The Aloe vera gel found in the leaf contains 75 known ingredients
The gel contains a diversity of vitamins. The most important are the antioxidants – the vitamins C, E and Beta carotene – the precursor of vitamin A. Aloe vera is also one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12.
The Aloe plant contains a variety of minerals such as magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, calcium, sodium and iron.
The human body needs 22 amino acids to produce proteins. Aloe vera gel contains 20 of these. Most importantly, the gel has seven of the eight vital amino acids that the human body can not produce itself and therefore must be supplied through a food source.
Aloe Vera contains the important long chain of polysaccharides that affect the immune system and increases the bodys absorption capacity. Read more about polysaccharides at the bottom of this page.
There are substances in the Aloe vera – lipases and proteases – which breaks down food and helps the digestion. There are also so-called caroxypepitedius that affects the inflammatory process.
Aloe vera contains the main groups that have powerful anti-inflammatory components.
This wood substance gives Aloe vera its ability to penetrate deeply into the skin.
Aloe veras soap compounds have a strong anti-microbial effect on bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast like candida and cod.
The most important ones are aloin and emodin. Together they are highly analgesic and well-known to counteract bacteria and viruses. Antraquinones, in pure form, are a strong laxative.
This aspirin-like component counteracts inflammations and helps to break down dead tissues when used externally.
Summary of what we know about Aloe vera
- Provides the body nutrition (contains essential vitamins, enzymes and essential amino acids)
- Adds moisture
- Has a natural purifying effect
- Stimulates new production of cells and accelerates wound healing
- Is a pain reliever
- Is a fungicide
- Breaks down dead tissue (contains proteolytic enzymes)
- Is naturally anti-inflammatory (contains plant steroids)
- Penetrates tissue
- Increases blood flow to the skin
- Counteracts and relieves itching
- Contains six antiseptic agents
- Supports the immune system, especially with the help of acemannan and other polysaccharides