What is aloe vera's healing powers

Aloe Vera tests as far back as 1930's
Aloe Vera tests as far back as 1930's

Where is aloe vera's secrets?

This is a question that has been asked for decades.  Some of the test and evaluations as far back as the 1930’s voiced their belief that the secret of the aloe vera power was to be found in the rind of the plant …that the anthraquinones complex held the true secret of the healing power of the plant.  Anthraquinones known as aloin, emodin have been reported to have certain antibiotic power, however, they are also known as a strong laxative agent.

In 1964 another group found that a freeze-dried formula was effective against organisms of various staph infection, strep pyogenes and typhus infections.  Interestingly, when they tested the components individually, the emodin and the chrysophanic acid exhibits no curative power as did the whole plant freeze-dried aloe vera.

What is Strep pyogenes

A substance in the form of a thick gelatinous coating!
A substance in the form of a thick gelatinous coating!

Could it be the polysaccharides?

Another study in 1951 pointed to the belief that the healing properties and the tissue building properties of the plant could be found in the gel of the plant, especially in the mono and the polysaccharides. They found these polysaccharides to be especially effective for tissue building properties as well as a bactericidal agent. They also found the enzyme activity of the plant to contribute to the success of the plants healing properties.

In 1971 another group found that the enzymatic activity of the plant to be remarkably effective as an anti pruritic and fungicidal agent against sun burn, rashes, poison ivy and pruritus uni and pruritus vulval (stops itching and irritation and kills fungus). In this study the group believed the enzymes held the healing powers of the aloe vera plant.

Just lately, another group came to the conclusion that the aloe vera polysaccharides serve as the protective mechanism for the plant. Whenever the plant is damaged in any way, the polysaccharides begin emitting a substance in the form of a thick gelatinous coating, which accomplish two important things for the safety of the plant. First, it stops the flow of the gel from the leaf. Second, it seals the damaged area from exposure to the atmosphere …providing a protective barrier against bacteria, mold, yeast or insect infestation that could assault the plant.

The question still remains: What is the secret of aloe vera?

So, after years of tests and evaluations, the question still remains. What is the secret of aloe vera’s complex chemistry that makes it so effective?

Is it the lignin, saponins, anthraqunones, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes or the polysaccharides?

When these components was tested in the laboratory over the years …each one deserves special attention and deserves its place in healing and health benefits to the human body. However, no individual component of this remarkable healing plant can produce the healing potential that occurs, than when the whole plant is used and referred to as the synergy factor.

It has long been the belief that the true active ingredients of the aloe vera complex is in the plant synergism …that being, that the whole of any entity is greater than the sum of its parts.

The question remains …what is the secret? Know your supplier!!

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gjcody 4 years ago Author

Boobila ...thank you for your comment about Aloe Vera. I know it has a lot of necessary uses. I have never personally chewed the leaf ...but I do drink Aloe Vera...the whole plant. The company we use processes the whole plant and yes there are many nutritional values to the whole leaf. My best to your health!


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gjcody 4 years ago Author

Boobila ...thank you for your comment about Aloe Vera. I know it has a lot of necessary uses. I have never personally chewed the leaf ...but I do drink Aloe Vera...the whole plant. The company we use processes the whole plant and yes there are many nutritional values to the whole leaf. My best to your health!


Boobila 4 years ago

My grandfather in Romania used to have this plant in the house and very day he would eat a leaf. He made it to it's 99 birthday and he has never been sick. Truly a mirical plant my mom kept saying.


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gjcody 6 years ago Author

epigramman ...thank you for the nice comment. I appreciate you coming by and sharing your interest in Aloe Vera Juice.

I wish more people would realize the importance of this great miracle plant that has been around for thousands of years. And that cute little pet you have in your hands would benefit greatly too with aloe daily. My pet did!!

My best to your health!


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epigramman 6 years ago

the healing powers are all here for us to discover in your hubs!


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gjcody 6 years ago Author

elayne001 ...cool information. I am sure you can find many uses for natural growing aloe. I keep a plant on my desk too ...but for drinking ..it is very important to have the filtration system for drinking aloe. But enjoy ...my best to you and thank you for coming by with your comment.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I have aloe vera growing in my back yard. It is easy to take care of and has so many medicinal uses. Thanks for the insight.


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gjcody 6 years ago Author

VioletSun ..Yea ...I love vibrations. I was thinking about you not too long ago ...I had lost touch with my articles as we were moving to a new location (and it was a lot of work) but worth it. I was thinking about the traffic that we got from hubpages and of course sales. You came to mind as you were one of the first to decide to buy from here.

I promised I would follow up and some how ...well you know how that is ...but no excuse! As we say in you360 ...follow up ...follow up ..that is the key to success.

So my business partner and I decided to go to work again as my office is about completed ....and sure enough you are a first again. Now that must mean something. So lets stay in touch ...it must be for a reason.

I am glad you trust us as we do have a passion about our business and our product. We have paid more to get the best and believe me that is worth it too.

Will be back to read more of your hubs. I like your style and information. My best to your health and success!!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

By the way, I agree about the vibrations, pretty cool that you published a hub on Aloe as it led me to take it again. :)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Gcody: I will be purchasing Aloe from you again, but once I finish the bottle I have now which is halfway done, so that will be in about two weeks. I trust the products you sell because you have a passion for what you do, and the information you provide on Aloe is very impressive. I read several of your hubs last night, and will also read the motivational ones.


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gjcody 6 years ago Author

Jewels ..it is hard to say when I don't know what brand of aloe you have. Every brand is different as it may have water and other things in it ..There should be instructions on the bottle ..under suggested usage. My best suggestion is drink it daily and better if twice a day.

Thank you for your comment and my best to your health!


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gjcody 6 years ago Author

VioletSun ...It is very good to see you here. And yes, I do remember when you purchased your aloe. As a matter of fact, I logged in to see if I had any comments one evening and there you were. As vibrations go ..here we are again. I thought I would log in before I retired for the evening and there you are!! Aloe has so many natural vitamins and minerals that yes it will help. I am about to take my evening supplements and I always take it with my glass of aloe for the evening.

But believe me an aloe that is not watered down is most important. I can't stress that enough.

Thanks for your comment and I wish you much health and success!


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Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

As a daily food intake, what is the dosage? I have a bottle, it was given to me but have no idea how I should use it. Is it like a tonic? Can you help here?


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

You have encouraged me to start drinking Aloe Vera again; I had purchased a bottle from you when we first joined Hubpages, and stopped. Being now in full menopause, I was wondering about the benefits of Aloe Vera on brain health and emotions.

Thumbs up for keeping us informed!


chaser4 6 years ago

Hey gj cody...another fine article...the more I read about this remarkable plant...the more I've come to accept it as part of my daily food intake...it truly is the miracle plant....keep the hubs coming!!

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