Over the years, natural healing plants have been pushed aside for chemical-based prescribed medications but people are beginning to look toward natural remedies for a more organic, less harsh solution. One plant that has stood the test of time is aloe vera. For centuries, aloe has been used to help regain digestive health due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. At AloeCure, we’re often asked which components of the aloe plant actually help aid digestive function, so we decided to answer your question, here.
Can I Just Eat an Aloe Leaf?
Well, you could…
But before you do, let’s break down the reasons why you shouldn’t.
One common misconception is that you can simply eat the aloe leaves to help relieve indigestion. While raw aloe leaves are technically safe for oral consumption, the leaves have a laxative effect. So if you are already having tummy troubles, a laxative that will disrupt your gut flora instead of improving pH regulation would just cause you more trouble. What you really want is that inner gel because it is a natural acid buffer. It contains a polymannan known as Acemannan, whose structure and functional effects in overall health have been very well established. Aloe vera contains a natural buffer system that can restore a healthy level of stomach acid by raising the pH just enough to relieve the discomfort of indigestion. The inner gel also functions as a probiotic to promote the growth of good flora in order to optimize digestive function. Some of our favorite ways to get the benefits of the aloe gel are in an extract form, such as a juice or a supplement. Like with any medication or supplement, when using aloe for indigestion, it is important to check with your doctor and to consume the correct amount.
The Simple Solution: An Aloe Supplement
Pure aloe capsules promote a healthy digestive system without any of the unpleasant symptoms that can occur when eating a raw aloe leaf. Aloe extract naturally soothes the digestive tract and can help repair the lining of the tract and stomach. As the damage to the lining is repaired, instances of indigestion can decrease. With continued use, aloe capsules help maintain the lining in the digestive tract and stomach and indigestion is no longer an issue. Aloe keeps the digestive system balanced. While this balance eliminates indigestion, you may also experience improved regularity.
Keeping it Real with Aloe Water
Drinking aloe water and aloe juice have the same effect as taking the aloe capsules, but with a refreshing taste that can be consumed anytime throughout the day. Aloe water is delicious on its own, but if you want to spice up your aloe water and create some flavorful options, start with a flavor infuser sports bottle. Place any combination of organic melon cubes, berries or citrus slices into the infuser. Fill the sports bottle with aloe water and a little ice. Make sure the cover is on tight and give the bottle a shake, mixing the fruit and aloe water. Wait a few minutes to allow the fruit to mix with the aloe water, then enjoy! Your taste buds and digestive system will thank you.