Aloe juice

Aloe juice

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Aloe juice

Aloe juice is a fresh extract obtained from the Aloe plant. It has a slightly bitter taste but also multiple properties, it is used both in the phytotherapeutic field and in the cosmetic field.

Features and extraction

Aloe juice is extracted using different techniques from Aloe plants, shrubs of different types, which belong to the Aloeacee family. These plants, the most known are Aloe barbadensis and Aloe arborescens, they grow in areas with a dry and arid climate, but they are also widespread in the Mediterranean countries, especially in the more temperate areas. The plant is very easy to recognize because the leaves are tufted and surrounded by thorns, they can even reach 80-90 centimeters in height, have a fleshy appearance and are perennial. The juice is extracted from the most mature leaves, to preserve the life cycle of the plant and also to obtain more product. The most succulent leaf collection always takes place in the morning, after a period of four or five days when the plant has not received water and always tends to collect a few leaves per plant otherwise the shrub risks drying. Before processing, the leaf must be cleaned with a knife, in particular all external filaments and skin must be removed. The underside, with its glossy green color, is the pulp, which is used to make juice and gel. The extraction can take place either by manual squeezing or with the help of a centrifuge, depending on the product to be obtained. In home production, in fact, the preservation does not go beyond two or three weeks since the juice does not contain within it elements that preserve its conservation. In this case the product should be consumed quickly and kept in a refrigerator. Once extracted the juice has a yellow color tending to green. The juice cannot be consumed pure and in large quantities, for this reason it is often diluted. In the market the aloe juice is often combined with the gel that is obtained from the central part of the plant and has a more viscous consistency. The taste of the juice is bitter but not unpleasant, in large distribution it is often sold flavored. There are products based on aloe juice with green tea, berries and blueberry. The fundamental difference between the juice and the gel comes from the part of the plant that is worked. The juice-rich cells are found in the part immediately below the skin, the gel instead resides in the central part. The juice is then processed by heat and takes on a solid consistency similar to glass. The gel, on the other hand, always has a liquid and gelatinous consistency and is colorless and odorless.

Property and warnings

Aloe juice has various types of properties, it can be used to solve health problems or to promote the well-being of the body and also for cosmetic and beauty treatments.
The plant contains numerous components, is rich in complex sugars, vitamins, mineral salts, phospholipids, enzymes and organic acids, which is why it is particularly suitable for treating a very wide range of illnesses. The juice is used for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Thanks to the soothing and protective action towards the mucous membranes it is very useful in case of disorders of the esophagus and stomach. Aloe juice is often used to purify the body from waste and to increase the immune system. It also acts positively on bones and joint problems. We recommend using a few milliliters of product in a large glass of water once a day, possibly in the morning on an empty stomach.
The juice also acts positively on the intestinal flora, regularizing the PH
Being rich in vitamins and amino acids, it is also used for its antioxidant properties.
The use of aloe juice should always last a certain cycle of days, otherwise you risk facing some problems.
Aloe juice has no particular contraindications, however its use during pregnancy is not recommended because it contains aloin. It is not recommended for use during lactation, in case of abdominal pain, menstruation, irritated colon, haemorrhoids and kidney problems. The juice has strong laxative properties, excessive use can cause problems with the digestive system, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The juice is also not recommended if you take diuretic, potassium-based and cortisone-based drugs. The properties of the juice tend, in fact, to inhibit the action of the drugs, which are taken orally.

Aloe juice: Curiosity

Aloe juice, like all derivatives of the plant of the same name, has always been used for their properties and benefits, but only after a study commissioned by the American health ministry in the second half of the 20th century, its use was made official.
The first uses date back to the Egyptians to the Greeks, but medical texts were found in which this product was also used in China. The ancient Mayans used aloe juice to encourage the weaning of children, the bitter and decisive taste of the juice, put into the mother's milk, made it unpleasant, so the little ones started to eat more.
When buying aloe juice, always check the ingredients and the various product certifications to see if it is pure or if there are other added products and extracts. Usually the price is quite high, a liter can also cost 25-30 euros.