6 interesting facts about Aloe Vera
- There are more than 400 aloe species, only 4 suitable for consumption. Out of those four Aloe Barbadensis Miller has by far the most useful substances. Home-grown aloe is not recommended for consumption.
- The aloe vera is known for ages. Alexander the Great also used it to feed his soldiers and heal their wounds. In order to possess the Aloe plant, he occupied the island of Socotra for the recommendation of Aristotle.
- The outer green skin of the Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant and the membrane between the shell and the inner gelly part have laxative effects and might cause an allergic reaction.
- That’s why only the inner gel of the Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant leaf is used in Forever Aloe Vera gel
- This inner gelly part contains more than 200 types of phytonutrients (useful active substances): amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, prebiotics, which nourish the intestinal bacteria that are useful to us, thus aiding digestion
- Aloe is a natural immune system booster
4 facts about Forever’s relationship with Aloe Vera
- Forever own the aloe plantations, they are not dependent on an external supplier, so they can guarantee continuous high quality
- Aloe plants are harvested and filleted by hand, then processed within a few hours so that the iconic yellow pack can contain 99.7% pure aloe gel
- Forever’s preservation process is unique, no damage to ingredients, no damage to internal content. Without this process, the raw gel would be useless within hours. No preservatives added!
- Forever aloe gel is Kosher, Halal and has Islamic Society Seals of Approval
5 things about Forever’s Aloe plantations
- Forever grows Aloe plants in the Dominican Republic and Texas on a total of 6,500 hectares. The best pest control they introduced to the fields is in the form of the world-famous aloe goats, This fleet of goats eat all the unwanted weeds which allow a superb crop to grow without compromising the health of the aloe.
- Water used in the washing of aloe leaves is reused three times before it is pumped to a holding pond or reservoir where it can be used to irrigate the aloe fields.
- They remove the “baby plants” from underneath or beside the mother plant which reduces water usage in the fields as there is decreased competition for nutrients to each plant.
- All aloe rind waste from the manufacture of aloe juice is returned to the soil to provide nutrients for the growing plants. No artificial fertilizers are used.
- Millions of aloe plants on these fields are converting CO2 into oxygen, about 20 aloe plants are equal to one tree.
It’s not just “greenwashing”
Forever’s challenge to be more eco-friendly was never based on following fads or silencing critics.
They do it because it is the right thing to do.
In 2006 they launched their sustainability program. Their Environmental Management System was certified to the international ISO 14000 standard and they have maintained that certification every year since!