I’m going to let you in on a few secrets.
One, there are many reasons you may want to drink aloe vera juice every day. Although not every one of them may interest you, chances are many of them will and that someone close to you may benefit from them as well.
Two, aloe vera juice can be very palatable, depending on how you take it. Although the juice can be a little bitter, mixing it with another liquid, such as coconut water, lemonade, or fruit/vegetable juices, can solve that issue tastefully.
Why drink aloe vera juice?
Basically, aloe vera juice contains about 75 active ingredients, including a wide range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, lignins, saponins, and sugar. Much of the research on the health benefits of aloe vera juice is positive, yet there are some cautionary notes as well. Those are mentioned in the list presented here.
Below are 9 reasons to include aloe vera juice in your diet on a daily basis, or at least several times a week.
Helps manage digestive challenges. The laxative properties of aloe vera juice benefit the digestive process. Aloe vera juice can soothe stomach ulcers, help regulate bowel movements, and encourage gut bacteria. It also has been shown to be helpful for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, as it can reduce abdominal pain and flatulence. The juice also can be used for ulcerative colitis.
Reduces inflammation. Aloe vera contains a hormone called gibberellin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in people with diabetes. If you are living with osteoarthritis, then aloe vera juice could bring relief.
Supports heart health. Results of several studies have indicated that aloe vera juice can support various factors associated with heart disease and heart health. For example, 5,000 patients with long-term chest or heart pain experienced a reduction in pain and lower cholesterol levels after taking aloe vera juice. Diabetic patients in this group also showed a reduction in blood glucose levels. In a rabbit study, administration of aloe vera appeared to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis.
Flushes toxins from the body. Aloe vera juice contains potassium, which stimulates the kidneys and liver (two organs involved in detoxification) as well as uronic acid, which helps remove toxins from cells. A small amount of aloe vera juice can help flush toxins from the digestive system.
Supports immune system function. According to a Polish study, taking aloe vera could support and promote your humoral (associated with bodily fluids) and cellular immunity. You may want to take a shot of aloe vera juice as a night cap. That will allow it to travel throughout your body and enhance your immune function while you sleep, which is a time of rejuvenation.
Helps manage blood sugar. Aloe vera juice contains substances that are known to improve the effectiveness of insulin, including chromium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. Although more research is needed, some suggests aloe vera juice can improve blood sugar levels.
Improves skin health. Aloe vera is perhaps best known for its ability to soothe skin irritation, treat burns, and help heal wounds. You also can use aloe vera juice to moisturize your skin. A thin layer of aloe vera juice dabbed on your skin can moisture your skin, improve facial wrinkles, heal acne, and treat scars.
Read more about the healing benefits of aloe vera juice
Enhances oral health. The mouth is a breeding ground for many bacteria, and aloe vera can help eliminate the disease-causing microorganisms. Some research also has suggested aloe vera juice can serve as an efficient mouthwash because it can significantly reduce gingivitis and plaque.
Improves hair health. Aloe vera juice contains enzymes and anti-inflammatory properties that moisturize the scalp and soothes itchy, dry scalp and hair. Because aloe vera juice is alkaline, it can balance the pH of your hair. Troubled by dandruff? Research suggests aloe vera can treat this annoying hair problem.
Using aloe vera juice
For general use, 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) is suggested. However, you should check with your healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate dose for your needs.
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