Experts agree that aloe vera is safe to drink, as long as it’s consumed properly. Pure aloe vera juice (as opposed to aloe vera drinks that are loaded with added sugar and flavorings), could be considered alongside herbal remedies as a way to support healthy skin and provide additional nutrients, vitamins, and overall better health. Aloe has 420 species, aloe vera being the most biologically active one.
Daily consumption of aloe vera juice is believed to fight and cure a range of digestive disorders including poor digestion, constipation, acidity, and gas. The juice consumption flushes out toxins from the body. It is also beneficial in boosting appetite and keeping a check on weight gain. According to a research from 2014, Aloe vera juice may have additional digestive benefits, such as reducing the incidence of stomach ulcers.
It is a very powerful laxative and can cause stomach cramps. So go easy on the juice and wait for results before drinking more than the recommended daily dose.
Aloe vera juice can actually help boost immunity. It’s great for alkalizing, in comparison to the lemon water or apple cider vinegar some drink in the morning for a similar effect. It helps reset your body from being in an acidic state to an alkalized state. An acidic environment is where you harbor disease, so a more alkalized state means a healthier, stronger immune system.
Healthier mouth and gums
Aloe vera gel was associated with a greater reduction in plaque, and there are some claims that drinking aloe vera juice helps you avoid the dentist. Unfortunately, that’s not likely. Reason being that most aloe juices contain added sugar which would provide the counter effect to better dental health. So read your label.
Helps with wound healing and sunburn
Although some studies refute the true efficacy of aloe vera for burns and wound healing, a Thai study published in a Burns Journal showed “cumulative evidence tends to support that aloe vera might be an effective intervention used in burn wound healing for first to second-degree burns.”
According to the research, aloe vera treatments reduced healing time by approximately 9 days compared to conventional treatment groups.
Healthy cell renewal
Lifestream Biogenic says, “The pure inner gel of the Aloe Barbadensis plant contains numerous plant phytonutrients and active components such as saponins and polysaccharides, essential for cell growth and renewal.”
Although aloe vera can help moisturize and make the skin smoother, it can dry out the skin. The enzymes in the plant act as an exfoliator and any time you exfoliate the skin too much it will begin to become too oily or too dry depending on your skin type.
Another benefit to aloe vera is that it can help with future lines and wrinkles. Can it help get rid of wrinkles? The answer is no. A big thing to differentiate is that it doesn’t reverse your skin from aging, but helps prevent you from getting deeper wrinkles and lines.
Lower cholesterol levels
Last but not least, drinking aloe vera juice might be good for your heart. A clinical study of 5000 patients published in the Journal of Angiology reported that participants treated with aloe vera juice showed a reduction in total serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides, and an increase in high-density lipoprotein. Not a bad result.