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Superfood: Aloe Vera Juice, And A Simple And Effective Health Elixir (No Blending Required)

aloe vera plant

Raw, organic aloe vera juice from the aloe vera plant promotes optimal functioning especially for:

  • digestion and the overall gastrointestinal tract
  • elimination/purification/detoxification, particularly of the liver, skin, and colon
  • the immune system

Though not a laxative, aloe vera juice naturally promotes healthy bowel functioning. Since the majority of the population is chronically constipated, aloe vera juice can help people become more regular by lubricating and cleansing the colon. Moreover, aloe vera juice is a gentle and effective way to stop candida (a bad bacteria in the gut) overgrowth and restore a healthy good bacteria-to-bad bacteria ratio in the gut. People with all sorts of stomach issues find that aloe vera juice is extremely helpful, and people with acid reflux find that it greatly reduces their symptoms.

Because it is so wonderful for the GI tract, and because the health of the GI tract is often very closely related to the skin’s appearance, drinking aloe vera juice often greatly improves the appearance of skin. I hear this regularly from people to whom I have introduced aloe vera juice, and from others who found it on their own. People suffering from acne often find that regularly drinking aloe vera juice results in their having much clearer skin.

Many people in the holistic health world also claim that aloe vera juice lowers cholesterol, though I have not studied this information myself.

Let me caveat here that I am talking only about raw, organic aloe vera juice. This means that it has NOT been pasteurized or exposed to any damaging heat, that it does NOT have any added colors or flavors, and that it does NOT come from concentrated, diluted, or dried aloe. Raw, organic aloe vera juice can only be found, as of yet, in health food stores and likely Whole Foods.

Pure aloe vera gel, directly from the plant, can be applied topically with impressive results, but I will leave that for another post.

General Health Elixir

large glass of filtered water
1 to 4 oz of organic, raw aloe vera juice
juice of 1/2 a lemon

Pour the aloe vera juice and lemon juice into the glass of water and enjoy!

If having aloe vera juice for the first time, I would suggest starting with the lower amount (1 oz) and then gradually increasing. It’s completely safe to take, and I know people who drink four ounces five times per day, but it’s best to introduce it’s wonderful effects to your body gradually and then building up to four or so ounces. (I blind pour, so I’m not exactly sure how many ounces I use, though I know it’s closer to the 3 or 4 ounce mark, and I’m sure it changes on a daily basis.) Personally, I like to have this first thing in the morning when I wake up, but it’s great to have at any point in the day. Raw, organic aloe vera juice can be taken alone on an empty stomach as well, but I have grown to enjoy the taste and the variety it lends to the large amounts of water I drink per day.


60 Responses to Superfood: Aloe Vera Juice, And A Simple And Effective Health Elixir (No Blending Required)

  1. Is Aloe Vera Juice good to drink if you suffer from ear infedctions asssociated with fungal effections as well.
    I also have divertiticulitis?
    Thank you

    • Hi Marie,

      Yes, it is. Aloe vera has been shown to be anti-fungal so it is a great way to address fungal infections, candida, etc. in a gentle manner.

      It is also wonderful for digestion so would be helpful for the entire GI tract so should offer slight benefits to your diverticulitis. It’s a very healthy substance, with a plethora of enzymes, amino acids, and trace elements so consuming it regularly should help to improve the immune system and therefore overall health.

      You could start with 1 tsp per day and work your way up to a couple tbsp. I usually just pour some into my water and add lemon juice and it’s healthy and tastes lovely.

  2. Do you know of any contraindications to taking the fresh aloe vera gel and lemon juice drink? We regularly have this in the morning and I was wondering if it is possible to have too much.
    Also, is it OK to drink this mixture when you are pregnant?
    Thank you

    • Hi Kay! There are no contraindications of which I am aware. As far as I know, the only people who should stay away from aloe vera are those with an explicit allergy and those with allergies to plants in the Liliaceae family (such as garlic, onions, and tulips). Otherwise, it is wonderful for one’s health to consume on a regular basis.

      As far as pregnancy goes, I have heard mixed things. Many more holistically minded MDs that I have spoken to say it’s beneficial, but I have heard from a few that consuming aloe vera is not recommended due to potential stimulation of uterine contractions. I would suggest speaking directly with your OBGYN.

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  5. Can aloe Vera be used as a mouthwash for oral candida?

