Aloe vera is a plant species with several medicinal and nutritional uses. The plant has green, gel-filled leaves. Many people use the gel to treat burns and wounds, and it is also available as juice.
Aloe vera juice is a popular choice at many health food cafes and natural food stores.
In this article, learn about the potential benefits of drinking aloe vera juice and the possible side effects.
Benefits of aloe vera juice may include:
Aloe vera is popular for its medicinal properties.
People who experience periodic constipationmay use aloe vera juice as a natural laxative.
The outer portion of the plant contains compounds called anthraquinones, and these have a laxative effect.
If a person is trying aloe vera juice for the first time, they may wish to start with a small serving. One serving is usually 1 cup or 8 ounces (oz) of juice.
While researchers are aware of aloe vera’s laxative effect, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not established that the plant is safe to use for this purpose.
People who are frequently constipated should speak to a doctor about appropriate laxatives for long-term use.