Aloe Ferox by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

April 21 2014

Antioxidant benefit of aloe ferox
Analysis of the aloe ferox leaf indicates this plant has many substances that are of benefit. These include various phenolic acids, polyphenols, phytosterols, fatty acids, indoles, alkanes, pyrimidines, alkaloids, organic acids, aldehydes, dicarboxylic acids, ketones, and alcohols. Due to the presence of the antioxidant polyphenols, indoles, and alkaloids, the Aloe ferox leaf gel shows antioxidant capacity as confirmed by ORAC and FRAP analyses. Both analytical methods used show the non-flavonoid polyphenols to contribute to the majority of the total polyphenol content.

Aloe Ferox grows naturally in South Africa and many products are formulated using the raw extracts without isolating the active ingrediants. Aloesin can be extracted from this plant to a highly pure chromatographic have a quality. Aloesin is a skin lightener having similar action to Arbutin, an ingredient in Meloderm. Arbutin is however regulated in certain European countries. Do you use Aloesin in formulations at present. Will there be benefit in extracting the Aloesin from Aloe Ferox plant? Is Aloesin safer to use than arbutin at comparable dosages? Arbutin can hydrolise to hydroquinone.
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