February 09, 2021 3 min read
We often get asked what the difference is between whole leaf aloe and the inner gel. As we know, aloe is such a versatile plant that is known for its external skin use but it is also a functional food. It also triples as a popular house plant, as it's very easy to maintain and yields numerous benefits to the home (i.e. improve air quality). Aloe Vera can be broken down two ways, by the whole leaf and the inner leaf.
Two portions of the aloe plant can be useful when used for medicinal purposes. The gel is taken from the inner leaf, and the latex that is a yellow material found only under the leaf's surface. All of these compounds are present in whole leaf aloe vera gel, whereas inner leaf aloe vera gel should be latex-free. But this is not it, both the parts have a lot of benefits and that is what make them equally important and create a difference between the two.
The inner aloe gel is the widely known aloe and is the safest part of the plant, especially for ingestion. It’s well known for its external soothing properties for our skin, and also for its internal health purposes. Aloe vera is most popularly used as a topical ointment to help heal sunburns and sun damage. Although the inner gel has been used by many cultures for thousands of years, it is the rise in our culture as a superfood providing numerous internal benefits such as digestive health and immune-boosting properties, just to name a few. It is well established that the inner aloe leaf possesses the majority of the entire leaf’s benefits, as it contains acemannan, which allows it to be used both externally and internally.
A green, pointed and thick 12-19 inches long aloe vera leaf stores everything that is needed to have a healthy body and healthy skin. There are three layers to each leaf:
1) An inner transparent gel made up of glucomannans, amino acids, lipids, sterols, and vitamins that contains 99 percent water.
2) The bitter yellow sap in the middle layer of latex, which includes anthraquinones and glycosides.
3) The rind, which is composed of 15–20 cells and serves as a defensive layer as well as a source of carbohydrates and proteins. Vascular wraps are found within the rind and are responsible for transporting compounds such as water (xylem) and starch (phloem).
This transparent gel has different names- Aloe Vera Gel, Aloe Vera Gel Extract, Inner Gel, Inner Leaf, Inner Fillet and Hand Fillet. It is obtained by removing the hard green skin either by hand or machines. Aloe Vera gel is the safest part of the plant, especially for ingestion. It’s well known for its external soothing properties for our skin, and also for its internal health purposes.
Both the inner and outer layer of Aloe Vera has its own benefits. Usually, the thick outer layer is discarded, and the inner gel is used for consumption and application. The whole leaf can be used for its external soothing properties to treat your skin and is great for soothing sunburns (although, whole leaf aloe should never be used to treat deep cuts or wounds).
But while inner aloe gel is safe to consume, raw whole leaf aloe should not be eaten or used for internal use as it contains potentially dangerous aloin, a bitter tasting chemical with laxative properties that can be extremely harsh on the body. So, for those asking, "can I just eat an aloe leaf?", we would say that eating raw whole aloe would likely deliver adverse effects.
Even the Skincare industry uses the inner gel to make beauty enhancing products that are safe and have prolonged use. It is well established that the inner aloe leaf possesses the majority of the entire leaf’s benefits, as it contains acemannan, which allows it to be used both externally and internally.
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