Aloe vera has long been a trusted natural remedy for soothing and healing burns, rashes, abrasions, bug bites and other skin irritations. Aloe vera aids in the regeneration of cells, which is why this well-known topical herbal treatment for the skin also has many internal health benefits, as well.
The leaves of the aloe vera plant are where you’ll find the aloe vera juice, a yellow liquid full of natural nutrients and fiber. Aloe vera is actually a superfood, as it contains at least 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. Aloe vera juice, when ingested in nutritional drink form, brings many of those regenerative properties inward, healing you from the inside out.
1. Digestive Help
Aloe vera can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid digestion, similar to probiotics. That bacteria can help eliminate constipation and decrease inflammation in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and other inflammatory disorders of the stomach and digestive tract.
2. Easing Joint Pain
Aloe vera decreases inflammation in other areas of the body as well, helping to ease painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory immune disorders.
3. Fewer Stomachaches
Aloe vera juice lessens irritation from stomachaches and heartburn. Aloe vera has a cytoprotective action, meaning it helps to increase stomach mucosal production, which enhances the healing of ulcers in the stomach and intestines.
4. Warding Off Colds and the Flu
Aloe vera contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that help the immune system to cleanse the body of toxins and fight off invading pathogens. Consumption of aloe vera juice not only naturally boosts your immune systems but has been shown to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies and the common cold.
5. Improved Circulation
Taking aloe vera internally may help improve blood circulation in the body, helping to decrease overall fat levels in patients with high cholesterol and help break up and reduce fatty deposits and blood clots in the body.
Warning! There are Risks
As with anything, there are risks to drinking aloe vera juice, especially when consumed in excess. Drinking aloe vera can cause adverse effects such as diarrhea, cramping and dehydration. This occurs because aloe vera juice contains the laxative anthraquinon. Like other herbal supplements, taking aloe vera internally can also cause adverse interactions with some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Consult your doctor before ingesting aloe vera juice regularly. Again, only drink aloe vera juice specifically made for internal consumption or aloe vera gel available in capsule form. It’s recommended that you don’t drink more than two to four ounces a day.