The Difference between Aloe Ferox and Aloe Vera
Although there are basic similarities in the biological make-up of both aloe species, and both provide beneficial health properties, there are one or two fundamental differences.
The yellow/brown aloe bitter sap which contains aloin, an extremely strong laxative, plays a significant role here. This sap has to be removed from the plant material before it can be processed into a drink or juice, to meet the international maximum permitted presence of 5ppm.
In the Aloe Ferox, this substance is found in tiny rows of capillaries, just below the green outer skin of the leaf, so by peeling the leaves quite thickly, the bitter sap is easily removed.
However, in the Aloe Vera, which is a much softer leaf in general, this bitter sap is found throughout the leaf and the most commonly used method of removing it is by carbon filters. This invariably leaves the final product with a fairly strong chemical taste which is quite unpleasant.
Due to the abundance of natural sugars in the Aloe Ferox, and our specially developed processing method, the Aloe 24/7 organic aloe juice is a much thicker and more gelatinous product than any seen to date, produced with Aloe Vera. This is achieved without the aid of any thickening agents. Many Aloe Vera drinks include additives such as Xanthum Gum to try and achieve the viscosity which our Aloe Ferox provides, naturally.
Aloe 24/7 can be seen coating the inside of a glass – in the same way, it lines the entire digestive tract, allowing the amazing active ingredients in the aloe to impart their soothing and healing properties.
Although the proponents of Aloe Ferox tend to focus on the differences between Aloe Ferox and Aloe Vera, there are sufficient fundamental, biological similarities between the two species to give credence to theories that what the one species is capable of, can be expected in the other. Both are succulent plants, with leaves that hold beneficial properties, of a similar nature e.g. Carbohydrates, Amino Acids, Minerals, Enzymes etc.