Our aloe products are made from the highest quality aloe vera and contain the most bio-available levels of Acemannan, the famous healing property in aloe vera’s inner leaf gel. We use the word bioavailable when describing our product but it might not be a term you hear every day. So what does it mean anyway? You may be surprised to know that it is one of the most important factors of nutrition. So in this blog, we are discussing its meaning and how it applies to healthy eating.
What is Bioavailability?
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 track (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.
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 Vera and Nutrient Absorption
Aloe is a member of the lily family and culture’s around the world have been ingesting it for years. 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 breaks down carbohydrates, sugars, and starches while lipase helps to digest fat. Aloe vera promotes a healthy gut environment that can better absorb nutrients by supporting the probiotic colonies that live in the stomach and digestive track. Millions of bacteria thrive in our intestine and play a vital role in our health and it has been shown that human intestinal flora metabolizes polysaccharides after ingestion of Aloe vera. Probiotics are living organisms that require prebiotics, and aloe just happens to be a great source for that good gut bacteria.