The Egyptians revered the aloe plant for its many health giving properties. Aloe vera is a desert succulent native to Southern Africa; now grown all over the world. The gel of raw aloe vera contains vitamins C and E, plus the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and chromium, as well as antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, and lignins and, most importantly, polysaccharides. It is the polysaccharides in aloe that help it do everything from fighting infections to boosting the immune system. The gel in whole aloe leaves can be used as a food, or applied topically to the skin. Once the gel is removed from the inner leaf, it may be combined with other foods in smoothies, salads, or other raw food preparations. Click here to learn more about Aloe Vera.