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At present, there are more than 500 different species of Aloe, with very different sizes and aspects.
Aloe vera is undoubtedly one of the most important medicinal plants in the world, being used in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.
However, in view of the large number of Aloe species, it is surprising that little research has been done to reveal the commercial potential of other Aloe species. In fact, Aloe arborescens Mill. was used to treat nuclear radiation burns from the atomic bomb explosion on Hiroshima during World War II, and is currently under commercial development in Japan and Italy as a possible alternative source of gel products.
Some Aloe species are very popular indoor plants because they are versatile and able to thrive indoors without much care. This is beneficial because living plants like aloe can improve air quality and help promote a healthier indoor environment.
In this article we will explain some of the ways in which 12 species of Aloe can benefit health or our environment.
You may have already heard of Aloe vera for cancer prevention. Every year more research on Aloe vera is taking place all around the world as word spreads about its natural healing potential. Aloe vera has been a subject of intense research investigation since a long time. It is believed to be one of the most valuable plants due to its antioxidant, antibiotic, antiviral, antineoplastic, or antiproliferative (owing to its anthraquinone content), immunostimulatory (on account of acemannan), and other properties.
There are some, who advocate that Aloe boosts the immune system by directly attacking the foreign cells, thus treating cancer. Other articles say there's no evidence on healing or anti-tumoral properties in Aloe vera.
Let's see what actual researches say about the topic, this will help anyone to build his own opinion.
Aloe is best used for digestive, skin and lymph problems. In the case of dogs can also be used in the same way. Either Pure Aloe vera Juice or a Aloe vera Gel that has been commercially prepared features a pile of minerals, proteins, enzymes, and other goodies.
In what cases can Aloe vera help our dogs?
- Aloe vera is excellent for dogs with problems from acidic stomachs (acid reflux as known to humans).
- Soothes the skin and soften it, helping treat minor scrapes, burns and other wounds your dog may encounter.
- Fleabites, sunburns and poison ivy harm can often be treated with Aloe due to its cooling effects.
- Aloe vera is believed to be one of the better plants for relieving acute arthritic pain in older dogs due to gout (metabolic disease).
- Relieves bladder sensitivity and irritation when the urine has a high acid count.
- For dogs who’ve had any kind of surgery, application of Aloe vera Pure Gel can work wonders by reducing a great deal of irritation and inflammation.
There are several ways to extract and stabilize Aloe gel and juice. Depending on the process used for this, Aloe vera juice may be of a better or worse quality in terms of preserving the properties of the plant. That is to say, the process of extraction and stabilization of the Aloe that we use determinates the final quality of the product.
There are processes by which the properties of this plant are used to the maximum, while in other more economical processes, most of the properties are lost.
In the market there are numerous products that use their Aloe content as a claim, for this reason, it is very important to know how to differentiate between the main processes of extraction. Each manufacturer of Aloe vera products should indicate on the label whether it uses juice, extract, gel or powder.
1. Aloe vera gel is the pulp of the crushed leaf, rich in polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals, but may contain aloin, a laxative substance present in the plant, which in the process of transformation to obtain the juice is eliminated.
2. The Aloe vera juice, as the gel but this does not contain aloin, retaining the rest of beneficial components.
3. Aloe vera powder is dehydrated gel.
4. Aloe vera extract is a preparation obtained from powder mixed with water.
This time of year, we collect and enjoy a very characteristic Halloween fruit, the pumpkin.
It is used not only to cook delicious dishes, but also as a decoration for the day of the dead in many countries.
The benefits of this fruit are not so well known, but both the pulp and the seeds of the pumpkin have many properties that we will discuss below.
Nutritional properties of pumpkin:
It contains vitamins, fibers and minerals. It also contains beta-carotene - the redder it is, the more it contains - which the body transforms into vitamin A, an antioxidant vitamin that slows down the aging of cells. A portion of 200 grams of pumpkin covers the needs of vitamin A in one day.
Not only is the pulp of the pumpkin eaten; its seeds are also very precious. They are an excellent source of iron, the assimilation of which is favoured by vitamin C. Above all, it contains a source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is normally not present in our diet.
Grape seed oil
Grapeseed oil is a great detoxifier, rejuvenator, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. In addition to this, grape oil has many properties and benefits that help to purify the blood or prevent premature aging of the skin. There are many cosmetic products such as the wine therapy line that contain this natural ingredient and bring numerous benefits to the skin.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is one of the best skin care oils available in the market.It has high levels of tocopherols (vitamin E) and essential fatty acids (linoleic acid or omega 6). This oil contains more tocopherols than any other oil available in the skin care products industry (almost 150% more tocopherol than argan oil). Tocopherols contain antioxidants and agents that protect against free radicals.
