Choose the Right Aloe for Your Needs

America's number-one folk remedy, aloe, is a succulent perennial of the lily family native to Africa and grown commercially in southern Texas and Central America.

According to Steven Foster, one of the most respected names in herbal health and author of 101 Medicinal Herbs: "Aloe gel has been used to treat inflammation for more than 2,500 years. The fresh gel is widely used as a folk medicine for minor burns and sunburn, as well as minor cuts and scrapes. Mixed with water, citric acids, fruit juices, and preservatives, aloe gel is also marketed as 'aloe juice,' touted as a digestive aid or folk remedy for arthritis, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and other conditions."

Medical researchers are now investigating the potential effectiveness of aloe in enhancing collagen turnover, preventing oxidative damage to cells, improving immune function and reducing inflammation. A recent clinical study showed a tablespoon of aloe juice taken twice a day reduced triglyceride and blood sugar levels.

Four Standards for Quality Aloe

Many companies sell aloe products, but there's a wide disparity in quality and consistency. Aloe users should consider the following four criteria when looking for the most pure and effective brand.

Certified Aloe Content

The independent International Aloe Science Council (IASC) was established to help consumers distinguish between quality products containing real, active aloe solids from others that are simply watered-down and 'aloe flavored.' Only consider an aloe brand that contains the IASC seal as a guarantee of aloe potency.

Certified Polysaccharide Potency
Aloe naturally contains complex plant sugars called polysaccharides. Various lengths of these sugar chains have been the focus of most clinical studies evaluating the health benefits of aloe. However, improper processing techniques and high heat pasteurization break up polysaccharide chains - rendering the resulting aloe product ineffective. For the greatest health benefit, choose only an aloe brand with a high polysaccharide potency independently approved by the International Aloe Certification Laboratories (IACL).

Certified Organic
Aloe grows in dry climates and absorbs available water to survive in dry spells. As a result, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers present in ground water are also readily absorbed and stored in the aloe leaf.

Unfortunately, many companies buy aloe as a commodity, looking for the lowest price without regard for where and how it was grown. For safety and purity, consider only an aloe brand independently certified to be organic.

Oxidation Protection
Have you ever cut an aloe leaf and noticed how the sticky substance inside quickly turns yellow, then pink? This is evidence of rapid oxidation. Aloe is known to have at least seven different super-oxide dismutases (SODs) that remove destructive free radicals from your body. But unless the aloe brand you buy is cold-processed immediately after picking, then packaged under nitrogen to prevent deterioration, these SODs will oxidize and become useless.

Nature's Way Aloe Meets All Four Standards

The quality of Nature's Way aloe liquids exceeds all other brands. That's because only Nature's Way provides all of the following:
  1. Certified aloe content and purity by the IASC.
  2. Certified polysaccharide potency by the IACL.
  3. Certified organically grown.
  4. Oxidation-free packaged and cold temperature processed.

Organic Aloe Vera Whole Leaf JuiceIn addition, only Nature's Way is enhanced with Aloe PolyMax+, a proprietary aloe polysaccharide extract. In fact, each bottle of Nature's Way liquid aloe gel or juice contains at least 660,000 mcg of polysaccharides - an average of 63% more than competing brands.

Purchase Nature's Way Organic Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice to start enjoying the many benefits of a certified, top-quality aloe vera product!

Copyright 2002, Nature's Way
Reprinted with Permission.

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