by Dr Peter Atherton MB ChB, DObst RCOG, FRCGB & Forever Living Products Advisory Board Member
Imagine slicing open an Aloe leaf and consuming the Gel directly from the plant. Forever’s Aloe Vera Gel, is as close to the real thing as you can get. The first of its kind to receive certification by the International Aloe Science Council, this rich blend of pulp and liquid gives us a product as near to nature as possible.
1. EFFECT on the GUT
Aloe Vera has a wonderfully beneficial action on bowel function which results in smooth and efficient transit of contents resulting in a softer, bulkier stool, making it easier to pass.
2. ASSISTS in HEALTHY DIGESTION
A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the food we eat are absorbed into the bloodstream. There is clear, clinical evidence that by drinking Aloe Vera Gel the bowel is able to absorb these nutrients more efficiently, especially protein. I also suspect that many other substances are much better absorbed under its influence.
3. BALANCES the IMMUNE SYSTEM
Among the substances identified in Aloe Vera is a long chain of sugar (polysaccharides) that is known to have an effect on the cytokine system – the chemical messengers of the immune system. Therefore it can act in a way that balances the system and so it can be considered and can be called an immunomodulator. In the USA this sugar has been extracted from Aloe Vera and made into a drug.
4. EFFECT on the SKIN
When they are first produced deep in the epidermis, skin cells are rather large and very much alive, but by the time they reach the surface after 21-28 days (in normal skin), they are a shadow of their former selves and are transformed into just thin flakes of keratin which eventually fall off. Aloe Vera Gel provides the essential nutrition to feed the basal cells and therefore the skin remains healthy and is able to perform its vital functions more efficiently – as well as looking much better!
5. INCREASES the ACTIVITY of FIBROBLASTS
Fibroblasts are specialized cells found in the skin. Their job is to produce fiber such as collagen and elastin. These fibers give the skin its structure and of course, make it look plump and elastic. The more you have, the younger your skin looks.
6. EFFECTS on the MUSCULOSKELETAL system
Certain substances in the aloe, such as the salicylic acid and the plant sterols are able to soothe muscles and maintain healthy joints, mobility and flexibility.
7. EFFECT on the GUT FLORA
Aloe Vera is a natural balancer in many areas and nowhere more so that inside the gut, where it tends to regulate the various bacteria and yeasts that inhabit it. At various times in life people can develop an imbalance through a variety of causes which can lead to problems and, as with probiotics, Aloe may often help to normalize the situation.
8. A USEFUL SOURCE of MINERALS
Some of the minerals found in Aloe Vera include calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. This is because the plant tends to grow in areas where soils are rich in these minerals and its roots are able to absorb and deliver them to us in a very available form.
9. A USEFUL SOURCE of VITAMINS
Aloe Vera Gel contains a large number of vitamins – even trace elements of vitamin B12 which is rarely found in plants. Apart from vitamin A, it contains B-group vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid. Many of these vitamins cannot be stored by the body so we need to constantly top them up from the food that we eat. What better way than by drinking a daily amount of Aloe Vera Gel while at the same time building up the body’s defense system against oxidative stress naturally.
And last but not the least….
10. A WONDERFUL DRINK for GOOD HEALTH
By drinking the Aloe Vera Gel with all its important ingredients (often now deficient in our food) including 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the human body, and seven of the eight essential ones that just cannot be made, the body is able to get enough to allow complex enzyme systems to work really well. This means the body can function at 100%. The net result to the individual is a wonderful feeling of well-being.
As you can see from these 10 great reasons, taken daily – either alone or mixed with fruit juice – Aloe Vera Gel is one of the best nutritional supplements available!
“This means that the body can function at 100%”
About the Author
Dr Peter Atherton, MB.ChB.,D.Obst.,RCOG.,FRCGP.
Qualified at Leeds University and after six years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he became a NHS General Practitioner and GP trainer in Buckinghamshire where he has practiced for 25 years. After leaving the NHS he spent two years as a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford. After which he was appointed as Director of the Tyringham Clinic, Europe’s largest residential naturopathic clinic.
During his medical practice, he developed an interest in Dermatology, having spent three years in the Skin department of a District Hospital. This interest combined with an understanding of the power of herbal remedies gained whilst serving in the Far East led to his fascination with Aloe Vera.
He lectures extensively on the medical aspects of Aloe Vera and is the author of three books on the subject. The latest entitled “Aloe Vera the Medicine Plant” is already on the way to being an international best seller.
He has just been elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, the highest recognition in his branch of the profession.
Dr Peter Atherton is an advisor to Forever Living Products.
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