Nature’s Sunshine’s aloe vera juice is 100% aloe vera pulp processed in a special way to keep intact the essential vitamins, minerals and other active constituents. First the leaf is filleted. Then the green outer portion is removed leaving only the gel. It is this 100 percent pure gel that Nature’s Sunshine collects. Because bacteria thrive in this raw gel, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and sodium benzoate are added as preservatives. Sodium benzoate is effective in low quantities, and is therefore the safest method to preserve aloe vera juice. Aloe vera is a nutritional storehouse, containing vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, niacinamide, choline, and 18 amino acids, in addition to many other nutritional substances. Aloe vera has been used for ages for its many healing properties, including infections and wounds, skin problems and as a laxative. It can improve digestion, cleanse the bowel and relieve constipation, relieve irritated tissues and promote healing of skin and stomach ulcers.