Answer: PhytoChi contains roughly 10%-15% aloe vera (the dehydrated gel powder we use is a 150-200 times concentrate that when reconstituted in water is equivalent to 10%-15% fresh single-strength aloe vera in our PhytoChi). The important components in this aloe vera (e.g., polysaccharides) do not show up in PhytoChi’s HPTLC fingerprint. But they would show up in analyses by mass spectrometry and other more expensive and complicated techniques.
PhytoChi is not a good source of vitamins and minerals, though it could contain some essential trace elements from astragalus, reishi, fo-ti, schisandra, Cherokee rosehip, etc. However, I wouldn’t recommend PhytoChi as a major source of these nutrients because it is much easier and more reliable to simply obtain these nutrients from a daily multivitamin and mineral tablet.
The most important nutrients and bioactive components we can obtain from PhytoChi include polysaccharides (e.g., astragalus, lycium, cured fo-ti, aloe vera), flavonoids and other polyphenols (e.g., LiFE, astragalus), stilbenes, lignans, etc. (e.g., fo-ti, schisandra), triterpenes (American ginseng, reishi, etc.), and glycosides of sterols, triterpenes, lignans, and polyphenols (e.g., eleuthero, reishi), etc. These phytochemicals (also called phytonutrients) each has one or more of the following biological effects in the body – tonic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, stimulant, calming, antioxidant, antitoxic, antiviral, anti-atherosclerotic, hypolipemic, hypotensive, hypoglycemic, improving memory, and numerus others). Many of these effects we don’t normally get from known vitamins
and minerals products. They only come from herbs, especially Chinese tonic herbs; or from eating many times more of the usual fruits and vegetables that are normally found in American and European supermarkets. Dr.Leung