    • I haven’t read any literature on this. Deducing from it’s anti-candida properties, I would imagine it would be beneficial to use. Even if you simply ingest it orally, it will help with oral candida. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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  7. For this reason – avoid aloe vera products that include aloe latex. Although many people have experienced the benefits of aloe vera juice for acid reflux, its consumption is only providing relief of the symptoms. If you want to be genuinely free of acid reflux, you absolutely need to reassess your lifestyle, particularly in terms of your diet.

  8. thanks for ur very informative post.
    i have a query if u cud please answer.
    i have just started to take ale vera juice,n i would like to know how many times shoud i have it.
    once in d morning on empty stomach n once after dinner,is that good???

    • Hi! Yes, that’s a great way to do it. It is most effective on an empty stomach, so it’s ideal to do first thing in the morning (though you can consume it at any point, on an empty or a full stomach).

      Wishing you wonderful health!

  9. In order to get the aloe juice do I just squeeze it out of the plant or is there a specific/easier way?

    • or can I only purchase it from health food stores?

      • You can purchase it (pure, raw aloe–NOT the processed/pasteurized kind) from health food stores, including even Whole Foods, but if you have an aloe plant, then you can peel the leaves back and use the gel that is inside. You can just take this gel and blend it with water or add it to smoothies, etc.

        • I bought Aloe Vera Juice from whole foods; the 365 brand. I emailed them today and asked if it was pasteurized. They responded the following – “Thanks for reaching out to us. The aloe juice is pasteurized using a HTST process. All aloe must be pastuerized for sale to the public.”

          If this correct, then the only option is to make it.

  10. hi madam can you please tell me the complete solution of hyper acidity and acid reflux disease ?

    • There is no “complete solution,” per se, but there are many dietary changes you can make to eliminate these problems (i.e. create an alkaline body state and improve digestion so as not to struggle with acid reflux). Let me know if you would like some tips on how to do so.

    • Yes madam please give me useful tips to improve digestion and how to create an alkaline body state…. So that I can manage hyperacidty and GERD

      • Hi Nikhil,

        Here is an article I wrote on improving digestion that has some great tips: http://healthycosmos.com/?p=614

        Eat a more alkaline diet (fruits, vegetables), drink water with a bit of aloe and fresh lemon juice, take a daily probiotic and eat probiotic-rich foods (e.g. fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha), and do not drink liquids with your meals. There are a lot of articles on this site about digestion as I believe a healthy gut is a cornerstone of good health!

        Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions :)

  11. Can aloe vera gel be used for any infection

    • Aloe vera taken internally will help to improve your overall immunity, thus decreasing your susceptibility to infection. Aloe vera is specifically great for digestion and skin. Externally, pure aloe vera gel is extremely healing for the skin, which is why it is a popular treatment for sunburns and the like.

  12. Hi!! I have a questions hopefully you can help me with… I have been drinking aloe vera juice for probably over 4 years now.. so I was searching for pegnancy side effects because I plan on starting to try to have childern .. is there really a bad effect? Also I read that aloe vera juice can cause some cancers… being I have had prolonged use to aloe vera my mind naturally begins to wonder… do you know if thats true? Makes me feel like I should stop taking it.

    • I have never read anything about aloe vera leading to cancer and have only come across information suggesting the opposite. Assuming you are using a high-quality, raw aloe, I would not worry. It is wonderful for health. As for contraindications with pregnancy, I believe it can lead to premature contractions, but I do not know very much on the topic of aloe as it relates specifically to pregnancy. I would consult your OB-GYN (and hopefully one who practices integrative medicine or has a holistic mindset). What an exciting time in your life! An early congratulations!

  13. Does aloe vera good for stomuch bacteria?

    • Aloe vera is great for the health of the digestive tract, but is inadequate for treating a bacterial infection. If that is the case, I would recommend seeing a physician for treatment.

  14. Hi I have to start by saying I love this post! You have covered a lot but I was wondering is it safe for the little guys in our lives(my 4 and5 year olds)? I just want them to have good health and if Mommy does it they want to do it as well! So is it ok and is there different amounts for them? None of us have tummy troubles but I do know it does help more then just bellys! Thank you in adavance and keep up the good work!

    • Hi Jaime! My apologies for the delay in response, I have been traveling non-stop and neglecting the website. It is safe to give to your 4 and 5 year olds! As always, start with conservative amounts, see how they respond, and then you can slowly increase the dosage. That being said, they are children so I wouldn’t recommend giving them as much as you yourself take.

