Today I received a question about aloe. The answer to this question is one thing that separates Stockton Aloe 1 Aloe Vera Gel from most of the aloe vera beverage competitors.
Does your aloe vera have the aloin taken out? I saw the following information about aloin, and wanted to see if your aloe vera is free of it.
“Taking aloe vera that contains aloin in excess amounts has been associated with various side-effects.”
“Once ingested, aloin increases peristaltic contractions in the colon, which induces bowel movements. Aloin also prevents the colon from re-absorbing water from the gastrointestinal tract, which leads to softer stools. This effect is caused by aloin’s opening of chloride channels of the colonic membrane. In higher doses, these effects may lead to electrolyte imbalance, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, which are common side-effects of the drug. Because aloin can potentially cause uterine contractions, pregnant women should avoid ingesting aloe products.”1
Dr. Haley’s Response:
The aloin is the yellowish brown sap in the outer green leaf. Many people do ingest small quantities of whole leaf aloe juice as a laxative to improve their bowel movements. But aloin is not considered to be a safe and effective laxative and may be somewhat unpredictable when using it in this manner. It is especially hard to dose consistently since different parts of the leaf may have different aloin concentrations.
This brings out an important distinction in the various aloe beverages and the terminology associated with them:
Aloe Vera Gel – contains little or no aloin – made from the inner leaf filet. The outer green parts have been cut away.
Aloe Vera Juice – contains aloin – made from whole leaf aloe vera. Essentially, the whole leaves are put in a blender and processed into a beverage.This video was provided by www.rawlifehealthshow.com
In most cases, I do not consider aloin to be a desired nutrient from aloe. With certain fruits and vegetables, we remove the outer coverings to eat the nutrition inside. Consider the orange, banana, corn, etc. The good part is on the inside. We throw away the outer wrapper. In the same way, the mucopolysaccharides from the inner gel contain the healthy nutrition from the aloe vera plant.
Stockton Aloe 1 uses inner gel from the filet only in their 100% pure aloe vera gel beverage. Prior to grinding, the filets are rinsed to minimize the possibility of aloin content.
So do we remove the aloin? No we do not, but rather, we prevent the aloin from getting into our aloe. Some companies rely on using processing agents including diatomaceous earth and activated carbon to clean the aloe of the excess aloin. This is not a problem that we have to contend with.