The word kumara is Sanskrit for aloe vera- it literally means “princess”, but can also be translated to “young beauty/youthful”. The most known product from aloe vera is the gel, used for all sort of skin problems and conditions: it helps with cuts, wounds, rashes, insect bites and sunburn, it regenerates skin cells, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, or it can even improve skin ailments if applied to the skin.aloe 1

But the juice of aloe vera can be as effective as the gel, because it has the same antibacterial benefits. The perfect way is to make your own homemade juice, free from artificial preservatives or additives (especially if it comes from the Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant that you will grow yourself, which contains the proper gel for making juice). The suggested dosage for optimal benefits is twice a day; you can drink it freshly extracted or mixed with one cup of citrus juice (this way it can be refrigerated for a few days because the juice acts as a natural preservative).

Health benefits of using Aloe Vera Juice

The aloe vera juice can help you cure or even avoid many conditions.

* Helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure

* Improves circulation (contains the mineral geranium which helps the body correct circulatory imbalance)

* Detoxifies the whole body

* Increases blood oxygenation

* Acts like natural laxative, helps with constipation

* Improves healing of internal tissue

* Increases metabolic rate, which helps with burning calories and weight loss

* Slows down the growth of cancer cells

* Rich in amino acids

* Increases the intake of minerals and vitamins

* Added in toothpaste, it cures gums.aloe 2

Side effects

As we already mentioned, there is a recommended dose of usage, 2-4 ounces (60-120 ml) per day, which brings amazing health benefits. In case you exaggerate with the juice, possible reactions can be nausea, allergic reactions or even problems with the liver. Here are some of the side effects:

* It can react with diabetes medicines, so consult your doctor before using the juice and keep an eye on your blood sugar levels after consumption. Also, it lowers blood sugar levels by

decreasing the insulin resistance of the body, so if you`re on hypoglycemia or diabetes treatment, consult your doctor before using it.

* If you feel any sort of discomfort, it may be an allergic reaction, so immediately consult your doctor.

* Aloe vera juice has irritant and purgative qualities and may lead to diarrhea, so it is not recommended for lactating women. It can also stimulate contractions, leading to birth defects or miscarriage, so pregnant women must refrain from using it. Also, it is not safe for children under the age of 12.

* Don`t be surprised if your urine is colored red or pink- it is from the aloe vera juice. It also causes dehydration and electrolyte imbalance if consumed unprocessed.

* Many years of consuming aloe vera juice can cause constipation. Also it can cause pseudomelanosis coli, which increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Consumed in high qualities, it increases the carcinogenic risk in general.

* People suffering from hemorrhoids should avoid this juice because it makes their condition even worse.

* People suffering from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn`s disease should not consume aloe latex or products from the aloe vera leaf because it irritates the bowel.

* Too much juice can cause serious kidney problems.

* Never mix aloe vera juice with Lanolin (Digoxin) because laxatives like aloe latex can increase the side effects of the medicine by decreasing the potassium levels. In general, it reacts with oral medicines and reduces its efficiency.

* Garlic and fenugreek do not get along with the juice.

* Aloe vera has the same function as Sevoflurane, anesthesia used in surgery, so don`t drink aloe vera juice few weeks before and after having a surgery because it can cause excessive bleeding, and also because it interferes with the blood sugar levels during or after surgery.

* Overdose can cause blood build-up in the pelvis, leading to kidney damage.

* If you buy aloe vera juice, first check the percentage of the aloe vera in order to avoid consuming unhealthy fillers.

* Aloe latex can cause depletion of the potassium from the cells of the intestinal lining.

* It is not recommended for children and the elderly, because it lowers the potassium levels in the body which causes weakness, irregular heartbeats and soft muscles.

* It can cause production of excessive amount of adrenaline, which is especially dangerous for people with heart problems.

* Since it contains high amounts of laxatives, the aloe vera juice can increase the severity of gastrointestinal problems, like irritable bowel syndrome, for example.

In conclusion

The juice from aloe vera is very different from its topical gel version, so check if the product can be used as a dietary supplement or juice. The rigorous tests for drugs do not apply for supplements, meaning its safety is unclear. Side effects reported from people who used the juice for a period of one month (or

longer) include liver inflammation, gastrointestinal problems or electrolyte imbalance. Have in mind that this is only a supplement, not a drug, so consult with your doctor before use. All in all, two things are important in consuming and preparing aloe vera juice: remove the yellow residue which causes indigestion, and prepare the juice yourself- this is the only way you`ll known it`s fresh.