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.
The use of aloe vera juice in the kitchen
Aloe vera juice can be used in our kitchen. You can easily prepare a refreshing cocktail on its basis. For example, with the addition of fresh mint leaves, lime, lemon and a few ice cubes. In addition, it can be a valuable addition to numerous fruit and vegetable smoothies.
For direct consumption. You can mix the juice with water or another drink (fruit juice, milk, etc.).
25 ml 3 times a day, before meals.
Depending on the recommendations and individual needs, the dose may be changed.
The use of aloe vera juice in cosmetics
Aloe juice is widely used in the cosmetics industry. It is a component of numerous creams and lotions with cleansing, moisturizing and skin tightening properties. In addition, it is the basic ingredient of the popular cosmetic gel, which is used, among others, to soothe irritation caused by sunburn. In addition, aloe vera juice is considered to be an effective means of slowing down the aging process of the skin, as well as maintaining its elasticity for many years. It is also worth knowing that this product is used in dentistry. It is used, inter alia, in supporting the pharmacological treatment of fungal inflammations within the oral cavity.
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. 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.