What are Aloes

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What are Aloes

    What are Aloes? [Aloe INFORMATION]


    More or less 349 separate species of the genus Aloe have been scientifically documented.

? All Aloes are indigenous to the African continent (283 species} and closely adjacent

    geographical regions: Yemenite Arabia (17 species) the islands Madagascar (46 species)

    and Socotra (3 species).

? Aloes grow in a vast range of environments. For this reason, species with a wide range of

    characteristics have developed. The various heights range from metres to mere

    centimeters. Some exhibit grassy leaves while others are stout, with stems. The size and

    number of thorns also vary.

? A common characteristic of all Aloe species is the rosette of leaves, which are all

    succulent. While the inflorescence or flower bearing part of the plant rises above as a


? The inherent skincare qualities may be attributed to the unique hardiness of the Aloe

    species. Living Aloe plants can withstand drying out. Locals know the indigenous South

    African Aloe Veriegata as “Kanniedood”, which means, “cannot die”. When placed on a

    shelf or in the air without food or water, the plant will continue to flower for two successive

    years without any trouble.

? The above testifies to the plant‟s incredible ability to retain and conserve moisture. The

    remarkable Aloe gel must be responsible for its ability to protect itself against desiccation.

? Aloes tend to be better protected against predation in mixed plant communities as a

    result of the bitter sap in the outer peel combined with the natural antibiotic properties in

    certain gel constituents.

General Information about Amino Acids

22 Protein amino acids serve as the body‟s building blocks. They are responsible for the

    production of proteins found in the structural tissue throughout the body. For several important

    body functions, including neurotransmission and pain control, amino acid balance is critical.

    Metabolism (the process of turning nutrients into energy), detoxification (the process of breaking

    down harmful substances for elimination from the body), and digestion itself make use of

    essential amino acids. Because the health of the entire body depends on how well the nutrition in

    food is used, problems with amino acid metabolism can have far-reaching effects. Many amino

    acids are produced by the body (non-essential) but the body cannot produce all of the necessary

    amino acids, these must be found in nutritional sources (essential amino acids). Semi-essential

    amino acids are those for which there is some endogenous synthesis, but not enough for all the

    physiological needs of the human body.



    Is a crucial essential amino acid that brings methyl groups and sulphur into the body. It is

    required for the formation of body tissues, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino

    acids, and antioxidant and detoxification processes. Methionine is the essential precursor to

    the important amino acids, cystine, glutathione, and taurine and, via cystine, contributes to

    the formation of insulin and coenzyme A.


    Serves as the precursor to the hormone, serotonin, a vasoconstrictor and neurotransmitter

    that influences sleep, appetite, and mood. Studies of depressed patients have demonstrated

    reduced levels of tryptophan, suggesting in some cases reduced tryptophan availability to the



    Promotes energy needed for haemoglobin formation, which regulates and stabilizes blood

    sugar. It is one of three branched chain amino acids. Energy enhancing, endurance fortifying

    and aids in healing. Often used by athletics.


    This is one of three branched chain amino acids. It works together with Isoleucine and Valine

    to protect muscles, promote the healing of bones, skin and muscle tissue. It serves as a

    wonderful post-surgery supplement. It also lowers elevated blood sugar levels.


    This is necessary for proper growth. It helps form collagen, which comprises bone cartilage

    and connective tissues. It aids in the production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.

    Because it helps repair tissue, it is a good supplement for anyone recovering from surgery

    and injuries. It is also helpful in lowering triglycerides and is an anti-aging factor.


    Promotes alertness, reduces hunger pangs, improves memory is an antidepressant. It helps

    to control pain, particularly arthritis and is used in the treatment of Parkinson‟s disease and

    alleviates PMS symptoms. NOTE: Diabetics should not take it or anyone suffering from

    anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, PKU or melanoma.


    Anti-aging; helps form Elastin and Collagen; supports the immune system; produces

    antibodies and helps digestive and intestinal tract function while boosting the metabolism.


    Anti-aging; has a stimulant effect; promotes mental vigour, muscle coordination and calms

    emotions. Valine is one of the branched chain amino acids.



    Supports the immune system and strengthens it by producing antibodies. It aids in the

    metabolism of glucose is an important source of energy for muscle tissue, the brain and

    central nervous system. It also helps weight control.


    Maintains balance of the central nervous system.

Aspartic Acid

    Improves fatigue, increases stamina and cellular energy. Athletes use it, because it

    increases endurance. It also aids in the excretion of harmful ammonia by absorption and

    removal to the bloodstream.


    Promotes energy and stimulates the immune system.

Glutamic Acid

    Essential to the metabolism for fats and sugars, it is another “brain food” amino acid that

    helps in the treatment of epilepsy, mental retardation, muscular dystrophy, ulcers,

    hypoglycaemia, diabetes and personality disorders.


    This is necessary for the synthesis of bile acids, nucleic acids and other amino acids. It aids

    in skin and tissue repair; important for central nervous system function and is used to treat bi-

    polar disorders and hyperactivity.


