Aloe be thy name

by Geraldine Rullan-Borromeo
(Manila City, Philippines)

Published in the Daily Tribune Life
February 24, 2012

The Egyptian’s plant of immortality that brought to fore the beauty of Cleopatra is a plant that we all know too well and yet often overlook. I grew up with a bed of aloe vera plants under our playroom terrace in Baguio, and would witness my young uncle beset with premature baldness applying a cut aloe leaf unto his scalp daily. The tedious process he underwent to properly use the aloe seemed too much an effort to me. I would just smile at him with my thoughts wandering away as he touted hair-growing benefits of the plant.

I never knew that the aloe gel could have also soothed by scraped knees after falling from my bike or my cuts after an afternoon foray into the woods with my cousins during summer. Understanding the full health benefits of the aloe gel extracted between the skin of the leaf now unlocks a world of potential for applying its natural healing properties, especially as the aloe has now been extracted by a technology that preserves all its health benefits and allows easy consumption.

Even the United States Food and Drug Authority approved the use of the aloe vera for the treatment of HIV as highly concentrated aloe juice stimulates the production of white blood cells effective in fighting viruses. Acemannan, the complex carbohydrate found only in aloe and in the human body, is said to be the key that makes aloe an effective conjunctive treatment to cancer. Thus, the compatibility of the aloe and human blood cells promotes cell growth and activates several types of white cells, which kills viruses, bacteria and tumor cells.

According to the Organic Basket, the aloe is said to contain a “powerhouse combination of mucopolysaccharides (MPS), proteins, amino acids, biologically active-enzymes, minerals and
minerals.” The unfamiliar MPS is an essential carbohydrate touted as the “glue of life,” according to Dick Dorst in the article The Role of Mucopolysaccharides in Good health, Circulation and the Look and Feel of Youth published in http:// It is found mainly in animal life. With the claimed presence of MPS in aloe vera, the health benefits of the plant’s extract has become even more promising.

The Organic Basket, a company founded by Bettina Osmeña and Bing Bing Quiros, brings the Aloe Cure Organic Aloe Vera Juice and Aloe Pure Aloe Chunks to the Philippine market, making them not only easily accessible, but also affordable. The 99.7 organic certified 500 milliliter juice is only P550 and with a recommended daily dosage of two ounces. The healing benefits it delivers makes it worth every peso.

According to the Organic Basket, regular intake of the pure aloe juice is said to regulate gastrointestinal disorder; neutralize stomach acid; maintain normal blood sugar levels; enhance the immune system; promote weight loss; increase metabolism and boost liver function. The quality of the extracted aloe in the juice is promised by four characteristics as it: 1) did not use charcoal filtering; 2) did not degrade the enzymes in the aloe; 3) did not dilute the aloe with water; and 4) it is sourced organic aloe.

While a pure intake of the mellow tasting, grape-flavored Aloe Juice is highly recommended at the start of the day and before bedtime, an increased dosage may be taken as the natural flavor pure extract may be mixed with a variety of drinks. The one-liter bottle of Aloe Vera Chunks is only P400 and promises to supply 200 vitamins, minerals and amino acids at the cellular level; eliminate free radicals, inflammation and viruses, which damage the cells; is antibacterial; protect the digestive system; alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal ulceration and hypertension; balance blood sugar levels; promote regeneration of new cells; optimizes the functions of the immune system; and regulate blood pressure.

Adding aloe chunks to fresh fruit juice drinks and iced brewed teas ups the health benefits of the drinks and delivers a textural experience. The smooth, crisp softness of the aloe chunks is akin to a firm gelatin. The added chewy texture makes one look for more of the chunks as a drink is sipped. The natural mellow flavor of the aloe blends well with many fruit and tea flavors and can easily be incorporated in health drinks. These aloe products are manufactured by the American Global Health, LLC (AGHG). With the help of German technology, AGHG plants the Aloe Vera in Hainan, China and extracts the juice and its chunks.

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