From lowering obesity to boosting your immune system, herbalist Sebastian Pole runs through the many benefits of aloe vera juice
Aloe vera juice benefits seem endless.
After all, the Sanskrit name for aloe vera is kumari, which means ‘princess’, attesting to its ability to help you maintain youthful beauty and a healthy glow. Sounds good, right?
Sebastian Pole, co-founder of Pukka Herbs and an expert in herbalism, says: ‘Aloe vera is renowned as a ’heal-all’ that is good for many conditions, both internal and external.
‘It is a great rejuvenator and can help in some of life’s big transitions, from cleansing teenage skin to cooling menopausal hot flushes and soothing dryness.’
Here, Sebastian breaks down the benefits of aloe vera juice…
What are the main aloe vera juice benefits?
‘Aloe vera juice is crammed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers. ‘It can help strengthen digestion and rid the body of any nasty waste, thus detoxifying the body naturally,’ says Sebastian.
‘Its main property is to be soothing, cooling and moistening which helps to clear inflammatory and irritating heat, such as in menopause, plus inflammatory skin and digestive problems, such as acne, rosacea and IBS.’
Supports the immune system
‘Aloe vera is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides which help the immune system to behave properly.
‘Too much inflammation in the body can cause problems within the immune system and can cause conditions like asthma, eczema and Crohn’s disease. Soothing herbs like aloe vera juice can slow the inflammatory cascade and help reorder the immune response to prevent these conditions.’
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
‘There is some evidence to suggest aloe vera lowers cholesterol and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels, meaning it can be useful for treating diabetes and obesity.’
It’s excellent for digestion
‘It’s worth trying for anyone who suffers with digestion problems like IBS. Its healing and soothing properties can help with the painful symptoms.’
An easy way to boost your vitamin and mineral intake
‘Aloe vera juice is packed with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid. It’s also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium.’
Aloe vera juice helps strengthen hair
‘Full of natural vitamins and enzymes that can directly promote healthy hair.’
It’s good for burns, acne and hydrating skin
‘When used topically aloe vera can soothe inflamed skin and enhance collagen and hyaluronic acid to help rejuvenate skin.’
Are there any proven aloe vera fertility benefits?
Alan B. Copperman, Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility told Romper that there’s no conclusive evidence that aloe vera helps you get pregnant.
‘Interestingly, the leaves from the aloe vera plant contain phytoestrogens, compounds that can mimic the effects of estrogen [but] the amount of aloe that reaches the ovaries or uterus is unlikely to impact reproductive function,’ he explains.
‘The bottom line is that there is no real evidence that aloe either assists or hinders fertility in humans.’
Are there any aloe vera juice side effects we should know about?
‘There are no negative side effects if you use a pure aloe vera inner leaf juice,’ says Sebastian.
‘If you use an aloe vera leaf product it may have high aloin levels and aloin is a laxative which can cause diarrhoea if too much is used.’
Of course, you should always consult your doctor before undergoing any complementary or alternative treatments for health problems.
How do you make aloe vera juice at home?
It’s a bit of a fiddle but you can make aloe vera juice yourself, as this step-by-step video from organic plant expert John from GrowingYourGreens.com shows:
How much aloe vera juice should we drink a day?
It depends on the potency of the aloe vera. Sebastian Pole recommends taking 3 to 6 tablespoons of Pukka’s Aloe Vera once or twice a day.
Mix it in fruit juice or smoothies – which might be nicer than straight as the taste is pretty strong – or drink on its own.