Today, July 4th, 2018, we share with you Oz’s advice on all the healthy benefits of a drink we are seeing at more and more check-outs in retail stores. This old drink has been on the shelves of health food stores for years and used by homeopathic healing for centuries.
There are many anecdotal benefits to aloe vera and aloe vera juice, and far fewer health advantages backed up by science. Registered dietitian Maya Feller has all the details on whether or not you should incorporate aloe vera juice into your diet and the right way to do it. As with most foods, it should be used in moderation, and you should consult your healthcare provider before starting a new diet plan. Additionally, don’t make your own — you may put your health at risk instead of improving it, so if you do choose to drink aloe vera juice, choose ready-made juice, which is also fortified with vitamin C.
Benefits of drinking Aloe Vera Juice
There are many claims stating that eating aloe vera may reduce your blood sugar levels or cholesterol. Although the results are promising, they are still too inconsistent. For example, people with diabetes who participated in one study did experience lower blood sugar levels but scientists cannot confirm yet whether there were other factors involved or the good outcomes were the result of a placebo effect.
You’ve probably already used aloe vera gel to soothe a particularly bad sunburn at one point in your life and this magical ingredient has also been used to help heal wounds and burns for centuries. Science conclusively backs up the benefits of aloe vera gel for your skin and people in Latin America, Asia, and Africa have also used it topically for its antimicrobial properties.
Similarly to the way it soothes wounds and burns, aloe vera may work to produce the same effects inside the body. Drinking aloe vera juice may help reduce your inflammatory cascade; many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or frequent heartburn have seen relief by drinking small amounts of aloe vera juice, and a 2004 study of patients with ulcerative colitis also saw improvement in their symptoms.
Many people have experienced the hydrating properties of aloe vera and have noticed an improvement in the appearance of acne and the frequency of breakouts. It may also help reduce skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. In the same way that it neutralizes the damage of a sunburn, it has also helped prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Aloe vera juice is packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B, C, E, folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. It’s also rich in water, so it can help prevent or treat dehydration. However, don’t eat or drink more than eight ounces of aloe vera per day.
Though aloe vera juice has been lauded as a constipation cure, it has also been associated with diarrhea, cramping, and low potassium. Aloe vera juices that are labeled as purified, decolorized, organic, and safety-tested are less likely to produce these results. Feller’s bottom line is, “I don’t think, in good faith, you can give guidelines based on current research.” Always consult with your healthcare provider before drinking aloe vera juice on a regular basis, especially if you have any health concerns. If aloe vera juice is right for you and your needs, you can safely drink up to eight ounces a day by pouring it over ice or mixing it with a smoothie or fruit juice.
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