The aloe vera plant is a succulent plant species from the genus Aloe. It grows abundantly in tropical climates and has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant.
Aloe vera juice is a gooey, thick liquid made from the flesh of the aloe vera plant leaf. Historically, it’s been used both topically and orally.
This article explores the potential health benefits of aloe vera when consumed as juice or in other forms.
1. Contains antioxidants
The aloe plant boasts anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why many people use it to treat and relieve certain skin conditions, like burns and wounds.
Its proposed anti-inflammatory activity is thanks to polyphenols, a group of antioxidant-rich plant compounds.
Antioxidants help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals also known as oxidative stress. Research has shown that chronic oxidative stress can increase the risk of some health conditions, including heart disease and even some cancer.
2. May help treat skin conditions and improve skin appearance.
Aloe vera is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a potential treatment for burns and other skin disorders like atopic dermatitis.
Many of the benefits of aloe vera on skin health are seen when it’s applied topically, rather than consumed as a drink.
A study similarly found that consuming aloe vera improved collagen production and reduced the appearance of wrinkles in a group of women over age 40.
It’s important to note that in both of these studies, aloe was consumed as a supplement, not juice.
3. May benefit pre-diabetes treatment
Older research has indicated that both the gel and juice from aloe vera may lower fasting blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes .
Further, another study observed that aloe juice improved both blood sugar and blood fatty acid levels in those with pre-diabetes.
4. 4. May help with digestive issues
Aloe vera juice contains anthraquinone glycosides. These are plant compounds with laxative effects that could help relieve constipation.
Some preliminary research suggests that aloe vera syrup could help treat and reduce the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Other early research shows promising results for using aloe vera extract to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
5. May improve dental and oral health.
Some animal studies suggest that aloe vera offers antibacterial properties and could support the treatment of some dental and oral conditions.
Plus, a study in 74 people with oral submucous fibrosis a chronic condition that causes pain and inflammation in the mouth showed that taking 1 ounce (30 mL) of aloe vera juice twice daily for 3 months was as effective as traditional treatments like hydrocortisone injections.
It’s also speculated that aloe vera mouthwash could help reduce dental plaque and manage pain and swelling following oral surgery.
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