      Hope this helps, and wishing you and your family great health!

      • Thank you for taking the time to answer me ! My Hubby and I have been drinking it for a few weeks now and I know I feel much better! So thank you I will start giving it to the babies and thank you again for your time!

  15. Hi, I just started using aloe as a drink, combined with kelp tablets, coconut oil and coconut meat in my diet. These are all great. And as a man who suffered from chronic wind the could blow my girl friend out of the bed with fluctuating diarrhoea to constipation. Yet with the new inclusion of the Aloe, wow! Not wishing to be crude but I have had the best poos of my life.
    I wish I’d have taken it before, wow massive easy to poo poos. It’s brilliant stuff. Girls if your fellas fart or stink out the loo get them on to coconut oil, meat and aloe juice you will love the results, my girl friend has, plus I think my marriage would have lasted, but she couldn’t take the smell. Ah well at least I found out now!

  16. I have suffered from IBS for my nursing lifetime! I used to use aloe vera and quit. Being retired, off of nights, and researching alternatives for over 20 years, I can now say aloe vera juice has changed my life for the better! It is that one thing out there that I really, really needed to help the stomach issues, and there were many! Now, I am feeling almost like a normal person, and may even be able to travel somewhere in the near future, instead of wondering where the nearest bathroom is at any given moment. I drink 4 or 5 ounces one to two times a day, at least. I stick with Lily of the Desert, and the filet. This is what I can afford, and it seems to be exactly what I need. Wish I could have stuck to this when I was working. My whole life would have been different, easier, much more pleasant. Nurses are the worst to neglect their diets, etc. Now, I’m mending from the inside out with this. I read that there can be too much, and a dependency, etc. If so, I don’t care. This is way more palatable being dependent on than laxatives, or those histamine blockers that have all kinds of side effects, and don’t work that well anyway. As you can see, I can’t say enough about it. You name it GI-wise, it helps it, heals it!

  17. Aloe vera is a succulent plant species that probably native plant originated in northern Africa. The species does not have any naturally occurring populations, although closely related aloes do occur in northern Africa.

  18. You may be able to prevent diverticulitis if you drink plenty of water, get regular exercise, and eat a high-fiber diet. A high-fiber diet includes whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.^-^,

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  19. I bought an Aloe Vera Leaf/stem. Can I put the fresh inside on my dogs hot spot? I also would like to juce the inside for myself. How much should I start with? If you can give me the answer in inches, that would be great. Thank you very much for your info. :)

    • Hi Gina! Apologies for the delay, I have been out of the country. For both you and your dogs, I would recommend using the juice. Start small, with about a teaspoon, and then gradually increase. In inches… To give you an idea, I usually pour about a 1/2 inch into my water and drink! I am not too precise though. Sometimes I end up with more and sometimes with less. Hope this helps!

  20. I bought Aloe Vera juice for the sole purpose to improve my blood sugar numbers read in Prevention magazine.Thus far my numbers are in good range.Could you tell me a good brand bought mine at Walmart.

    • Hi Susan!

      I like Lily of the Desert, the Whole Foods’s brand (365), Nature’s Brand. There are several other good brands out there so I’d recommend going to your nearest health food store or Whole Foods and seeing what they have. Let me know how it goes!

  21. Michaël Hartmann

    I’d like to ask you a few questions about aloë vera.
    1. Is it god against zits of acne because I drank it for a while and my zits went away for that time. Maybe coincidence?
    2. Can aloë Vera work laxative? Because sometimes when I drink it I really meed to do a number 2.

    • Yes to both. Aloe is amazing for skin and can certainly help reduce acne, and it stimulates bowel function so can act as a laxative. For that reason, you want to glean how sensitive you personally are by starting with a small amount and then working your way up to the amount that suits your needs.

  22. I used fresh aloe vera with blueberries in my morning smoothly
    It improve my colesterol and my blood circulation, and my bowels
    Can be better.
    It is a powerful plant that keep you healthy.

