There are a tremendous amount of misconceptions regarding aloe and aloe juice. In this article, I intend to clarify some of these misconceptions and explain why aloe is such a wonderful addition to any juicing program.
When taken daily, Aloe Juice has broad and far reaching benefits. Studies have shown comprehensive evidence that drinking Aloe juice can increase a mammal's (that includes humans) lifespan by 20% (source here). For a human being, that equates to an average of 10-15 years.
The phytochemicals in aloe benefit every organ and every cell. Drinking aloe juice on a regular basis can increase your body's ability to absorb nutrients from food and supplements, improve your immune system, reduce allergies, heal damaged tissue (including ulcers and damage to the esophagus from heartburn and acid reflux), and candida/fungus control which reduces likelihood of toe fungus, thrush and yeast infections. As little as one ounce of good quality aloe vera juice daily can yield impressive benefits. In my experience as a nutritionist, I have seen the best results with 1 ounce taken twice daily on an empty stomach.
One common misconception about aloe vera side effects is that it causes diarrhea. The ideal species of aloe vera juice is Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller. When choosing an aloe vera juice product, check the label. Make certain that is the species used and you can be assured that it will not cause diarrhea when drinking an ounce or two. I have consumed as much as 5-7 ounces at a time and not gotten a laxative response.
Another common misconception about aloe juice is that it isn't safe for children, seniors, or pregnant women. The reasoning for this misconception is that the yellow sap portion of the aloe plant is a laxative and will deplete electrolytes through inducing diarrhea. While this may be true of some species, it isn't true of the Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller.
The whole leaf aloe vera products do contain the phytochemicals aloin and emodin. If concentrated, these phytochemicals could definitely provoke a laxative response. However,regular whole leaf aloe juice (from the Miller variety) contains only about 4ppm (parts per million). That's a really tiny amount. Studies have shown that good quality aloe products are 100% safe and non-toxic.
My advice would be to look for aloe juice products certified by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC). They do a great job of maintaining quality standards among aloe products. My favorite brands of aloe are Aloe Life (top pick) and Lily of the Desert.
Aloe Juice Benefits: Aloe juice is one of the most potent health tonics in the world. It can help with arthritis, acid reflux, ulcers, skin conditions, inflammatory conditions, colitis, diverticulitis, eczema, immunity and pain just to get started. It only takes 1 to 2 ounces a day to feel the effects of this natural health wonder-plant.
Aloe Juice and Acid Reflux: If you've ever experienced heartburn (also known as acid reflux), you know how painful it can be. Instead of reaching for over the counter antacids, read this page on aloe and find out how this simple succulent can help not only with the short term pain of a heartburn attack, but also with long-term healing of the stomach lining and esophagus. If you want to read more about how aloe vera can benefit your health, then you should check out this guide.