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…Read the full article