Wait a minute… What’s that floating in my drink?
People have been consuming the pulpy solids of the Aloe vera plant and the sweet nectar of the juice for a very long time now. This is not a new science. Various documents including Pliny the Elder’s Natural History and the Ebers Papyrus from the 16th Century BC mention using Aloe vera for health purposes. (Source)
The juice itself has a leaf pulp that is rich in a wide variety of nutrients that are beneficial for the skin, but are also helpful for internal healing as well. Part of the benefits of Aloe Vera juice are attributed to its high concentrations of saponin, which can act as an anti-microbial agent.
1. Boosts your immune system.
Aloe vera juice contains a number of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic acid and B vitamins. These antioxidants boost immunity by fighting free radicals in the body, which may prevent inflammation.
2. Heals the gut naturally.
One of best known properties of Aloe vera juice is its ability to help naturally with constipation. It also has the ability to normalize the pH in the GI system and balance friendly digestive bacteria. Conditions such as IBS, colitis, and indigestion can all improve by regularly consuming Aloe vera.
3. Supports a healthy heart
4. Helps to reduce excess cholesterol levels without use of drugs.
Although there is still insufficient scientific evidence to recommend aloe for this use alone, preliminary evidence suggests that taking 10 mL or 20 mL of aloe by mouth daily for 12 weeks can reduce total cholesterol by about 15%, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by about 18%, and triglycerides by about 25% to 30% in people with hyperlipidemia. (source)
Preliminary scientific evidence shows that aloe gel may help to lower cholesterol levels caused by advancing age. A laboratory study published in the “Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology” in 2003 tested the effects of supplementation with aloe on cholesterol levels during aging in laboratory animals. Results showed that lifelong aloe administration lowered liver production of cholesterol by about 30 percent in these laboratory animals. (source)
Needless to say, I have one growing on my mantle now.. not sure if it will ever get to the point of being able to drink it… but I can at least use its juice if I get a cut or sunburn!