The process by which this oil is extracted is extremely long, since it is carried out manually. First separating the seed from the fruit, and then drying it before starting the cold pressure extraction. Each seed contains only 5% oil, so almost 1/2 ton of seed is needed to produce only one liter of prickly pear oil.
Every day more people benefit from all kinds of natural products and therapies to improve our health.
If traditional medicine has been key to improving the quality and life expectancy of our pets, can natural medicine also help our animals?
In the case of Aloe vera the answer is yes, and a lot.
When the seasonal changes approach from cold to heat, or vice versa, the cases of cats with skin problems increase.
Some skin problems come from serious internal causes and should be treated by a veterinarian (in these cases the ingested Aloe, such as Aloe vera juice, can greatly support the therapy indicated by the Vet), but sometimes, especially when the warm weather comes, some problems are due to issues as simple as contact with a new plant, or the fact that there are more insects, or there is more activity (wounds), or hypersensitivity that manifests itself more clearly in the changes of time, without becoming a problem when it has already stabilized the ambient temperature.
In which cases can we apply aloe vera on the cat's skin?
Aloe vera is widely used to treat various disorders of our animals, for example, its use in dermatitis is widespread, likewise, is a natural treatment, respectful and very effective against numerous dermatological conditions.
Today, there are many foods classified as superfoods. In this article we will look at the properties and functions of 4 of them.
Himalayan goji berries, also known as lycium barbarum, may be one of the best foods to fight aging. The goji berry has been used in China for thousands of years to improve health and longevity and is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth, with its wide range of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and much more.
Goji berries have gained popularity in recent times with more and more people being included in their diet in its various forms, either dry or in juice.
Goji raisins contain 19 amino acids, including essential amino acids. It also contains calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamins such as vitamin B1, B2, B6, C and E.
It also contains carotenoids including β carotene, lutein, lycopene, and xanthophyll. The carotene content is superior to carrot which provides good antioxidant properties. It also contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid which promotes fat loss.
Goji berries also aid in weight loss. Drinking Goji juice has been used as a way to help you lose weight for years. It is said to reduce appetite as well as speed up the fat burning process. Since it also increases energy levels, it is easier to exercise and follow a diet regimen.
The fruits are also very effective for the proper functioning of the liver and kidneys, and are generally taken internally to treat high blood pressure, poor eyesight, diabetes, lumbago, vertigo, and menopausal complaints.
Shea is a natural product born from Butyrospermum parkii, a savanna tree that grows in central and western Africa, in countries such as Nigeria, Senegal or Burkina Faso.
The fruits produced by this tree look like nuts with white and naturally fatty almonds hide inside. When these almonds are manipulated they turn into a yellowish dough: shea butter. Each year, a tree produces an average of twenty kilos of dough.
It contains antioxidants such as tocopherols (vitamin E) and catechins (which are also found in green tea). Other specific compounds such as triterpenic alcohols have been detected, whose property is to reduce inflammation; esters of cinnamic acids, which have a limited ability to absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and lupeol, which prevents the effects of skin aging by inhibiting enzymes that degrade skin proteins. Shea butter also protects the skin by stimulating the production of structural proteins by specialized dermal cells.
This fat is known above all for its moisturizing properties so it is used in the composition of numerous preparations of the cosmetic industry such as the Bio-Moisturizing Cream, which in addition to Shea contains all the properties of Aloe vera.
The appearance of wrinkles represents the most obvious sign that we are aging. It happens to all human beings at some point, but for many, the longer we can avoid them, the better.
It is important to remember that sunlight is the main cause of skin aging, as it damages skin cells much faster than normal physical aging. Other causes include smoking, unhealthy diet and genetics.
Why does the skin wrinkle with age?
As we age, our skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic. This means that the skin is more fragile, can be injured very easily, and its ability to protect itself from damage is reduced.
Skin also tends to loosen as components such as collagen and elastin (which provide skin firmness and elasticity) diminish. In addition, our oil-secreting glands are reduced, leaving the skin with less oil than it needs to stay hydrated. Moisture means flexibility to shrink and stretch.
Essential oils can help with wrinkles by keeping skin hydrated, thereby preventing some of the damage resulting from lack of elasticity.