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6 Aloe Vera Juice Benefits

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • One of the most noted uses for the dual-purpose aloe vera plant is as a laxative; in fact, aloe vera juice is used to clean the digestive system and relieve constipation
  • Several other benefits of aloe vera juice, powder and other forms verify traditional uses, including a boosted immune system, reduced infections, wound healing and controlled blood sugar levels, but studies show many other advantages
  • Many nutrients in aloe vera juice have been identified as responsible for imparting health benefits, including 19 of the 20 required amino acids and seven of the eight that are considered essential
  • While some studies show aloe vera juice to have potential health benefits, there are also health concerns, so talk to your doctor before trying it, and start with small amounts

Aloe, often referred to as aloe vera, is an attractive, spiky, succulent plant that many grow indoors to have a soothing, ready-to-use gel to put on burns and cuts. Its use as an ointment is as easy as slicing the long, tapered leaves to access the gel inside.

Aloe vera, which belongs to the Liliaceae family of plants, is derived from the Arabic word "alloeh," which translates to "shining bitter substance," while the Latin "vera" means "true." Aloe grows best in tropical or otherwise arid climates such as South America, the lower portions of the U.S., Africa, Asia and Europe.


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