Aloe vera juice has received an awful lot of positive attention over the last few years, causing many people to continually stock this beverage in the effort to build healthy habits. Googling this drink provides a wealth of information, much of which highly recommends drinking it to help to promote weight loss, better immune function, enhanced digestion and even simply bettering overall wellness.
However, if you dig even deeper than that and looks at some truly high quality medical sources, you might find that the truth about drinking aloe vera juice might not be quite as sunny as it first seems. This sweet substance may not be the miracle elixir it’s frequently claimed to be. In fact, despite the massive number of positive claims about this drink, there actually isn’t very much scientific data supporting its use for medicinal purposes.
In fact, the vast majority of research that has been conducted has been in the form of animal studies and hasn’t been on humans at all. Furthermore, some of the toxicity research conducted on animals with aloe vera juice has come up with some troubling results.
The use of aloe vera as a whole goes back about 5 thousand years in the early days of Ancient Egypt. Since that time it has been used both orally and topically. That has continued to this day and many of the uses from ancient times are the same ones we use it for now. The inside of the aloe vera leaf contains a gel that can be very helpful in the topical treatment of many skin issues such as burns, cuts, psoriasis and others.
The juice is mainly produced from the green outer leaf of the plant. In recent times, it was used in over the counter laxative products. This was brought to an end in the United States in 2002 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned them following a lack of safety information surrounding their use.
Since that time, safety concerns about drinking aloe vera juice have continued rising. This has only been underscored following a two year study conducted by the National Toxicology Program. It showed that regular oral use of whole-leaf aloe vera juice clearly increased the risk of large intestine tumors in rats. While it is true that this is not the same as knowing that the effect would be the same in humans, the fact is that we simply do not know what effect aloe vera juice consumption has on humans, particularly if it is consumed regularly and over time.