Everything you need to know about the nutritional value and health properties of aloe vera juice
The health and cosmetic properties of aloe were known thousands of years ago. This plant was used in medicine by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, among others. Today, aloe juice is back in favor again. It is believed that its regular use can help to alleviate the symptoms of skin ailments as well as to strengthen the condition of our hair.
Where does aloe juice come from and what is it characterized by?
Aloe is a plant that has found wide application in both phytotherapy and modern cosmetics. There are many species of it in the world. Nevertheless, the most popular of them are tree aloe and aloe vera. This plant grows in natural conditions in the countries of the Mediterranean Basin. In addition, varieties of aloe can also be found in Africa, North America and China. Aloe vera, from which the precious juice is produced, consists of over 97% water. The remainder, however, consists of numerous substances with bioactive properties. Aloe has branched shoots, which are topped with a rosette of fleshy leaves, in which there is a juice with health-promoting properties. The leaves of this plant are characterized by a waxy coating and a thorny edge. The juice obtained from aloe vera is characterized by a transparent, slightly cloudy and greenish color and a delicate taste.
Health properties of aloe vera juice
The health benefits of aloe vera juice come from the leaves of this plant. It turns out that they contain both fiber and valuable fatty acids and antioxidants. Therefore, aloe vera juice is considered to be an antioxidant product. Its composition includes both phenolic compounds and enzymes that contribute to the protection of body cells against excessive oxidation. Additionally, aloe vera juice is a source of vitamins valuable for our health. Including: vitamins C, E and carotenoids. Therefore, this plant not only has antioxidant but also hypoglycemic properties. It is also worth knowing that the juice obtained from the leaves of aloe vera may have anti-cancer properties. This theory is confirmed by numerous scientific studies. However, it should be remembered that achieving this effect is possible only when we combine the regular use of aloe with a healthy diet and systematic physical activity. Aloe juice is also an excellent means of strengthening human immunity. A relationship has been noticed between the regular consumption of this product and the increased vitality of macrophages and cytokines, stimulating our immune system to fight harmful external factors. Additionally, the use of aloe vera may accelerate the process of wound healing, thanks to its effect on increasing collagen synthesis. The research on this plant has also proven that its use can positively affect the fight against problems in the digestive system (including gastric ulcer).
Aloe vera juice for the face - when is it worth using?
Aloe juice is a source of valuable ingredients for face care. Including vitamins A, E, C and B vitamins. Thanks to the ingredients contained in it, aloe juice helps to combat harmful fungi and bacteria, as well as soothe irritation, cleanse and moisturize the skin. Aloe juice (if there are no clear contraindications) can be applied to the face both in the morning and in the evening. It allows for in-depth cleansing of the skin, as well as closing visible pores. Regular use of aloe vera juice on the face makes the skin tighter and radiant. In addition, this product may reduce the secretion of sebum, and thus reduce acne-related symptoms. In case of skin diseases, the use of aloe vera juice on the face should be consulted with an experienced dermatologist.
Aloe juice - contraindications for consumption
Despite the fact that aloe vera juice has a number of valuable health properties, its use is associated with certain limitations. Long-term consumption of this product in doses exceeding the recommended intake may lead to disturbances in the water and electrolyte balance and disturbances in the functioning of the large intestine. Moreover, excessive consumption of this product may cause irritation of the mucosa and induce a laxative effect. It is also worth knowing that the use of aloe vera juice is not recommended for:
- Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding;
- People who struggle with chronic ailments in the intestines and kidneys;
- People who are allergic to the plant compounds contained in aloe;
- People who struggle with the problem of hemorrhoids;
- In addition, without prior medical consultation, do not give aloe vera juice to children, especially the youngest.