmental stress like dryness, coldness, heat, salt), stimulates the production of antioxidants and at the same time maintain systemic acquired resistance (alfalfa, turmeric, meadowsweet, basil, black cumin do the same); pain relief and temperature control|
|Saponins glycosides||Cleansing and antiseptic properties|
|Triglycerides||Fatty acid building blocks|
|Uric Acid||Increases short term plasma antioxidant activity|