8 Surprising Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

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Cold press aloe vera juice is an extremely popular beverage, and it has become even more of a phenomenon in recent years, as more studies are done on the active ingredients, nutrients, and health potential of this plant juice. Aloe vera is a species of plants from the Aloe genus that grows well in tropical regions. Aloe vera leaves are where the majority of the active ingredients are located, so they are widely harvested wherever this plant grows. For thousands of years, aloe vera gel has been used in medical practices, and the extract of this plant is extremely potent. The most important components of the leaves or the powder of this plant are saponins, amino acids, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, lignins, and other minerals and enzymes.

Nutrition Facts

Beverages, aloe vera juice drink, fortified with Vitamin C
Serving Size :
Water [g]96.23
Energy [kcal]15
Protein [g]0
Total lipid (fat) [g]0
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]3.75
Fiber, total dietary [g]0
Sugars, total [g]3.75
Calcium, Ca [mg]8
Iron, Fe [mg]0.15
Magnesium, Mg [mg]0
Phosphorus, P [mg]0
Potassium, K [mg]0
Sodium, Na [mg]8
Zinc, Zn [mg]0
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]3.8
Thiamin [mg]0
Riboflavin [mg]0
Niacin [mg]0
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0
Folate, DFE [µg]0
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]0
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice

The most impressive benefits of aloe vera juice include reducing inflammation, speeding healing, stimulating digestion, detoxifying the body, boosting immunity, protecting the heart, increasing hydration, treating sunburn, soothing the skin, hair care, and relieving heartburn, among others.

Boosts Immunity

As per the USDA National Nutrient Database, aloe vera juice comprises a list of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, as well as calcium and sodium. This juice, thus, works wonders for your immune system. Additionally, there are phytonutrients and other antioxidants that can provide support against pathogens and chronic illness.

Protects Heart Health

Aloe vera juice can protect cardiovascular health in a number of ways. By boosting circulation, this juice can prevent blood clotting and reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood. This is good news for people with atherosclerosis or other conditions related to the heart.

A 2012 report based on the effects of aloe vera leaf gel on some of the atherosclerosis risk factors, and fatty streak formation in hypercholesterolemic rabbits, showed that it significantly decreased the total cholesterol levels in rabbits receiving a cholesterol-rich diet. Thus, atherosclerosis, which is a complex disease, associated with a variety of etiologic factors such as hyperlipidemia and inflammation, can be managed and treated with aloe vera, which is used traditionally as an anti-inflammatory drug.

Fresh aloe vera leaves and a glass of aloe vera juice on a wooden table

Skin Care

The nutrients and antioxidants present in this juice affect more than the stomach; the physical side effects can also be seen. Regular consumption of this juice can help to give your skin a natural glow and reduce signs of aging. A 2015 report published in the Biomed Research International Journal concluded that aloe vera improves the process of wound healing and other procedures related to the organ both clinically and experimentally.

Aids in Digestion

Studies have shown that aloe vera juice can improve your digestive process and relieve constipation by lubricating the intestines. A 2010 report titled, Aloe vera: A Potential Herb and its Medicinal Importance, published in the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research revealed that this particular herb has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent discomfort, bloating, cramping, and flatulence if consumed regularly.

Speeds Healing Process

Known as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant substance, aloe vera juice can speed up the healing process following an extended illness, injury or recovery from surgery.

Detoxifies the Body

Due to the high water content of aloe vera juice, it can help to keep you hydrated and stimulate urination, which can help to relieve the body of excess toxins, fats, and salts.

Prevents Gut Irritation

The best environment for your gut is a balanced pH, but many people tend to have an overly acidic stomach. A report published in the Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics Journal concludes that aloe vera has alkalizing properties, which makes it ideal for your stomach to operate normally and maintain a proper microflora balance.

Prevents Heartburn

On a related note, aloe vera juice can directly stop acid from forming, which prevents acid reflux disease, and can also lower your chances of developing gastric ulcers.

Side Effects of Aloe Vera Juice

Despite the many health benefits, there are some potential side effects to drinking aloe vera juice that must be taken into consideration, including its laxative effects, negative interactions with certain medications, skin inflammation, allergic reactions, complications with pregnancy and diabetes, and possible effects on the heart.

  • Laxative – One of the active ingredients in aloe vera juice is a chemical called anthraquinone, which can have laxative effects on the body. While small amounts of aloe vera juice can help with digestion, pure aloe vera juice in large quantities can cause diarrhea. Furthermore, anthraquinone is carcinogenic in nature, so some commercial varieties of aloe vera juice offer low-anthraquinone varieties.
  • Medications – Certain medications can negatively interact with the active ingredients in aloe vera juice, and the two treatments should not be combined. If you are on any prescribed medications, speak with your doctor before consuming aloe vera juice.
  • Allergic Reactions – Some people have natural allergies to aloe vera juice or the chemicals it contains, which can result in irritation or swelling of the face, lips, and tongue. Discontinue its use immediately if these symptoms appear.
  • Skin Irritation – Although the juice is consumed internally, it can manifest in the form of itchy, red or blotchy skin, particularly for those with a sensitive stomach.
  • Pregnancy – Research has shown that this juice has stimulant qualities, and can cause uterine contractions. Pregnant women are strictly forbidden from drinking aloe vera juice, as it can cause serious complications with pregnancy, even a miscarriage.
  • Diabetes – If you are already taking blood sugar-lowering medication, this juice may cause your blood sugar to drop to dangerously low levels. Speak with your doctor about any new herbal or natural supplements you are taking, particularly if you have a chronic disease.
  • Cardiovascular Side Effects – Due to its stimulant properties, aloe vera can cause an excess of stress hormones in the body, namely adrenaline. For people who have experienced cardiovascular episodes in the past or are at high risk for heart problems, use this juice with caution.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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