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Aloe vera may hold promise in treating cardiovascular disease

Sunday, December 05, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: aloe vera, healing herbs, healing foods

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Aloe vera is one of my favorite healing plants, and I believe it is quite promising in terms of enhancing cardiovascular health. This is a subject that hasn't had many studies conducted yet, but there has been some related research that I think sheds light on the issue. For example, it is now known that an extract from aloe vera gel, when injected into the human bloodstream, greatly multiplies the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of red blood cells.

In other words, if a patient is losing a tremendous amount of blood, such as a soldier who is wounded on the battlefield, and perhaps they've lost several pints of blood and their blood stores are getting dangerously low, they can be injected with a very small amount of extract taken from the aloe vera plant. This extract will then quickly diffuse through the bloodstream and multiply the effectiveness of the blood remaining in that person's system.

Effectively, this aloe vera extract makes that blood that's left in the body function as if it were a full supply of blood. It delivers oxygen more efficiently to the organs in the body that need oxygen to stay alive, most notably the brain and the heart. This has been well proven, and in fact aloe vera extract is now a part of a first aid medical product that is being marketed to the U.S. military for precisely this purpose. I've covered it in other articles here on this web site.

But the question is how does aloe vera actually do this? This is just an educated guess on my part, but it seems to me that aloe vera accomplishes this by increasing the viscosity of human blood. In order words, a normal person walking around day to day with normal blood of average health has a certain amount of stickiness in their red blood cells. The blood cells tend to stick together. This is not necessarily clotting, but it's just blood stickiness. In fact, you can see it under a microscope if you look at the blood of an unhealthy person versus a healthy person. The blood of an unhealthy person will tend to group together in small clusters, whereas the blood of a healthy person will tend to be free-flowing with individual red blood cells moving independently

Now, obviously the surface area of red blood cells is going to be far greater when each blood cell can move independently. And the surface area is directly related to the diffusion capability of red blood cells. In other words, the greater the surface area, the faster oxygen can move into red blood cells and be carried by the hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying molecule in human blood). At the same time, once those red blood cells reach their destination in the body, the more surface area is available and the faster the oxygen can move out of the hemoglobin and be absorbed by the tissues that need that oxygen to operate.

If you use aloe vera and you increase the viscosity of red blood cells, then you effectively take a quantity of red blood cells that wasn't functioning at its optimum efficiency and transform them into something very efficient. You effectively increase the working surface area of the entire blood supply. And that explains exactly why this extract can help a hemorrhaging patient who has lost a tremendous amount of blood continue to live and function even on a much smaller volume of blood.

What does all of this mean to you as a person who might be a heart patient or a person with atherosclerosis who is looking to enhance your cardiovascular health? It means simply that if you eat aloe vera gel, which is something that I do on a daily basis, then you may be doing yourself a huge favor in terms of your cardiovascular health. Very likely you are increasing the viscosity of your blood at the cellular level. You're increasing its ability to carry oxygen, and to diffuse that oxygen into the organs in your body.

Theoretically, by increasing the viscosity, you are effectively halting the plaque buildup in your arteries, because there aren't groups of red blood cells floating around in your system that get stuck on the micro tears and abrasions that appear along the walls of your arteries. So blood viscosity works in your favor and aloe vera, I believe, will some day be scientifically proven to be a healing plant that vastly improves blood viscosity.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

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