- In a recent study, 92% of the respondents reported that they will recommend aloe vera juice to a friend or relative. Why?
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What Is Aloe Vera Juice?
n simple terms, it is the juice made from aloe vera, the plant that grows in tropical climates across the world. It is widely used for its benefits and decorative purposes (where it is grown indoors as a potted plant).
The extract of the plant is used in numerous health and skincare products – some of which include skin lotions, oils, cosmetics, and certain other medicines.
Also called ghritkumari in Hindi (and sothu kathalai in Tamil), the plant, in its various forms, has been widely propagated as a healthful ingredient. Especially the juice of the plant, particularly which we are going to talk about here.
Is Aloe Vera Juice Good For You?
Before we even answer that question, we need to look at what the juice contains. Aloe vera has been found to contain 75 potentially active constituents – these include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugar, amino acids, salicylic acids, lignin, and saponins. Briefly put, the vitamins in aloe vera juice include vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid, vitamin B12, and choline. It also contains minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, sodium, zinc, and potassium.
Aloe vera juice has digestive and immune benefits. It helps treat intestinal issues and builds immunity. The plant is good for the heart too – it aids in cholesterol and blood pressure reduction. Other benefits include balancing the body’s pH levels, improving skin health, and treating bad breath. It can even stimulate the uterus and improve menstrual conditions. In fact, aloe vera juice had been mentioned in ayurvedic texts too. As per ayurveda, aloe vera juice can benefit the eyes and help prevent various eye disorders. It also is useful in treating jaundice and bronchitis.
You can consume aloe vera juice along with certain other ingredients as well – this can add up to the benefits.
One of such ingredients is amla. Amla is rich in vitamin C (it contains eight times the amount of the vitamin in one orange) and is a potent antioxidant. Consuming the two can have great benefits on your skin and prevent inflammation.
You can mix aloe juice with honey too – they are low in sugar than most other drinks, and you have the advantage of phytonutrients. So is the case with aloe juice and lemon – it can be incredibly refreshing.
You can take aloe vera juice before going to bed, as this has shown to aid in belly fat reduction.
In some parts, aloe vera juice is also called aloe water. So if you come across someone serving you aloe water, you know what that is.
Benefits Of Aloe Vera Juice
1. Treats Digestive Issues
The juice has laxative properties that can aid in digestion. It encourages gut bacteria and regulates bowel movements. It also has been found to soothe and cure stomach ulcers.
Aloe vera juice can cleanse the digestive tract, which is vital for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (which occurs due to the build-up of toxins in the gastrointestinal tract). Though other forms of aloe vera also help in this regard, the benefit of the juice is it can be absorbed by the stomach much easily. The juice even stimulates the production of bile in the gall bladder – this breaks down the fats in the body that otherwise can get accumulated and cause constipation.
According to an Iranian study, aloe vera juice can reduce abdominal pain and flatulence in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (2). However, more research is required in relation to stool consistency in these patients. And not just the juice, even the latex of the aloe vera plant can help cure constipation (3).
As per another Indian study, aloe vera is extensively used in the treatment of peptic ulcers. It exhibits antibacterial properties against H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for gastric infections (4). Another Indian study states that the use of aloe vera for digestive ailments has no adverse effects (5). But a major portion of this research is based on personal experiences (and not on scientifically documented evidence), which is why more studies are warranted.
Though the juice can have an anti-inflammatory effect on people suffering from ulcerative colitis, it might also cause diarrhea (6). Hence, practice caution.
As we have seen, the juice has laxative properties – the anthraquinones and barbaloin in aloe stimulate the bowels and increase its tone (7).
You can also use aloe vera to cleanse your colon, by injecting it into the colon with water. This process is called an enema.
2. Reduces Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera can help treat irritable bowel syndrome (8). As per a Mexican study, the anti-inflammatory agents in aloe vera can also tread edema (9). Decolorized aloe was also found to reduce skin inflammation, especially when used by podiatric (specialists in foot care) physicians (10).
Another German study had also revealed the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera on skin. The gel (and potentially the juice too) had reduced UV-induced erythema (11).
A hormone called gibberellin in aloe vera juice is found to fight inflammation in diabetic individuals. The study was conduced on diabetic animals with poor anti-inflammatory capabilities. With aloe vera ingestion, they were able to fight inflammation better (12). And aloe vera helps cure not just internal inflammation, but also the pain associated with it (13).
Aloe can immensely benefit people with joint pains too. According to one study, aloe vera can be used in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain, and particularly one that is caused by osteoarthritis (14). But still, long-term studies are required to prescribe aloe vera juice as a treatment for osteoarthritis. Topical administration of aloe vera can also inhibit pain related to arthritis (15).
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the juice can provide relief from joint immobility. The aloe vera juice (and the gel) also acts as an effective base to prepare a compound called nimesulide emulgel, which possesses significant anti-inflammatory properties and could be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Promotes Heart Health
As per a report, a set of 5,000 patients (suffering from chest or heart pain for five years), upon intaking aloe vera, had shown a reduction in the pain symptoms. And not just that, they also exhibited reduced levels of cholesterol and blood sugar (in diabetic patients) (16).
An Indian study conducted on rats showed that aloe vera could mitigate heart problems that usually were a side effect of the drug doxorubicin (used for cancer treatment) (17).
In another study, patients with higher blood cholesterol showed a 15% decrease in their levels post treatment with aloe vera for 12 weeks.
And another Indian study had stated the cardioprotective activity of aloe vera (18). Supplementation of aloe vera, along with appropriate nutritional counseling, had lowered blood pressure levels in diabetics (19).
According to an Iranian study, aloe vera can prevent atherosclerosis (20). The juice has been shown to prevent fatty streak development, thereby halting plaque formation and ultimately protecting the heart.
Aloe vera had also shown to lower cholesterol levels of the liver (21). The group supplemented with aloe, in the study, had shown a 30% reduction in hepatic cholesterol levels.
Aloe vera juice also dilates capillaries and enhances the arterial walls – and the vitamin C in aloe vera helps lower blood pressure. Vitamin is important in the synthesis of collagen, the protein required in blood vessels.
4. Detoxifies The Body
One Italian study focused on the efficacy of aloe vera in detoxification – stating that it helps flush the toxins out of the body (22). The juice of the plant has also been found to be effective in this process (23).
The liver is one of the important organs involved in the detox process – and as per a study, aloe vera exhibits hepatoprotective activity (24).
Also, aloe vera possessing laxative properties, can clear the ingested toxins away from the digestive system (25).
As per another Turkish study, aloe vera has a protective effect on the liver in diabetic patients (26). This is specifically true in the case of patients with type 2 diabetes.
The potassium in aloe vera juice helps it to stimulate the liver and kidneys, two vital organs of detoxification (27). Aloe also contains uronic acid that eliminates toxins within the cells.
5. Aids In Weight Loss
One way aloe juice could help in weight loss is its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is linked to weight gain and metabolic issues, and in this way, aloe vera juice could play its part in promoting weight loss.
Aloe vera juice also contains aloin, which is a potent laxative (we already saw aloe’s laxative effects). This could also aid in weight loss. But hey, there is not much evidence with respect to this.
Another animal study found that aloe vera contains potent sterols that can improve body composition. Obese rats fed with these sterols had lower levels of body fat after 35 days. A similar effect is possible in humans as well.
And as per a Japanese study, ingestion of aloe vera can prevent diet-induced obesity (28). It achieved this by stimulating energy expenditure and reducing accumulation of body fat.
Aloe vera had beneficial effects also on obese individuals with prediabetes or diabetes (29).