Aloe vera is known to be a very powerful natural remedy for skin issues like sunburns and injuries, but it also has a number of other health benefits that are lesser known.
One of the top questions we have been asked regarding our new Probiotic Blend coffee with aloe vera is "Which part of the aloe vera leaf you are using". There are a number of important differences between the inner gel portion of the aloe vera leaf and the outer skin, which we will detail below.
Outer Aloe Vera Leaf [Aloin]:
Aloin is a compound naturally found in the outer skin of the aloe vera plant, which has a laxative effect when it’s orally ingested. The laxative side effect of aloe's powerful aloin compound can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, electrolyte imbalance, and dehydration. Due to the side effects, it’s extremely important to note which part of the aloe vera leaf you are consuming and understand the effects of the different parts of the plant.
Inner Aloe Vera Leaf [Acemannan]:
Acemannan is a compound naturally found in the inner gel of the aloe vera leaf that distinguishes it from the other hundreds of aloe plants. This impressive compound is classified as a polysaccharide and is used to benefit the body in many ways. Some of the popular benefits of acemannan include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antitumor activity.
The acemannan in the aloe vera leaf also functions as a prebiotic, which assists the probiotics (or “good bacteria”) in your digestive tract thrive and remain healthy. A proper balance of friendly bacteria and prebiotics in your gut allows for healthy digestion.
The polysaccharides in aloe vera have been shown to act as strong anti-inflammatory agents, which can assist in decreasing the leakiness of the intestinal wall which can occur with the overgrowth of bad bacteria within the gut. Because the probiotics are able to digest acemannan, the combination of the two can assist in restoring the balance of normal gastrointestinal bacterial flora.
Those interested in maintaining or restoring balance in their digestive tract should definitely be consuming both probiotics and inner aloe vera leaf (acemannan) on a daily basis. Our new Probiotic Blend coffee makes it easy for daily coffee drinkers to consume both of these important digestive health ingredients every day.