Drinking Aloe Vera Juice: Why You Should Drink It & How To Make Your Own Aloe Vera Juice

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Why You Should Start Drinking Aloe Vera Juice

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.

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 Drinking Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice may improve the digestive health

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.

Drinking aloe vera juice in large quantities can cause diarrhea (for more details, see the section on dosage below).

Drinking aloe vera water can boost your immune system

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.

May improve 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 juice 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.

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.

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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 22 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.

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.

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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.

How to Make Your Own Aloe Vera Juice

To make aloe vera juice at home from aloe vera plant here is what you should do:

1. Cut a few leaves of aloe vera plant. Wash them and pat dry with a towel.

2. Cut the edges of the aloe vera leaves with a knife and discard. Then cut the rind from the front and back of the leaves and discard as well. You can also use a peeler to do that.

3. Discard the yellow-green gel that is just under the rind so you are only left with the clear gel.

4. Store the clear gel in a clean jar in the refrigerator.

5. When you want to drink aloe vera juice, take 2 tablespoons of the aloe vera gel, put in a blender and add a cup of juice, smoothie, coconut water, or plain water with honey. Blend together until you have a smooth consistency. Then drink.

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15 Responses to Drinking Aloe Vera Juice: Why You Should Drink It & How To Make Your Own 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.

  4. denise says:

    how much aloe juice should i drink per day i have arthritis in joints and i am sore every day i am hoping by drinking the juice it will ease the pain

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Denise, please refer to the section in my article on “How Much Aloe Vera Juice Should You Drink Daily?”

  5. Phil says:

    Has anyone try using aloe vera juice to aid with SMA syndrome?

  6. Michael Dexter says:

    I have read that it is the aloin that causes the bitter taste and the green coloring. Do you have any nfo about that. The good stuff should look and taste like water any truth to that?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      I’ve once drank pure aloe vera juice and the taste was not so pleasant, something like bitter tarty taste. The color should be clear or with slightly golden tinge.

  7. nomusa says:

    i have low blood and iam feeling dizzy can i drink aloe vera

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Aloe vera helps to lower blood pressure, so if you already have low blood pressure, I suggest that you talk to your doctor before consuming it, as may not be suitable for you.

  8. Omolara says:

    I heard aloe plant different species and that not all aloe plant are good to consume how true is this pls and if yes hoe can ce differentiate the good From bad pls

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Aloe vera is a plant species of the genus Aloe which contains over 500 species of succulent plants. The most widely known species is Aloe vera which is cultivated for various medicinal purposes. You need to buy aloe vera (also known as Aloe barbadensis) from a reputable plant nursery to make sure you buy the right aloe.

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