Aloe vera juice helps to relieve constipation, regulate blood sugar, improve circulation, increase the metabolic rate, strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. The health benefits of aloe vera juice come from aloe gel, which some people apply topically to treat skin problems or speed up the healing of minor wounds. Make sure the juice does not contain unhealthy fillers that counteract the benefits.
Aloe vera juice being used as an anti-inflammatory drink dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Studies also showed that drinking it regularly led to a remission in ulcerative colitis.
Drinking more than 2 to 4 ounces of aloe vera juice daily can lead to negative side effects like liver dysfunction and nausea. In 2002, due to rising reports of people developing tolerances to aloe latex, the FDA became concerned about the safety of ingesting it. Aloe latex, which comes from the cells beneath the leaves, which appeared most often in laxatives. Due to the lack of safety information, the FDA required laxative manufacturers to recall their products and banned aloe latex from laxatives.
Aloe gel, the clear, jelly-like substance in the leaves, is also used for treating cold sores, sunburns, frostbite and psoriasis. Aloe is safe applied topically, though some people have reported occasional allergic reactions.