Saturday, May 14, 2011

Drink Your Aloe Vera

When we think of aloe vera, we think of a topical gel that is used to treat dry skin, sunburn, bug bites, and skin irritation. Yet, aloe vera juice can also be taken internally as it provides many health-promoting qualities. Here are just a few:

- It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and can help cleanse the colon.
- It contains mono- and polysaccharides, which can boost the immune system.
- It’s a source of anti-oxidants that help to fight free-radical damage.
- It contains MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to dissolve calcified deposits in the body and make them soluble so that they can be excreted.
- It is a source of eight essential (and many non-essential) amino acids and a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C, E, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, calcium.

You can buy aloe vera already extracted from the aloe vera plant, or if you juice fruits and vegetables, pass the leaves through a juicer. The picture above shows a juice combination that I like to drink often. I use a large chunk of the leaf for each drink. Alternatively, peel the leaf and blend the flesh into a smoothie.

Have you ever tried aloe vera juice? Please share your experience with it here!


  1. Are all aloes safe to use?

  2. Hi Ro,

    I'm not sure what you mean by all aloes, but I would stick with whole leaves that you can find at the market in the produce section or aloe vera juice specifically prepared for consumption. I wouldn't try ingesting aloe gel found at the pharmacy that's specifically prepared to use topically. You could also grow your own plants organically and use those.