Benefits of Eating Aloe Vera Leaves
Most people know about the benefits of putting the inside of a leave from an Aloe Vera plant on your skin, but you can also eat it. The benefits of eating Aloe Vera are:
- It can help to reduce and cure acme, eczema, and other skin issues. It helps with immunity, and it helps to purify organs like the liver.
- It has so many vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C, D, E and possibly B-12 (but at least helps to absorb B-12 better) and folic acid and it also increases the antioxidants of other healthy foods and helps your body to absorb vitamins and nutrients.
- It contains 20 essential amino acids and over 7 key enzymes.
- It helps in all stages of digestion, including with ulcers, acid conditions, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, constipation, and Candida.
- It is an antibiotic, coagulating agent, and a stringent.
- It helps to produce white blood cells and protect against the effects of rapid aging.
- It lowers cholesterol, reduces inflammation, reduces blood pressure, helps with diabetes, helps arthritis pain.
- It balances electrolytes, especially important for sport and dehydration and it speeds recovery from physical exertion such as working out.
- It makes for a more alkaline environment in your body which means it helps avoid and fight so many diseases, like cancer. It has also been said to stop cancerous tumors from growing.
- Increases blood flow to the brain and boosts circulation to extremities, relieving numb hands and feet.
The best way to find out if it is a cure for what ails you is to try it for a few days or a month. See if eating it provides relief from your symptoms or you feel more energized.
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How to Cut The Aloe Leaf and Eat it
Cut the leave off the aloe Vera plant, slit the leaves open to get the clear gel inside, and eat the gel with a spoon or drink it in a smoothie. Use the leaf as a topical rub on the body for moisturizer or for topically for burns, wounds, facials. When making a smoothie, add the aloe vera gel at the end to disturb the polysaccharides in it as little as possible. Try a very small amount at first to be sure your body has no allergic reaction to it.
Some possible side effects are it may turn your urine a pink color, or you may experience intestinal cramps, fluid imbalance or electrolyte loss if you eat the bitter yellow part just under the leaf skin. Discuss it with your doctor first before you try it. Also, the ASPCA says aloe vera plants contain saponins which are toxic to dogs and cats so keep the plants away from them.
Possible Side Effects of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice
It is recommended that you drink no more than 2-4 ounces a day of Aloe vera juice. Ingesting more may lead to side effects, such as liver dysfunction, nausea and allergic reactions. But if you adhere to the recommended amount per day, you will see many wonderful benefits.
Listed below are some side effects
- Always check the labels before purchasing aloe vera juice to see the percentage of aloe vera in it. This will prevent you from consuming unhealthy fillers.
- If you have any discomfort after consuming aloe vera juice, consult a doctor. Some people may face allergic reactions to aloe vera.
- Sometimes, aloe vera can react with diabetes drugs. So you can ask your doctor whether it is safe to have aloe juice. If you are consuming aloe juice keep a close watch on your blood sugar levels.
- If you suffer from intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis don’t have aloe latex or any product made from whole aloe leaf as acts as a bowel irritant.
- If you suffer from hemorrhoids stay away aloe juice as it may worsen the condition.
- Always have the correct doses of aloe vera, excess may cause severe kidney problems.
- Aloe vera can interfere with the blood sugar levels during or after surgery. So stop taking aloe vera two weeks before a surgery.
- Aloe vera might prevent the blood from clotting; this same function is done by Sevoflurane, the anesthesia used during surgery. So having aloe during surgery can cause excessive bleeding.
- Never have aloe vera juice with Digoxin (Lanolin) since stimulant laxatives like aloe latex can decrease potassium levels and increase the side effects of Lanolin.
- Aloe Vera can react with the oral medicines and reduce its efficiency.
- Fenugreek and garlic do not digest well with aloe juice.
- Pregnant and lactating women should not consume aloe vera juice, due to its purgative and irritant qualities. It may stimulate uterine contractions in pregnant women, leading to miscarriage and birth defects.
- Lactating women should also refrain from consuming aloe vera juice, as it contains anthraquinone which may lead to diarrhea. It is also considered unsafe for children below 12 years of age.
- People, who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal problem, should not drink aloe vera juice, as it contains high amount of laxatives which can increase the severity of the problem.
- Drinking unprocessed aloe vera juice can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in the body. It also changes urine color to pink or red in color.
- Consumption of aloe vera juice can lead the body to produce excessive amounts of adrenaline, which can be harmful for people suffering from heart conditions.
- It can lower potassium levels in the body, causing irregular heartbeats, weakness and soft muscles. Hence, it is not recommended for children and elderly people.
- Consuming aloe vera juice, for more than a year can cause pseudomelanosis coli, a condition which increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There are even possibilities of carcinogenic risks if consumed in high amounts.
- Aloe vera juice helps to lower blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance in the body. Thus, people who are undergoing treatment for hypoglycemia or diabetes should consult their physician before consuming aloe vera juice.
- Overdose of aloe vera juice can cause blood build-up in the pelvis, which leads to kidney damage.
- Intake of aloe latex can cause depletion of the potassium from the cells of the intestinal lining.
- Prolonged usage of aloe vera juice can increase the risk of constipation.
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