Aloe vera is a great ingredient for your skin as well as overall health. Being rich in nutrients, aloe vera juice is a great health drink that you can easily prepare at home with citrus juice and aloe vera gel. Both the ingredients are rich in essential nutrients. Plus, citrus juices help enhance iron absorption.
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Plus, it is excellent for the digestive system. In fact, it helps soothe irritation and inflammation in the digestive tract.
It also eliminates toxins from the body and aids weight loss. In addition, it helps reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.
Aloe vera is packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, choline and potassium.
It is also high in amino acids and helps alkalize the body. Plus, the polysaccharides and antioxidants in aloe vera provide immune-boosting benefits.
Drinking aloe vera juice is good for your heart, too. It contains a compound called B-sitosterol that prevents the absorption of cholesterol in the body and also reduces triglyceride levels.
Due to its laxative properties, aloe vera juice is considered good for those suffering from constipation. However, it should not be taken in excess as it may cause diarrhea.
How to Make Aloe Vera Juice at Home
Things you will need:
- An aloe vera leaf
- Water (optional)
- A juicer
- A blender
- A knife
- Measuring cups and spoons
1. Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf.
2. Put 2 tablespoons of the gel in a blender.
3. Blend it to thin the gel.
4. Extract the juice from a few oranges.
5. Add 1 cup of orange juice to the blender.
6. Optionally, add 1 cup of water.
7. Blend the mixture for about 1 minute.
8. Pour it into a glass.
You can now enjoy your homemade aloe vera juice. You can consume 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel per day.
Note: Consuming aloe vera is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Also, it may interfere with certain medications like diuretics. So, consult your doctor before taking this herb internally.
Now that you have aloe vera juice, consider adding it to your smoothie recipes to enhance their health benefits. Here’s a recipe that you can try.