    Contains anti-aging properties, prompts the release of growth hormone and promotes

    metabolism of excess body fat. For this reason it is an excellent weight loss constituent along

    with arginine and carnitine.


    Aids in the production of collagen and helps reduce its loss due to aging. Heals cartilage,

    strengthens joints and tendons; improves elasticity of and strengthens the heart muscle.


    A natural moisturizer, it promotes healthy skin, helps the body metabolise fats and fatty acids,

    promotes muscle growth and supports the immune system.


    Acts as a mood elevator; appetite suppressant; produces melanin in the body so it enhances

    natural hair colour. It is used as an anti-depressant and anxiety reliever. It transmits nerve

    impulses to the brain, helps overcome depression, improves memory and increases mental




    Essential in the growth and repair of tissues, found in haemoglobin and is used to treat

    rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, ulcers and anaemia.


    A regenerative, it promotes growth hormone production, slows the growth of tumours and

    cancer by supporting and enhancing the immune system. It promotes improved immune

    system responses to bacteria, viruses and tumour cells and supports healing. It is used in

    the treatment of AIDS and immune system diseases. It has also been found useful in the

    treatment of sterility in men.


    The N-Acetyl form of Cysteine helps prevent chemotherapy and radiation therapy side effects.

    It increases glutathioned levels in the lungs, kidneys, liver and bone marrow and has an anti-

    aging effect on the body. It reduces the accumulation of age spots.

Gamma-Amino butyric Acid (GABA)

    Essential for brain metabolism it is truly a “brain food”. Assists Niacin amide and Inositol in

    preventing anxiety and works in the body much like a natural tranquilliser. It is used to treat

    epilepsy, hypertension, Attention Deficit Disorder and impotence.


    This is an anti-aging, anti-oxidant and a powerful aid in protecting the body from radiation. It

    deactivates free radicals and is vital for the formation of skin and cell recovery, particularly

    after surgery of cellular damage from burns. Hair and skin contain Cysteine.


    Helps stabilize the excitability of membranes which is very important in the control of epileptic

    seizure. Taurine and sulphur are considered to be factors necessary for the control of many

    biochemical changes that take place in the aging process.


    Is the most abundant amino acid in the bloodstream, serving as an important vehicle for

    nitrogen transport. In cells, glutamine can donate one of its nitrogen atoms as an amide to

    form nicotinamide from niacin (vitamin B3), a necessary step in the formation of the very

    important cofactor “NAD”.

    Another “brain food”, it helps build and maintain muscles. It is useful for weight loss and

    bodybuilding and also used to treat arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fibrosis, intestinal

    disorders, ulcers, connective tissues disease and tissue damage from radiation treatments,

    fatigue, impotence, schizophrenia and senility.


    Vitamin C

What it does

    It helps to strengthen the capillaries and cell walls and is crucial for the formation of collagen. It also aids in producing haemoglobin in red blood cells and helps the body absorb iron from foods. In addition, it speeds wound healing and enhances immunity.

    How much you need

    The daily RDA is 60 mg

    Vitamin B? Thiamine

What it does

    Aids energy production

    Promotes healthy nerves

    May improve mood

    Strengthens the heart

    Soothes heartburn

    How much you need

    The RDA is 1.5 mg for men and 1.1 mg for women

    Vitamin B? Riboflavin

What it does

    It plays a vital role in the production of the thyroid hormone, which speeds up metabolism and ensures a steady supply of energy. It also aids the body in producing infection-fighting immune cells. Riboflavin works in conjunction with iron to manufacture red blood cells. It converts vitamins B6 and niacin into active forms so that they can do their work. It also prevents or delays the onset of cataracts, reduces the frequency and severity of migraines and improves skin blemishes caused by rosacea. Riboflavin assists the production of powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin E, in protecting cells against damage from the free radicals. Riboflavin is essential for tissue maintenance and repair.

    How much you need

    The daily RDA for adults and children over the age of 10 is 1.6 mg

    Vitamin B? Niacin

    Niacin is available in three forms: nicotinic acid, niacinamide and inositol hexaniacinate

What it does

    Lowers cholesterol

    May improve circulation

    May relieve depression

    May ease symptoms of arthritis

    May prevent the progression of type 1 diabetes

    How much you need

    The daily RDA for adults and children over the age of 10 is 18 mg

Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine

    What it does

    It Forms red blood cells, helps cells make proteins and manufactures brain chemicals such

    as serotonin plus releasing stored forms of energy. May lessen PMS symptoms and help lift


    How much you need

    The daily RDA is 2 mg

Vitamin B?? Cyanocobalamin

    What it does

    It is essential for cell replication and is particularly important for red blood cell production. It

    assists in converting food to energy and plays a critical role in the production of DNA and

    RNA. It also prevents certain forms of anaemia.

    How much you need

    The daily RDA 1 mcg for adults and children over the age of 10

    References Reader‟s Digest - „The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs‟

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