By Scott Siegel
So, what is Aloe Vera?
Aloe plant is 99 percent water, leaving only 1 percent absorbable solid
200 bio-active constituents (vitamins, minerals,
enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, polysaccharides, and polymannans).
Most of these active substances are beneficial, however a few are not.
Separating the inner gel from the outer leaf is necessary because
anthroquinines found in the sap of the leaf can leak into the inner
gel. This substance has a laxative and toxic effect on the body. Once
this part of the plant is removed, the coveted inner gel of the Aloe is
ready to be processed.
The Hallmarks of a premium quality Aloe Vera
the Aloe Vera leaf, a prized polysaccharide can be found. This major
polysaccharide is unique for two reasons. The first is the biological
activity of the acetylated mannan, also known as an Aloe polymannan.
Polymannan is a special complex carbohydrate that is also known as
polymannose. The most outstanding effect polymannose has in the body is
its ability to modulate immune response and general immune function.
second reason polymannose is set apart from all other sugars is its
availability in nature. Every living creature depends on the presence
of polymannose in the body in order to function at the cellular level.
It is one of the few nutrients the body is not capable of producing on
its own. The polymannose molecule must be ingested on a regular basis
in order to maintain optimal health. With the combination of modern
farming practices, food processing and radiation, and the steady decline
of environmental conditions, the sad truth is we are no longer
receiving polymannose in today's "Standard American Diet" (SAD). Above
any other botanical on the planet, the Barbadensis Miller species of
Aloe contains the highest concentration of this
essential master carbohydrate.
Low levels of polymannose indicate an aloe product
has been harshly handled and processed or is not produced from the Aloe
Barbadensis Miller species, both of which result in a low grade aloe
product. An educated consumer will question any product that has been
subjected to such excessive, harsh, and unethical processing practices.
Here are a few of the fundamental concepts of Aloe Vera manufacturing
to help get you on the road to making an informed decision on your next
or first Aloe Vera product purchase.
The manufacturing challenges of Aloe Juice
are many obstacles in the road to producing a premium grade Aloe Vera
product. The reason for this is centered on the delicate nature of the
star of this botanical, mannose. As soon as harvesting commences, the
nature of the plant is to break down its own healing substances
(polymannose) due to the enzyme cellulase found in the tissues of the
plant. This response enables the plant to repair its wound and to
provide a new skin (similar to what polymannose does in the human
body). This process also provides immunity to the leaf (again, similar
to the role polymannose plays within the body's biology) and will ensure
the plants survival. Without this protective system, the leaf and
plant would become susceptible to viruses, bacteria, parasites, and
fungus. Therefore, it is imperative to keep the leaves cool, as well as
completing processing as quickly as possible, in order to minimize this
bacterium also poses a threat to the polymannose molecules if processing
is not expedient. Bacteria not only feast on the polysaccharide, but
also produce enzymes which further compromise these important complex
sugars. For an Aloe Vera juice, this means pasteurization is necessary
in order to prevent the product from fermenting and to guarantee the
safety and freshness of an aloe liquid. Unfortunately, this means the
finished product is nearly devoid of the essence of the Aloe Vera's
inner gel, mannose! Methods such as High Temperature (over 200 degrees)
and Short Time (HTST) have become industry standards in the production
of Aloe Vera juices. Such manufacturing practices ensure a product of
high consumer safety with low levels of active bio-constituents.
Translation: expensive, over processed sugar water.
Reconstituted or Concentrate: What are you paying for?
concentrate products use the same procedure as that of an orange juice
concentrate. First, the aloe is juiced, and then filtered in order to
reduce pulp or solids (essentially mannose) in the liquid. Then a
process known as Vacuum Concentration is used whereby pressure and
temperature create a vacuum, thus extracting water and giving the liquid
a higher solid to water ratio. Next, enzymes are added for fluidity to
ensure a less viscose product. These introduced enzymes further
deteriorate any remaining active bio-constituents.
sell concentrates in two forms. Single strength, which means the aloe
has not been, reconstituted (no water added). One part aloe solid to one
part water is considered single strength. Frozen orange juice
concentrate with no water added is a crude example of single strength.
