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Welcome to this new edition of our website where we want to provide you with all the important information you need to know in detail about one of the most used ingredients in the market for its wonderful properties, Aloe Vera.

Coming from a plant of the succulent family, aloe vera has revolutionised the cosmetic, medicinal and culinary industry. There are so many benefits that this plant provides that you won't believe it is possible, but yes, it is.

The purpose of this article is to help you identify the most valuable aspects of Aloe Vera so that when you choose a product made from this ingredient you can be sure you are making the right choice. We hope you like it!




The most important

  • Aloe vera is also known as aloe vera and what is used from this plant is the extract or pulp obtained from its stalks. It has many beneficial properties for the body and health and is very easy to acquire.
  • Due to its components it can be used in three ways, as a medicinal product, as a cosmetic product or as an edible product. Despite being the same ingredient, it acts in different ways on the body depending on its application.
  • Natural products with a wide list of benefits can be found in many forms in the market, so it is important that you take into account some criteria such as types, organic product or percentage of the same to be sure of acquiring a quality product.

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Buying Guide: What you need to know about Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has so many qualities and health benefits that it may seem that any product containing this ingredient will do. There are many things to consider before choosing one, so we want to give you some information that you may find useful and necessary.

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What is aloe vera and what are its benefits?

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant of the lily family, also known as aloe vera or Barbados aloe (aloe barbadensis miller is the most commonly used type of aloe vera). It is peculiar, very easy to distinguish and as it does not require a lot of care it can be grown at home.

The juice or gel that is found inside is what is really used of this silver and where all its properties are found. It is very easy to obtain; you only have to cut the stalks horizontally and along the whole leaf.

It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, coagulant, purifying, analgesic, healing, anti-aging, hypocholesteremic, tonic, restorative, anti-ulcer, antibiotic, hypoglycaemic and cellular regenerator properties.

Advantages
  • It is very easy to obtain
  • It requires little care to cultivate it
  • It has many beneficial properties for the body and health
  • High content of vitamins and minerals
  • The gel is preserved for a long time if refrigerated
Disadvantages
  • Extracting the gel from aloe vera can be time consuming
  • If consumed without having been treated for food it can be toxic
  • It is recommended that diabetics do not consume it because it can lower blood glucose

Aloe Vera for medicinal, cosmetic or culinary use - what should you pay attention to?

Aloe Vera has so many properties that it is present in all kinds of products on the market. Here we show you the different presentations in which you can find this star ingredient.

Medicinal use. For hundreds of years, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes in different treatments; one of the most common is for skin ailments. Aloe Vera helps to treat diseases such as dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, dandruff or oily scalp. It is an excellent pH regulating agent for the skin.

It helps to expel bacteria and dead cells that lodge in the pores. In addition, irritations, burns, superficial wounds, scrapes, insect bites are other ailments that this plant can treat by acting as a balm and providing an almost immediate sensation of relief.

Cosmetic use. Thanks to its antioxidant, anti-ageing, rejuvenating and whitening properties, Aloe Vera extract is widely used as an ingredient in cosmetic products such as creams and gels.

Because it can easily penetrate up to 3 layers of the dermis it reduces stretch marks, wrinkles and has a toning effect on the skin. It is also an excellent moisturiser and has a unique refreshing effect.

Culinary use. You have probably seen food products containing aloe vera or aloe vera for that matter. This plant has been shown to be very effective in treating constipation and lowering blood fat due to its fatty acid and amino acid content.

In addition, due to its high content of vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid and choline and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium, chromium, sodium, potassium or copper, it alkalizes the body helping to create a balance. It is commonly consumed in the form of extract, juice or pulp and capsules to be taken as a dietary supplement.

Medicinal use Cosmetic use Culinary use
Use External External Internal
Presentation Gel Gel, creams, balms and masks Drinks, pulp and capsules
Price Medium Medium Medium Low
Side effects None None May be toxic

How much does aloe vera cost?

Aloe vera, in any form, is generally very affordable. If it is in a small, pocket size, it costs between 50 MXN and 100 MXN. The most common presentations are from 100 ml to 300 ml and are priced between 250 MXN and 650 MXN. Much depends on the brand.

As with any product, the brand is a determining factor in the price. Some well-known brands that are certified for the use of organic ingredients have product ranges from 1000 MXN to 3000 MXN.

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Purchasing criteria

When purchasing natural products, it is necessary to make sure that you buy quality products, otherwise, far from being beneficial, they can be harmful. Here are 3 factors to consider when buying aloe vera, in this case.

Type

Although there are more than 300 types of aloe vera around the world, there are 10 that are the most common and that you can find very easily. These are: barbadensis, saponaria, arborescens, brevifolia, ciliaris, aristata, striata, ferox, juvenna and variegata.

Over time it has been shown that two of these 10 species have the greatest health benefits, barbadensis and saponaria. Because of the above when you buy a product of or with aloe vera make sure it is of one of these two species, so you will get guaranteed results and in a short time.

Organic

Nowadays the word "organic" is very famous and many people want to be part of this lifestyle. To achieve this, they consume or buy products with this legend either for fashion, environmental care or personal care. At the end of the day, there are many benefits that this type of product brings.

To make sure that you are buying products that are truly organic and that meet the established standards, you should look for a legend or certification on the packaging. Below is a list of some of the seals that guarantee organic products and their quality.

  • Organic SAGARPA Mexico
  • USDA Organic (US Products)
  • International Aloe Science Council Certified
  • IFOMA Organic Guarantee System
  • COFCC

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Percentage

As we explained before, there are several uses that can be given to aloe vera. The most reliable presentation and with the greatest effects and benefits is 100% pure aloe, that is to say, it is the only ingredient in the product. However, there are countless other products containing aloe vera that are also effective.

Medicinal use. Look for a percentage of 100% to 80%, otherwise the effect will not be visible. One of the qualities of aloe vera is its texture and the ease with which it penetrates the layers of the skin, so it is a self-sufficient ingredient and there is little point in applying a product with a lower percentage in its content.

Cosmetic use. For this application we recommend that the ingredient is present in 100% to 75% for it to be really effective. The high vitamin and mineral content of aloe vera has an effect on the skin without the need to add chemicals or artificial ingredients.

Culinary use. If it is not through capsules it is unlikely that you will find consumable aloe vera with a high percentage. Check the product ingredients to make sure it is listed at the top of the list because that means it is one of the most commonly used ingredients. Some products may specify the percentage of aloe vera.

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