Used topically, aloe vera gel has many amazing health benefits. Recently, I’ve seen aloe vera juice springing up in every grocery store I visit. But is aloe vera juice good for you? Read on to find out 6 reasons you should be drinking aloe vera juice.
I’ve long been a fan of aloe vera. As a child, we had aloe vera plants growing in our backyard. Whenever my sisters or I got a scratch, scrape or burn, my Dad would break off a piece of the plant and rub the gel on our wound. I guess my love of natural remedies started in childhood!
Now that I’m a mother, I do the same for my son. I have a small aloe vera plant that I keep inside and whenever my tiny tornado scratches himself, I do exactly what my Dad did all those years ago – break a piece off and gently rub the gel on his scrape.
I love using aloe vera topically, but recently I’ve noticed that aloe vera juice has been gaining popularity. I know that aloe vera gel is good for you, but the rise in popularity of aloe vera juice leads to the question, “Is aloe vera juice good for you?”
6 Incredible Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
Strengthens the Digestive System
Gut health is seldom talked about, but it’s something I’m incredibly passionate about. Many diseases and health conditions originate in the gut. Optimal gut health is incredibly important for achieving overall health, because if you’re gut is sick YOU are sick.
Aloe Vera contains enzymes which help to support digestion and is a great source of prebiotics which feed the healthy probiotics in your gut.
Additionally, aloe vera helps to reduce acidity in the body, and restore your body’s PH balance.
Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Aloe vera is packed to the brim with vitamins and minerals. This includes:
- Vitamins A, C & E which help to fight the harmful effects of free-radicals
- Vitamin b12, which according to the NIH is “required for proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis.” Vitamin b12 deficiency is very common, and can have serious symptoms if untreated.
- The following minerals: calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc (Indian Journal of Dermatology)
- Folic acid, which helps to prevent various birth defects
Aids Immune System
The three most important vitamins when it comes to the immune system are vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These three vitamins contain antioxidants which help to fight disease. Aloe vera is an excellent source of all three of these disease-fighting antioxidant vitamins.
Helps Manage Cholesterol
A study published in Angiology Journal of five thousand patients over five years showed that adding aloe vera and psyllium husk to the diet reduced total lipids and increased HDL (good cholesterol) levels in patients with atheromatous heart disease.
Excellent Source of Amino Acids
Amino acids are essential for life – they are the building blocks of the body and required for all metabolic processes. In other words, you can’t live without amino acids!
Aloe vera contains 12 non-essential amino acids and 7 essential amino acids. (Essential meaning that our body cannot produce them, thus we must get them from the foods we eat.)
It’s well-known that when applied topically, aloe vera gel helps to reduce inflammation. Similar anti-inflammatory benefits of topical aloe vera use can also be found by drinking aloe vera juice. Taken internally, studies have shown that aloe vera juice can help with stomach ulcers and other inflammatory conditions.
Side Effects of Consuming Aloe Vera Juice
You’ve probably heard people say that you can have too much of a good thing. Aloe vera juice is a perfect example of this. While there are certainly many health benefits of aloe vera juice, aloe vera contains aloin. Aloin can have a strong laxative effect, so it’s best to enjoy aloe vera juice in moderation.
Alternatives to Drinking Aloe Vera Juice
If you’d like to receive the health benefits of consuming aloe vera but aren’t fond of drinking aloe vera juice, there are some alternatives available including aloe vera capsules (here) and aloe vera powder (here.)