This finished liquid aloe is less processed, and more costly than
reconstituted concentrates. The second type of concentrate is a
reconstituted concentrate which comes in multiple
If you add water to a frozen concentrated orange juice, the beverage is
reconstituted from a concentrate. How much water added will determine
Further Additives Used
addition, chemicals and preservatives are added to stabilize the Aloe
Vera liquid. If the Aloe liquid is not stabilized, enzymes and
lactobacillus bacteria quickly decompose and ferment the Aloe product.
Chemical stabilizers prevent certain metabolic byproducts from forming
such as lactic acid, fumaric acid, succinic acid, and pyruvate, which
quickly become concentrated in an unfinished product.
also a chemical decomposition that takes place if stabilizers are not
added, during which the Aloe polymannans release acetate groups, thus
producing acetic acid. This combined with formic acid (also formed in
unstabilized aloe liquid) are known liver toxins. According to an
article which appeared in the January/February 1998 issue of Agro Food
Industry H-Tech, Teichmuller wrote:
(benzoic acid and ascorbic acid) must be added to liquid Aloe Vera
products to guarantee their stability. These additives are to be
declared in the list of raw materials. Should the declaration be
omitted? Or cheap polysaccharides such as maltodextrin are added to the
Aloe vera, this constitutes fraud. Evidence of the presence of these
substances can be detected by NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)
Aloe gels and juices can legally
state that their product is stabilized, however this is misleading since
stabilization pertains to the beverage as a finished product and not
the polymannose itself. Only through a NMR Spectroscopy can the quality,
quantity and stability of the desired sugar, polymannose be detected in
an Aloe Vera product.
peril in the Aloe industry is the practice of diluting Aloe beverages.
A few fraudulent producers and marketers have taken advantage of
consumers by adding water to already diluted Aloe juice. Other
manufacturers use a distillation process, using Aloe leaves and steam,
which extracts only a few fragile substances that survive with very
little benefit. Claims can be made that the Aloe beverage has no
chemicals or preservatives, has no bitterness and tastes like water.
Industry expert and former Chief Pathologist at Dallas Fort Worth
Medical Center, Dr. H. Reginald McDaniel stated:
"Make absolutely sure that what you are drinking is in fact Aloe Vera juice and not water"
Cold Pressed: A meaningless term
juicing, manufacturers use a term known as cold processing. This term
is misinterpreted to mean there is no heat used to produce any given
product, and is simply labeled as such for marketing purposes. Doctor
Udo Erasmus PhD, MA, is an industry expert in the processing methods of
plant molecules and holds degrees in nutrition and psychology. In his
Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, Dr. Erasmus clarifies what the term cold process really means:
term is meaningless. Its use by manufacturers is unethical, to cater
to uninformed consumers who still believe that cold pressed means high
Federal law requires
pasteurization of all consumable liquids unless stated boldly on the
label. Heat is used in most processing anyway. Furthermore, insoluble
and soluble fibers, vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, and amino acids
are drastically reduced or not even present in the beverage due to the
processing practices required to produce an Aloe juice. Chemicals and
preservatives cumulate when introduced into the body. So the question
remains, is a processed Aloe liquid the safest and most effective form
of Aloe Vera consumption?
Additional Label Frauds
The term Mucopolysaccharides (MPS ), has been misused by certain individuals in the promotion of their
Aloe Vera product. All reputable scientists agree that plants do not
have MPS. It is suspected that the origin of this term arose through
confusion between the terms Mutinous Polysaccharides, which are
characteristic of Aloe's Mannose, and Mucopolysaccharides
(polysaccharides containing nitrogen, found in animals and bacteria) to
add to the confusion even more, a test called the Methanol Perceptible
Solids (MPS) Test incompletely measures polysaccharides. In particular
the MPS Test gives a false reading of polysaccharides in the case of
Whole Leaf Aloe, which has been treated with cellulose as a part of
legitimate processing. The MPS Test makes this material appear to have a
normal or even superior level of polysaccharides. Wittingly, certain
companies have used the MPS Test to label and promote their product as
having high levels of polysaccharides whereas in fact this product may
have lower than expected levels of the aloe polymannans. Furthermore,
the MPS Test fails to identify Aloe powders which may contain
significant amounts of the modified cornstarch product Maltodextrin and
has failed to distinguish the polymannose of legitimate Freeze Dried
Aloe Vera from Maltodextrin.
So what should you look for?
