- Aloe vera juice becomes popular when enthusiasts claim its healthful benefits.
- The plant itself has proven medicinal and healing properties.
- Top nutritionists weigh in on the benefits of aloe vera juice.
Top nutritionists reveal the benefits and risks of aloe vera juice.
Cold-pressed aloe vera juice is popular at juice bars across the country due to its reported super-hydrating properties as well as its other potential benefits for digestive health, immunity, skin, blood sugar, and more.
Most nutritionists agree that topical aloe vera gel can be safely rubbed on skin to soothe sunburns and other ailments. But they aren’t quite convinced of the benefits of drinking aloe vera juice.
Still, aloe vera juice is a rising trend among thirsty wellness seekers. The global aloe vera juice market is expected to reach $1.7 billion by the end of 2026 and is predicted to grow at a rate of about 8.9 percent each year, according to a report from 360 Research Reports, a market research group.
What is aloe vera?
A succulent plant found mainly in tropical regions, aloe vera has been used in medicine for more than 6,000 years. The clear gel and yellow latex from this plant may be responsible for its healing properties. These two substances are commonly used in aloe-based health products, including aloe vera juice, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
Aloe vera is packed with vitamins and minerals
Aloe vera contains more than 75 different health-boosting compounds, including antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; vitamin B12; and minerals such as zinc, copper, selenium, potassium, and calcium, according to research in the March 2020 issue of Molecules. These are some of the reasons that Erika Laurion, a dietitian in Hudson, New York, thinks of aloe vera juice as a cure-all.
Aloe vera boosts the immune system
Aloe vera juice is an immune system stimulant because of a substance called acemannan, Laurion says. “It also has anti-viral properties. It can soothe coughs and help with asthma.”
Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and contains salicylic acid for pain and inflammation relief, she says. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in aspirin and related compounds. This may be why aloe can help reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis and can be a fever reducer, NCCIH notes.
“It also blocks histamine,” Laurion says. Histamine is a chemical released by your immune system when your body encounters an offending allergen, explains the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Aloe vera can ease stomach troubles
Aloe vera juice helps balance good and bad bacteria in the gut, which can alleviate some tummy troubles, including constipation. Aloe latex is sometimes used as a laxative to treat constipation, NCCIH notes. The latex contains anthraquinones such as aloin which help you go to the bathroom, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Exactly how much of this potent laxative is in aloe vera juice is unclear, but the International Aloe Science Council sets the upper limit for safety at 10 milligrams of aloin per kilogram of body weight for aloe. But there’s a catch: Companies are not required to list aloin content on their labels.
Source: The Healthy