When choosing the best Aloe Vera product you have to look for the following basic aspects of preparation:
1st – Is Aloe Vera product stabilized, boiled or pasteurized.
2nd – What parts of Aloe Vera were used in preparation process.
3rd – The amount of Aloe Vera used in Aloe Vera product, problems with dilution, adulteration pesticides use.
1. Aloe Vera product stabilized, boiled or pasteurized. What the difference?
In order to keep Aloe Vera fresh a special methods and preservatives are used in a process.
The method that keeps all active ingredients intact is called stabilization.
Stabilized Aloe Vera product has all original ingredients of the plant while boiled or pasteurized products do not.
Enzymes that responsible for detoxification of our body are perished at 53C degrees. Boiling or pasteurization completely destroys the enzyme’s functionality.
2. What parts of Aloe Vera are used?
When leaves of Aloe Vera cut they demonstrate two important substances.
The one that located closer to the leaf skin is the yellow-brown colored sap mainly exuded wherever the green surface of the leaf is cut.
This yellow, latex-like slightly bitter liquid contains anthraquinones .
Aloin , also known as Barbaloin, is an example of anthraquinone.
It is an irritant and has been used for many years as a laxative ingredient.
The other substance situated in the interior of the leaf the transparent fibrous liquid Aloe Gel – the most efficient component of the plant.
Aloe Gel recently became very popular for its special therapeutic properties.
Aloin that has been used for centuries as a laxative is not longer generally recognized as a safe and effective by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (beginning May 2002).
Aloe Gel has gained respect as a product used for nutritional drinks, as moisturizer and as a healing agent in cosmetic and natural medicine industry.
Chemical analysis has discovered that this clear Aloe Gel contains active ingredients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, proteins, polysaccharides and biological stimulators.
There are many articles with studies of Aloe Vera benefits but it is not always mentioned what parts of the plant or what Aloe product were used for the study and how the Aloe product was prepared.
For successful and objective conclusion of the study it is important to specify what part of the plant was employed in study of the plant’s medical properties.
Any studies that fail to declare it will likely to confuse the outcome of the study rather than clarify it.
Any company that doesn’t make clear what part of the plant was used in a product may contain mixture of both parts and eventually compromise the usefulness of the product for the most purposes where Aloe Vera is usually used.
3. The amount of Aloe Vera used in Aloe Vera products, problems with dilution and adulteration
Government regulations state that the ingredients must be listed in order, starting with the highest volume component.
Due to Increased popularity of Aloe Vera and growing demand for Aloe Vera products market got flooded with poorer quality Aloe Vera products.
Those products have fewer amounts of Aloe Vera by using dilution with water or adulteration with cheaper non-Aloe solids without clear label declaration.
This tendency plays negative role in Aloe Vera reputation industry and lower the known Aloe Vera benefits value.
For the purpose of setting standards for the purity of Aloe Vera the industry created non-profit trade organization The International Aloe Science Council (IASC). The IASC bases in Texas and provide the certification of purity and genuineness of Aloe Vera products.
IASC Members List provides list of all registered companies and organizations.Refrence: Dr Lawrence G. Plaskett “Aloe and its Quality Control Checking Upon the Genuineness of Products”