Aloe vera was used to treat soldiers’ wounds as long ago as 65 AD, and it’s still one of the most widely cultivated botanicals. According to the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, it’s got all the As you’d expect in “A”loe—Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, Anti-viral, and Anti-inflammatory. When taken internally aloe vera juice can help soothe the most horrendous of digestive troubles. Let’s take a look inside the aloe vera leaf to see what’s actually in all that gel.
Inside an Aloe Vera Leaf
Aloe vera gel has 20 minerals, 12 vitamins—including vitamins B, C, and E—18 amino acids, and 200 active plant compounds—including polysaccharides, triterpenes, and enzymes. All these nutrients work synergistically to:
- Ease digestive troubles: colitis, Crohn’s disease, constipation, IBS, ulcers (even those caused by H. pyloria bacteria)
- Hydrate the body with electrolytes
- Promote heart health
- Protect the kidneys
- Alleviate arthritic pain
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Treat and prevent candida and parasite infections
- Promote glowing, healthy skin
- Heal gum disease
And its rich antioxidant concentration helps neutralize free radicals before they can damage your body’s cells. Add it to your smoothie to disguise the slightly sour, bitter taste.
Drink with Caution
Aloe vera that is not purified can contain toxic elements. Only drink aloe vera juice that has been decolorized. The decolorization process makes it safe for internal consumption.
Aloe vera juice and gel may also have a mild laxative and blood-thinning effect and shouldn’t be ingested if you have a blood disorder or diabetes, or you are currently taking medication for digestive issues.