The benefits of aloe vera juice have been known for a long time. It has been used as a traditional medicine for centuries and can be found in creams, gels, lotions and drinks. They can also be grown at home, making this an even easier remedy to include in your life.
What is aloe vera?
Aloe vera is a species of succulent plant that belongs to the Asphodelaceae family. It is thought to have originated from north-eastern Africa, but is now commonly grown in tropical and subtropical regions such as Hawaii, China, Mexico and Spain.
The word "aloe" comes from the Arabic alloeh meaning “shining bitter substance” - a reference to the compound in the plant called Aloin. This is thought to give aloe vera its diuretic, laxative and emetic effects. However, it's also what makes the plant poisonous.
There are many benefits associated with taking aloe vera juice regularly:
Full of nutrients - Aloe vera’s juice contains over 75 different nutrients which are mostly found in the pulp. These vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids all have great health benefits when consumed regularly, for example protecting cells against free radicals and ensuring the metabolism is functioning properly.
Eliminates toxins - The gel-like consistency of aloe vera puts the plant at an advantage when it comes to detoxifying the body. The large amounts of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, copper, selenium, potassium, and calcium run slowly through the intestinal tract flushes out any toxins present, leading to better digestion.
Provides relief from an upset stomach - Aloe vera is a natural laxative due to compounds called anthraquinones on the outer portion of the plant. This is great for calming the stomach lining and reducing inflammation that might come with such problems as constipation and diarrhoea. Always consult a doctor on the recommended dosage and if it will interfere with other medication.
Controls diabetes - Drinking aloe vera juice is a good way of reducing high cholesterol and increasing blood oxygenation when it comes to improving cardiovascular health. According to a study in the 2016 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, there is evidence to suggest that aloe vera juice can help regulate blood sugar levels in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Natural moisturizer - One of the other benefits of aloe vera juice is that it can be used in place of lotion to keep skin hydrated and moisturized. Active ingredients including vitamins A, B1, B2 and C work together to soothe skin inflammation and promote cellular growth – making it perfect for topical remedies to all sorts of skin problems after sun exposure, and for soothing conditions such as psoriasis. It can also be used to tighten loose skin and reduce stretch marks, which is what makes it perfect for post-pregnancy treatments!
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