Ah, aloe vera. Is there anything this funky green plant can’t do?
Most of us know it’s magical when it comes to soothing sunburns, but aloe vera has countless other applications, many of which require drinking it. That’s right — aloe juice and aloe water are the new trendy drinks to down in 2019. But unlike other fads circulating in the wellness space, science supports the consumption of the aloe plant in addition to its topical application.
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But before we get into the various health benefits aloe juice offers, it’s important to note that not all aloe juice products on the market are created equal. Some simply blend a little aloe with other fruit juices and sugars to make a tasty beverage that doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrition. But pure aloe juice drinks that leave some of the pulp intact can be a great addition to your weekly wellness routine. They’re a little slimy in texture and sour in taste, but the benefits below make it well worth trying.
1. It’s packed with folic acid and vitamins B, C and E
All of these nutrients found naturally in the aloe plant help to keep the body’s immune system going strong. It also contains small amounts of calcium, sodium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and zinc. So if you love your water, but want a solid boost of vitamins and minerals added to your day, give aloe juice a try.
2. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties
The same compounds that help heal your skin from the outside are the same ones that alleviate inflammation on the inside. Aloe juice drinkers have found that the beverage helps to soothe symptoms of everything from psoriasis to irritable bowel syndrome. In our modern, sugar-filled food landscape, seeking out additional anti-inflammatory options is never a bad idea.
3. It’s full of antioxidants
The aloe plant’s antioxidants also help protect the body from free radicals, air pollution and other toxins you come across on a daily basis. This benefit is the main reason why so many people believe aloe juice is the natural key to beautiful, glowing skin. While we can’t say drinking the stuff will definitely improve your skin’s appearance, it’s safe to say it won’t hurt your skin’s health.
4. It can help soothe an upset stomach.
Many people who drink aloe juice or aloe water find that it eases symptoms of heartburn, improves overall digestion and alleviates the uncomfortable symptoms of constipation. Compounds in the plant help to control how much acid your stomach creates, certain enzymes encourage your stomach to properly break down sugars and fats, and the plant’s gelatinous interior helps increase the amount of water that makes its way into your intestines, which keeps you more… regular.
5. At the very least, it helps you hydrate.
Aloe is a water-dense plant, so when you consume the jelly-like pulp, you do your hydration levels a major favor. Some recommend drinking aloe juice or aloe water after intense workouts to replenish your fluids, as well as aid in recovery because the extra hydration can help you flush the lactic acid buildup out of your muscles before the soreness really starts to set in.
This article originally appeared on Swirled.
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