Lacey, WA – January 30, 2006 – The secret to creating beauty from within has now emerged. Though it is certainly no secret that Egypt’s Cleopatra attributed the topical use of Aloe vera to helping keep her skin looking young and beautiful, many people in today’s world are using this ancient elixir internally as their secret to achieving beautiful skin.
Aloecorp is poised to produce a variety of novel functional foods and beverages that will, indeed, help create “beauty from within,” thanks to its new Qmatrix™ Proprietary Processing Technology. This technological innovation is allowing the company to design a unique line of Value Added products that go above and beyond any such item on the market today. They include fruit-enhanced aloe drinks, nutritional supplements, sports and healthy snack bars, cereals, seasonings, juices, teas, salad toppings and so much more—all of which will serve up a plate or glass full of Aloe vera nutritional benefits.
According to Aloecorp, the world’s leading vertically integrated supplier of bioactive Aloe vera raw materials, a new movement in skin care has emerged—some call it “Eating for Beauty;” others call it “Inside Beauty”—that credits healthy skin with the routine ingestion of nutritional supplements. In fact, global market research group, Euromonitor International, is predicting that there will be an increase this year in the development of beauty products that encompass nutraceuticals and functional foods.
According to Aloecorp’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager, Jeff Barrie, “Whatever you choose to call this trend, scientific studies have emerged that cite the positive effects of internal consumption of Aloe vera in creating a balance from the inside out. “Whether it is aloe’s effects on soothing burns and wounds, its promotion of the body’s anti-inflammation responses, or other “less obvious” health indicators such as healthy immune system, digestion, and sugar and cholesterol levels, Aloe vera has always been a nutritional leader in many internal and external aspects of good health.”
In a paper by Chithra et al., it was determined that “both topical and oral treatments with Aloe vera were found to have a positive influence on the synthesis of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) and were thereby beneficial in modulating wound healing.” GAGs also form an important component of connective tissue, serving to support, bind together and protect organs including skin, the largest organ in the human body.
In another paper by Chithra, Sajithlal and Chandrakasan, it was observed that Aloe vera increases the collagen content of the granulation tissue, as well as its degree of crosslinking, as seen by increased aldehyde and decreased acid solubility. Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue and is responsible for skin elasticity; a degradation of collagen can cause wrinkles associated with premature aging. Collagen is also the major protein of the extracellular matrix, and is the component that ultimately contributes to wound healing. In this study, the test group consuming Aloe vera experienced enhanced levels of type III collagen.
Other factors involved in healthy skin include vitamin C, which plays an important role in the formation of collagen, and vitamin E, considered to be a major lipid-soluble antioxidant in the skin. Based on the results of a human clinical trial carried out by Vinson et al, another sound reason to consume aloe is due to its ability to facilitate the absorption, or bioavailability, of vitamins C and E when taken in conjunction with aloe.
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Aloecorp, Inc. (www.aloecorp.com) and sister company Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (www.unigenpharma.com) are subsidiaries of Univera, Inc. Unigen and Aloecorp each focus on identifying and studying the unique ingredients of medicinal botanicals (Aloecorp’s focus is on Aloe vera) and then formulating proprietary raw materials for use in cosmeceutical, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products.
Aloecorp is a multinational company providing research-proven, bioactive Aloe vera ingredients to world markets. Aloecorp’s corporate philosophy is to “bring the best of nature to mankind,” and does so with its bioactive, standardized Aloe vera that guarantees 10% polysaccharides by weight, and is clinically proven to enhance the activity of Native Aloe gel. Since its inception in 1988, Aloecorp has been the world’s leading vertically integrated supplier of raw Aloe vera materials. All of Aloecorp’s raw Aloe vera materials have been scientifically tested for biological activity, certified pure by the International Aloe Science Council, and clinically supported in published, peer-reviewed studies. Aloecorp provides raw Aloe vera materials to finished goods manufacturers in the nutritional and dietary supplement, functional food, cosmeceutical, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. Aloecorp, ACTIValoe™, and all associated logos are registered trademarks of Aloecorp in the United States and other countries. Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has granted Aloecorp an exclusive licensing agreement to use its patented processes to manufacture ACTIValoe™.