Why You Should Start Drinking Aloe Vera Juice

Why You Should Start Drinking Aloe Vera Juice
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Aloe vera is a well-known traditional herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to heal skin related problems and I’ve already written about the best uses of aloe vera for a healthy skin. People usually use aloe vera topically to treat minor burns, rashes, insect bites and cuts.

Research has shown that aloe vera gel also helps with psoriasis, seborrhea (a common skin problem that presents with a red, itchy rash and white scales), dandruff and radiation-induced skin injuries. You might be more familiar with the external use of the plant, but aloe vera juice, too, is a powerful remedy that can work well for your internal organs if taken in the right way.

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Aloe vera is a cactus like plant that contains over 75 active components, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, carbohydrates, amino acids, salicylic acids, and phytochemicals such as saponins.

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

Digestive benefits

Aloe vera heals the lining of the digestive tract and repairs it. It reduces irritation and helps with the healing of ulcers both in the stomach and the intestines (it is one of my 12 natural treatments for heartburn and stomach ulcers). It works in an anti-inflammatory way and soothes colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other conditions connected to chronic inflammation. Furthermore, it acts in a similar way to probiotics and increases the ratio of good bacteria in the gut, which further aids digestion.

Aloe vera has a powerful laxative effect and used to be sold as an over-the-counter constipation drug. It has since been removed, following an FDA order from 2002 that asked for these drugs to be either reformulated or removed due to lack of research into aloe vera’s safety. If drank in large quantities, aloe vera juice can cause diarrhea (for more details, see the section on dosage below).

Improved immunity

Aloe vera has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and helps strengthen the immune system by removing toxins and pathogens. It also fights seasonal allergies and reduces the effects of inflammatory auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Heart Health

The benefits for heart and circulation are manifold when ingesting aloe vera juice. Aloe vera might benefit the heart by reducing the total fat levels, as described in a study that included patients with high cholesterol levels. By reducing the amount of fatty deposits, the risk of heart attack lowers.

Furthermore, aloe vera juice improves circulation, helps regulate blood pressure and lowers blood sugar. The latter has a potentially beneficial effect for diabetes patients.

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Aloe vera for detox and weight loss

Generally speaking, aloe vera detoxes the body, particularly the colon, so can be used in certain detox programs. It’s a natural antioxidant and destroys the harmful free radicals which are associated with many chronic conditions, including cancer. There are other ways to naturally detox your body and you can learn about them in my e-Book The Detox Guide.

Aloe vera juice also helps with healthy weight loss. It regulates the metabolism and increases metabolic rate, which makes you use more calories (check also 10 other foods that can increase your metabolism). Its detoxifying effect can also benefit your pound shedding efforts, as a healthy colon is more likely to use nutrients in an optimal way.

Aloe vera juice for hair

You can use both aloe vera gel and aloe vera juice to benefit your hair.

Many of the therapeutic properties of aloe vera make it great as a topical application to keep your scalp healthy and your hair looking great. You can use aloe vera as a hair mask, to condition your hair, or you can add some aloe vera juice or gel to your shampoo.

Find more information in my article on how to use aloe vera gel and juice for a beautiful lush hair.

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How Much Aloe Vera Juice Should You Drink Daily?

It is recommended to drink no more than two to four ounces (50 to 100 milliliters) of aloe vera juice daily. This is a maintenance dose that will keep your body well and healthy. Higher doses can cause some side effects, such as diarrhea, cramping, nausea and loss of electrolytes.

If you are trying to get rid of constipation, a daily dose of 100 to 200 milliliters of aloe juice or 50 milliliters of aloe extract has been suggested. Another alternative is to use my 10 natural remedies for constipation.

For diabetes, you can use 1 tablespoon of the gel daily, but you should always consult your doctor first. Also make sure to consume the 12 best foods to control type 2 diabetes.

If you cannot get aloe vera juice, you can consider taking aloe vera as a supplement in a tablet or capsule form. This can be a quick and easy way to get your dose of daily goodness, but you need to check the quality of the supplements and make sure it doesn’t contain any harmful additives.

Some Precautions

To avoid side effects, aloe vera shoud not be consumed in high doses. If you have a certain condition, you need to discuss this with your health professional.

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Aloe vera can interact with prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, so you should inform yourself of the possible interactions before drinking the juice. For example, the juice can increase the effect of some diabetes medications and cause potassium loss if taken with some heart medications.

Controversial Toxicity of Aloin

It has been suggested that you should always buy aloe vera juice that is free of aloin (like this one). Aloin is a compound that is found in between the outer leaf of the aloe plant and the sticky gel inside and has been connected to colorectal cancer in rats. Unfortunately, often the label does not give the information if a product contains aloin or other anthraquinones (this is a laxative that can have adverse effects).

The study alerting the public to the possible carcinogenicity of aloin was performed by the U.S. Drug and Food Administration and published in 2013 in the journal Toxicological Sciences. However, some experts disputed the findings and pointed out that the study included aloe vera products that are completely different from aloe vera juice products on the market. For example, the products used in the study, contained 6,300 ppm (parts per million) of aloin, while the commercially sold juices usually contain a maximum 5ppm of aloin. The industry’s standard is less than 10 ppm of aloin in aloe products for oral consumption.

Also, other recent studies showed no significant toxicological effect from ingestion of aloe vera, as reported by Alexander Schauss, PhD, senior research director at AIBMR Life Sciences.

Website WebMD recommends not using aloe vera for prolonged periods of time, unless it is free of aloin. Also, due to lack of evidence about its safety, aloe vera products should not be used orally (by mouth) by children and pregnant women.

Most agree that at low dosage and when used according to instructions, aloe vera is a great healing plant that can help you maintain your balance. Just make sure that you go for high quality products, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Read my other articles about aloe vera:
DIY Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil Mixture
The Best Uses of Aloe Vera for a Healthy Skin
The Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel and Juice for Hair

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6 Responses to Why You Should Start Drinking Aloe Vera Juice

  1. ASHISH KUMAR says:

    what is the right time of consuming alow Vera juice (whether in the morning or just before the meal and supper)?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m personally not aware of specific recommendation. Some say it’s best to drink it in the morning before breakfast, but I think it’s really up to you and your own preference, as anyway we are talking about small quantity of aloe vera juice per day.

  2. Barrie says:

    What brands of Aloe juice do you recommend?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Barrie, brands are different in every country and I’m not associated with any product or company, but generally speaking you need to read the product label and look for the highest amount of aloe vera juice in the product. Amazon, for example, sells organic aloe vera juice that contains 99% aloe vera. Since it’s a full strength product and the taste is bitter, you can mix it with tea/smoothie/juice to improve the taste.

  3. sunitha says:

    can it prepare in home?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You can prepare aloe vera juice at home if you have aloe vera plant. You can cut a leaf, wash it and remove with a sharp knife the top rind of the leaf. Remove also the yellow layer just beneath the rind to expose the clear meat underneath. Once all the rind and yellow layers have been removed, you should have only clear aloe vera gel. Scrape it out and you can consume it as it is or mixed with water, coconut water or fruit/vegetable juices.

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