Aloe vera juice benefits:
Aloe vera juice first and foremost contains antioxidants, or substances that help reduce your chances of developing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. But aloe vera juice offers benefits beyond just prevention.
- A low-calorie, low-sugar option: Regular juices aren’t always healthy. Not all of them have a high percentage of real fruit in them, for starters. Many also have added sugar — and lots of it. Aloe vera juice, however, is a healthy option. Czerwony says an eight-ounce serving isn’t high in protein, fat or carbs, but has only eight calories and is low in sugar. “It’s pretty neutral,” Czerwony notes. “You can drink it on its own, or you can put it in your smoothies.”
- Helps clear up skin: It may seem counterintuitive, but you often develop acne because you’re dehydrated. As a result, your skin produces more oil, which leads to acne breakouts. “If you’re drinking aloe vera juice, you’re going to get hydrated,” says Czerwony. “That’s going to give your skin extra moisture, and so you’re going to have less chance of having acne.”
- Relieves constipation: If you’re constipated, good news. Aloe vera juice’s texture can affect the consistency of your poop, specifically by making it softer.
- Reduces heartburn: Heartburn occurs when acid in your stomach travels up into your esophagus. The results of a small 2015 study showed that aloe vera juice can alleviate some of the acid in your stomach that brings on heartburn.
- Maintain eye health: Aloe vera juice is packed full of beta carotene, an antioxidant typically found in orange and yellow vegetables and fruits. Your body converts beta carotene to vitamin A, a vitamin linked to overall eye health.
- Boost your intake of certain vitamins and minerals: Aloe vera juice contains vitamin C — a versatile vitamin that helps with immune function, for example — as well as calcium and magnesium. “Many people having muscle aches are often low in calcium and magnesium,” says Czerwony. “Drinking aloe vera juice could replenish these if your diet is low in them.”
How much aloe vera juice should you drink?
As with anything delicious, be careful not to overdo it. Czerwony says a cup of aloe vera juice a day is a good limit. “Drinking more is not going to necessarily give you more benefits,” she says.
She also recommends drinking a smaller amount of aloe vera juice at first to see how your body tolerates it. “Anytime there’s a sudden change in your diet, your body is going to say, ‘What’s going on?’” Czerwony notes. “You want to start off slow because you really don’t know how the body is going to respond to aloe vera juice.”
Once you decide to start drinking aloe vera juice, you should also decide why you’re taking that step. “What’s the end result you’re hoping for? Some people want to be healthy, but what does that mean?” Czerwony asks. “Some people say, ‘Hey, it’s full of antioxidants. It has vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene and all kinds of good stuff. I want that in my diet.’ OK, that makes sense.”