This plant that looks like a cactus, is in fact, a member of the onion/lily family. Growing in desert type conditions to heights of five to six feet. There are over 200 varieties but only 7 have any health giving properties. The Barbadensis Miller is the main one used. Only the inner leaf gel should be used as the outer rind contains alloin with can cause stomach upset.
Some people believe that the health giving properties of the Aloe Vera plant really work and there are numerous testimonials from people who have received improvement for many conditions: joint pain, IBS, Crohns disease, Colitis, Diverticulitis, Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Eczema, Asthma, Prostate, Urinary, Psoriasis plus many more.
It is also said that Aloe Vera can also help improve and slow the signs of aging. Aloe Vera contains over 72 active ingredients along with 19 of the 20 Amino Acids that our bodies need. It also contains lignin, which allows the aloe to go down to the dermis layer of the skin, and improves appearance of skin from the inside out which has the anti aging effect. It also contains saponins which are a natural soapy substance so provides safe and gentle cleansing.
Other views are that some people do not believe and cannot see that something so natural and does not contain chemicals can help relieve or improve any symptoms. They would rather get a prescription from the doctor for instant relief, filling their bodies full of chemicals but which do not provide any long term benefits.
Animals are a guarantee’d proof of the health giving benefits as they cannot lie. If they have symptoms which show improvement after being given Aloe Vera then we can be pretty certain that the Aloe which has caused the improvement.
In conclusion, there are always going to be believers and non believers, and people who will not give it a try but continue to deny that it “could” help them. You can never get everyone to change their views and to be honest, this is perhaps a good thing as it doesn’t do for us all to be the same.
It can also be said that you get what you pay for and there are lots of products which claim to contain Aloe Vera but in what amounts.
There are products which are “Aloe Vera with” and products which are” With aloe vera”.