You probably recognize aloe vera as an ingredient used in skincare creams and ointments.  In its natural state, the gel is an antiseptic that can help soothe wounds, cuts and blemishes. But did you know that aloe vera can also be consumed orally? It is popular as a healthy juice in the medical world. In fact, its health benefits were employed by the Greek and Roman civilizations as well as ancient India. So what makes it the ‘plant of immortality’?

1. Helps Detoxify Your Body
Aloe vera is a gelatinous plant and when you consume it, the gel moves through your intestinal tract, absorbing and eliminating the toxins along the way. This helps remove the waste from your body, while cooling the system internally.

2. Aids Digestion
Aloe vera juice supports the growth of good bacteria in your gut. It also helps in the absorption of proteins and nutrients from the food you eat. This in turn, prevents heartburn and other digestion-related problems.

3. Reduces Inflammation
Whether it’s an injury or an auto-immune response, inflammation can be caused by several factors. Aloe juice contains 12 useful substances including beta-sitosterol, which helps reduce inflammation and pain. Drinking the juice is recommended for people suffering from arthritis and joint pain.

4. Boosts Immune System
If you often push yourself beyond limits and work excessively, chances are, your mind and body are stressed, and your immune system is weakened. Aloe vera juice can help revive immunity. It contains polysaccharides that stimulate macrophage—white blood cells that help fight viruses. Apart from that, the juice is loaded with antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body that contribute to your overall well-being.

Given its health benefits, aloe vera juice is easily available in organic food stores and supermarkets now. But you must be forewarned that it is a bit tart, and may not be such a delight to your taste-buds. Try blending it with ingredients like spinach, avocado, berries and bananas to whip up a healthy smoothie.

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