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Aloe vera — sometimes referred to as a “wonder” plant — is known for its topical skin-healing benefits, thanks to its hydrating, soothing, and antioxidant-rich properties. But can drinking aloe vera juice benefit your health too?
The bottom line is yes; some research suggests that consuming aloe vera juice may contribute to nourishing your body and boosting your overall health. That said, before drinking it, it’s important to run it by your doctor to avoid any potential risks or side effects and ensure it doesn’t interact with any medications you might be taking. People with a history of liver or kidney disease should avoid consuming aloe vera juice altogether.
You’ll also want to note that consuming large amounts of aloe vera juice can have a laxative effect, so it’s best to start with small quantities and gradually increase your intake if approved by your doctor.
Potential health benefits of aloe vera juice
The little research that does exist on aloe vera juice suggests that it may contribute to reducing inflammation, improving skin conditions, and boosting the immune system. Let’s dig deeper into the potential advantages of aloe vera juice.
- Improved digestion. Aloe vera juice is said to help regulate the digestive system and relieve symptoms of constipation, acid reflux, and other digestive issues.
- Boosted immunity. Aloe vera contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help boost the immune system and protect against disease.
- Reduced inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.
- Hydration. Aloe vera juice is loaded with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and E (which you may be deficient in), and it’s a good source of hydration, especially in hot weather or while exercising.
Try it for yourself
You can buy aloe vera juice at a variety of retailers, including some health food stores, pharmacies, grocery stores (like Trader Joe’s), or even online on Amazon or Thrive Market. If you prefer the DIY route, you can make your own version at home following the simple recipe below.
1 large aloe vera leaf (without preservatives or artificial ingredients)
1 cup water or coconut water
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- Wash the aloe vera leaf thoroughly.
- Cut off the sharp outer edges of the leaf and throw them away.
- Cut the leaf in half lengthwise and scoop out the gel using a spoon.
- Blend the gel in a blender or food processor with a cup of water or coconut water until it becomes smooth and creamy.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any bits of aloe vera leaf.
- Add honey or another sweetener for flavor if you’d like.
- Pour the juice into a glass and drink it immediately, or store it in the refrigerator for up to three days.
The consensus on aloe vera juice
Once again, there’s not enough scientific research out there to deem aloe vera juice as exceptionally good for you. That said, it may offer some health benefits for certain people, depending on your current diet and medication intake. Be sure to check with your doctor before consuming it, and start with a small amount to see how your body reacts.
Will aloe vera juice may be the next greens powder or coconut water? Only time will tell …