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All About Aloe: Are Cheaper Capsules Really Cheaper?

All About Aloe: Are Cheaper Capsules Really Cheaper?

Welcome to part two of our blog post detailing how you can select a good quality oral aloe vera product suitable for long-term use!  Please do not read this until you have read part one, or else you will miss out on lots of information! When you purchase an oral aloe vera product, it is crucial that you know what concentration you are getting; otherwise you cannot make proper product comparisons.  A reputable brand will always, always have the concentration marked on the packaging, ideally in the product information table.  Without the concentration is it impossible to calculate how much fresh aloe equivalent is in each capsule.  I would never purchase an oral aloe vera product that did not explicitly display the concentration of powder used. Thinking back to a single strength concentrate (explained in part one), 1 gram of aloe = 1 gram of aloe, because nothing has been removed or added.  For…

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All About Aloe:  How Do You Know if it's a Good Product?

All About Aloe: How Do You Know if it's a Good Product?

This turned out to be a very long post, so I have split it into two parts!  In this first part, we will talk about how to choose a good quality oral aloe vera product suitable for long term use.  In part two, we will learn how to check whether an aloe vera product is really as economical as it might appear.Some of you might know that long ago, before I became interested in nutrition, I studied maths at university.  I actually worked as a maths tutor for many years and have been known to spend leisure time completing old exam papers for fun!  This blog post is therefore going to be quite exciting for me, as we will be combining two of my favourite subjects by using maths to compare aloe vera labels!  Continuing with the ‘All about Aloe’ series, this instalment explains how to interpret information on aloe…

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All About Aloe:  Introducing Tiny Pioneer Aloe Vera Products!

All About Aloe: Introducing Tiny Pioneer Aloe Vera Products!

Continuing with our ‘All about Aloe’ series, in this post I want to formally introduce our range of aloe vera products!  Some of these have already been on sale for a few months, but I have not yet written about them in detail.  I don’t even think a lot of you even spotted them when they appeared, to be honest!  A couple of newer products went on sale last month, so now seems like an opportune moment to finally introduce them all together. Two questions that I have been asked several times over the years are:I really want to try aloe capsules, but I can’t afford them – can you give me a discount?I can’t take capsules – is it okay to empty them out into water instead? My answer to the first question was always, “I’m sorry, no.”  I know from personal experience how costly chronic health issues can be and…

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All About Aloe:  Anthraquinones and Aloin!

All About Aloe: Anthraquinones and Aloin!

In the previous blog post, we talked about polysaccharides, particularly focussing on acemannan.  In this post, we will be talking about anthraquinones, particularly focussing on aloin!  Once again, it might be quite boring, but it is important and will help to put some of the other blog posts in this series into context. In chemistry terms, anthraquinones are just molecules that have a particular shape.  If they bond to a simple unit of sugar they are known as anthraquinone glycosides.  Note that we are referring here to sugar in the true chemical sense and not to the sweet white powder sucrose.  Anthraquinones occur naturally in various plants, including rhubarb root, senna leaves and fruit, cascara bark, and aloe vera.  In aloe vera, they occur in a thin layer known as the latex layer that is found between the green outer skin and the soft inner gel. Anthraquinones have a wide range of…

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All About Aloe:  Polysaccharides and Acemannan!

All About Aloe: Polysaccharides and Acemannan!

In the first of a series of special blog posts about aloe vera, I am going to talk about polysaccharides!  This will probably be every bit as boring as it sounds, but to make the most of later posts, it seems like the best place to start!  Hopefully by the end you will have a better understanding of how aloe vera works and what makes our own new range of aloe vera products so impressive. Before I begin, let me politely ask any chemistry professors to look away now!  This will be very much a simple guide to polysaccharides, focussing particularly on acemannan.  We won’t be drawing out molecular structures and concerning ourselves with acetylated bonds or any of that!  I only want to clear up a bit of confusion around polysaccharides, GAGs and acemannan, not get my PhD in biochemistry! Let’s start with some terminology. Polysaccharides are large molecules made up of chains…

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Which Tiny Pioneer Aloe Vera Product Should I Buy?

