Aloe vera is a plant species that benefit the human body in may ways. It is being used for promoting hair growth and improving skin. It is being used in a lot of cosmetic products.
Apart from the topical application of aloe vera as a gel, it has gained attention in treating health conditions in the form of aloe vera juice. Drinking aloe vera juice has found to be beneficial to the human body. Let’s examine these health benefits.
3 Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera Juice
1. Aids Digestion
Aloe vera juice is found to help the digestive system of the body.1 Drinking aloe vera leaf juice before your meals activates the digestive enzymes and can help break down food easily for digestion. It also helps the body absorb the nutrients from the food.
It can also relieve stomach issues like flatulence, bloating, and constipation. It also improves the condition of the organs involved in digestion like
2. May Protect The Immune System
Aloe vera possesses antimicrobial properties that may help in fighting the bacteria, virus, or fungi thereby protecting the immune system. Results of a study have shown that aloe vera juice has higher and broader spectrum of antimicrobial activity than aloe vera gel.2 Researchers suggest that this may be due to the presence of a greater amount of the anthraquinones and phenolic antioxidants in the extract.
Drinking aloe vera juice can also help with immune disorders like fibromyalgia because of the presence of polysaccharides that stimulate white blood cells that fight viruses.
3. Lowers Blood Sugars
Some scientific evidence suggests that aloe vera juice can lower blood sugar levels and may be effective in the treatment of diabetes. It is also found that the juice of aloe vera lowers the bad cholesterol in the body.
In a study involving diabetic patients, one tablespoon of aloe juice was given orally twice a day for two weeks. Results of the study after two weeks showed that the blood sugars and triglycerides dropped.3 This proves that aloe juice may be useful in treating diabetes; however, more research is required to support its use in the treatment of diabetes.
Possible Side Effects Of Aloe Vera Juice
Along with the health benefits, aloe vera juice may
- Abdominal cramps
- Red urine
- Worsening of constipation
- Electrolyte imbalance (low potassium levels)
- Excessive lowering of blood sugars
Difference Between Aloe Vera Juice And Aloe Vera Gel
There is a difference between aloe vera juice and aloe vera gel. The gel is the sticky, transparent substance between the lower and the upper portions of the leaf. On the other hand, aloe vera juice is found right under the outer covering of the leaf. You can scoop out the gel with the help of the spoon and you can do the same thing for the aloe vera juice as well.
You can prepare aloe vera juice from aloe vera gel. Scoop
To be on the safe side, it is always better to consult a doctor before you start taking aloe vera juice.
|↑1||Barber, Bruce L. Pick Your Way to Better Health. Lulu.com, 2016.|
|↑2||Kaithwas, Gaurav, Ajay Kumar, Himanshu Pandey, Ajit Kumar Acharya, Mamta Singh, Daksh Bhatia, and Alok Mukerjee. “Investigation of comparative antimicrobial activity of Aloe vera gel and juice.” Pharmacologyonline 1 (2008): 239-243.|
|↑3||Yongchaiyudha, S., V. Rungpitarangsi, N. Bunyapraphatsara, and O. Chokechaijaroenporn. “Antidiabetic activity of Aloe vera L. juice. I. Clinical trial in new cases of diabetes mellitus.” Phytomedicine 3, no. 3 (1996): 241-243.|
|↑4||Surjushe, Amar, Resham Vasani, and D. G. Saple. “Aloe vera: A short review.” Indian journal of dermatology 53, no. 4 (2008): 163.|