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Why Where How does Aloe Vera Work?

Aloe Vera works by providing a rich cocktail of nutritional elements whose combined action and balance produce a more powerful effect together than would be expected from the addition of the individual components. This is because they work as a team, enhancing each other's effect - known as synergism. It also has adaptogenic properties which means that different individuals take from it what they need, therefore the benefits vary from person to person.

Aloe Vera works because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, helps firstly to prevent injury to epithelial tissues, and when they are damaged, it promotes healing.
Antioxidants fight the destructive 'free radicals', the unstable compounds produced by our metabolism and found in environmental pollutants. They are thought to cause various ailments including some cancers as well as contributing towards the ageing process.
An epithelium is an anatomical term defined as follows "An epithelium is a layer o…

Which type of Aloe Vera?

There is no  real evidence to suggest that whole leaf of aloe, which includes the rind but is filtered and usually concentrated,mis any more effective thatn just the inner leaf gel and sap alone.
However, what is the most important is the quality and quantity of aloe in the product being sold. Unfortunately, many products on the market labelled as ' Aloe Vera juice' may contain a small amount of proportion of the actual inner leaf gel. If in doubt, look for the Seal of Approval of the International Science Council. This is an independent American regulatory body which monitors the quantity and quality of aloe in the products. If their Seal of Approval actually appears on the container (not simply a claim), it is bonafide.

What is inside an Aloe Vera Leaf?

Aloe Vera gel contains over 75 known ingredients which can be divided into the following groups:

Vitamins It contains a wide range, but the most important ones are the antioxidant vitamins C and E and Beta-Carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. It is also one of the few plant sources in the world of Vitamin B12 - so very useful to vegetarians and vegans.

Minerals These include magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, chromium, sodium, potassium and the important antioxidant selenium.

Amino Acids The human body requires 22 amino acids, the building blocks of proteins and Aloe Vera gel provides 20 of them. More importantly, it provides seven of the eight essential amino acids that cannot be manufactured by the body and which therefore have to be consumed as food.

Sugars These include the important mucopolysaccharides which act on the immune system as well as helping to detoxify the body.

Enzymes Lipases and proteases which break down food and aid digestion.

Fatty Acids The three main types of act a…

Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera, often called Miracle Plant, the Natural Healer, the Burn Plant, goes by many names which have survived the 4000 or so years during which this amazing medicinal herb has benefited mankind. George Ebers in 1862 first discovered its antiquity in an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dated 3500 BC, which was in fact a collection of herbal remedies. Other researchers have since found it was used by both the ancient Chinese and Indian cultures. Greek and Roman physicians such as Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder used it to great effect and legend suggests that Aristotle persuaded Alexander the Great to capture the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to get its rich supply of aloe to heal his wounded soldiers. The Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra rated it highly as a beauty therapy, for in those days, health and beauty were linked far more that they ever are today. Although there are over 200 species of aloe, there are probably only three or four with medicinal properties. Of the…

Stress

How can we avoid stress? It's unavoidable no matter what we because life is not perfect to feel good and happy everyday. I've done research about the causes of stress and the ways on how to get rid of it. It's easy to say no no to stress but when it's there, there's nothing you can do when you felt it. I think stress is part of our life. Stress from surroundings. Stress from the concern of our living. Stress from raising kids and stress by personal problems. Stress because we think we're stress. What can we do? We all do feel stress once in a while. So make the most of the day that you're not stress.

Asthma again...?

I'm glad because my youngest child didn't get sick for two months now. He's growing fast and strong. In other word, very healthy. No more asthma attacked. Unfortunately, two days ago he started coughing and sneezing. And now I think it's asthma once again. Oh I really hate to see him having hard time coughing and breathing. I hate to think of all that triggers his asthma. Hot summer, rabbit fur, and eating too much sweets? We go swimming one time a week. My second child also is not so well. I noticed that he has low energy this past few days after he had fever. He is under cough medication. It's an agony to see your family sick. I'm very upset to think that this rabbit that we had temporarily causes everything. I'm just hoping my friend will be well and pick her rabbit soon. We're really not used with furry pets because of my family allergies. My family's health is at risk the more this bunny stays long with us. He's adorable rabbit, we love …

Sun Safety

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It's super hot summer and we really love swimming. We all know sun exposure adds year to your appearance that's why I'm always bit worried. Good thing there are some good information in the magazines on how to slow down the ageing process before it's too late.
Australia grown up in a culture that worship the sun, and their skin has paid the price. It's hard to place the exact figure on the percentage of wrinkling caused by sun damage, but it would certainly be significant. Checking the daily UV index.
This gives an indication of the risk of [UV radiation], whatever the temperature or visible sunlight. If the index is three or above, it's vital to wear sunscreen. many of us think we only need to wear sunscreen in the summer, but in Sydney where the UV index can rate three or above for nine months of the year really need to wear sunscreen.


Say no to solariums - With their potential to deliver up to five minutes more UV radiation that the midday summer sun, avoiding …