Aloe vera has been known for centuries for its medicinal properties. It is mainly used externally; pure or processed in a gel or ointment. But you can also drink it. There are many ready-made drinks to buy, but you can also easily make aloe vera juice yourself.
The advantage of making it yourself is that you know for sure that no sugar has been added or that no heating has taken place during the processing of the aloe vera gel, so that you do not lose any nutritional values. There are certainly good pure aloe vera juice for sale (online), but check carefully how it has been processed and whether there are any additives, such as preservatives or extra sugars.
Benefits internal use of Aloe vera juice
Studies suggest that consuming Aloe Vera has many benefits, such as a positive effect on your digestive system, your skin, immunity and hydration.
Aloe contains water-soluble and fat-soluble minerals, vitamins, enzymes, polysaccharides (carbohydrates made up of ten or more monosaccharide units), organic acids and glyconutrients (essential sugars) that nourish the body.
Furthermore, it is a good source of vitamins A, B, B-1, B-2, B12, C, D and E as well as folic acid.
Folic acid can help increase the antioxidants found in vitamins A, C and E and other healthy foods to help absorb vitamins and nutrients.
Healing Properties of Aloe Vera:
Many healing properties are attributed to this special plant. Some of them are:
- Strengthens the immune system
- Gives strength and vitality
- Destroys viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites
- Provides possible protection against diabetes and high blood pressure
- Normalizes the functioning of the liver and kidneys
- Regulates digestion
- Prevents intestinal diseases
- Purifies the body
- Improves metabolism
- Improving or curing eye and mouth diseases
Pay attention to the aloin when you make and drink aloe vera juice
There are just a few things you should pay close attention to.
First, aloe vera contains aloin. That is an anthraquinone, which has a laxative effect.
If you have not properly removed the aloin from your homemade juice, this can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal cramps.
If you buy juice, it is good to pay attention to whether the entire leaf has been processed. It is then important not to drink too much, or over a long period of time. It is also recommended not to use aloe juice during pregnancy.
Second, if you want to use aloe juice as a laxative, do so under the guidance of a doctor and never exceed the recommended amount.
Despite the fact that aloe vera has been studied extensively and has been known for centuries for its medicinal qualities, it has not yet been fully established whether drinking juice is also good for the stomach in the long term.
How To Make Aloe Vera Juice?
Ingredients & supplies
- Aloe vera leaf
- 1 bowl or dish
- Blender or food processor
- Sharp knife
- Paper towel
- Cut off an aloe vera leaf near the start/root
- Dip the end of the leaf on kitchen paper to get out/take off the aloin (yellow orange juice).
- Cut off the sides of the leaf, where the sharp points are
- Cut the leaf into pieces of about 10 cm
- Rinse the leaf pieces
- Soak the pieces in water for 15-20 minutes. This causes the aloin to leave the leaf.
- Remove the peel
- Rinse the gel pieces well
- Put the gel in the blender
- Add some water if necessary and mix for a few seconds until the gel pieces are dissolved
- Ready for use
Do you drink aloe vera juice pure or you mix it?
Not everyone likes the taste of the pure juice, whether or not mixed with water. You could possibly add some honey, or mix it with a fresh fruit and vegetable drink or a smoothie.
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