Caracao and cape aloe leaf are used in intestinal cleansers as well as regenerating tissue, balancing the pH and lowering blood glucose and lipid levels.
by Donna Pravel
Curacao and cape aloe leaf comprise a very effective blend of aloe plants used together in herbal colon cleanses. Colon cleanses and laxatives work by drawing water into the large intestines, which helps to soften fecal material, stimulate the natural peristalsis (muscle contraction) of the colon and add slippery fiber to help move the waste material out of the body. Many people attempt to use a psyllium product alone for “dietary fiber.” Some add a senna tea as a laxative. While these herbs are wonderful as stand-alone herbs, sometimes they can “get stuck” in the colon. Using a powerful combination of herbs including curacao and cape aloe leaf in a colon cleanse works more thoroughly.
Scientific Support for Aloe
Applied externally, the Mayo Clinic confirms that aloe gel is effective against inflammation and pain, such as with sunburns and blisters. It aids in tissue generation in wounds by stimulating lymphocytes and fibroblastic skin and connective tissue cells. It has similar qualities when taken internally, whether as a juice, as a part of an herbal preparation, or as an implant after a high enema or colonic. It is an adaptogenic, which means it “thinks,” or adapts, to the needs of each individual body. The British Journal of General Practice(Br J Gen Pract. 1999 Oct;49(447):823-8, retrieved June 13, 2010) showed that aloe helped lower blood glucose levels in diabetic patients and lowered blood lipid levels as well. The study also suggested aloe as a possible healing agent for genital herpes and psoriasis.
Cape Aloe Benefits
Cape aloe leaf has the benefit of providing plant fiber, stimulating peristalsis and soothing with aloe. Cape aloe is similar to aloe vera, except that cape aloe leaf has more laxative properties. It is generally recognized as safe (GRAS), has no known negative side effects, and is rich in plant minerals, vitamins, amino acids and polysaccharides. Cape aloe leaf effectively detoxifies the digestive system, even down to the cecum. Cape aloe leaf speeds up bowel transit time. It is an excellent herb to use while doing a liver flush or while on an extended juice fast. It helps to remove toxins from the large intestines and supports beneficial gut microbes.
Differences Between Cape Aloe and Aloe Vera
Cape aloe leaf has larger and fatter leaves than aloe vera as well as more piercing thorns. The plant may reach 12 feet in height. A mature cape aloe plant may produce 20 times more sap than its aloe vera cousin. Conscious growers only harvest the bottom seven or eight leaves of each plant per year. Another difference between cape aloe and aloe vera is a brown sap called “bitters,” which encourage the colon to contract. This sap is anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, and anti-fungal. It is alkaline, which promotes pH balance in the body.