Healing Foods


The beneficial properties of this medicinal plant go more than skin deep

If you’ve ever squeezed the gel from an aloe vera leaf onto a burn, you’ve experienced the topical benefits of this common plant. Aloe’s healing properties extend to internal ailments as well. Aloe juice, derived from the fleshy pulp inside aloe vera leaves, may aid people with digestive disorders and type 2 diabetes, and may help boost the immune system. Aloe contains small amounts of digestive enzymes, such as amylase and lipase; antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, catalase, and superoxide dismutase; B vitamins; chromium; magnesium; and all eight essential amino acids. One other thing to know: aloe seems to increase the absorption of what you consume with it, whether nutrients or medications.

Choose It & Use It
If you are put off by the sour, slightly unripe flavor of aloe juice, add a splash of fruit juice, and stir in a squeeze of lemon and a spoonful of honey the way they do in China. Or try the pineapple-spiked cocktail recipe below.

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Pineapple-Aloe Cocktail

Given aloe’s ability to enhance nutrient absorption, we packed this potion with antioxidant-rich cranberry juice. Pineapple juice helps tame aloe’s naturally sour flavor and cranberry juice’s tartness.


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I will love to juice this. Thanks for the info.

Appiah Boateng Gilbert - 2013-12-06 08:11:21

I have aloe plants and would love to juice them. What would be the amount of leaves used in a smoothie/juicer? Thank you.

Jo Ann Mischlich - 2013-08-17 15:17:56