Most of us will have used a beauty product containing aloe vera at some point in our lives, and many of us even have a plant in our gardens. Commonly used as an ingredient in topical skincare products for its soothing, moisturising qualities, aloe vera juice has recently been gaining popularity as a drink for its ability to nourish the body from the inside as well.
What is aloe vera juice?
Made from either the whole leaf (including the green outer layer, yellow sap and the inner gel) or just the gel inside the leaves, aloe vera juice is typically clear in colour when bought in stores. It is often combined with water along with other ingredients such as fruit juices or sweeteners to take the edge off its naturally bitter flavour profile.
What are the health benefits?
The health uses of aloe vera date back thousands of years to early Egypt where it was used in traditional medicine. It has also been mentioned in a number of other ancient medical systems across the world, so it comes as no surprise that aloe juice is being used as a health tonic today. Here are some of the benefits you could get from including aloe vera juice in your diet.*
Aids with digestion
Although there hasn't been much official research into aloe vera juice and its health properties, many people swear that it helps settle an upset stomach and it can also be used as a digestive aid. It is rich in fiber and high in water content which can help cleanse and reset your digestive system while also helping to prevent dehydration.
Helps with weight management
Aloe juice is also thought to balance blood sugar levels and balance the metabolism which may help with weight management. It also contains enzymes that are known to assist with the breakdown of fats and sugars, and it may improve blood circulation while also lowering cholesterol.
Full of nutrients
Aloe vera juice is rich in a range of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B, C and E in addition to folic acid, calcium and magnesium to name but a few. All these nutrients can help fortify your immune system which is ideal for everyday good health.
Full of antioxidants, the attributes that make aloe vera a prized skincare ingredient may also help heal your body from the inside by soothing swelling, redness and irritation. There have been reports of aloe vera juice helping with a range of health conditions including inflammation of the stomach lining, IBS, psoriasis and eczema.
Improve the mind
If the physical benefits aren't reason enough to give aloe vera juice a go, it's thought to also help support learning and memory functions while helping to stabilise your overall mood.
It's important to note that excessive consumption of aloe vera juice may interact with some medications and/or result in a laxative effect, so if you choose to include it in your diet it is recommended to drink it in moderation. As some of the 400+ plants in the aloe family are toxic, it is safer to purchase aloe vera juice rather than try to make it yourself.
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