There are 5 key trademarks to look out for when investigating a quality Aloe Vera product:
- Molecular Weight
The manufacturer of your prospective Aloe Vera Product should use a process that employs the lowest possible temperature
to dry the Aloe's inner gel without subjecting the gel to harsh
conditions, i.e., freeze drying (such conditions would kill a living
plant). Plainly stated, look for a low heat (lower than body
dehydrated Aloe vera powder,
which uses a relatively gentle processing method, thus ensuring the
greatest concentrations of the prized polymannose molecule.
Since time is of the essence,
also look for an Aloe product that is produced within 24 hours of
harvesting. Enzymes of the inner gel completely break down polymannose
molecules within this time frame. The time of day and the season in
which the aloe leaves are harvested are also crucial factors, for they
determine the stability of the inner gel, as well as the concentration
of polymannose present. The
species of Aloe
Vera used is also important in choosing a premium grade product. If the
manufacturer uses any species other than Aloe Barbadensis Miller, it is
a clear tell tale sign that the product has very little polymannose
available, which determines
The molecular weight
of an Aloe Vera product expresses the amount of polymannose molecules
present in that particular product. The most accurate test available
for taking such high-tech and precise measurements is the
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
This test not only gives the most accurate representation of mannose
available, but it can also measure the amount of each of the four chains
of the polymannose molecule. An educated consumer should look for an
aloe product that has not only the highest concentration of polymannose
molecules, but also one that offers all four chains, since each chain is
responsible for a unique and vital effect within the body. A reputable
Aloe Vera product manufacturer will have this information available for
you upon request. Be ware of those who are not even sure what an NMR
Finally, look for a product of the highest possible purity. There are plenty of reputable aloe growers and manufacturers that produce high quality aloe products with zero
additives. Producing premium aloe products is cost and labor
intensive. You should be investing in a product that gives the results
you are looking for due to the care and consistency put into the
manufacturing of that product. Juicing, filtering, pasteurization, and
chemical stabilizers simply do not deliver the highest grade aloe
product that is available.
What is so great about Aloe Immune dehydrated powder?
Immune's Aloe Vera is grown in fields that are of certified organic,
rich volcanic ash soil located between two mountains ranges at the base
of a volcano. Rich volcanic ash soil provides rare trace minerals.
The fields are irrigated with natural spring fed water. The Aloe Vera
plants are fertilized with Aloe's outer leaves, which would otherwise be
discarded after the harvest. This puts minerals and other nutrients
back into the soil, ultimately benefiting the land as well as the Aloe
Vera plants grown there. Nothing goes to waste.
Vera is grown and harvested all over the world, the highest quality
finished Aloe products start with a strong stock of Aloe plants known as
pups. Aloe leaves mature in approximately three to four years. Only
the leaves of mature plants are harvested for the manufacturing of Aloe
Immune. When the leaves are harvested, variables must be considered for
the highest quality yields with the greatest concentrations of active
bio-constituents present in the leaf. Where the plants are grown, the
time of day, the year of picking and the timeliness of processing are
all taken into account to ensure the quality and consistency of the
Aloe Immune product.
Proper handling techniques are exercised,
from the field to the raw material and finally to the shipping
container. In addition, experienced farmers who have been harvesting
Aloe Vera for generations have developed a passion for producing quality
Aloe Vera whose reputation precedes them. Their skill for nurturing,
cultivating, harvesting and processing the aloe plant reflects in the
Aloe Immune product.
Aloe Immune's dehydrated powder is naturally
stabilized by a proprietary process, without the use of chemicals. This
ensures that the
Aloe Immune powder is rich in the large complex
carbohydrates (glyco-polymannans or aloe polymannans) which science has
indicated are responsible for the activation of the macrophages and are
also known to enhance our immune system. Other benefits of Aloe Vera
include skin irritation and wound healing properties, blood sugar
regulation, and digestive support.
Our product is as close as
possible to the original source, just as nature intended. Here at 4R
Health Products, were confident that you will be pleased with the
results that our line of Aloe Immune products has to offer, and are
honored to serve and educate you now and in the future. Nevertheless,
as the saying goes,
the proof is in the pudding,
so no matter what product you chose to take you on the road to
wellness, we hope this information will serve you well and get you to
your destination of good health as quickly as possible.
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