Aloe Vera juice has become very popular as an agent of natural healing. It is believed to have originated in the areas of Northern Africa, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands. From there it has spread throughout Asia and Europe and was introduced to South America by the colonizing Spaniards. Its therapeutic uses have been recorded by many civilizations including the Persians, Egyptians and the Romans. It’s first recorded use may date back to B.C.E 2200, where some believe its use was inscribed on a Sumerian Clay Tablet.
Drinking aloe vera juice has many benefits for the digestion and is one of the most common reasons people take it. It helps with stomach cramps and has a soothing effect on the whole digestive tract. There are even reports of people who have cured or improved their symptoms of I.B.S – an unpleasant condition that can weaken the immune system and hinder the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat.
Aloe vera juice benefits the colon greatly and is often a staple ingredient in many colon cleanse programs. It provides nutrition that helps to improve the quality of the mucous membrane linings of the colon wall. These mucous membranes are effectively the lubrication that helps the transit of feces through the colon at a healthy speed. This can help eliminate constipation problems along with proper diet and hydration. Additionally, aloe vera juice helps to remove old feces that have become stuck to the colon wall. This is considered a common problem, due to the decrease of fiber in the modern diet of the Western World. Taking products like aloe vera juice to help remove old fecal matter can have major health promoting effects. This old fecal matter is poisonous to us. It provides a base for toxic bacteria to grow, which is then absorbed into the blood stream – a condition called autointoxication. Clearly, this can generate a myriad of health conditions from constipation and diarrhea to cancer.
The soothing and cooling benefits of aloe vera juice is not limited to the digestive tract. Some people with arthritis symptoms have reported it helps with inflammation and pain in the joints. One study provides evidence that the sterols found in aloe vera have strong anti-inflammtory properties. So far the evidence is based on animal studies, but shows an inhibitory effect on the arachidonic acid pathway – a major contributor to inflammation. Also, aloe vera juice contains simple sugars called mucopolysaccharides. These sugars are needed for cell regeneration and help repair damaged cells. The health benefits of juicing also include anti-inflammatory effects.
Aloe has been used for centuries as an aid for cuts and burns. According to some studies, when aloe is applied topically to a wound, it can speed up the healing process. Also, drinking aloe vera juice can help improve skin quality and complexion. It contains many nutrients and antioxidants which are vital to skin health, such as vitamin C, E and the mineral zinc.
This nutrients help protect the skin from external toxins in air pollution, as well as helping to detox internal toxins. Other benefits of aloe vera juice for the skin include: providing proper lubrication, helping maintain the elasticity of the skin, removing dead skin cells, and helping with the regeneration of skin cells.
Darren and Veronica Haynes