Which Tiny Pioneer Aloe Vera Product Should I Buy?

As we add two new aloe vera capsules to our range of Tiny Pioneer aloe vera products, I thought it might be useful to have some sort of guide to help you choose the best product for your individual preferences and requirements. I will be writing a detailed piece comparing all our aloe vera products in the coming weeks, but for the time being I have made a simple flow chart that might help you decide!  Further details about each product can also be found on each item’s own page – these are linked at the bottom, under the flow chart. As you can see, I am no graphic designer!  This flow chart was hastily made on Sunday morning and I will try to make a prettier one in the future when I have a bit more time to devote to it!  I think it will be helpful for people to have…

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Do You Know The Secret of the Three Lines?

Do You Know The Secret of the Three Lines?

Hello!I apologise for not uploading a blog last month.  I was ill for a few days and before I knew it, March was over!  I thought I would upload a short post now and hopefully get something more comprehensive to you soon! This belated March post is certainly not my normal kind of content, but I think you’ll find it quite life changing to be honest!  I sometimes get phone calls from people who are trying to find a particular product or page on the Tiny Pioneer website, but can’t see it.  If you generally visit from your computer, you will probably find this surprising, as I have done my best to make the website as easy to navigate as possible!  I used to be worried by these calls, but now I always know what the problem is:  the caller is viewing the website on their mobile phone and does not…

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Welcoming A Few New SC Nutra (Sweet Cures) Products!

Welcoming A Few New SC Nutra (Sweet Cures) Products!

The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that we have recently welcomed a few new SC Nutra products to the Tiny Pioneer store!  In this month’s blog post I thought I would formally introduce them and tell you a bit about them! Before I begin, I will just clear up some possible confusion:  SC Nutra is the new name for Sweet Cures!  You will very possibly already know this, as Sweet Cures sent out emails to customers to let them know of the forthcoming change.  The changeover still seems to be in progress, as the company website remains www.sweet-cures.com and the Sweet Cures logo still appears on it.  However, the new SC Nutra logo now appears on product packaging.  I am going to leave the link on the Tiny Pioneer website as ‘Sweet Cures’ until I am given the go ahead to change it and until I am confident that people have got…

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A Tiny Guide to Antifungals

A Tiny Guide to Antifungals

Last year, in my blog post about antibiotics, I wrote that I thought I should do a dedicated post about antifungals at some point. I’ve decided to do that this month! I am not going to talk about gut health in any detail, because I have already done that at length in previous blog posts.  If you haven’t seen those and are unsure why I place so much importance on gut health in interstitial cystitis and other inflammatory conditions, you can check out:Tiny Tips for Dietary Approaches to Chronic Health IssuesAre Interstitial Cystitis and Leaky Gut Connected?Food Intolerance Testing for Chronic Health IssuesHow to Look After Yourself During and After AntibioticsI’m going to assume that you already know about the role of the gut in maintaining our general health and get straight onto the subject at hand. Antifungals are used to treat all sorts of fungal and yeast conditions, including:Candidiasis, also known…

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Ten Tiny New Year's Resolution Ideas!

Ten Tiny New Year's Resolution Ideas!

New Year is almost upon us and I don’t know about you, but I always quite like the feeling of freshness and potential that a new year brings.  I’m not very keen on the New Year’s Eve part – I can err towards melancholy and excessive reflection if I think too much about the old year ending!  However, I am partial to a New Year’s Resolution and, if I do say so myself, I am generally quite good at sticking to them. This was not always the case.  In my youth, there were times when I was so desperate to reinvent myself completely that I would become overwhelmed with self-improvement choices and would find myself unable to commit to anything properly because I was spreading my good intentions too thinly.  While we all probably know an exceptional person who seemingly transformed every aspect of their life overnight, I think it’s fair…

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