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Aloe, aloins and hydroxyanthracene derivatives. What are the implications of the new Regulation (EU) 2021/468?

05/04/2021

Hydroxyanthracene derivatives (HADs) are phenolic compounds found in aloe vera as well as in everyday vegetables such as iceberg lettuce, green beans, cabbages, etc. Among aloe vera HADs we find aloins, barbeloins, aloe-emodins, emodins, and dantrone. Aloin is a yellowish, bitter and very laxative compound. In the case of aloe vera, HADs are found close to the leaf bark, separated from the parenchyma (internal part of the plant). Foods that contain ingredients from aloe vera inner leaf gel do not pose any risk to health or safety, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). On previous regulation The Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008, on flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties for use in and on foods and amending, set up HADs limit in aloe vera juices for oral consumption at 10 ppm. In recent years, HADs have been highly questioned b...
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Two key climatic factors in aloe farming

21/03/2021

On the occasion of the celebration of World Water Day, we want to talk you about the importance of managing water resources in agriculture, as well as exposing some technical reasons why we started with aloe vera in our priviledged Natura 2000 Network farm located in southeast Spain. Aloe requires few water resources, dry environments with moderate thermal amplitude, and abundant hours of direct sunlight per year. Finding these basic requirements simultaneously is not that easy in continental Europe, where the demand for quality organic aloe vera products is constantly increasing. Our farm is located in southeast Spain, near the town of Águilas (Murcia), where the conjunction of these factors is a reality that favors organic aloe vera farming, an alternative for a sustainable development of agriculture in the region. The main enemies of aloe are frost and excess humidity, therefore, the main climatic factors that affect the cultivation of aloe vera are:
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Immune system, defenses and healthy balanced diet

23/04/2020

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is increasing our concernings about health and feeding a deep rethinking around just daily actions, from hand hygiene to personal care, and unfortunately, even affecting to the way we interact with each other in society. Issues like that, which hadn't even been considered longer than just seconds so far, and now are acquiring an almost inevitable role. Among these critical issues, the nutritional section definitely stands out, as it’s directly associated with well-being and the strengthening of our immune system. According to the experts, diet is, along with a constant and adapted development of physical activity, a key part of healthy lifestyle habits. Eating a healthy balanced diet, incorporating natural foods rich in nutrients, helps improve our defenses against several adversities that affect our health and well-being. Providing the recommended daily dose of each vitamin helps our body stay strong and active,...
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Three tips to avoid the problems of excessive hand washing

04/08/2020

Washing hands is our main weapon in the fight against COVID-19. Experts and authorities do recommend a thorough washing, rubbing well and drying the skin scrupulously, avoiding air-drying devices. Therefore, given the current situation, we cannot speak of “excessive washing”, but of an undeniable (and highly recommended) “recurring washing” of hands instead. You may have already used some hydroalcoholic gel, either at work or at the supermarket entrance. It is the best way to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and protect ourselves when we don’t have access to water and soap. Nevertheless, the unavoidable repeated use of soaps, detergents and disinfecting gels right now, unfortunately has its effect on our hands and skin, especially in those who have dry skin, since it affects the lipid layer of the skin. If you feel your hands rough, red or chapped, here are three easy tips to protect yourself: Dry your hand...
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Learn how to distinguish quality aloe vera cosmetics

26/03/2020

Aloe vera market is saturated with highly processed products (lyophilized, rehydrated ...) from other continents. It is common to be in front of deeply artificial products, with a minimal contribution of the recognized properties of aloe vera. In addition, many of those products that claim aloe as an ingredient, often have a tiny percentage of it. So, do quality aloe vera products exist? Fortunately yes, although they are not easy to find within the wide range of “aloe” cosmetic products nowadays. Here below we explain what facts should be taken into account if we want to differentiate a quality aloe cosmetic product from others: Intrinsic quality of the aloe vera as an ingredient. We will always choose those products in which the aloe vera gel has been obtained from inner leaf gel, avoiding products rehydrated from dust. Aloe vera content. The ingredients that appear in the INCI are ranked from highest to lowest perce...
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How to make homemade disinfecting hydroalcoholic gel with aloe vera for long-term use (easy)

