December 08, 2021 2 min read
At AloeCure, all of our Aloe products are made from the highest quality aloe vera and contain the most bio-available levels of Acemannan, the compound most directly tied to aloe's famous properties and effects.
At AloeCure, we use the word bioavailable when describing our products, but it might not be a term you are familiar with. So what does it mean anyway? You may be surprised to know that it is one of the most important factors in nutrition. So in this blog, we discuss its meaning and how it applies to healthy eating.
Simply put, bioavailability is the ease with which any nutrient from the food you consume can make its way into your body. Essentially, the process that every nutrient takes is the same: the food must be digested so the nutrient can be released from the food that contained it and then, in turn, the digestive tract (and the rest of the body) must absorb that nutrient. The ability to absorb the nutrients rely on numerous factors such as your health status, gender, and age. As you age, it tends to slow your metabolism down, which affects your digestion and the ability to absorb nutrients.
As anyone that follows nutritional science will likely have heard, not all the food we eat contains an adequate amount of nutrition. A nutrient is considered highly bioavailable if it can be dependably absorbed and digested at a high rate. Just the opposite, a nutrient is considered poorly bioavailable if its absorption and digestion are difficult.
Aloe is a member of the lily family and culture’s around the world have not only been applying it to their skin, but have also been ingesting it for millennia. The gel of the aloe plant’s inner leaf contains eight important enzymes that can boost nutrient absorption as well as digestion. The two enzymes that specifically aim at promoting better digestion are amylase and lipase. Amylase helps break down carbohydrates, sugars, and starches while lipase helps to digest fat. Aloe vera not only naturally contains these two amino acids, but it also helps support a healthy gut environment where nutrients can be absorbed by supporting the probiotic colonies that live in the stomach and digestive tract. Billions of bacteria thrive in our intestine and play a vital role in our health and it has been shown that human intestinal flora supports the metabolism of polysaccharides after ingestion of Aloe vera. Acemannan is a special and very specific form of polysaccharide only found in Aloe Vera. Probiotics, which are central to this process, are living organisms that require prebiotics, and aloe just happens to be a form of prebiotic that helps feed good gut bacteria.
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