Aloe vera is not commonly associated with the word "juice." Most of us have used it as a topical remedy to treat cuts or burns or as a potent, internal laxative. The high nutrient content of aloe, however, makes it a healthful supplement to increase your vitamin levels and improve overall health. You should consult your primary care provider before adding aloe vera juice to your diet.
Drinking aloe vera juice that has been stripped of its cathartic yellow sap called aloin can provide you with immune boosting vitamins that your body cannot produce on its own. Aloin is a powerful laxative that may leave your body dehydrated instead of nourished. Aloe contains 12 essential vitamins. The most prominent ones are vitamins A, C and E, as well as B-12, folic acid and choline, according to the "Indian Journal of Dermatology." These vitamins play a vital role in promoting cellular metabolism and protecting your body from free radical damage.
On a daily basis, chemical and environmental toxins flood our bodies. Even the vital activities of breathing, eating and drinking can invite free radicals into our bodies. Supplementing a healthy diet with aloe vera juice increases your levels of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals and protects the body from cellular damage. In addition, vitamin A helps maintain healthy vision, bone growth, reproduction, cellular function and immunity, according to the Medline Plus website.
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease are serious, debilitating conditions that have been associated with a vitamin B deficiency. According to the "Indian Journal of Dermatology," aloe vera juice contains B-12, folic acid and choline. Your body needs B vitamins to convert the food you eat into energy, support red blood cell production and encourage basic cellular function. According to naturopathic doctor, Michael Murray, N.D., in his book "The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods," your nervous system needs vitamin B-12 to function properly.
Most medical professionals trust the use of aloe vera gel to treat burns because of its antibacterial and healing properties. These properties are promoted by the presence of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and immune boosting compound. Drinking aloe vera juice may enhancing the internal antioxidant capabilities of vitamin C by prolonging the nutrients existence and digestibility, according to the University of Scranton's department of chemistry.
One way to add vitamin E to your diet may be to drink aloe vera juice. According to the April 2009 volume of the "Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity Journal," vitamin E is one of the most potent antioxidants due to its ability to prevent and repair cellular damage. The journal says that consuming a diet high in the vitamins C, E and A may lower your risk of acquiring certain types of degenerative conditions including some forms of cancer, cardiovascular and ophthalmological diseases, states the "Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity Journal."
- PubMed: Aloe Vera: A Short Review
- Medline Plus: Vitamin A
- "The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods"; Dr. Michael Murray, N.D.; 2005
- Medline Plus: B Vitamins
- PubMed: Effect of aloe vera preparations on the human bioavailability of vitamins C and E
- PubMed: Implications for degenerative disorders