Have you had your daily dose of goodness today? – by Hannah Hempenstall
There are many articles stating that aloe vera juice can assist with alkalinity, detoxing and cleansing.
In order to make such declarations, aloe vera juice has to pass through stringent trials. Some have been able to prove their health benefits but many can’t. Not least because aloe vera drinks come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are less aloe vera and more sugar and water.
Even if a manufacturer of fresh aloe vera juice wants to say it can help lower blood sugar (for example), they’d have to prove it before they can add it to the label.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is the governing body for medicines in Australia, and any health supplement (including aloe vera juice) can only attest therapeutic efficacy once it’s passed adequate tests and proven the results.
Lifestream Biogenic Aloe Vera Juice attained TGA approval in 2001 and is able to profess the following:
- Aloe vera may assist with protein digestion and absorption
- Aloe vera may assist in improving gastrointestinal motility
- Aloe vera may assist in decreasing bowel transit time
- Aloe vera supports healthy immune function
- Aloe vera juice supports a healthy stomach and efficient digestion
- Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties
Lifestream Biogenic’s recommended daily dose is 60 mL three times a day for a total daily dose of 180 mL.
Let’s take a closer look at some of those benefits (and others) of drinking aloe vera juice.
Fresh, uncut aloe vera contains aloin, which is the laxative component of aloe vera and can help relieve constipation.
A study by The University of Florida says, “The latex or aloin component [of AVG] contains many bioactive components.” According to a Science Direct article, “it is a very powerful laxative and can cause stomach cramps.”
So go easy on the juice and wait for results before drinking more than the recommended daily dose!
Healthier mouth and gums
There are some claims that drinking aloe vera juice help you avoid the dentist. Unfortunately, that’s not likely. Most Aloe juices contain added sugar which would provide the counter effect to better dental health.
However, topical use of aloe vera gel can be beneficial. An Indian study published the Journal of Peridontology found that locally delivered aloe vera gel was associated with greater reduction in plaque for people with Type 2 Diabetes, compared with a placebo group.
Helps With Wound Healing and Sunburn
Although some studies refute the true efficacy of aloe vera for burns and wound healing, a Thai study published in a Burns Journal showed “cumulative evidence tends to support that aloe vera might be an effective intervention used in burn wound healing for first to second degree burns.”
According to the research, aloe vera treatments reduced healing time by approximately 9 days compared to conventional treatment groups.
Healthy Cell Renewal
Lifestream Biogenic says, “The pure inner gel of the Aloe Barbadensis plant contains numerous plant phytonutrients and active components such as saponins and polysaccharides, essential for cell growth and renewal.”
It’s these properties that can help soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines and support smooth and natural digestion.
“[Aloe vera juice] will help maintain healthy intestinal bacteria, assists in the healthy functioning of the digestive tract and supports the immune system.”
Lower Cholesterol Levels
Last but not least, drinking aloe vera juice might be good for your heart.
A clinical study of 5000 patients published in the Journal of Angiology reported that participants treated with aloe vera juice showed a reduction in total serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides and an increase in high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
Not a bad result.
To summarise, pure aloe vera juice (as opposed to aloe vera drinks that are loaded with added sugar and flavourings), could be considered alongside herbal remedies as a way to support healthy skin and provide additional nutrients, vitamins and overall better health.