17/03/2020

With the increasing speculation and risk of disinfectant products shortage, many people are asking us how to make homemade gel with aloe vera for disinfecting hands. Making an antiseptic and hand sanitizer gel is very easy, so here we explain how to do it easily for long-term use. Ingredients You just need two essential ingredients: 96º alcohol. Sanitizes thanks to its bactericidal and viricidal action. Lower alcohol content can be bactericidal, but not viricidal, therefore it is essential to use 96º alcohol. Aloe vera gel with lavender essential oil. Dermoprotective and bactericidal. Protects our hands against abrasion, moisturizing and nourishing in depth. ATALAYA BIO organic aloe vera gel also contains a biocidal ingredient with recognized antiseptic properties: lavender essential oil. ...
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Sport, muscle aches and organic aloe vera gel

20/01/2020

Aloe vera is a well-known plant since ancient times for its natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, applied to relieve muscle and joint pain. Among aloe vera polysaccharides, we find the acemannan, a mucopolysaccharide that helps the immune system and stimulates white blood cells. In addition, it improves blood circulation, helping eliminate toxins from the body, playing also an important role as a cell regenerator. If you do sports, suffer from joint or muscle ailments associated with age, or drag osteoarthritis problems, injuries or surgeries, here you will discover five reasons why organic aloe vera gel may help you cope with pain and muscle or joint discomfort: Is soothing. Aloe vera is very recognized for its natural analgesic properties, which help relieve muscle and joint pain associated to exercise and age. We recommend using a good organic aloe vera gel, applying it on the affected area for several days, as a relaxing massage....
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Greek tortoises: A responsible farming

28/09/2018

Throughout the last five entries of our blog, we have introduced you to the ATALAYA BIO badge, addressing some of the most curious features of the Testudo Graeca Graeca and its relationship with our brand. We spoke of a Mediterranean species, which finds its ideal habitat on our farm and has fascinating adaptation mechanisms, but which is still a considered "vulnerable" species by the IUCN. Usually, we associate farming to intensive crops without any ethics at all, aggressive with the environment and highly industrialized, intimately linked to the disappearance of species. ATALAYA BIO was born from a nature conservation project, seeking out to make it economically sustainable, but without renouncing to our origins. We are committed to sustainable agriculture, prioritizing the most traditional processes, and guaranteeing the protection of the natural space of the Natura 2000 Network in which we grow. We want to demonstrate that farming does not...
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Greek tortoises: Reproduction

28/09/2018

The Greek tortoise hibernates and estivates, but it is when waking up of the hibernation when its mating rite begins. The courtship of the male consists of hitting or biting the back of the female, climbing on her to copulate. They are oviparous specimens, laying between three and four eggs during the months of May to July - the number of eggs depends on the specimen. The females do not reach sexual maturity until they are ten years old, so it is always a joy to find female adult specimens of them on our farm. After carrying out the census of Testudo Graeca Graeca in our plantation, and considering that the found specimens were somewhat distant from each other, an inevitable doubt arose among us: so how do they find each other? Our expert explained us that the encounters between males and females were authentic "miracles" indeed, but also tell us about some interesting resources they have to ensure its reproduction and survival. Females have an o...
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Greek tortoises: Testudo Project

28/09/2018

The Ecology Department of the Miguel Hernández University (UMH) in Elche, has promoted the Testudo Project, a monitoring program for the conservation of the populations of the Greek tortoise in Spain. ATALAYA BIO collaborates with the initiative volunteering in the turtle census at our organic aloe vera cultivation. We help in the search and marking of the specimens, which are later weighed, measured and returned to the place where they were found - we leave a sign on a branch with the code of the found specimen. Currently, in adult specimens, the marking is done using the Cagle System (1939), the oldest standardized method, which consists of notching the marginal shields of the back, following a numerical coding. It is common to find "recaptures", taking small blood tests that help assess the health of the specimen. In addition, in ATALAYA BIO we are conscious about the important role played by environmental education in our society these day...
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