  23. I am hypertensive. Commercial products of aloe Vera juice has Sodium benzoate as preservative. Is it harmful because of my BP?
    Can I take aloe Vera juice for my stomach discomfort with BP

    • Hi Kesavan,
      Please forgive the delay in my reply. Another benefit of aloe vera is that it actually helps to regulate blood pressure. It helps dialate the veins and strengthen blood circulation, thereby working to regulate BP. As I’ve mentioned previously, aloe vera is also extremely helpful for gastro problems, so I think that it would be worth trying for your stomach discomfort. I would recommend starting with a small amount and seeing how you feel, and if you notice improvements then feel free to increase your dosage. If you’re currently on any medications, it’s always best to check with your doctor so that you make sure any supplementation is not incompatible with anything you’re taking.

  24. Just wanted to share that my friend and I came across these enormous aloe branches at an international grocery store in Connecticut – 2 for $3!!! So I’ve purchased 6 and have been cutting 2-3 inch sections off and peeling them, blending them with water, lemon juice and some Xylitol to sweeten…. Delicious! And I noticed the difference almost immediately – energy levels increased, and my digestive problems have diminished, too.

  25. Hi Cristina!

    Thank u so much for sharing these information…I’m looking for a natural way to help me with my stomach acid…and I will definitely try this!

  26. Thanks for posting this! I’m wondering if eating the interior of the common aloe vera houseplant is ok? I’ve seen it be skinned, chopped, and added to lemon juice….thoughts?

    • Hi JP! Yes, you can eat the interior of the houseplant. That’s what all the aloe juices are made from, so go right ahead! You can mix the gel with some water and lemon juice for something really healthy (I also like to add a dash of cranberry extract sometimes), and maybe a few drops of stevia or honey if the taste is too sour for you. Let me know how it goes, and please don’t hesitate to ask any other questions!

  27. Hi Christina Mam I Have One Query Since Past 3 Years I m Doing Gym For My Health Some Friend Suggest Me To Drink Aloe Vera Juice Its Good For The Health And No One Take Any Protein Or Supplements Instead Of Aloe Vera Juice But I Want To Increase My Weight And Body If I Drink Aloe Vera Juice Daily Then Aloe Vera Juice Reduce My Weight I Don’t Want Reduce My Weight So Please Suggest Should I Drink Aloe Vera Juice Or Not. . .

    • Hi Pawan,

      Aloe vera doesn’t reduce body weight on its own so you can go ahead and drink it. It has many health benefits so can help in your journey to get healthier. Good luck!

  28. Hi,
    My wife suffering from SLE desease, it also call Lupus. It is autoimmune desease. Want to ask you can my wife get help from alloe vera. How can she boost ber immunity. Plz help

    • I’m so sorry to hear your wife is suffering. I’m not a doctor and any advice I give should be run by her physician, but from what I know about autoimmune disorders, it would be great for her to: eliminate gluten, eliminate dairy, eliminate refined sugar, increase consumption of greens, eat healthy fats (chia seeds, raw nuts, coconut, fish), drink lots of water… Basically she should be eating a very, very clean diet in conjunction with the medical treatment she is receiving. There’s a book that I like called “The Immune System Recovery Plan” by Dr. Susan Blum that I recommend you guys take a look at. If you are looking for supplements that can help, it would be best to consult with a functional MD or to use acupuncture or another modality. I’m wishing you both the very best!!!

  29. Hi , my 4 year old child has chronic eczema .does anybody know that aloe Vera juice can help her or is it safe to give her aloe Vera juice.the child one is sold seperately or the same cen be used.
    Plz help

    • Hi Zahra,

      Aloe has been shown to help with skin disorders, but you should do more research and check with your pediatrician before you give your child anything. There are some good books on healing skin disorders holistically that you could read for ideas. A great and helpful thing to do is to clean up your child’s diet. Cut out junk food, processed food, soda, and any added sugars. Have him/her drink more water, eat more greens and vegetables, and eat more probiotic-rich foods (unpasteurized, fermented foods). You could see a herbalist or naturopathic doctor to see if there are herbs or supplements that can help. Remember that the gut is very, very closely related with the skin, so in your child’s case, I would do everything to make sure that he/she has a healthy digestive system. This is where probiotics can be a great help.

      I’m wishing you both the best! Do not worry – eczema can be treated! You just have to heal the digestive system and strengthen the immune system; doing so will prevent flare ups.

  30. Hi , my 4 year old child has chronic eczema .does anybody know that aloe Vera juice can help her or is it safe to give her aloe Vera juice.the child one is sold seperately or the same cen be used.

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